Qualifying round (Group H) - 10/09/2013 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time) - NSK Olimpiyskyi - Kyiv

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England hold firm in Ukraine

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 22.38CET
Ukraine 0-0 England
Roy Hodgson's men refused to be budged from the top of Group H as they secured a draw in Kyiv to stay a point ahead of their hosts.
England hold firm in Ukraine
England's Steven Gerrard attempts to burst through the challenge of Edmar and Taras Stepanenko ©Getty Images

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Goals scored0
Total attempts6
Attempts on target1
off target2
against woodwork0
Yellow cards1
Red Cards0
Fouls committed15
Fouls suffered14


Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:28 CET


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Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 22.38CET

England hold firm in Ukraine

Ukraine 0-0 England
Roy Hodgson's men refused to be budged from the top of Group H as they secured a draw in Kyiv to stay a point ahead of their hosts.

England held their nerve to secure a point in Ukraine and ensure they hold on to top spot in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group H. 

Victory for Mikhail Fomenko's hosts would have made it five in a row in the section and moved them two points clear of the Three Lions with two to play. However, Roy Hodgson's side kept the home side goalless to secure a one-point lead in the group, meaning their fate is in their own hands ahead of final games against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley. 

England started positively and Theo Walcott immediately threatened, the Arsenal FC winger stealing in behind left-back Vyacheslav Shevchuk, but Andriy Pyatov rushed from his line to smother his poked shot.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka probed down the flanks for the hosts but their best opening of the first period came when Edmar picked out the run of Artem Fedetskiy on the right but Gary Cahill rushed back to head clear the right-back's first-time cross with Roman Zozulya ready to head in the opener.

England captain Steven Gerrard looped an effort from range over the bar and Frank Lampard, on the occasion of his 100th cap, saw a free-kick deflect off target as England began to control proceedings before the break.

Gerrard arrived to save the day for his side after the interval as a last-ditch intervention cut out Zozulya's neat touch which appeared to have slipped Oleh Gusev free, but apart from that near opening things were very tight. 

Neither midfield could assert their dominance, with the respective strike forces left starved of opportunity, until a darting Zozulya was brought down by Kyle Walker and Konoplyanka's resulting free-kick deflected a fraction wide. Fedetskiy headed straight into the arms of Joe Hart when completely free at a corner as England rode their luck, but the visitors held out to claim what could be a vital point. 

Last updated: 11/09/13

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