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Saudi Arabia 0-4 Ukraine
Monday, 19 June 2006

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Saudi Arabia


A Rusol 4
S Rebrov 36
A Shevchenko 46
M Kalinichenko 84


A Dokhi 41yellow card
O Al Ghamdi 56yellow card
S Khariri 73yellow card


A Nesmachniy 22yellow card
M Kalinichenko 77yellow card
V Sviderskiy 89yellow card



49% 51%

Shots on target

2 18

Shots off target

6 11


2 6


21 20

Saudi Arabia

  • 21 M Zaid
  • 02 A Dokhi yellow card (55 A Khathran )
  • 03 R Tukar
  • 04 H Al Montashari
  • 13 H Sulimani
  • 06 O Al Ghamdi yellow card
  • 07 M Ameen (55 M Mouath )
  • 08 M Noor (77 S Al Jaber )
  • 14 S Khariri yellow card
  • 16 K Aziz
  • 20 Y Al Kahtani


  • 17 M Al Anbar,
  • 15 A Al Bahri,
  • 01 M Al Daeyea,
  • 11 S Al Harthi,
  • 09 S Al Jaber,
  • 05 N Al Qadi,
  • 18 N Al Temyat,
  • 12 A Khathran,
  • 22 M Khojah,
  • 19 M Massad,
  • 23 M Mouath


  • 01 O Shovkovskiy
  • 02 A Nesmachniy yellow card
  • 06 A Rusol
  • 22 V Sviderskiy yellow card
  • 04 A Tymoschuk
  • 08 O Shelayev
  • 09 O Gusev
  • 11 S Rebrov (71 R Rotan )
  • 19 M Kalinichenko yellow card
  • 07 A Shevchenko (85 A Milevskiy )
  • 10 A Voronin (79 A Gusin )


  • 03 O Yatsenko,
  • 05 V Yezerskiy,
  • 20 O Byelik,
  • 13 D Chigrynskiy,
  • 14 A Gusin,
  • 15 A Milevskiy,
  • 18 S Nazarenko,
  • 12 A Pyatov,
  • 21 R Rotan,
  • 23 B Shust,
  • 16 A Vorobey

Ref: Graham Poll
Att: 50000

FULL-TIME: Andriy Shevchenko and Serhiy Rebrov are among the scorers as Ukraine put the pain of Spain behind them to record an emphatic triumph.

PLAYER RATER: Andriy Shevchenko gets 9.1, Serhiy Rebrov 8.89.

90 mins, plus 1: Sami Al Jaber bursts into the Ukraine box but is denied at the last. Not bad for an old fella.

89 mins: The irresistible Maxim Kalinichenko has a chance for the nap hand but it's not to be as he shoots wide.

88 mins: Viacheslav Sviderskiy is booked for chopping down Yasser Al Kahtani.

86 mins: Artem Milevskiy flies into the box and hits the deck as if he's been shot. In fact, he hasn't been touched and is fortunate to escape a booking.

82 mins: GOAL Saudi Arabia 0-4 Ukraine
Maxim Kalinichenko gets the goal his performance deserves, smashing the ball into the top of the net after great work from Andriy Shevchenko.

"Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin has got his tactics spot on."
Kevin Gallacher, Five Live Sport.

"Ukraine have seven Andriys in their squad. That could be a pub quiz question."
Ian Dennis, Five Live Sport.

78 mins: Andriy Gusin replaces Andriy Voronin.

76 mins: Veteran striker Sami Al Jaber comes on to win his 162nd cap for Saudi Arabia. The last time he came on as a sub he immediately scored against Tunisia. Will he have the same effect this time?

75 mins: Maxim Kalinichenko blots his copybook when he gets his name taken for a needless foul on Naif Al Qadi.

72 mins: Saud Khariri is booked for kicking the ball away.

70 mins: Serhiy Rebrov is replaced by Ruslan Rotan.

68 mins: Andriy Shevchenko bursts into the area, chests the ball down and prepares to pull the trigger. He's stopped in his tracks, but was it a penalty? Graham Poll says no.

65 mins: Maxim Kalinichenko puts the ball in the net but Graham Poll has already whistled following a nasty collision in the area between Andriy Voronin and goalkeeper Mabrouik Zaid. Sub keeper Mohammed Al Daeyea warms up, no doubt dreaming of his 182nd cap, but Zaid insists on carrying on.

63 mins: Ukrainian playmaker Maxim Kalinichenko fizzes in a shot from the edge of the area which grazes the top of the bar. He affords himself a rueful smile.

63 mins: The Saudi substitutes are having a positive effect and the change of shape is momentarily foxing the Ukrainians, resulting in a corner that is hurriedly cleared.

61 mins: Saudi substitute Malek Mouath shows lightning speed to chase down and hook back a ball from the Ukrainian byline. Sadly no-one is following up.

56 mins: Omar Al Ghamdi hits the deck in the Ukraine penalty area after receiving close attention from Andriy Rusol. Graham Poll immediately shows a card to Al Ghamdi for diving and TV replays show he got it spot on. Could Poll and his linesmen be England's only representatives in the World Cup final?

55 mins: Double substitution for the Saudis - Malek Mouath and Abdulaziz Khathran replace Ahmed Dokhi and Mohammed Ameen.

53 mins: Maxim Kalinichenko, who has been supplying the ammunition all evening for Ukraine, finally has a pop himself but it's a woeful attempt. His team-mates will surely forgive him.

52 mins: The pressure is mounting on the Saudis as they retreat deeper and deeper, like tortoises going back into their shells. Ukraine are going for the jugular and Oleg Gusev has two more efforts repelled.

"The Ukrainians appear to be playing a 4-2-3-1 formation."
Ian Dennis, Five Live Sport.

46 mins: GOAL Saudi Arabia 0-3 Ukraine
Andriy Shevchenko's bullet header makes it three, following yet another pinpoint cross from Maxim Kalinichenko. It is the Chelsea striker's first ever World Cup goal.

Saudi coach Marcos Paqueta is spotted playing with a magnetic tactics board in the dugout before the game restarts. Can it really make a difference?

"The game's been fairly easy for Ukraine - all that can stop them now is complacency, if they take their foot off the gas." Kevin Gallacher, Five Live Sport.

"No word of a lie, it could be four or five for Ukraine."
Ian Dennis, Five Live Sport.

HALF-TIME: Goals from Serhiy Rebrov and Andriy Rusol put Ukraine firmly in charge in their clash with Saudi Arabia.

43 mins: Andriy Voronin has a glorious chance to make it three after a howler by Hamad Al Montashari but holds his head in his hands as he screws the shot wide.

40 mins: Sustained Ukrainian pressure leads to a corner. Goalkeeper Mabrouk Zaid flaps again but somehow clears. He is having a nightmare.

38 mins: Ahmed Dokhi picks up a yellow card for a waist-high tackle on Andriy Nesmachniy. Both players go off to receive treatment.

37 mins: The last time English fans saw Serhiy Rebrov, he couldn't finish a crossword. West Ham and Spurs supporters will be feeling short-changed after his spectacular goal in Hamburg.

35 mins: GOAL: Saudi Arabia 0-2 Ukraine
Serhiy Rebrov scores an absolute cracker from 35 yards out to double Ukraine's lead, picking his spot as the Saudi goalkeeper topples over in comedy fashion.

"It's only a matter of time before Ukraine add to their tally. Every time they get the ball into the box, the Saudis look all over the place."
Kevin Gallacher, Five Live Sport.

28 mins: Back come the Saudis and Ahmed Dokhi is in at the business end once more, but again his effort is high and not so handsome.

26 mins: Ukraine step up the pace again. Andriy Voronin makes himself some space on the edge of the box, but balloons his shot over.

24 mins: Ahmed Dokhi fires an effort into the side-netting as Saudi Arabia launch a rare attack.

23 mins: Ukraine goalscorer Andriy Rusol nearly undoes all his good work as he comes within a whisker of prodding the ball into his own net from Ahmed Dokhi's cross.

21 mins: Ukraine left-back Andriy Nesmachniy becomes the first player to go into Graham Poll's book, earning himself a yellow card for scything down Mohammed Ameen.

16 mins: The hugely influential Maxim Kalinichenko plays a little one-two with referee Graham Poll to set up Andriy Shevchenko, but the 30m man just fails to get on the end of it.

"Ukraine look like increasing their lead but when the Saudis come forward they look dangerous too."
Ian Dennis, Five Live Sport.

13 mins: Maxim Kalinichenko fires in another teasing corner and this time Andriy Shevchenko's header is cleared off the line by Ahmed Dokhi.

12 mins: Andriy Shevchenko's header is turned over the bar. The Chelsea striker looks on his mettle tonight.

10 mins: Serhiy Rebrov tries to get the old magic working, floatingt in a cross for former Dynamo Kiev team-mate Andriy Shevchenko after good work on the right, but it's too close to the goalkeeper.

7 mins: Andriy Voronin has a crack from 25-yards out but his rasping drive flies over the bar. It has been a lively opening by both sides.

4 mins: The Saudis have a great chance for an equaliser but Redha Tukar spurns his opportunity.

3 mins: GOAL Saudi Arabia 0-1 Ukraine:
Andriy Rusol
scores Ukraine's first-ever World Cup goal - off his knee - following Maxim Kalinichenko's whipped-in corner.

2 mins: Goalkeeper Mabrouk Zaid gives away a sloppy corner with a weak clearance from a poor back-pass. Substitute keeper Mohammed Al Daeyea may get the chance to win his 182nd cap at this rate.

1 min: Ukraine press forward, but the ball bounces off Andriy Voronin and drifts away for a goal-kick.

1700 BST: Saudi Arabia get the game under way in Hamburg.

1658 BST: BBC poll: An emphatic 88% expect Ukraine to qualify for the knockout stages.

1657 BST: "The Saudi Arabians are in the biggest pre-match huddle I've ever seen."
Ian Dennis, Five Live Sport.

1655 BST: The anthems are played. The Saudi Arabian team sound like a male voice choir, if a little out of time. The Ukrainians go for the more minimalist approach but are clearly pumped up for this game.

1652 BST: Tring whistler Graham Poll is the man in middle. So far his World Cup record reads one game, one red card (although he did get in a bit of a muddle with his cards last time out).

1650 BST: Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al Daeyea is again denied the chance to win his 182nd cap, as he starts from the bench. Mabrouk Zaid, the man currently in possession of the shirt, might argue that he has enough already.

1641 BST: "Ukraine have got to forget about that result against Spain - if they get a win here they will be on their way - and I expect them to get it."
Kevin Gallacher, Five Live Sport.

1640 BST: "There'll be a bit of relief in the Saudi camp. Fifteen minutes ago a storm was brewing, which would have suited the Ukraine better, but there are signs the cloud is beginning to clear."
Ian Dennis, Five Live Sport.

1635 BST: "We are watching the match at the beach on a big screen. We are hoping to build on the 2-2 draw with Tunisia and get a good result."
Saudi fan Gafan talking to Five Live Sport.

1630 BST: "It's very wet here but the excitement is really building. This is the square where the Orange Revolution took place, now it's blue and yellow as fans prepare to watch the game on a big screen. Some fans described Shevchenko as 'the world's most expensive statue' in the last game and will be hoping for better."
Five Live Sport reporter Helen Fawkes in Independence Square, Kiev.

1625 BST: Team news: Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin makes four changes from the side hammered 4-0 by Spain, as Serhiy Rebrov resumes his partnership with Andriy Shevchenko up front.

Vladyslav Vashchuk misses out after his red card against Spain. Volodymyr Yezerskiy, Andriy Gusin & Ruslan Rotan drop to the bench. Maxim Kalinichenko, Andriy Vorobey and Oleg Shelayev come in.

Saudi Arabia skipper Sami Al Jaber is on the bench for the second successive game because of a thigh problem. Mohammed Ameen is preferred to Nawaf Al Temyat in a more defensive midfield.


Saudi Arabia: Zaid, Dokhi, Tukar, Al Montashari, Sulimani, Al Ghamdi, Ameen, Noor, Khariri, Aziz, Al Kahtani.
Subs: Al Anbar, Al Bahri, Al Daeyea, Al Harthi, Al Jaber, Al Qadi, Al Temyat, Khathran, Khojah, Massad, Mouath.

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

Referee: Graham Poll (England)

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