Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko says their two-goal lead over France in their first leg World Cup play-off on Friday might not be enough for them to qualify for Brazil 2014.
Second-half strikes from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko gave Ukraine the upper hand as they head into the second leg tie, despite both sides being reduced to 10 men, with Laurent Koscielny and Oleksandr Kucher being sent off during injury time.
However, Fomenko, 65, was eager to praise his side’s efforts despite the events that unfolded at the climax of the fixture.
“In such games the players do not need motivation,” he said to reporters.
“On the contrary, it was up to the players to deliver, that all depends on them. The foundation of this win was in their psychology.”
The result might put Ukraine firmly in control of their own destiny, but Fomenko was disappointed that his team did not score more goals ahead of Tuesday’s showdown at the Stade de France.
He added: “It would be better if the result was 3-0.”