Shevchenko Return Lifts Ukraine

NYON, Switzerland -- Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko scored on his return from injury against Luxembourg on Thursday to give his side a timely boost going in the FIFA World Cup.

Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko has been given something to smile about

Shevchenko goal

Shevchenko came on as a substitute on 60 minutes and tapped in with seven minutes remaining, doubling Ukraine's lead after Andriy Voronin had put Oleh Blokhin's side ahead ten minutes after the interval.

Maxim Kalinichenko's late strike completed a comfortable 3-0 victory. The introduction of Shevchenko and Voronin, also a second-half substitute, visibly lifted Ukraine after an insipid opening half at the Stade Jose Barthel.

Spain test

Shevchenko, 29, has missed much of Ukraine's preparations, including friendly wins against Costa Rica, Libya and Italy, since injuring his knee last month while playing for AC Milan.

He joined Chelsea FC last week in a transfer reportedly worth €45m. Ukraine kick off their World Cup campaign against Spain next Thursday, before completing their Group H fixtures against Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Source: UEFA