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Monday, 26th June
Watching Milk Turn to Cheese

Second Round Match

Travel to Switzerland Switzerland vs Travel to Ukraine Ukraine
in Köln

Previous Encounters:
Switzerland haven't played Ukraine before.

The Match:
No goals in the first-half and nothing really in it apart from two hits on the woodwork; an Andriy Shevchenko header and an Alexander Frei free-kick.

Really this game has been about two teams too scared to lose and you wonder why they bothered to turn up.

The biggest news is probably no yellow cards.

No commitment. No desire. Pathetic!

Half-time: (0:0)

As the two teams started the second-half, the one consolation is that one of them would definitely go out.

Almost an hour before the first yellow card. That's not fair play, I'm afraid that's scared to play.

Ricardo Cabanas should have been sent off, just after the hour, for a double-footed challenge. What nationality is Sepp Blatter?

In the 67th minute, Shevchenko used his hand to bring the ball under control. The referee didn't see it and Pascal Zuberbuhler didn't see the shot either; just wide.

Full Time:
Travel to Switzerland Switzerland 0 - Travel to Ukraine Ukraine 0
After Extra Time

Sadly, a very uninspiring ninety minutes. A hopeless presentation of World Cup football with no ambition to win, from either side. No quality, no flair, no imagination; Switzerland just too neutral. About as exciting as watching milk turn to cheese.

The saddest thing for football is that Austria and Switzerland are co-hosting the next European Championships, in 2008.

Unbelievably, as the first-half of extra time ended the Swiss trainer, Köbi Kuhn actually looked pleased with the performance of his side. That's disgraceful.

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
You must be kidding.

Extremely poor, scoreless 120 minutes of football. How terribly, terribly sad.

Penalties:
Pascal Zuberbuhler saved Ukraine's first penalty, from Shevchenko, but the Swiss players let him down when they stepped up as Streller had his penalty saved, Barnetta hit the bar and Shovkovskiy stopped Cabanas' penalty as well.

For Ukraine: Artem Milevskiy, Serhiy Rebrov and Oleg Gusev were the three who scored to wipe Switzerland off the 2006 World Cup map.

Ukraine win the penalties (3:0).

Teams

Switzerland:
1 Pascal Zuberbuhler; 2 Johan Djourou, 3 Ludovic Magnin, 20 Patrick Müller, 23 Philipp Degen; 6 Johann Vogel, 7 Ricardo Cabanas, 8 Raphael Wicky, 16 Tranquillo Barnetta, 22 Hakan Yakin; 9 Alexander Frei.

Ukraine:
1 Olexandr Shovkovskiy; 2 Andriy Nesmachniy, 17 Vladislav Vashchuk; 4 Anatoliy Tymoschuk, 8 Oleg Shelayev, 9 Oleg Gusev, 14 Andriy Gusin, 19 Maxim Kalinichenko; 7 Andriy Shevchenko, 10 Andriy Voronin, 16 Andriy Vorobey.

Referee: Benito Archundia Travel to Mexico

Substitutions Substitutions:
33 Mins (Switzerland) - 13 Stephane Grichting on for 2 Johan Djourou
64 Mins (Switzerland) - 11 Marco Streller on for 22 Hakan Yakin
75 Mins (Ukraine) - 21 Ruslan Rotan on for 19 Maxim Kalinichenko
93 Mins (Ukraine) - 11 Serhiy Rebrov on for 16 Andriy Vorobey
110 Mins (Ukraine) - 15 Artem Milevskiy on for 10 Andriy Voronin
116 Mins (Switzerland) - 18 Mauro Lustrinelli on for 9 Alexander Frei

Yellow Cards 1 Yellow Card:
59 Mins - Tranquillo Barnetta (Switzerland)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Second Round

Game 1
Germany vs Sweden
München

Game 2
England vs Ecuador
Stuttgart

Game 3
Argentina vs Mexico
Leipzig

Game 4
Portugal vs Holland
Nürnberg

Game 5
Italy vs Australia
Kaiserslautern

Game 6
Brazil vs Ghana
Dortmund

Game 7
Switzerland vs Ukraine
Köln

Game 8
Spain vs France
Hannover

Quarter-finals

Game A
Germany vs Argentina
Berlin

Game B
England vs Portugal
Gelsenkirchen

Game C
Italy vs Ukraine
Hamburg

Game D
Brazil vs France
Frankfurt

Semi-finals

Semi Final 1
Germany vs Italy
Dortmund

Semi Final 2
Portugal vs France
München

Third-Place Match

Saturday, 8th July
Germany vs Portugal
Stuttgart

2006 World Cup Final

Sunday, 9th July
Italy vs France
Berlin

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