World Cup play-off first leg, Kiev: Ukraine 2 (Zozulya 61’, Yarmolenko 82 pen) France 0
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Ukraine took a giant stride to the World Cup in Brazil after goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko gave the home side a 2-0 victory over France in the opening leg.
A cagey first half saw few chances but Ukraine were the more hungry side after the break and a well worked goal was followed by a late penalty as Laurent Koscielny pulled down Zozulya and Yarmolenko slotted home.
France then spectacularly unravelled late on as Koscielny received a straight red for slapping Oleksandr Kucher.
And although Kucher was then sent off in the final minute for a second bookable offence, Ukraine held out for victory.