Falcao treble downs Ukraine
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Brazil marched into the semi-finals having won all of their six games today, but their Ukrainian opponents bowed out with their heads held high following a 5-3 defeat by the formidable hosts.

Gennadiy Lisenchuk's side even silenced the Maracanazinho crowd with an early opener, Valeriy Zamyatin pouncing on a defensive error with just 64 seconds on the clock.

However, they found Falcao in irrepressible mood. By the interval, the No12 had scored three goals and created another for Lenisio to send Brazil in at a 4-1 lead.

Mykhaylo Romanov scored Ukraine's second goal of the first half and, after Marquinho had improved A Seleção's advantage to three goals, his second of the game made the final score 5-3. Brazil may have won, but Ukraine can certainly be proud of their final performance of this year's competition.