Ukraine thrash Andorra 5-0 to keep hopes alive

Updated: September 5, 2009, 3:53 PM ET

* Three penalties help Ukraine to big win

* Draw level with Croatia

* Andorra head coach unhappy with referee

(adds Andorra head coach quotes, last paragraph)

KIEV, Sept 5 - Ukraine thrashed Andorra 5-0 in their World Cup qualifier Group Six on Saturday to draw level in second place on 14 points with Croatia, seven points behind leaders England.

Ukraine now look to Croatia to slip up at home to Belarus later on Saturday and away to England on Wednesday.

Impressive 19-year-old Ukraine debutant Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring 18 minutes into the first half, smartly finishing off from a corner kick.

The home side hit the bar three times before Artem Milevskiy made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime, heading home a perfect cross from Andriy Voronin.

Andriy Shevchenko, recently moved from Chelsea back to Dynamo Kiev, scored from the penalty spot on 71 minutes after a foul by Marc Vales on Milevskiy just inside the area.

Milevskiy, the driving force in the Ukrainian team, earned another penalty in injury time to make it 4-0 and yet another penalty completed the rout after a Vales handball in the area.

Unhappy Andorra head coach David Rodrigo blasted Latvian referee Andrejs Sipailo.

He told a post-match media conference: "Of course, we knew Ukraine were a stronger team than Andorra. The only thing we did not expect was that the referee would be playing for the home side, awarding them three penalties and numerous free kicks throughout the match."

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