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Nightmare at the Battle of Leipzig and Dortmund

June 15 2006

On the eve of the World Cup soccer team came into the fight of the group H. Russian-speaking community is most interested in the first match of the Ukrainian team against the Spaniards, who apparently will be forgotten soon - good thing that the chances for a way out of it is not lost. In addition, teams of Germany and Poland opened the program of the second round group stage.

Group H: Tears on Independence

Hype before the match against Spain was in the Ukraine enormous. The Verkhovna Rada has canceled its meeting for the sake of football, and the government issued a decree to hang out all over the country flags. In addition, employers recommended stop on the match day to the whole country can watch live on what is happening in Leipzig. In Kiev on Independence Square was a huge screen in front of which gathered several thousand people. Everyone was waiting for the team triumph.

However, even before the game was one BUT: the captain and leader of the team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko has not fully recovered from his injury and because his partners had less trust in their leader. The impression was that the defeat was ready, and coach Oleg Blokhin. "Of course, I want to achieve a positive (result - ed.). But the tragedy of destruction, we will not do. Championship in a match against Spain is not ends with "- he said before the match. A tense faces of Ukrainians during the national anthems only strengthened the impression that something is wrong.

As soon as the match began, it became visibly obvious superiority of the Spaniards in the midfield. One after another attack on the gates were rolled by Alexander Shovkovsky, and defense of Ukrainians do not always keep up with the Spanish striker Fernando Torres and David Viley. At the 13th minute gave Chawi corner, and Alonso's head pushed the ball into the goal. Four minutes later defender Andriy Rusol flagrantly violated rules near his own penalty area and earned a warning. After hitting the ball touched his head Villa's one of those standing in a wall of players and Shovkovsky has nothing to help but could not. 2:0 - and the Spanish confidently controlled the match and the game of Ukrainians traced some doom.

At the beginning of the second half, the Ukrainians, having received, apparently during a break in a scolding from Blokhin, the entire team rushed forward, but it turned worse. The Spaniards caught the opponent on the counterattack, Torres went one on one and defender Vladislav Vashchuk knocked him into the penalty area. Perhaps the judge of Switzerland Massimo Busacca got worked by removing the defender, but the penalty was clear. Villa accurate shot from the point, and it became clear that it smells like defeat.

Spanish coach released on the field healed trauma team captain Raul, and he kept a danger at the gates of Shovkovsky. At the same time at some time the Ukrainians began to play more active, and Sergei Rebrov for the 70 th minute, had an excellent opportunity to soak through. But this did not happen - on the contrary, the 81-minute Spanish defender Carles Puyol was connected to the attack, issuing a pass to Torres, who set the final score. The Spaniards could have scored more, but obviously cherished powers. And the Ukrainians in the last 40 minutes just collapsed.

After the match, Oleg Blokhin admitted his team had played that night worse than any in Europe. On the Independence flushed fans came to blows with police, and some of them tried to storm the embassy of Spain. Kiev police, apparently remembered the sad experience of the pogroms at the Manege Square in Moscow, and mass fights did not happen. Maybe esche1 because Ukraine is too lucky with the lottery and get to the stage of the playoffs, despite a humiliating defeat, she has every chance.

After the match, Saudi Arabia - Tunisia sense "of life" for the Ukrainians increased. The two Arab teams played mediocre, and the dangers of creating a minimum.In first-half advantage possessed Tunis, Tunisia, and in the 23rd minute after drawing the penalty by Ziad Jaziri opened. After the break, a fresh look, Saudi Arabia, which equalized in the 57 th minute effort Yasser al-Qahtani. At 84 th minute quick counterattack Saudis concluded Sami al-Jaber. However, the third added minute guilty of both missed Scoring draw Tunisian defender Radhi Dzhaidi equalized, thereby greatly facilitated the lives of Ukrainians.

Group A: Will and carnage

Match between Germany and Poland opened the program of the second round group stage. This meeting is feared the police and, as it turned out, not in vain. A few hours before the game guards have detained about 60 Polish fans, who were seized knives and pieces of reinforcement. After the game has already caused a stir by German skinheads who pelted police and guests from Poland, bottles and firecrackers. In total, police found about 200 people. And the slaughter was a game and cool game.

The Poles, who lost at the start of Ecuador, had no chance to go to the next round, but to win over the tournament hosts. Therefore, the match with a white and red began to more actively, but the Germans, which was released as part of Captain Michael Ballack is not going to sit back in defense. The game was on a collision course, there were dangerous moments, one after another. However, much closer to success was the German national team players - by coincidence, the ethnic Poles. First, Miroslav Klose has not got his head almost into an empty net, and then Lukas Podolski from five meters katnul ball past the far corner of the Polish goal.

In the second half, the Germans were added to the motion, and the Poles no longer keep up with them. Midfielder Radoslaw Sobolewski shlopotal second caution and was removed from the field, and the advantage of the Germans was just overwhelming. In one attack Klose and Ballack in turn hit the crossbar, while in other cases, the Poles rescued catches goalkeeper Artur Boruc courage. However, in the first minute of added Germans played a quick combination, and who replaced Oliver Noyvill at point-blank shot the Polish goalkeeper. 1:0 - and Germany is almost secured a way out of the group. But Poland's chances seem to be after two defeats very elusive.

Vadim Trukhachev


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