Honours even in Brasilia
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The statistics of the game between Argentina and Ukraine tells the story of a closely fought encounter at the Gimnasio Nilson Nelson. Whereas the South Americans had 12 shots on target and 51 per cent of the possession, the Europeans had 11 attempts and 49 per cent of the ball. It is perhaps unsurprising that the game ended all-square, and what a game it was.

Despite all of the goals coming in the second half, the first was an entertaining, even affair. Argentina had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute when Diego Giustozzi's volley went narrowly over. Marco Gimenez also went close, but Vladyslav Lysenko made a smart save.

As the half wore on Ukraine got more into the game and had two good opportunities when Valeriy Legachov fired wide and Oleksandr Khursov saw his close range attempt saved. Lysenko was called into action again twice as half-time approached, but held firm to ensure parity.

Dmytro Silchenko had a wonderful chance to put his side ahead after the restart, but Javier Guisande made a fantastic save. The deadlock was finally broken in the 32nd minute when Leandro Planas fired the ball into the net from close range. Five minutes later, Ukraine were level when a mistake from Argentina captain Carlos Sanchez was punished by Dmytro Ivanov.

Ukraine may have thought that they had won the game in the 39th minute when Sergiy Cheporniuk's lob beat Santiago Elias, but Argentina equalized with 15 seconds to go, Elias finding Giustozzi who made no mistake to give his team a share of the spoils.