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Berlin Lottery and an unlucky Yushchenko

July 1 2006

At the World Cup held its first quarterfinal match. For Russian-speaking audience the main question was, Will the Ukrainian team to break the resistance of highly experienced Italians. But for the rest of the world's central meeting of the day, of course, became a duel, Germany - Argentina.

"Lottery ticket" and a little help judge

Match Germany - Argentina, many called early ending. Indeed, during the tournament, these teams have shown the most entertaining football, and it seemed unfair that they occur already in the 1 / 4 finals. On the German side were native walls, but on the side of Argentines - a wide choice of excellent performers. Because the whole world froze in anticipation of a unique spectacle.

However, the disappointing first half: the team played very cautiously, afraid to miss, and the dangers created very little. In these circumstances, the central figure became a judge of the Slovak Lubos Michel, who interpreted in favor of the hosts of the championship all contentious episodes. But no sooner had begun the second half of the game as intriguing match famously twirled. At the 49 th minute after a corner captain Roberto Fabian Ayala Argentines head hammer the ball into the gate of the Germans.

There was nowhere to retreat, and wards of Juergen Klinsmann by all means go ahead. And it became clear that the German players found a lot of helpers. The arbitrator went on to whistle only in their side, and here, and Argentines Roberto Abbondatseri goalkeeper was injured and had to be replaced. Cards coach Jose Pekermana South Americans were confused, and he made a tactical mistake by clearing the field team manager Juan Roman Riquelme. As a result of the game in attack, the team went wrong.

For its part, the Germans realized that their moment had come, and stepped up the pressure, displaying his famous winning team spirit. On the 80 th minute of their captain Michael Ballack gave the penalty, Tim Borowski turned his head to the ball by Miroslav Klose and the latter as head hammer the ball into the goal mate Abbondatseri Leo Franco. True, a couple of minutes, the success of the Germans could be Pyrrhic, because their punishment is not without the assistance of counsel fell Argentinian Maxi Rodriguez. However, the Slovakian referee had no intention of showing the 11-meter mark.

In extra time the team is clearly more thought, and therefore no danger they have created. In the first half, the additional active were the Germans in the second - the Argentines, but the values it was not enough. Everything went to what viewers will see the second in a series of tournament on penalties, and finally happened that way. Before we started the football lottery, the German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann went over his back - Oliver Kahn, and read the "lecture" the reflection of a penalty. It is known that the relationship between the two goalies are not good, but because viewers saw the scene, broke into applause.

In the course of a series of 11 kicks revealed that Kahn did not knowingly pursued a "literacy campaign". After an exchange of sharp attacks in the performance of Oliver Noyvillya and Julio Cruz Ballack confidently threw the ball, and Franco on different angles. But Lehmann was able to avenge Ayala, tightly taking a ball shot by the Argentines. Further strikes were noted however the Germans with Polish surnames Lukas Podolski and Tim Borowski and Argentinian Maxi Rodriguez. Fourth of Latino beat Esteban Cambiasso, but Lehmann is easily parried the ball and brought their partners in the semifinals.

Yushchenko - the unlucky mascot

Before the match against Italy at the Ukrainian coach was just one bad news: the injured striker Andriy Voronin. Everything else was better than nowhere - came into operation disqualified defenders Andrei Rusol and Vyacheslav Sviderskiy, scored form of Andriy Shevchenko.Strong support Ukrainians were to receive from the podium - in Hamburg, to find time to fight with the Verkhovna Rada, Yushchenko flew. However, knowing that Blokhin with "orange" is not formed the best relationships can only guess whether there was happy to coach such a fan.

In the camp of the Italians was not all right. Injury defender Alessandro Nesta added a new round of scandal about corruption in the Italian championship. Many players team in favor of Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina, but because some of them had to fly home and go to court. In addition, the general manager of Juventus, and the last team player Gianluca Pessotto on the background of the scandal is likely to ptylasya to commit suicide, and because many of the players especially his visit to a hospital in Turin.

It seems to be on the side of the Ukrainians, but two things: experience and class players. As soon as the match began, "wolf" from the Apennines have gone forward. At the 6 th minute of the defender Gianluca Zambrotta struck long-range strike, Ukrainian goalkeeper Alexander Shovkovsky made a mistake, and the account was opened. In the future Ukrainian team more possession of the ball, but the Italian defenders are not allowed to do anything, tightly closing Andriy Shevchenko. As a result, until the end of halftime Ukrainians helplessly catalyze the ball on their half of the field, and the Italians sometimes snarled quite dangerous counterattacks.

In the second half, receiving gruel by Blokhin, the Ukrainians have gone ahead and created a number of scoring chances. First, Andrei Husin at point-blank hit his head, but beautifully played by Italians goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Then Buffon saved after hitting Oleg Gusev and finished off the ball Maxim Kalinichenko failed to break through is the defender and captain Fabio Cannavaro Italians. And then worked futbolnaya old truth: you do not score - you will score. At the 59 th minute, the Italians played corner, Francesco Totti gave the flank, Cannavaro was distracted by the defenders, and striker Luca Toni's head at point-blank shot Shovkovsky - 2:0.

For a while the Ukrainians by inertia went ahead and Husin even punched his head in the bar, but its call after hitting back the ball sounded like a farewell to the Ukrainian team. At 69 minutes Zambrotta rolled the ball to Tony, and he calmly rolled the ball into an empty net. Later italnyatsy no longer wanted to play, and the Ukrainians - they could not match and ended. It turned out that the Ukrainian president was not the happiest of talismans for his team, which has prior to his arrival in Hamburg, things went well.

As for the Italians, they dedicated their victory Gianluca Pessotto in serious condition. This is what was written on the flag, which performed a lap of honor captain Fabio Cannavaro. Now, by the Italian defense, which has never allowed opponents to score (the only one missing the ball was own goal - Ed.) Semifinals check the Germans. Which certainly tired after a penalty shoot-out more than the Italians.

Vadim Trukhachev


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