Hard win amid heavy rain: Ukraine beat Kosovo in World Cup Qualifying match

00:45, 07 October 2017
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Ukraine have celebrated their UEFA World Cup 2-0 victory over Kosovo in a Group I qualifying match.

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The match, which was hosted by Albania's Shkoder on October 6 was initially in jeopardy because of heavy rain, but the artificial turf of the Loro Borici Stadium managed to pass all the tests.

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As for the game itself, as was predicted by head coach of the Ukrainian national team Andriy Shevchenko, it turned out to be extremely hard. The Ukrainian team spent the whole first half and the beginning of the second on looking for a way to the enemy's gates, but failed.

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Thus, the Ukrainian team got its very important win, which may become a ticket to the World Cup finals if Croatia loses in the last match of the group stage.

The Ukraine-Croatia game is scheduled for October 9. It will start at 21:35 local time and will be hosted by Kyiv's Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

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