Ukraine win penalty shootout; beat Switzerland for quarter-final spot

Monday, June 26, 2006

Ukraine beat Switzerland 3-0 in a penalty shootout to get to the quarter-finals of the 2006 Fifa World Cup after a goalless deadlock, Monday.

RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne.

Both teams started the game knowing their round of sixteen opponents were not ranked in the Fifa top 10 and appeared determined not to make mistakes. Tackles went in quick and hard but no side took any risks to win the game.

The statistics suggest Switzerland had more shots but they arguably were the more defensive team as they had started with one forward, Alexander Frei, whereas the Ukraine had three.

Swiss and Ukraine supporters in Cologne for match day.

Frei's single shot came from a first period free kick which shook Oleksandr Shovkovskyi's lintel. Ukraine's forward men amassed six shots; Andriy Shevchenko went closest on 20 minutes when his diving header came off the ground and onto the crossbar.

Ukraine did not play well and despite their more attack-minded formation were so wasteful with possession that they made statistically fewer chances than the Swiss with their 4-5-1 formation. Switzerland had 55 per cent of the ball in the game.

From a viewer's perspective the Mexican referee Benito Archundia was lenient with tough challenges. A game with 44 fouls - one every three minutes - had only one yellow card. The yellow card was awarded on the hour to Tranquillo Barnetta for pushing a Ukrainian player as he ran toward the penalty area.

Ukraine fans cheered when Oleg Gusev scored the decisive penalty.

15 minutes each way for extra-time was not used effectively by the teams; neither side attacked hard and in the second period there were no shots at all. Switzerland almost got one but Andriy Gusin blocked Marco Streller 12 yards from goal.

Ukraine took and missed the first penalty but won the shootout 3-0 after Artem Milevskiy scored first with a impudent chip down the middle. For the Swiss Barnetta hit the bar, and then Shovkovskyi made two saves low to his right and left to send Ukraine through to a quarter-final match against Italy.

Switzerland was eliminated from World Cup competition without having conceded a goal during the entire tournament (excluding penalty shootout goals), the first time this has happened in World Cup history.

Round of sixteen

Match 54

June 26, 2006
  Ukraine 0–0   Switzerland RheinEnergieStadion

Attendance: 45'000


  Notes Result   Notes Result
Shevchenko Saved low right X
Milevskiy Straight chip   Streller Saved low right X
Rebrov Hard low left   Barnetta Crossbar right X
Gusev Hard low right   Cabanas Saved low left X

Notes are from the goalkeeper's view.



Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
  Oleksandr Shovkovskyi (GK)
  Vladyslav Vashchuk   Andriy Nesmachnyi
  Anatoliy Tymoschuk
  Oleg Shelayev   Andriy Gusin   Oleg Gusev   Maksym Kalinichenko
  Andriy Voronin
  Andriy Shevchenko (C)   Andriy Vorobey


  • 75' Ruslan Rotan for Kalinichenko
  • 94' Serhiy Rebrov for Vorobey
  • 111' Artem Milevskiy for Voronin

  denotes one goal scored.


Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
  Pascal Zuberbuehler (GK)
  Phillipp Degen   Johan Djourou   Patrick Mueller   Ludovic Magnin
  Johann Vogel (C)
  Ricardo Cabanas   Raphael Wicky   Hakan Yakin   Tranquillo Barnetta 59'  
  Alexander Frei


  • 34' Stephane Grichting for Djourou
  • 64' Marco Streller for Yakin
  • 117' Mauro Lustrinelli for Frei

  denotes one goal scored.


  Referee: Benito Archundia   

  Assistant referee: Jose Ramirez

  Assistant referee: Hector Vergara

  Fourth referee: Jerome Damon

  Fifth referee: Justice Yeboah

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