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.