Italy brush Ukraine aside 3-0 to reach semi-final

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Friday, June 30, 2006

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Italy took their chances to take a comfortable win in their Fifa World Cup quarter-final match against Ukraine, Friday.

AOL Arena, Hamburg.

Gianluca Zambrotta scored the game winner after six minutes and Luca Toni netted a double in the second half to secure a semi-final game with the host nation, Germany.

Zambrotta's early goal for Italy was a 30 yard low hard swinging drive that beat the Ukraine keeper at his near post.

Italy played a very effective counter attack game ceding 58 per cent of possession to Ukraine while they equalled their opponents creativity in front of goal with seven shots on target.

Ukraine played good football in the second period and while they were still one goal down were unlucky not to net an equaliser. They were up against an Italian defence that had conceded just one goal in the tournament - which was an own goal - and was to complete a third consecutive shut out.

On 48 minutes Gianluigi Buffon made a match-winning save from Maksym Kalinichenko. In the process of tipping the downward header onto the post Buffon head-butted the upright.

As Ukraine upped the pressure Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro then made a crucial winning header clearance as Andiry Shevchenko lurked behind.

When Buffon saved again and Zambrotta cleared off the line from Kalinichenko Ukraine coach Oleg Blohkin rued the missed chances. A minute later an Italian attack led to a corner, taken short Totti's near-post ball met a diving Toni and it was suddenly 2-0.

Andriy Gusin then connected with a header and hit the crossbar but though the Ukraine effort was vigorous on the day they did not score.

Ten minutes after Toni's first World Cup goal, Zambrotta dribbled into the penalty area from the left side and passed the ball to Toni who tapped in his second goal from five yards.

An unsung hero of the match was Gennaro Gattuso whose hard work in midfield earned him Fifa's Man of the Match award.

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Match 58

June 30, 2006
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 3–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine AOL Arena
Zambrotta 6'
Toni 59' 69'

Attendance: 50'000



Flag of Italy.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Italy.svg Gianluigi Buffon (GK)
Flag of Italy.svgFabio Cannavaro (C) Flag of Italy.svgAndrea Barzagli
Flag of Italy.svgGianluca Zambrotta Soccerball.jpg Flag of Italy.svgFabio Grosso
Flag of Italy.svgMauro Camoranesi Flag of Italy.svgGennaro Gattuso Flag of Italy.svgSimone Perrotta
Flag of Italy.svgAndrea Pirlo
Flag of Italy.svgLuca toni Soccerball.jpgSoccerball.jpg Flag of Italy.svgFrancesco Totti


  • 68' Simone Barone for Pirlo
  • 68' Massimo Oddo for Camoranesi
  • 77' Cristian Zaccardo for Gattuso

Coach: Marcello Lippi

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Ukraine.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Ukraine.svgOleksandr Shovkovskyi (GK)
Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Nesmachnyi Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Rusol Flag of Ukraine.svgVyacheslav Sviderskyi 16'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Ukraine.svgAnatoliy Tymoschuk Flag of Ukraine.svgOleg Shelayev
Flag of Ukraine.svgOleg Gusev Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Gusin Flag of Ukraine.svgMaksym Kalinichenko 21'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Shevchenko (C) Flag of Ukraine.svgArtem Milevskiy 67'Yellow card.svg


  • 20' Andriy Vorobey for Sviderskyi
  • 47'+ Vladyslav Vashchuk for Andriy Rusol
  • 72' Oleksiy Belik for Milevskiy

Coach: Oleg Blohkin

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Belgium.svg Referee: Frank De Bleeckere Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Belgium.svg Assistant referee: Peter Hermans

Flag of Belgium.svg Assistant referee: Walter Vromans

Flag of Japan.svg Fourth referee: Toru Kawikawa

Flag of Japan.svg Fifth referee: Yoshikazu Hiroshima

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