2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

9 June - 9 July

2006 FIFA World Cup™


Ukraine won through to a FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final against Italy after beating Switzerland on penalties after a goalless draw in Cologne on Monday, 26 June 2006.

None of Switzerland's three penalty-takers - Marco Streller, Tranquillo Barnetta and Ricardo Cabanas - were able to convert their kicks meaning that despite Andriy Shevchenko's miss for Ukraine, Oleg Blokhin's side won the shoot-out 3-0. Artem Milevskiy, Serhiy Rebrov and Oleg Gusev all put the ball past Pascal Zuberbuehler to leave the Ukrainians looking forward to a tie with Italy in Hamburg on Friday.

Chances were at a premium during the opening 90 minutes of this Round of 16 match, but both teams at least managed to hit the woodwork. Shevchenko headed against the crossbar at one end while Alexander Frei's free-kick curled on to the crossbar at the other.

In extra time both Johann Vogel and Philipp Degen went close for the Swiss, but as the 120 minutes ended scoreless, penalties were required for the first time in this edition of the FIFA World Cup.

The match:

4': Switzerland made the more positive start and took the game to Ukraine in the early stages. Cabanas, playing at the home of his club side in Cologne, had the first shot, which was blocked and fell to Hakan Yakin, but he sliced the ball well wide.

7': Yakin tried again from long range but his low effort was comfortably gathered by Ukraine goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyi.

13': Shovkovskyi was called into action again, though this time he needed to be at his best, diving athletically to his right to palm away a powerful goalbound effort by Raphael Wicky.

20': Ukraine made their first truly threatening move and caused an almighty scare for the Swiss. Maksym Kalinichenko curled a free-kick from the left flank into the box and Shevchenko beat his marker Johan Djourou to it, diving to head the ball down into the turf and it bounced up and back off the crossbar with Zuberbuehler well beaten.

23': This time Switzerland rattled Ukraine's crossbar as Alexander Frei smashed a free-kick against the woodwork from 25 metres.

26': Ukraine worked the ball well across field from right to left as Oleg Gusev fed Shevchenko, who in turn passed to Andriy Voronin, but his curling shot was disappointing and went harmlessly wide.

29': Ukraine's Oleg Shelayev had a shot charged down and the rebound which came his way was even more inviting, yet he blazed over the top.

43': Yakin curled a free-kick into the area and Shovkovskyi came off his line to punch the ball clear with both fists.

Narrow miss

47': Ukraine made the early running in the second half and Voronin went extremely close when he headed a cross from Gusev a whisker past Zuberbuehler's right-hand post.

52': Voronin had another attempt but his low drive lacked pace and Zuberbuehler had no difficulty in gathering it.

67': As the distracted crowd in Cologne provided their own entertainment with a notably enthusiastic Mexican wave, Shevchenko brought their attention back to the pitch after a scrappy passage of play. Ukraine's captain mesmerised Ludovic Magnin with a twisting run and as the defender backed off, Shevchenko unleashed a screaming left-footed shot which just missed the target. Zuberbuehler would have got nowhere near it if it had been a touch more accurate.

69': Cabanas tried his luck with a right-footed drive, but the Swiss midfielder was none too threatening.

74': Ukraine could not have gone much closer when Gusin beat Zuberbuehler to a corner and flicked it centimetres wide of the post with the back of his head.

Extra time:

100': A match that had seemed to promise penalties for some time entered the extra period in much the same vein, though Switzerland captain Vogel tested Shovkovskyi with a low shot and the Ukraine keeper saved well.

109': Switzerland caused momentary panic in the Ukraine defence with a corner that moved around the penalty area like a pinball but the end result was substitute Stephane Grichting hooking in over his head and onto the roof of the net.


Switzerland had a disastrous shoot-out, missing all three kicks after gaining an early advantage when Shevchenko went first and Zuberbuehler saved. Shovkovskyi kept out Swiss attempts by Streller and Cabanas, while Barnetta smashed against the bar and it was left to Gusev to win it for Ukraine.

In conclusion:

After a game where penalties provided the only real drama of the night, Ukraine moved through to the quarter-finals on their first visit to the FIFA World Cup. Switzerland were left to contemplate whether a more adventurous approach would have kept them in the competition.

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