Ukraine hold England to a 0-0 draw

Sep 12, 2013, 03:14 IST | PA Sport

England took a small step towards World Cup qualification after they scraped a draw in Kiev thanks to Ukraine's profligacy.

Ukraine made the most of a booming atmosphere inside the Olympic Stadium, applying pressure to Roy Hodgson’s shell-shocked team, but they could not get the killer goal.

It was a case of backs to the wall for England last night as the home side launched a barrage on their box from the start.

Joe Hart almost gifted the hosts a first-minute lead when he brought down Roman Zozulya, but luckily for England and their out-of-form No 1, the penalty was not given. It was pretty much all Ukraine from then on.

The impressive Yevgen Konoplianka set up a number of chances and Artem Fedetskiy wasted two fantastic opportunities with his head.

Although the draw moves England one point clear at the top of Group H with two matches left, this performance will have done little to satisfy those who believe that the Three Lions have little chance of lifting the World Cup in Rio next year if they get there.

Go to top