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Ukraine beats Moldova 1-0 in friendly

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine put aside the country's troubles to beat Moldova 1-0 in a friendly Wednesday that served as a warm-up for European Championship qualifying.

Dynamo Kiev striker Roman Bezus scored the winner in the 63rd minute, knocking the ball in from inside the penalty area when Artem Hromov's shot took a deflection.

Moldova goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu prevented a bigger loss for his team as he made some impressive saves, including late on when he kept out a fierce shot from Artem Fedetskyi.

On a day that saw confusion over a ceasefire in the fighting in the east of Ukraine, the match in Kiev's near-empty Olympic Stadium was free of crowd trouble.

Ukraine's first qualifier is at home to Slovakia on Monday before games against Belarus and Macedonia next month.