KIEV, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Ukraine scraped a 1-0 victory over
neighbours Belarus with an injury-time penalty from Andriy
Shevchenko in their World Cup Group Six qualifier on Saturday.
The victory, after Ukraine's 1-0 friendly win against Poland
last month, raised hopes coach Olexiy Mikhaylichenko would bring
results to a team boasting quality players but who have enjoyed
little international success.
Mikhaylichenko took over from Oleg Blokhin last January
after Ukraine failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
The match was a dull affair, however, that often looked like
a training session rather than a competitive international. It
came alive only in the dying minutes when AC Milan's former
Chelsea striker Shevchenko, who had been on the pitch 15
minutes, put away the perfectly-executed penalty.