Ukraine stuns France with 2-0 World Cup qualifying playoff win

Ukraine's Roman Zozulya celebrates after giving his nation a 1-0 lead over France in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff in Kiev.
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine stunned France with two second-half goals on Friday to win the first leg of their World Cup playoff 2-0 and put the heavily favored visitors in real danger of missing the tournament. Roman Zozulya patiently took his time in the 61st before placing a shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' grasping fingertips, and Andriy Yarmolenko added the second from a penalty in the 82nd.

France frequently tried to attack down the left wing through Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri, but couldn't find the final touch going forward. The best attempt came in the 36th when Nasri broke into the area and layed the ball off to Ribery, but he tapped his effort straight at Andriy Piatov.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men in injury time as Laurent Koscielny and Oleksandr Kucher were both sent off.

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