Poland and Ukraine increase pressure on England in Group H
Poland went above their Euro 2012 co-hosts and into third on goal difference after thrashing bottom side San Marino
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Wednesday 27 March 2013
Poland and Ukraine both moved to within four points of Roy Hodgson’s side in Group H after home victories last night.
Poland went above their Euro 2012 co-hosts and into third on goal difference after thrashing bottom side San Marino 5-0 in Warsaw. The Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski scored twice, one from the penalty spot, with further strikes added by Lukasz Piszczek, Lukasz Teodorczyk and an injury-time effort from Jakub Kosecki.
Ukraine dropped to fourth, despite labouring to a 2-1 victory over Moldova in a snowy Odessa for a second win in four days.
After a goalless first half, during which home supporters were warned for pelting the Moldovan penalty area with snowballs, Andrei Yarmolenko put the hosts ahead on the hour. The Dynamo Kiev forward steered past Oleksandr Goryainov to break the deadlock. Evhen Khacheridi put the hosts further in command nine minutes later, heading in a corner.
Alexandr Suvorov pulled one back for Moldova with 10 minutes to go, but Ukraine held on to keep alive their hopes of qualification, despite the dismissal of Taras Stepanenko.
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