Ukraine Hammers Costa Rica 4-0 In World Cup Warm-Up

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine hammered Costa Rica 4-0 in a World Cup warm- up match Sunday, showing that they can score without Andriy Shevchenko and give the visitors plenty of headaches.


Danny Fonseca of Costa Rica challenges Maksym Kalynychenko of Ukraine (L) during their friendly soccer match in Kiev May 28, 2006. Ukraine won 4-0.

Serhiy Nazarenko, Andriy Vorobey and Maksim Kalinichenko settled the matter in Kiev in 11 minutes between the 27th and 38th and Oleksiy Byelik completed the rout in the 56th.

The victory will boost Ukraine's morale as the team heads into its World Cup debut at the June 9-July 9 finals where the Group H opponents are Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The star forward Shevchenko is expected to have recovered from his knee injury by then and attacking partner Serhiy Rebrov was not fit on Sunday either.

Costa Rica, meanwhile, need to improve quickly as the eyes of the world will be on the Central American team in the June 9 World Cup opener against hosts Germany. Poland and Ecuador are the other two teams in group A.

Ecuador were due to play non-qualifiers Macedonia later Sunday in Madrid. Croatia and Iran met in a duel of two World Cup teams in Osijek and the United States were due to host Latvia in East Hartford.

Source: DPA

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