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Quarter-final Match

Travel to Italy Italy vs Travel to Ukraine Ukraine
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Previous Encounters:
Italy and Ukraine drew in Lausanne (0:0), during a pre-World Cup friendly. They also met during qualifying for Euro 96, with Italy winning both games: (3:1) in Bari and (2:0) in Kiev.

The Match:
Italy took an early lead as Gianluca Zambrotta ran through the middle of the field and struck from the edge of the area unchallenged.

After the goal, Italy never had any real desire to increase the lead; although Ukraine's need to equalise gave Italy more space.

But as Ukraine didn't look too desperate to risk letting any more goals in, we were left with a defensively stagnant game.

Half-time: (1:0)

Ukraine's best move came three minutes after the break; as the earned the first corner of the game.

From the corner, Gianluigi Buffon banged his head on the post as he saved Andriy Gusin's header; Buffon's first save of the game.

So Ukraine earned a second corner. Maybe Italy would start to attack as well.

Ukraine stepped up a gear and had two shots save off the line, in the 58th minute.

This did wake up Italy, as they pushed forward to earn their first corner. They took it short and Francesco Totti had plenty of time to chip into the box. The ball skimmed above Fabio Cannavaro, totally unmarked in the middle, but Luca Toni managed to nip in front of the far-post defender; to head his first goal of the tournament.

Ukraine picked themselves up immediately and Andriy Gusin headed onto the Italian bar; from a free-kick on the right.

Luca Toni taped in his second goal in ten minutes; Zambrotta having made the powerful run to get the move going.

Even at three goals down, Ukraine continued to attack; as Buffon pushed away Shevchenko's free-kick. If they'd have shown the same initiative in the first-half, Ukraine might have still been in the game with a chance of a place in the semi-final.

Final Score:
Travel to Italy Italy 3 - Travel to Ukraine Ukraine 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Gianluca Zambrotta (6)
2:0 Luca Toni (59)
3:0 Luca Toni (69)

Teams

Italy:
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 3 Fabio Grosso, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 6 Andrea Barzagli, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta; 8 Gennaro Gattuso, 10 Francesco Totti, 16 Mauro Camoranesi, 20 Simone Perrotta, 21 Andrea Pirlo; 9 Luca Toni.

Ukraine:
1 Olexandr Shovkovskiy; 2 Andriy Nesmachniy, 6 Andriy Rusol, 22 Viacheslav Sviderskiy; 4 Anatoliy Tymoschuk, 8 Oleg Shelayev, 9 Oleg Gusev, 14 Andriy Gusin, 19 Maxim Kalinichenko; 7 Andriy Shevchenko, 15 Artem Milevskiy.

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere Travel to Belgium

Substitutions Substitutions:
20 Mins (Ukraine) - 16 Andriy Vorobey on for 22 Viacheslav Sviderskiy
46 Mins (Ukraine) - 17 Vladislav Vashchuk on for 6 Andriy Rusol
68 Mins (Italy) - 22 Massimo Oddo on for 16 Mauro Camoranesi
68 Mins (Italy) - 17 Simone Barone on for 21 Andrea Pirlo
72 Mins (Ukraine) - 20 Oleksiy Byelik on for 15 Artem Milevskiy
76 Mins (Italy) - 2 Cristian Zaccardo on for 8 Gennaro Gattuso

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
16 Mins - Viacheslav Sviderskiy (Ukraine)
21 Mins - Maxim Kalinichenko (Ukraine)
67 Mins - Artem Milevskiy (Ukraine)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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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

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Semi Final 1
Germany vs Italy
Dortmund

Semi Final 2
Portugal vs France
München

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Saturday, 8th July
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