Ukraine beats Bulgaria 3-0 in friendly
Goals by debutante Yevhen Selin, veteran Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko gave Ukraine a 3-0 win over Bulgaria in a friendly on Friday.
The Euro 2012 co-host took the lead in the seventh minute when Selin headed home, before Shevchenko scored the second in the 38th minute.
Ukraine battled hard for a third in the second half as Bulgaria dropped ever deeper. It eventually came in the 83rd minute when Yarmolenko stroked in a cross by substitute Yevhen Konoplianka.
The victory ended a run of four losses for Ukraine and handed Bulgaria caretaker coach Mihail Madanski a defeat in his first game in charge.
German Lothar Matthaeus was sacked last month with Bulgaria languishing in fourth in Group G of qualifying for Euro 2012.
Ukraine has qualified automatically for the tournament as co-host with Poland.
Ukraine wasted no time in moving on from its dismal 4-0 defeat in the Czech Republic last month, as Selin headed in an early corner that was flicked on by Dmytro Chygrynskiy.
Shevchenko pounced to double the lead after the goalkeeper parried Oleh Husev's shot following neat work by Yarmolenko on the right.
Bulgaria offered little in attack, playing deep and giving away too many free kicks in midfield with aggressive tackling.
The hosts could have added more in the second half but for some poor finishing and a clearance off the line by Stanislav Manolev in the 70th minute.
Yarmolenko sealed the victory just before the final whistle, passing into the net after Konoplianka had broken free on the left and crossed accurately.
Ukraine: Oleksandr Shovkovsky, Bohdan Butko (Artem Fedetskiy, 81), Taras Mykhalyk, Dmytro Chygrynskiy, Yevhen Selin, Oleh Husev (Yevhen Konoplianka, 46), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Denys Harmash (Ruslan Rotan, 46), Andriy Yarmolenko (Serhiy Nazarenko, 86), Artem Milevskiy (Oleksandr Aliyev, 65), Andriy Shevchenko (Yevhen Selezniov, 53).
Bulgaria: Nikolay Mihaylov (Vladislav Stoyanov, 46), Stanislav Manolev, Ivan Bandalovski (Georgi Terziev, 54), Kostadin Stoyanov, Ivan Ivanov, Hristo Zlatinski (Georgi Milanov, 67), Aleksandar Tsvetkov, Vladimir Gadzhev (Blagoy Georgiev, 50), Stilyan Petrov, Valeri Bojinov (Valeri Domovchiyski, 50), Dimitar Rangelov (Ivelin Popov, 46).