Blokhin Unsure Of Ukraine Future

LONDON, UK -- Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin's future is in the balance after Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Scotland ended his side's hopes of Euro 2008 qualification. Blokhin had vowed to resign should his side fail to make it out of Group B.

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin

But, after the Hampden defeat, he said: "We can't make it now and I do want to quit my post as manager.

"But I'm not sure if the Ukraine national association will accept my resignation. We will wait and see what happens in the near future."

Blokhin was critical of his side after Scotland avenged last year's 2-0 defeat in Kiev to remain top of the group.

"My players lacked motivation and fight," he said.

"Our tactics were right, but my players didn't do well enough.

"Some of my players played well - but others played badly.

"Scotland deserved to win, because they wanted it more.

"However, I'm not sure if this result guarantees them qualification for the Euro finals next summer."

Ukraine midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk is fully aware that his side can help Scotland's cause in their three-way battle for qualification with France and Italy.

His side play host to the French in their final game on 21 November.

"Maybe we can help Scotland and close the door on France," he said.

"They are one game closer to the finals and it is important for Scotland that they win one of the games they have left against Georgia and Italy.

"They have every chance of qualifying for the European Championships."

The Scots have surprised many by leading the group, but the 27-year-old Zenit St Petersburg midfielder had expected a difficult game at Hampden.

"This is a difficult place for other teams to come and Scotland made a very good start by scoring two goals," said Tymoschuk.

"I thought Ukraine were the best team in possession of the ball, but Scotland made lots of hard and fast attacks and scored three goals."

Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko also praised Alex McLeish's side.

"Scotland are a good team and this is a big success for the country and their national side," said the Chelsea forward.

"They are first in the table and have a great chance of qualifying from a very tough group.

"Everything is still in Scotland's hands.

"They still have two very important games, but they are good enough to qualify."

Source: BBC Sports

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