Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Switzerland versus Ukraine

Ukraine has made it to the quarterfinals where they will now face Italy.

After full time and 2 extra times and still the score being 0-0, the match had to be decided by penalties.

Here astonishingly the Swiss didnt manage to score a single penalty with Switzerland's penalty takers Marco Streller, Tranquillo Barnetta and Ricardo Cabanas all missing their chances.

Ukraine's Atryom Milevsky, Sergei Rebrov, and Oleg Gusev all made the kicks count and Ukraine eventually went through. The World Cup debutants booted out the Swiss who became the first team to be eliminated from the World cup without a single goal being scored against them!

One thing noticible in this match was the referee's lack of strictness giving out yellow cards, perhaps due to referee Ivanov's exploits in the Portugal versus Holland game.

The Swiss didnt help their own cause by many inept passing shots and out of position players.

The player for the swiss was Wicky who on many occasions looked impressive.

For the Ukrainians it was Shevchenko who was most impressive although he missed Ukraine's first penalty shot.

Undoubtedly this was the World Cup's most non-impressive match.

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