June 1, 2011 / 8:54 PM / 7 years ago

Soccer-Ukraine welcome back Blokhin with win over Uzbekistan

KIEV, June 1 (Reuters) - Euro 2012 co-host Ukraine scored twice in the second half to beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly international on Wednesday.

Ukraine, playing their first game since the return of coach Oleg Blokhin, were faster and more aggressive throughout the match.

Having led Ukraine to the World Cup 2006 quarter-finals, Blokhin was brought back as coach in April following a succession of short-term managers who all struggled.

Ukraine dominated the first half but failed to score and the deadlock was broken by midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk following a headed pass from Oleh Husyev in the 55th minute.

Five minutes later, Ukraine forward Andriy Voronin scored the second after a free kick from Ruslan Rotan bounced off the crossbar.

Teams

Ukraine: 31-Andriy Dikan; 3-Artem Fedetskiy; 5-Oleksandr Kucher; 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk; 6-Yevhen Khacheridi; 4- Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (16-Serhiy Kravchenko 86); 9-Oleh Husyev (16-Serhiy Nazarenko 72); 22-Marko Devic (11-Yevhen Seleznyov 59), 21-Denys Oliynyk (14-Ruslan Rotan 46); 25-Artem Milevskiy (20-Denys Kozhanov 46); 7-Andriy Shevchenko (C) (10-Andriy Voronin 46)

Uzbekistan: 12-Ignatiy Nesterov; 20-Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (2-Artyom Filiposyan 77); 6-Sakhob Juraev (10-Anvar Rajabov); 3-Shavkat Mullajanov; 7-Azizbek Haydarov; 9-Odil Ahmedov; 28-Stanislav Andreev (4-Makhsud Karimov 80); 17-Sanzhar Tursunov; 11-Marat Bikmaev (23-Nosirbek Otakuziyev 53); 14-Aleksandr Shadrin (22-Victor Karpenko 60); 16-Maksim Shatskikh (13-Lutfulla Turaev 73)

Referee: Ozkahya Halis (Turkey)

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov, Editing by Ed Osmond, To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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