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Ukrainian roulette and return to duty

June 27 2006

At the World Cup matches took place 1 / 8 finals, in which the team played, the fate of Russian-speaking fans who could not be indifferent. In a match of the day the Ukrainian team the opposing team in Switzerland. And the Australian team led by Guus Hiddink had to be tested for strength in the game with the Italians.

Duty of good turn deserves another

The main intrigue of the match, Australia - Italy was in opposition to the Italians with Hiddink. Four years ago, South Korean team, led by the Dutchman, with a very strange refereeing defeated the Italians in the 1 / 8 finals. Then, in an episode of Koreans shot down in his own penalty by Francesco Totti, but the referee took a violation of the simulation, and deleted it. On this episode had to remember at the end of the match, but before that there were many more interesting things.

From the first minute lead by the Australians, but not the feeling that fans of the game from the defensive Italians deliberately gave the opponent the ball. In wards Hiddink almost did not work to create a poignant moments, and counter the Italians were much more dangerous. Nevertheless, before the break on the scoreboard shone zeros, and in the air beginning to smell another "miracle Hiddink."

The sensation became closer after Spanish judge Luis Medina Cantalejo sent off defender Italian Marco Materazzi, although usually in these episodes show a yellow card. At some point, the eminent Australians squeezed rival, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Fabio Cannavaro was at altitude. As a result, the Italians have adapted to the game in the minority, and each new attack representatives of the "green continent" harbored a less dangerous.

Toward the end of the match on the field instead of Alessandro Del Piero came Francesco Totti, who four years was considered the main loser of Italian football. A couple of times strained the situation in the Australian goal, and the third added minute thanks to his decisive events occurred. Australians to quit playing in anticipation of extra time, and then Totti has sent a breakthrough defender Fabio Grosso. He defeated two rivals, broke into the penalty area ...

Grosso on the way to the ball rose lying Australian defender Grosso and decided to fall. Do not let the ball can not be lying, but the Aussie did not touch the Italian. Violation was, but it was drawn on a free kick rather than a penalty. Nevertheless, Cantalejo pointed to the 11-meter mark. Totti blow at the last second of the meeting was accurate, and the player took off his curse Hiddink. And Australia has been very disappointing - until the miracle did not have a second.

Ukrainian roulette

Before the meeting with the team of Switzerland, in Oleg Blokhin was a headache - who will replace unqualified defenders Andrei Rusol and Vyacheslav Svidersky. Similar problems were also the opponent - injured was a pillar of the Swiss Defence Philippe Senderos, through which the Swiss have not missed a three-match a single ball. Was expected to open play in the center, but in fact the opposite happened.

At the beginning of the mast teams exchanged sharp attacks. First, after a pass by Maxim Kalinichenko, Andriy Shevchenko ahead of the defenders and struck his head, but the Swiss saved by the crossbar. Then the upper frame of the gate has already helped Alexander Shovkovsky - namely crossbar has borne the brunt of the Swiss striker Alexander Frei. After that reigned on the field of peace and quiet.

Knowing about the problems at the center of defense, the team is so much effort focused on this, that neither time nor thought is not enough for you to conduct a meaningful attack. Occasionally exacerbated game Shevchenko, but his long-range shot lacked accuracy. Several times interrupted Shovkovskiy dangerous feed from the flank, and the same is sometimes done, and his colleague Pascal Tsuberbyuler.The case proceeded inexorably to the penalty shoot-out, and, finally, a soccer lottery has come.

The first blow Shevchenko Swiss goalkeeper beaten off, but it seems to have played with its partners, a cruel joke. Backlash Swiss Shovkovskiy managed to catch me back. Then Ukrainians rescued the crossbar and then the goalkeeper of Dynamo Kyiv, whose errors are not just deprived of Ukrainians out in the final part of major tournaments, again played beyond praise. At the same time, Artem Milevsky, Serhiy Rebrov and Oleg Gusev were accurate and led the Ukrainians to the quarterfinals.

"Today we proved that we can play good football. We play for the result. We fought very hard to make our dream come true. Shootout akin to Russian roulette. I'm in seventh heaven. I have not seen their way of penalty shots, because it went into the locker room, "- said after the game, Oleg Blokhin. Well, now he will be the second real test of strength - next opponent will be his charges had seen everything in his life the Italians.

Vadim Trukhachev


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