TSG analysis by Jim SELBY (AUS)
It was a game where the two teams, Switzerland and Ukraine, playing a similar style, battling it out in a midfield area that was congested with more than ten players.
The idea was to win the ball and start counterattacks, bringing the ball to the strikers and wide men who were moving forward. But because the teams had such a similar style of play they cancelled each other out.
It was a hard-fought, passionate game where the spectators could not challenge the commitment and passion of every single player on the field. Perhaps it did not have the individual flair and combination play some of the teams in the competition can boast but there were honest, hard-working players on show and the enthusiasm never let up throughout the match. Even though the teams were even, it made it entertaining in its own way.
The second half was a copy of the first. Because the midfield was so tight and the defence positioned so well, the teams started to revert to long-range shots. It got to a stage where if the counterattack failed then the move would break down. There was no real effectiveness in using alternatives.
The game was played in a good spirit, which demonstrates that 22 players can give their most for their team-mates and country and still show passion for 90 minutes and into extra time.
In conclusion, the match was an even affair where a combination of five-player midfields and strong back-lines made it difficult for the flair players such as Andriy Shevchenko and Alexander Frei to have any real chances.