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Andriy Yarmolenko double for Ukraine sinks Turkey in FIFA World Cup qualifier

Andriy Yarmolenko celebrated his 70th international appearance with two first-half goals to move Ukraine to the top of Group I with a 2-0 victory over Turkey.

football Updated: Sep 03, 2017 13:50 IST
Reuters, Kiev
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Ukraine's Andriy Yarmolenko celebrates after scoring their second goal against Turkey in FIFA World Cup qualifiers.(REUTERS)

Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice in the first half as Ukraine beat Turkey 2-0 win to boost their hopes of reaching their second World Cup as a sovereign country.

Ukraine jumped from the fourth place to the top of Group I on 14 points, one above Croatia and Iceland, who lost 1-0 to Finland.

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Ukraine travel to Iceland on Tuesday and Croatia still have one game in hand after their game against Kosovo was abandoned due to heavy rain.

Yarmolenko scored the opener for Ukraine in the 18th minute as he fired low into the left corner to finish off a good move.

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Yarmolenko, who moved from Dynamo Kiev to Borussia Dortmund this week, calmly struck the second goal into an unguarded net three minutes before halftime.

First Published: Sep 03, 2017 13:50 IST