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Spain 4-0 Ukraine
Wednesday, 14 June 2006


X Alonso 13
D Villa 17
D Villa 48 (pen)
F Torres 81




A Rusol 17yellow card
V Yezerskiy 52yellow card

Sent off:

V Vashchuk 47red card



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Shots on target

15 3

Shots off target

6 3


9 1


9 12


  • 01 I Casillas
  • 03 M Pernia
  • 05 C Puyol
  • 15 G Sergio Ramos
  • 22 I Pablo
  • 08 H Xavi
  • 14 X Alonso (55 D Albelda )
  • 16 M Senna
  • 11 S Luis Garcia (77 F Fabregas )
  • 21 D Villa (55 G Raul )
  • 09 F Torres


  • 06 D Albelda,
  • 12 G Antonio Lopez,
  • 19 S Canizares,
  • 18 F Fabregas,
  • 13 A Iniesta,
  • 17 S Joaquin,
  • 20 G Juanito,
  • 04 C Marchena,
  • 07 G Raul,
  • 23 J Reina,
  • 10 J Reyes,
  • 02 M Salgado


  • 01 O Shovkovskiy
  • 02 A Nesmachniy
  • 05 V Yezerskiy yellow card
  • 06 A Rusol yellow card
  • 17 V Vashchuk yellow card
  • 04 A Tymoschuk
  • 09 O Gusev (45 O Shelayev )
  • 14 A Gusin (45 A Vorobey )
  • 21 R Rotan (64 S Rebrov )
  • 07 A Shevchenko
  • 10 A Voronin


  • 20 O Byelik,
  • 13 D Chigrynskiy,
  • 19 M Kalinichenko,
  • 15 A Milevskiy,
  • 18 S Nazarenko,
  • 12 A Pyatov,
  • 11 S Rebrov,
  • 08 O Shelayev,
  • 23 B Shust,
  • 22 V Sviderskiy,
  • 16 A Vorobey,
  • 03 O Yatsenko

Ref: Massimo Busacca
Att: 43000


Spain are notoriously slow starters and have won just two of their opening World Cup games since the Second World War. But when they have come out on top in their tournament bow they have enjoyed a 100% group record. For Ukraine it is back to the drawing board.

FULL-TIME: The whistle goes on one of the best performances at the tournament to date, although Ukraine made it easy for their opponents at times and they weren't helped by the Swiss referee.

90 + 1 mins: Serhiy Rebrov floats a long pass on to Andriy Shevchenko's foot on the edge of the area but three Spaniards swarm round him and any semblance of a chance is snuffed out.

89 mins: Iker Casillas is clearly bored. He inexplicably comes racing out of his area to challenge Andriy Voronin for a high ball and is left stranded. Ibanez Pablo slides in to deny Voronin of a shot on goal as he breaks into the area.

87 mins: It is exhibition stuff from the Spanish. David Albelda chances his arm from distance and Olexandr Shovkovskiy saves low to his left.

86 mins: Fernado Torres threads a teasing pass through for Raul but the Real Madrid marksman is just unable to get on to the end of it.

PLAYER RATER: No Ukrainian has a score above six. No Spaniard has a score below six, with Xabi Alonso still leading the way.

81 mins: This scoreline equals Ukraine's worst ever international result against Croatia in March 1995.

80 mins: GOAL Spain 4-0 Ukraine
A sensational goal. With things seemingly winding down, Carles Puyol breaks forward. After some neat footwork from the defender the ball breaks for Cesc Fabregas. He clips it forward to Puyol who nods it into the path of Fernando Torres who volleys in a vicious shot.

79 mins: Andriy Vorobey is down and receiving treatment. With the subs on and Vladislav Vashchuk off the last thing Ukraine want is the midfielder limping off. He seems alright.

77 mins: Cesc Fabregas becomes Spain's youngest World Cup player as he replaces fellow Premiership star Luis Garcia. The Arsenal midfielder is 19 years and 41 days old.

75 mins: Sergio Ramos is now in action at the other end of the pitch, bundling over Andriy Shevchenko. Andriy Voronin gets a shot in when the free-kick is half-cleared but Iker Casillas saves easily.

74 mins: Raul plays a ball out to the overlapping Sergio Ramos in the shaded section of the pitch and the full-back slams his shot into the side-netting.

73 mins: A neat move works its way out to Andriy Vorobey on the left and his low cross is met by Serhiy Rebrov who spoons the ball over the bar from 12 yards.

71 mins: Brazilian-born Marcos Senna clatters into Andriy Vorobey which gives Ukraine a chance to take a breather and regain possession in a match their opponents are dictating.

67 mins: Spain are making light of the heat and ping the ball around the park before Mariano Pernia crosses for Raul who heads straight at Olexandr Shovkovskiy.

64 mins: The ball's in the back of the Ukraine net again, but Marcos Senna's sensational driven effort from a half-cleared corner doesn't count after Sergio Ramos fouls Volodymyr Yesercky in jumping for the ball in the area.

63 mins: It's a case of damage limitation for Ukraine, but Oleg Blokhin is not shutting up shop. He takes off Ruslan Rotan for former Tottenham man Serhiy Rebrov.

61 mins: Andriy Voronin comes close to getting a goal for Ukraine. The ball breaks to him on the edge of the area and he curls a shot off the outside of his left boot just wide.

54 mins: Two-goal David Villa makes way for Raul and in midfield David Albelda replaces the other goalscorer, Xabi Alonso.

52 mins: Referee Massimo Busacca reaches for his cards again and this time it's yellow for Volodymyr Yzerskiy.

51 mins: Neat footwork in a crowded area by Luis Garcia who then prods the ball through to the unmarked David Villa. A gilt-edged chance for a hat-trick in a one-on-one situation but Olexandr Shovkovskiy saves well.

48 mins: GOAL Spain 3-0 Ukraine
Olexandr Shovkovskiy guesses correctly, dives right and gets his fingers to the resultant penalty - but it is not enough to deny the low, drilled effort from David Villa.

"That never is a penalty." Martin Jol, BBC Five Live Sport

47 mins: RED CARD Fernando Torres bears down on goal with a defender in close attendance but Olexandr Shovkoskiy makes a good save with his legs. However, disaster strikes. Referee Massimo Busacca deems the defender Vladislav Vashchuk to have hauled back Torres and he is sent off. Replays show he barely touched the Spaniard.

1501 BST: The second half starts and Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin has opted for changes. Andriy Vorobey and Oleg Shelayev replace Oleg Gusev and Andriy Gusin.

Spanish coach Luis Aragones, who follows the religion of kabbalah, believes the colour yellow is bad news, but on this showing against yellow-clad Ukraine he must be thinking bring on Brazil.

"The Ukrainian coach has to sort things out because you can't play like this at international level. There's always hope, they have all the quality in the world and if they score one goal they are back in it. But the weather is an advantage for the Spanish and if they score again it could be a disaster. They have played extremely well and look to be enjoying it."
Martin Jol, BBC Five Live Sport

HALF-TIME: The Spanish are on easy street and their unbeaten run stretching back to Euro 2004 - 22 matches and counting - looks safe.

44 mins: Fernando Torres releases David Villa with a slide-rule pass but Oleksander Shovkovsky stays big late and blocks the shot at his near post.

42 mins: Andriy Shevchenko plays a neat pass through to Andriy Voronin but again Ukraine are on the wrong end of a poor offside call by the linesman. Iker Casillas is quick off his line to save anyway.

40 mins: Ukrainian body language does not suggest they fancy their chances of getting anything out of this game. Ruslan Rotan strolls away from a throw in with a laboured gait and heads are dropping.

38 mins: Ukraine maintain some possession, but it comes to nothing when full-back Mariano Pernia slides in to tackle Oleg Gusev on the touchline.

35 mins: Spain may be on cruise control and pinging the ball about with aplomb, but one man's not happy - coach Luis Aragones. He slams his hand on the roof of the dug-out after watching a Fernando Torres cross float through the area with no-one chasing through to deliver the killer touch.

34 mins: More danger from a Spanish corner but Fernando Torres gets too much on Xabi Alonso's delivery and heads over at the near post.

PLAYER RATER: Your marks reflect the one-sided nature of the game. While the majority of Ukranians are dawdling down in the fours, Liverpool duo Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia are hitting the heights with eight.

32 mins: Iker Casillas is called into action, falling on to a tame, snatched left-footed shot by Andriy Gusin.

29 mins: Ukraine are exerting some pressure but any danger for the Spaniards is soon averted as Sergio Ramos climbs high to head a cross clear from Andriy Voronin.

27 mins: Oh no. When Andriy Shevchenko steps on the ball to waste a good opportunity on the edge of your area you know it's not going to be your day. He vents his frustrations by fouling his opposing captain Carles Puyol.

26 mins: It is all Spain. They are playing the ball around with contemptuous ease leaving Ukraine to chase shadows. The curse of the debutant strikes again.

24 mins: Ukraine are being penned into their own half and Andriy Shevchenko is a bystander at the moment.

21 mins: Mariano Pernia races down the left from full-back and his inviting cross is headed clear by Andriy Nesmachniy.

17 mins: GOAL Spain 2-0 Ukraine
Andriy Rusol will regret his rash tackle now. The red-booted David Villa fires in the free-kick and a deflection off Rusol in the Ukraine wall leaves Olexandr Shovkovskiy with no chance.

16 mins: Andriy Rusol gets a yellow card and the Ukranians are rocking on the ropes. A second corner is not fully cleared and Rusol's late lunge gives Spain a free-kick in dangerous territory.

14 mins: That is the first goal Ukraine have conceded since they closed out their qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw against Albania in October. They have played more than six matches since then.

13 mins: GOAL Spain 1-0 Ukraine
Marcos Senna's audacious driven shot from distance earns a corner which is in turn headed home at the near post by Xabi Alonso - although Liverpool team-mate Luis Garcia takes the early plaudits.

11 mins: Andriy Shevchenko breaks through on goal but the linesman's flag is up. While the skipper was onside, two of his team-mates were offside. Active or not? The linesman clearly thinks they were.

8 mins: Luis Garcia links well in a one-two on the edge of the area with David Villa and gets a shot in on goal, but it is over.

6 mins: Liverpool's Luis Garcia darts down the left but is unable to centre a telling ball.

5 mins: A free-kick for Ukraine but Volodymyr Yezerskiy, arching backwards at the back post, heads Ruslan Rotan's free-kick over.

3 mins: Ukraine have started tentatively and it is all Spain. Another good period of possession culminates with Xavi dragging a shot wide after right-back Sergio Ramos pulls it back to him at the edge of the area.

1 min: Goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy is the first Ukranian to touch the ball in the World Cup, grabbing it at the second attempt after a lengthy Spanish passing move from the kick-off.

1400 BST: The World Cup's very own rhyming derby starts. Let's hope it's good in parts.


1357 BST: After the pomp and ceremony of the anthems it is down to action.

1353 BST: Match 15 of the tournament and the opening game in Group H is almost upon us as the teams walk out into bright sunlight at the Zentralstadion.

1342 BST: We have not seen the best World Cup action in the early afternoon heat and both teams could struggle today as it is an absolute scorcher in Leipzig.

1333 BST: Anyone looking for pre-match omens? Well, World Cup debutants have endured a torrid time to date in Germany so get your money on a Ukraine loss. Regards Spain, they are staying at the same base that West Germany used before winning the title in 1974 and 1990. Maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves - never mind match seven, Spain will be more than happy to get through match one with a win.

1310 BST: The last time these teams met in September 2003, Raul's goals proved the difference in a 2-1 win. But the Real Madrid hitman misses out this time with Fernando Torres and David Villa lining up together in a 4-3-3 formation.

"Luis Aragones has kept us all guessing but they'll pass the ball wonderfully with Alonso and Xavi."
Guillem Balague, BBC Five Live Sport

There's good news for Ukraine with Andriy Shevchenko declared fit to lead the line in their World Cup debut. It will be his first start since injuring knee ligaments on 7 May.

"Kaka has described Shevchenko as the best player he has ever played with and Ukraine are very lucky to have him fit to play."
Martin Jol, BBC Five Live Sport


Spain: Casillas, Pernia, Puyol, Sergio Ramos, Pablo, Xavi, Alonso, Senna, Luis Garcia, Villa, Torres.
Subs: Albelda, A ntonio Lopez, Canizares, Fabregas, Iniesta, Joaquin, Juanito, Marchena, Raul, Reina, Reyes, Salgado.

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

Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).

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