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Italy 3-0 Ukraine
Friday, 30 June 2006


G Zambrotta 6
L Toni 59
L Toni 69




V Sviderskiy 16yellow card
M Kalinichenko 21yellow card
A Milevskiy 67yellow card



59% 41%

Shots on target

9 6

Shots off target

3 9


1 3


14 24


  • 01 G Buffon
  • 19 G Zambrotta
  • 05 F Cannavaro
  • 06 A Barzagli
  • 03 F Grosso
  • 20 S Perrotta
  • 21 A Pirlo (68 S Barone )
  • 08 G Gattuso (76 C Zaccardo )
  • 16 M Camoranesi (68 M Oddo )
  • 09 L Toni
  • 10 F Totti


  • 14 M Amelia,
  • 17 S Barone,
  • 07 A Del Piero,
  • 11 A Gilardino,
  • 15 V Iaquinta,
  • 18 F Inzaghi,
  • 13 A Nesta,
  • 22 M Oddo,
  • 12 A Peruzzi,
  • 02 C Zaccardo


  • 01 O Shovkovskiy
  • 02 A Nesmachniy
  • 22 V Sviderskiy yellow card (20 A Vorobey )
  • 06 A Rusol (45 V Vashchuk )
  • 04 A Tymoschuk
  • 08 O Shelayev
  • 09 O Gusev
  • 14 A Gusin
  • 19 M Kalinichenko yellow card
  • 15 A Milevskiy yellow card (72 O Byelik )
  • 07 A Shevchenko


  • 20 O Byelik,
  • 18 S Nazarenko,
  • 12 A Pyatov,
  • 11 S Rebrov,
  • 21 R Rotan,
  • 23 B Shust,
  • 17 V Vashchuk,
  • 16 A Vorobey,
  • 10 A Voronin,
  • 03 O Yatsenko,
  • 05 V Yezerskiy

Ref: Frank De Bleeckere
Att: 50000


By Jonathan Stevenson

"Italy look OK. They are well organised, they are not a flair team but Germany will find them hard to break down. Cannavaro has been the best defender in the World Cup for me. He just loves defending and organising.
Chris Waddle, BBC Radio Five Live pundit

"I thought Ukraine were a little unlucky after the break, because at least they gave it a go. I'm not saying it wouldn't have still been an Italy win, but had one chance gone in it could have got much more interesting."
Martin O'Neill, BBC television pundit

"They had good chances after the break, but after Italy scored the second goal they were absolutely cruising and they did more than enough to win."
Alan Hansen, BBC television pundit

FULL-TIME Italy 3-0 Ukraine
The whistle goes in Hamburg and it ends a rountine 90 minutes for the Italians. They never really looked stretched and face a far bigger test when they take on the in-form Germans in Dortmund on Tuesday.

90 mins: Andriy Shevchenko plays a fine one-two and surges into the box, but after he tumbles in a tussle with Massimo Oddo, referee Frank de Bleeckere waves play on and denies the striker a spot-kick.

88 mins: After the drama of the first quarter-final between Germany and Argentina, this has been much more of a low-key affair. But the Italians have progressed with ease and they have sent a warning to the hosts they will not have it all their own way.

86 mins: Oleksiy Byelik heads into the arms of Gianluigi Buffon after Ukraine find some rare space down the Italian right flank.

85 mins: Maksym Kalinichenko finishes off a fine Ukraine passing move by slamming wide from 25 yards. You have to give them plenty of credit for continuing to press when the game had long gone.

82 mins: Andriy Nesmachnyi blazes over from 30 yards. The Ukraine players will shoot from anywhere now in a last-ditch bid to get on the scoresheet.

80 mins: Andriy Shevchenko hammers in a free-kick from fully 40 yards that stings the hands of Gianluigi Buffon. The keeper saves easily, but maybe Shevchenko has got rid of some of his frustration.

78 mins: The Italians in the crowd have started to party. The Azzurri were called lucky by some before the game but, even though Ukraine hit the bar and had an effort cleared off the line at one-goal down, Italy have easily been the better side.

Ukraine took too long to mount a challenge and are now scrambling for a consolation goal.
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Hamburg

77 mins: Cristian Zaccardo - the scorer of the only goal against Italy at the World Cup so far, an own goal - comes on for Gennaro Gattuso.

75 mins: Ukraine are still trying to score a goal they deserve for their second-half effort, but Andriy Shevchenko heads wildly over with perhaps his best chance of the game.

72 mins: Artem Milevskiy is taken off and Oleksiy Byelik comes on for his first taste of the 2006 World Cup.

69 mins: GOAL Italy 3-0 Ukraine
Luca Toni
wraps it up with a close-range tap-in, supplied by the magnificent Gianluca Zambrotta, this time cropping up down the Italy left and finding his man with a pinpoint cross.

68 mins: Italy make a double changes, with Andrea Pirlo and Mauro Camoranesi withdrawn and Massimo Odoo and Simone Barone coming on.

67 mins: Artem Milevskiy is booked for persistent fouling - this time it's a high one, on Fabio Cannavaro.

66 mins: Not a great day for Argentina, but so far it's going just fine for Italy's Argentine-born midfield Mauro Camoranesi. He is tackled by Andriy Nesmachnyi in the Ukraine box and collapses to the ground, but Frank de Bleeckere rightly waves play on.

64 mins: Ukraine may be two goals behind, but at least they have shown some attacking intent in this half. If they score soon, they could still give the Italians a fright.

62 mins: Maksym Kalinichenko goes agonisingly close again, this time his towering header crashing off Gianluigi Buffon's crossbar with the keeper beaten.

59 mins: GOAL Italy 2-0 Ukraine
Luca Toni
scores from a close-range header as Italy all-but seal a semi-final spot against Germany in Dortmund on Tuesday. The tall striker nods home Francesco Totti's left-wing cross as Ukraine's defence goes to sleep.

58 mins: Absolutely remarkable stuff in the Italy area. Ukraine rip them apart to create two glorious chances, but Gianluigi Buffon saves from Oleg Gusev before Gianluca Zambrotta makes an incredible goalline clearance to prevent Maksym Kalinichenko from scoring. Will that be their best chance to level?

56 mins: Inventive stuff from the Italians. The quick-thinking Andrea Pirlo chips a free-kick over the Ukraine wall for Fabio Grosso to run onto, but Oleg Shelayev reacts quickly to avert the danger.

55 mins: Francesco Totti sees a 25-yard shot deflected into the arms of Oleksandr Shovkovskyi as the Italians seek to stamp their authority on the second half.

53 mins: Ukraine have started the half in really positive fashion, and Andriy Vorobey gets away down the right only for his fine cross to elude the on-rushing Artem Milevskiy and Andriy Shevchenko.

PLAYER-RATER - So far goalscorer Gianluca Zambrotta is your pick of the Italians, with a healthy rating at the moment of 8.74.

50 mins: Andriy Gusin forces a real save from Gianluigi Buffon, who has to tip a header on to the post. In the process, Buffon's head makes contact with the upright - a nasty moment for the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

49 mins: Better from Ukraine. Maksym Kalinichenko crosses from the left and Andrea Barzagli slices his clearance wide for a corner.

46 mins: Luca Toni fires wide from an acute angle on the right of the Ukraine area. Another goal for Italy and it truly is game over in Hamburg.

2102 BST: The second half gets under way. Will Ukraine go for it, or will they settle for a 1-0 defeat and an "honourable" exit from the World Cup?

Italy's defence are comfortably keeping a Ukraine side lacking ideas at bay. Oleg Blokhin looked frustrated as the teams went into the interval and maybe he can find the stirring words to put some fire into the belly of his Ukraine players.
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Hamburg

"I'm disappointed in Ukraine because Oleg Blokhin was such a great player himself. I mean, come on, you've got this far, give it a go. They've got nothing to lose, they're in second gear at the moment. In fact, I bet they are in first.
Martin O'Neill, BBC television pundit

"Italy look in total control - Ukraine aren't asking any questions. Blokhin needs to change the system."
Chris Waddle, BBC Radio Five Live pundit

"Defensively Italy are awesome. You just cannot see Ukraine getting back into it - they will need something very, very special."
Alan Hansen, BBC television pundit

45 mins + 1: Vladislav Vashchuk comes on as Ukraine make their second change - this time it's Andriy Rusol who is taken off.

45 mins: "Ukraine have no cutting edge - no threat down the flanks and Shevchenko is isolated up front."
Chris Waddle, BBC Radio Five Live pundit

44 mins: Oleg Shelayev crashes in a shot that flies miles over the bar from 30 yards. They just cannot get anywhere near the Italians' penalty box.

43 mins: Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin is not happy and he sarcastically claps the referee after a decision against his side.
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Hamburg

41 mins: Andriy Shevchenko gets a rare sniff of goal. He's 25 yards out and his left-foot shot is deflected into the arms of Gianluigi Buffon - will that be the closest he gets to a goal?

39 mins: Simone Perrotta wonders why the referee doesn't give him a free-kick 25 yards out after he tries to play a one-two with Luca Toni. Probably because it wasn't a foul.

36 mins: Italy are in cruise control. After some lovely passes they win a free-kick 30 yards out. Andrea Pirlo delightfully curls over a cross but Andriy Rusol manages to head away with Luca Toni waiting to pounce.

33 mins: Anatoliy Tymoschuk fires wide from 30 yards - that's about as close as the Italians will let Ukraine get to Gianluigi Buffon at the moment.

32 mins: Simone Perrotta crumples under a challenge in the Ukraine half after a lovely one-two with Francesco Totti, but the all-action midfielder is fine to continue.

29 mins: "They have got to keep the ball better, Ukraine. They just give it away with stray passes time after time and they can't afford to do that."
Mark Bright, BBC television co-commentator

25 mins: Gennaro Gattuso has gone down in a heap in the Ukraine half after a tussle with Anatoliy Tymoschuk - the Ukraine man unintentionally stamping on Gattuso's wrist.

23 mins: Simone Perrotta falls under a challenge in the Ukraine penalty box, but he signals to the referee that he fell over - in case Frank de Bleeckere was going to book him for a dive.

21 mins: Maksym Kalinichenko is cautioned for a late challenge on Mauro Camoranesi.

20 mins: Already a tactical change for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Sviderskyi is the unlucky man, with Andriy Vorobey coming on and Andriy Gusin dropping in at centre-half. Sviderskyi was man-marking Francesco Totti, but Oleg Blokhin will want to attack more now.

19 mins: It's already Mexican wave time with the stadium now virtually full.
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Hamburg

18 mins: A chance for Andriy Shevchenko to put Artem Milevskiy in down the left, but his pass is cannily intercepted by Fabio Cannavaro.

17 mins: Francesco Totti chances his arm from 35 yards from a free-kick, but this time Olexandr Shovkovskiy gets everything behind the shot and holds on.

16 mins: The Italian fans are in celebration mood already - but can Ukraine fight back to stun the Azzurri?

13 mins: Gianluca Zambrotta will no doubt dedicate his goal to the recovery of former Juventus team-mate Gianluca Pessotto, who is fighting for his life in a Turin hospital after falling from a window at Juve's headquarters. Zambrotta flew to Italy to visit Pessotto during the week.

12 mins: Not sure that Andriy Shevchenko has even touched the ball yet. If Chelsea's 30m man was frustrated during the 0-0 with Switzerland, he may reach a new level of boredom tonight.

10 mins: Job done for Italy, it seems. Marcello Lippi's team seem very happy to soak up pressure and hit Ukraine on the counter-attack. The debutants could be in for a long night.

6 mins: GOAL Italy 1-0 Ukraine
Gianluca Zambrotta
puts the Italians ahead with a great strike, cutting in from the right and lashing in a left-footer from 25 yards. But Olexandr Shovkovskiy may feel like he should have saved it, instead of palming the ball into his bottom left-hand corner.

5 mins: This Artem Milevskiy, he looks one for the future. The youngster sneaks into the Italian penalty area and impishly back-heels towards Maksym Kalinichenko, who cannot control the ball.

4 mins: A wonderful solo run from Mauro Camoranesi, who skips past two tackles and runs at the heart of the Ukraine defence, only to clip a weak shot wide from 20 yards. Promising, nevertheless.

1 min: The Italians start at a quick tempo. Mauro Camoranesi and Gennaro Gattuso are not going to take any prisoners in the AOL Arena tonight.

2000 BST: The second World Cup quarter-final gets under way in Hamburg.


1956 BST: Anthem time. Arms wrapped around each other for the Italians, with midfield firebrand Gennaro Gattuso in particular looking very emotional. Ukraine are more subdued, coach Oleg Blokhin seemingly impatient for the contest to begin.

1954 BST: There are plenty of empty seats as we approach kick-off. This tie does not seem to have caught the imagination or the German fans with tickets are probably still celebrating their country's win over Argentina.

But the fans that are in the stadium are making plenty of noise as a roar goes out as the two teams to come out.
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Hamburg

1952 BST: Fifa's quest to banish racism from football continues. Captains Andriy Shevchenko and Fabio Cannavaro both read out a message in their native tongue before the match asking fans to rid football of racism.

1942 BST: Whatever has happened in Italy, with the match-fixing scandal and the terrible Gianluca Pessotto accident, they will be totally focused on tonight's game - a result and a game against Germany is the only thing that will be on their minds.
Chris Waddle, BBC Five Live pundit

1939 BST: There is a buzz around the stadium now as it starts to slowly fill up.

Andriy Shevchenko shakes hands with some of the Italian camp, including their manager Marcello Lippi, before going off to get ready for the game.
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Hamburg

1936 BST: Italy will be hoping this one does not go to penalties like the first quarter-final. They have lost three penalty shoot-outs since a Michel Platini-inspired France dumped them out of the 1986 World Cup.

1929 BST: The Ukraine squad have been given a bonus of 4.3m to share for getting to the last eight. What price a semi-final spot against Germany in Dortmund on Tuesday?

1921 BST: Both sets of players have been out on to the pitch to get a feel for the AOL Arena in Hamburg and now they are warming up.

Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko will be up against some of his former AC Milan team-mates in Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso as he tries to lead his country into the semi-finals at their World Cup debut.

The Italians will know all about Shevchenko and will be aiming to progress and put the match-fixing scandal rocking their league temporarily on the backburner.
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Hamburg

1905 BST: Italy coach Marcello Lippi has gone for a more defensive line-up than expected, with Francesco Totti supporting one striker instead of two. Lippi will need Luca Toni to find his shooting boots with Alberto Gilardino on the bench.

Ukraine's surprise is the inclusion of 21-year-old Artem Milevskiy, who scored a cheeky chipped penalty in the shoot-out against Switerland - today he earns just his fourth cap.

1857 BST: The teams are in, and there are surprises in both line-ups.

Italy defender Andrea Barzagli comes into the side with Alessandro Nesta injured Marco Materazzi is suspended, while Francesco Totti replaces Alessandro Del Piero and Mauro Camoranesi steps in for Alberto Gilardino.

Ukraine make three changes, with Artem Milevskiy coming in up front for the injured Andriy Voronin. Vladislav Vashchuk and Andriy Vorobey are left out, with Viacheslav Sviderskiy and Andriy Rusol coming in.


Italy: Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Barzagli, Grosso, Perrotta, Pirlo, Gattuso, Camoranesi, Toni, Totti.
Subs: Amelia, Barone, Del Piero, Gilardino, Iaquinta, Inzaghi, Nesta, Oddo, Peruzzi, Zaccardo.

Ukraine: Shovkovskiy, Nesmachniy, Sviderskiy, Rusol, Tymoschuk, Shelayev, Gusev, Gusin, Kalinichenko, Milevskiy, Shevchenko.
Subs: Byelik, Nazarenko, Pyatov, Rebrov, Rotan, Shust, Vashchuk, Vorobey, Voronin, Yatsenko, Yezerskiy.

Referee: Frank de Bleeckere (Belgium).

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