ALMATY, September 10 (World Cup qualifying) - Ukraine made it two wins out of two in their World Cup qualifying group as a brace from Serhiy Nazarenko inspired them to victory in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
Nazarenko's strikes came either side of a goal from Andriy Shevchenko as the hosts were handed their second defeat in four days.
Kazakhstan had briefly threatened a comeback when Sergei Ostapenko made it 2-1 midway through the second half but their campaign again faltered following their opening Group Six win over Andorra.
Ukraine needed a injury-time Shevchenko penalty to claim victory in their opening qualifier against Belarus and the AC Milan striker nearly made the breakthrough here after 15 minutes.
He skipped past two defenders but could only fire over when one-on-one when goalkeeper David Loriya.
Ostapenko tested Ukrainian keeper Andriy Pyatov with a shot from the left before Shevchenko was again involved at the other end, Loriya just stopping him getting on the end of a pass from Yevhen Seleznyov.
Seleznyov was also involved as Ukraine took the lead on the stroke of half-time, his shot coming back off the crossbar for Nazarenko to head home.
The visitors' superiority continued after the break and Shevchenko doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute, slotting home from Seleznyov's pass.
Ostapenko gave Kazakhstan a lifeline 15 minutes later, taking a pass from Sergei Skorykh on the right wing and shooting across Pyatov and into the far corner.
But there was to be no fairytale fightback as Ukraine sealed the win 10 minutes from time, Nazarenko netting his second courtesy of another Seleznyov assist, his shot going in via the post.