Ukraine reign in Group C
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Ukraine qualified for the second round of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008 as group winners after a 4-1 defeat of China in Rio de Janeiro.

Although Ukraine dominated the match in the first half in terms of possession and chances, they had little to show for their efforts, having been frustrated time and time again by China's goalkeeper Zheng Tao who stopped everything aimed at his goal, including a superb save from Valeriy Legchanov's effort from the second penalty spot.

China, although outplayed, never gave up and had chances of their own which forced Yevgen Ivanyak into some fine saves. However, everyone in the Maracanazinho was still shocked in the 19th minute when after a quick break from Liu Xinyi, Hu Jie fired the Asians ahead.

The lead was shortlived when Ukraine equalised with just 13.6 seconds of the half remaining through Valeriy Zamyatin. Zamyatin was also on hand to score Ukraine's second in the 33rd minute.

After taking the lead, Ukraine produced their best football of the end and sealed the final result with goals from Ildar Makayev and Dmytro Silchenko. They now enter a group which contains Brazil, Iran and Italy in the next group phase.