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Ukrainian first-division soccer league results

KIEV, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Following are the Ukrainian first-division soccer league results on Saturday: Uzhgorod bt Tavria Simferopol 2-1 Mariupol tied Metalist Kharkiv 1-1 Played on Friday Metalurg Donetsk bt Vorskla Poltava 4-1 Playing on Sunday Zorya Lugansk vs Dnepropetrovsk Volyn Lutsk vs Zaporozhie

Ukrainian first-division soccer league standings

KIEV, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Following are the Ukrainian first-division soccer league standings after Saturday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against and points): 1. Shakhtar Donetsk 17 12 2 3 44 14 38 2. Metalist Kharkiv 16 10 5 1 30 13 35 3. Odessa 17 10 5 2 19 10 35 4. Dnepropetrovsk 15 10 4 1 31 13 34 5. Dynamo Kiev 17 10 3 4 34 20 33 6. Metalurg Donetsk 18 7 5 6 28 30 26 7. Vorskla Poltava 18 6 8 4 26 27 26

Football: FIFA uphold Ukraine racism ban

FIFA on Wednesday said they had thrown out an appeal by Ukraine against a stadium ban imposed in the wake of racist incidents during their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. In a statement, global football's governing body said an appeal hearing upheld in its entirety a decision handed down by the FIFA disciplinary body on September 27. As a result, fans will be banned from Ukraine's first home game when the 2018 World Cup qualifiers kick off in 2016.

Deschamps still hopeful France can qualify for World Cup

By Igor Nitsak KIEV (Reuters) - No team has ever overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit in a European World Cup playoff yet France coach Didier Deschamps believes his team can turn the tide despite a lousy start in their tie against Ukraine. "It was just the first step. There is a second step," Deschamps told a news conference after Les Bleus slumped to a 2-0 away defeat on Friday.

Deschamps still hopeful France can qualify for World Cup

By Igor Nitsak KIEV (Reuters) - No team has ever overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit in a European World Cup playoff yet France coach Didier Deschamps believes his team can turn the tide despite a lousy start in their tie against Ukraine. "It was just the first step. There is a second step," Deschamps told a news conference after Les Bleus slumped to a 2-0 away defeat on Friday.

Football: France staring at World Cup exit after Ukraine defeat

France are in serious danger of missing out on the World Cup finals for the first time in two decades after losing 2-0 to Ukraine in Kiev in their play-off first leg on Friday. Roman Zozulia gave the home side a deserved lead in the 61st minute and Andriy Yarmolenko made it 2-0 from the penalty spot with eight minutes left after Laurent Koscielny had brought down Zozulia inside the area.

Leverkusen hold firm to draw in Donetsk

By Igot Nitsak DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Bayer Leverkusen took a step towards qualification for the Champions league last 16 with a battling 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk in Group A on Tuesday. The Germans moved on to seven points, one behind leaders Manchester United who they host in the next match. Shakhtar are third on five points, four ahead of Real Sociedad.

Football: Ukraine squad for play-offs with France

Ukraine's national coach Mikhail Fomenko announced Tuesday his 25-man squad for upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off matches with France on November 15 at Kiev and November 19 at Paris. Squad Goalkeepers: Andrei Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maxim Koval (Dynamo Kiev), Rustam Khudzhamov (Mariupol) Defenders: Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Alexander Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitsky (all Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevgeny Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Vitaly Mandzyuk, Artem Fedetsky (both Dnepropetrovsk)

Ukraine squad for World Cup qualifying playoff

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko named the following 25-man squad on Tuesday for the two-legged World Cup qualifying playoff against France. Ukraine host France on November 15 in Kiev with the return game to be played in Paris four days later. Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rustam Hudzhamov (Illichivets), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev)

Ukraine face playoffs despite thrashing San Marino 8-0

(Reuters) - Ukraine must negotiate the playoffs next month after finishing second in Group H behind England despite an 8-0 rout of a San Marino side who finished with nine men in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Marko Devic struck a hat-trick for Ukraine but the easy win left them one point off top spot with 21 points from 10 matches after England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley.
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