Mykolenko Nets Maiden International Goal In Ukraine Win

It was an afternoon Vitalii Mykolenko will never forget as he netted a maiden international goal in Ukraine's 3-0 win over Armenia on Saturday.

Oleksandr Petrakov's side have responded in perfect fashion following the bitter disappointment of missing out on the World Cup at the final hurdle, with back-to-back victories in the space of four days to earn top spot in their UEFA Nations League B Group 1 table.

It was a dominant performance against Armenia, with Ukraine enjoying 74 per cent possession over their opponents at the Stadion Miejski ŁKS in Łódź, Poland.

But it wasn't until just after the hour mark until the deadlock was broken, as Atalanta's Ruslan Malinovskyi arrowed a shot into the corner of the net.

Oleksandr Karavayev doubled the lead 16 minutes later with a left-footed drive.

Then, on his 25th senior outing for Ukraine, Mykolenko registered on the scoresheet for the first time, prodding past the on-rushing goalkeeper to seal a comprehensive triumph.

Elsewhere, in the same group, the Republic of Ireland recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over Scotland.

However, Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman missed out with a groin injury, while Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson, who made his comeback from ankle surgery earlier this week, was an unused substitute.

Jordan Pickford, meanwhile, also watched on from the bench, as England drew 0-0 with Italy in UEFA Nations League A Group 3 at Wolves' Molineux Stadium. 

At Under-21 level, Ryan Astley started at centre-back for Wales, as a late goal condemned the youngsters to a 1-0 home defeat to the Netherlands in a EURO qualifier.