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Comfortable passage for Ukraine

Published: Thursday 6 November 2003, 12.23CET
Group 4: Ukraine eased their way to the play-offs for the FIFA Futsal World Championship.
Published: Thursday 6 November 2003, 12.23CET

Comfortable passage for Ukraine

Group 4: Ukraine eased their way to the play-offs for the FIFA Futsal World Championship.

Ukraine eased their way through to the play-offs for the FIFA Futsal World Championship after taking first place in qualifying Group 4.

Koridze involved
The runners-up at the last two UEFA European Futsal Championships were too strong for Kazakhstan and Andorra at a mini-tournament hosted by the latter nation in Andorra La Vella. Serhiy Koridze, the top scorer at those last two UEFA events, was again in the Ukrainian ranks but it was noticeable that the side shared the goals around this time.

Upset possible
Ukraine got the ball rolling with a 3-1 victory against a Kazakh side that actually led the contest at half-time. An Alexandr Bondarev goal after 18 minutes left many in the crowd contemplating the possibility of a major upset at half-time but the Ukrainians found their form after the interval. Ihor Moskvychov levelled matters a minute after the restart before Koridze put the Ukrainians in front with eleven minutes to play and Moskvychov then wrapped up victory with his second in the dying minutes.

First victory
The Kazakhs picked up three points in their next outing by seeing off the Andorrans with a 4-1 victory. Bondarev again got things going with a goal in the first minute but Andorra drew level six minutes later through Miguel Blazquez Cerdeira. Aleksandr Lisin put the Kazakhs in front again on 12 minutes but the sending-off of Artyom Glebow just before half-time gave the Andorrans hope. However, they could not find a way through and late strikes from Ramil Yussupov and Alibek Karimov settled the match in Kazakhstan's favour.

Melnikov delight
Ukraine only needed a point against Andorra in the final match to clinch first place, but romped to a 6-1 victory anyway. Koridze was again on target while Georgiy Melnikov led the way with a second-half double. Blazquez Cerdeira scored his and Andorra's second of the competition with a 27th-minute consolation.

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