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Football: Yarmolenko winner sends Ukraine top

A goal by Dynamo Kiev midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko gave Ukraine a 1-0 win over Poland and top spot - at least for an hour -- in their World Cup Group H on Friday. Ukraine have 18 points from nine matches and are two points ahead of England, who were taking on Montenegro in London later on Friday. Ukraine were ordered to play the match in Kharkiv behind closed doors after several racist incidents in the match with San Marino at Lviv on September 6. The sanctions were suspended as an appeal was lodged, allowing Ukraine to enjoy their fans' support on Friday.

Football: Ukraine to appeal FIFA ban

The Ukrainian football federation (FFU) is to appeal a FIFA order that the national team play their next World Cup qualifier behind closed doors, the FFU deputy chief said Monday. FIFA's disciplinary committee took the decision last week after fans were accused of making monkey chants and performing Nazi salutes. FIFA also banned the Lviv stadium from hosting all qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup after the incidents in the match against San Marino on September 6. The FFU was also fined 45,000 Swiss francs (36,737 euros).

Football: Teixeira ruins Sociedad Champions League return

Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira struck twice in the final 25 minutes to hand Shakhtar Donetsk the perfect start to their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad. The Basques had enjoyed the better of the early exchanges in their first appearance in the competition for a decade and were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Darijo Srna felled Xabi Prieto inside the area in the first half. Shakhtar have reached the last 16 of the competition in two of the last three years and their greater experience at this level shone through in the second period.

Shevchenko makes debut on Europe's second tier circuit

(Reuters) - Former European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko will swap his boots for golf spikes on Thursday when he makes his debut on the continent's second-tier Challenge Tour. The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker will compete alongside ex-Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson and former European Tour winner Nick Dougherty at the Kharkov Superior Cup in his native Ukraine.

Football: England will be 'game of our lives' - Fomenko

Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko said on Monday that his players were preparing for the match of their lives in Tuesday's pivotal World Cup qualifier against England in Kiev. England currently lead European qualifying Group H on goal difference from Montenegro, but victory for Ukraine would take them two points above Roy Hodgson's men at the top of the group with only two games to play. Fomenko has led Ukraine to four straight qualifying victories since taking up his role in December, including away wins over Poland and Ukraine and a 9-0 demolition of San Marino on Friday.

Football: Metalist lose new CAS challenge to ban

Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv have failed in their second attempt to win a stay of a Champions League ban imposed for match-fixing, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday. In a statement, the CAS said that it had rejected Metalist's request for "urgent provisional measures" to block the ban, which the Ukrainian club had filed the previous day. "Accordingly, the UEFA decision remains in force," the Swiss-based tribunal said. The legal wrangling has been going back and forth for more than a week.

Football: CAS uphold Metalist exclusion

Ukrainians Metalist Kharkiv lost their appeal against a Champions League ban for match-fixing following a decision made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday. Metalist had been kicked out of the 2013/14 competition by European football's governing body UEFA after the Ukrainians had been found guilty by CAS of match-fixing in their homeland.

Football: Metalist challenge UEFA ban at CAS

Disgraced Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv have turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being thrown out of this year's Champions League over match-fixing, the Swiss-based tribunal said on Thursday. In a statement, the CAS said that Metalist had filed an urgent request seeking a temporary stay of the decision by European football's governing body UEFA to axe them. In addition, the Ukrainians also asked the court to block UEFA's decision to grant their Champions League berth to Greek club PAOK.

Football: Brazilian Bernard joins Shakhtar

Shakhtar Donetsk have signed Brazil midfielder Bernard for 25 million euros ($33 million) from Atletico Mineiro, the Ukrainian champions announced Thursday. "Shakhtar Donetsk signed a five-year deal with Bernard. The transfer fee for the Brazilian midfielder, who previously played for Atletico Mineiro, is 25 million euros," read a statement on the Ukrainian club's website. Bernard, 20, scored 22 goals in 100 appearances with Atletico Mineiro and helped the Brazilian side to the Copa Libertadores title last month.

Argentine Alejandro Gomez moves to Metalist

(Reuters) - Argentine winger Alejandro Dario Gomez has moved from Catania to Metalist, signing a four-year deal with the Ukrainian club. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder said he preferred Metalist, the Ukraine league runners-up, to Italian International and Fiorentina and Spanish Atletico Madrid. "Metalist was the most persistent club in the negotiations and that's why I am here," Gomez told the official Metalist website.
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