Ukraine's World Cup
Ukraine's World Cup
THE fact that Ukraine stayed the distance as long as they did in Germany would, on the face of it, suggest that their pre-tournament billing as dark horses was not so fanciful. But having witnessed the manner of their surprise progress to the last eight, it would be hard to adhere to that assessment, and despite their underdog status, it was hard to muster much warmth. Rarely can a team in the World Cup have travelled so far by offering so little.
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BARELY A month after packing his bags and moving to the Premiership, Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko gets the chance to bite the hand that fed him tonight.
SWITZERLAND skipper Johann Vogel is planning to make history this summer but standing in his way is Ukrainian hotshot Andriy Shevchenko.
UKRAINE coach Oleg Blokhin admits the worst thing about being a team boss is feeling the pain of his players as he prepares for tonight's match with World Cup Group G winners Switzerland in Cologne.
Ukraine 1 Shevchenko (71 pen)
ONE MENTION of Jayne Torvill and it's a pretty safe bet which other name leaps to mind like a bullet from a gun.
ANDRIY Shevchenko may be the only household name in the Ukraine side, but the former Tottenham and West Ham forward Sergei Rebrov insists they have finally shed the image that they are a one-man team.
UKRAINE 4 Rusol (4), Rebrov (36), Shevchenko (46), Kalinichenko (84)
SAUDI ARABIA striker Sami Al-Jaber hopes to dedicate a victory over Ukraine today to bereaved team-mate Mohammed Al Shlhoub.
UKRAINE captain Andriy Shevchenko knows his side are drinking in the last chance saloon ahead of their vital match against Saudi Arabia.
ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO is backing his Ukraine teammates to pick themselves up after yesterday's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Spain and qualify for the next stage of the World Cup.
THERE have been a few teams in the tournament that haven't lived up to expectations so far but you certainly couldn't say that about Spain after their 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine.
LET's not get too carried away quite yet. They were, after all, playing against ten men for virtually the whole of the second half, they scored a penalty that should never have been awarded and they had the energy-sapping conditions in their favour.
HOPES that captain Andriy Shevchenko will be fit for Ukraine's World Cup opener against Spain tomorrow received a boost yesterday when the striker did not appear troubled by his knee injury at training.
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