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Wednesday, 14th June 2006
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Group H Match

Spain vs Ukraine
Leipzig

Previous Encounters:
Spain and Ukraine have played each other twice before, in qualifying for Euro 2004.

Although Ukraine didn't lose to Spain, they didn't qualify for the Euro 2004 finals tournament in Portugal either. Spain made it to the finals, after a play-off with Norway.

The Match:
Spain started out with the early attacking moves against Ukraine, in Leipzig; Sergio Ramos making some good runs out of the right back position.

After just twelve minutes Spain's surprise inclusion, Marcos Senna from Villarreal, earned the corner that lead to Spain's first goal; after his blazing shot was tipped over the bar by Olexandr Shovkovskiy.

In the goal-mouth scramble that followed, Xabi Alonso was credited with the touch that sent the ball towards the back of the net.

Four minutes later, Spain had doubled their lead from another set-piece; when the Ukraine wall jumped and Andriy Rusol, who had just been booked, helped David Villa's free-kick past Shovkovskiy.

Ukraine, having warmed up too slow, struggled to get good movement going between the holding midfield players and the front-runners; Shevchenko needing to come deeper himself to get a touch on the ball.

Then a bad defensive header fell to Shevchenko who released Andriy Voronin, three minutes before half-time, but again the team in yellow were flagged for offside.

Half-time: (2:0).

Two minutes after the break, Massimo Busacca, the Swiss referee, dealt a knockout blow to the Ukrainians; by awarding the first penalty of the 2006 World Cup Finals and sending off Vladislav Vashchuk. Fernando Torres had already shot before he fell and didn't really seem to be pulled down.

David Villa stepped up to score Spain's third; although Shovkovskiy dived the right way and maybe just brushed the ball with his finger tips.

With a comfortable lead established, Luis Aragones could afford to make a double substitution early and warm-up Raul.

On the hour, Ukraine's best chance fell to Voronin; who controlled the ball on his thight before releasing a shot just wide of the far post, from the right edge of the area.

Substitute, Serhiy Rebrov also wasted a golden opportunity when right in front of goal, by carelessly shooting over the bar.

Spain weren't prepared to just sit on the three-goal lead as, ten minutes from time, Carles Puyol won the ball deep in his own half; laid the ball off and ran down the left, to head the return into the path of Fernando Torres.

Oleg Blokhin, the Ukraine trainer, just smiled from the bench and shook his head; as if to say: "What can I do here?"

At least Ukraine have Saudi Arabia next.

Final Score:
Spain 4 - Ukraine 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Xabi Alonso (13)
2:0 David Villa (17)
3:0 David Villa (48pen)
4:0 Fernando Torres (81)

Teams

Spain: (Captain Iker Casillas)
1 Iker Casillas; 3 Mariano Pernia, 5 Carles Puyol, 15 Sergio Ramos, 22 Ibanez Pablo; 8 Hernandez Xavi, 14 Xabi Alonso, 16 Marcos Senna; 9 Fernando Torres, 11 Luis Garcia, 21 David Villa.

Ukraine: (Captain Andriy Shevchenko)
1 Olexandr Shovkovskiy; 2 Andriy Nesmachniy, 5 Volodymyr Yezerskiy, 6 Andriy Rusol, 17 Vladislav Vashchuk; 4 Anatoliy Tymoschuk, 9 Oleg Gusev, 14 Andriy Gusin, 21 Ruslan Rotan; 7 Andriy Shevchenko, 10 Andriy Voronin.

Referee:
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Ukraine) 8 Oleg Shelayev on for 9 Oleg Gusev
46 Mins (Ukraine) 16 Andriy Vorobey on for 14 Andriy Gusin
55 Mins (Spain) 7 Gonzalez Raul on for 21 David Villa
55 Mins (Spain) - 6 David Albelda on for 14 Xabi Alonso
63 Mins (Ukraine) - 11 Serhiy Rebrov on for 21 Ruslan Rotan
77 Mins (Spain) - 18 Francesc Fabregas on for 11 Luis Garcia

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
17 Mins - Andriy Rusol (Ukraine)
53 Mins - Volodymyr Yezerskiy (Ukraine)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
47 Mins - Vladislav Vashchuk (Ukraine)

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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