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Ukraine 1-0 Tunisia
Friday, 23 June 2006

Andriy Shevchenko
Shevchenko celebrates his second goal of the tournament
Ukraine reached the knockout stages on their World Cup debut with a narrow victory against 10-man Tunisia.

Andriy Shevchenko's 71st-minute penalty sealed victory after Chelsea's new recruit had tumbled over in the area.

Striker Ziad Jaziri's dismissal just before half-time for a second bookable offence stunned Tunisia, who needed a win to stand any chance of qualifying.

Ukraine's victory sealed second spot in Group H and a second round match against Switzerland in Cologne.

The Swiss topped Group G ahead of France, and the game will take place on Monday (2000 BST).

But Ukraine will enter the match with problems in defence, as both Vyacheslav Svidersky and Andriy Rusol are suspended after picking up bookings.

In a dismal encounter, Ukraine failed to dominate their final group match despite their one-man advantage.

Tunisia can feel a degree of injustice, after conceding a questionable penalty, and having their own claims for a spot-kick denied.

Both sides had named unchanged line-ups, but offered little to excite a big crowd in Berlin.

Ukraine and Tunisia in action
Voronin caused Tunisia problems with his thrusting runs
A slip by Bolton centre-back Radhi Jaidi in the third minute nearly cost Tunisia.

He tried a backheel only for Andriy Voronin to intercept - but the Bayer Leverkusen forward failed to take advantage.

Jaziri picked up his first booking from Paraguayan referee Carlos Amarilla for a blatant dive when challenged by Andriy Rusol.

The first real chance fell Ukraine's way in the 20th minute when the ball broke to Anatoliy Tymoschuk and he tried to beat Ali Boumnijel with power instead of passing to Shevchenko, and the Tunisian keeper saved.

In the dying seconds of the half, Jaziri was dismissed after bringing Tymoschuk down from behind.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Tunisia showed some spark in the second half.

Ania Yari's free-kick appeared to be deflected over the bar by the hand of striker Voronin, but a corner was awarded.

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Shevchenko broke the deadlock when he earned a dubious penalty after going down under a challenge from Karim Hagui.

The 30m striker calmly converted from the spot for his second goal of the tournament and kissed his shirt in celebration.

Voronin twice went close to extending Ukraine's lead, with a late shot which forced Boumnijel to parry, and then firing wide from close-range.

But Tunisia nearly snatched an equaliser with a dangerous header from substitute Francileudo dos Santos.

Ukraine: Shovkovskiy, Nesmachniy, Rusol, Sviderskiy, Tymoschuk, Shelayev, Gusev, Rebrov (Vorobey 54), Kalinichenko (Gusin 75), Shevchenko (Milevskiy 88), Voronin. Subs Not Used: Yatsenko, Yezerskiy, Pyatov, Chigrynskiy, Vashchuk, Nazarenko, Byelik, Rotan, Shust.

Booked: Sviderskiy, Shelayev, Tymoschuk, Rusol.

Goal: Shevchenko 71 pen.

Tunisia: Boumnijel, Haggui, Jaidi, Ayari, Trabelsi, Mnari, Bouazizi (Ben Saada 79), Chedli (Santos 79), Namouchi, Nafti (Ghodhbane 90), Jaziri.
Subs not used: Essediri, Yahia, Gmamdia, Chikhaoui, Nefzi, Jemmali, Saidi, Kasraoui, Melliti.

Sent Off: Jaziri (45).

Booked: Jaziri, Bouazizi, Jaidi.

Att: 72,000

Ref: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay).

Fifa man of the match: Anatoly Tymoshchyuk


Ukraine have become the second debutant to survive the group phase, following Ghana. They have now kept a clean sheet in seven of their eight matches in 2006.

Vyacheslav Sviderski and Andri Rusol received their second yellow card and will be suspended for Ukraine's next match.

Tunisia have never survived the group phase in four attempts. They amassed 14 yellow cards in their three matches, more than any other team. Zaid Jaziri became the first ever Tunisian player to be sent off in a World Cup match. His red card was the 18th shown at this tournament, one more than during the entire last World Cup. The record for most dismissals in one World Cup tournament is 22 and was set in 1998.

Trivia stats source: Infostrada Sports


  Spain 3 7 9
  Ukraine 3 1 6
  Tunisia 3 -3 1
  Saudi A 3 -5 1



56% 44%
Ukraine Tunisia


  • 01 O Shovkovskiy
  • 02 A Nesmachniy
  • 06 A Rusol yellow card
  • 22 V Sviderskiy yellow card
  • 04 A Tymoschuk yellow card
  • 08 O Shelayev yellow card
  • 09 O Gusev
  • 11 S Rebrov (54 A Vorobey )
  • 19 M Kalinichenko (75 A Gusin )
  • 07 A Shevchenko (88 A Milevskiy )
  • 10 A Voronin


  • 01 A Boumnijel
  • 03 K Haggui
  • 15 R Jaidi yellow card
  • 19 A Ayari
  • 06 H Trabelsi
  • 12 J Mnari
  • 13 R Bouazizi yellow card (79 C Ben Saada )
  • 14 A Chedli (79 F Santos )
  • 20 H Namouchi
  • 08 M Nafti (90 K Ghodhbane )
  • 05 Z Jaziri yellow card red card

Ref: Carlos Amarilla
Att: 72000



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