Ukraine overpower Tunisia 1-0
Shevchenko scored from penalty spot in the 70th minute to give Ukraine a spot in the second round of the World Cup.india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 22:09 IST
Andriy Shevchenko scored from the penalty spot in the 70th minute on Friday to give Ukraine a 1-0 win over Tunisia and a spot in the second round of the World Cup.
Shevchenko scored his second goal of the tournament after he was knocked down while running between Tunisia goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel and defender Karim Hagui.
The win was enough to give Ukraine second place in Group H behind Spain, which beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the other group match. Ukraine is the first former-Soviet republic to advance to the second round of the World Cup.
Ukraine will play the winner of Group G on Monday in Cologne. France, Switzerland and South Korea all have a chance to win that group.
Tunisia finished the match with 10 men after striker Ziad Jaziri was sent off in the last minute of the first half. Jaziri received his second yellow of the match for a sliding tackle on Anatoly Tymoschuk.
Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin and several of his players clapped when referee Carlos Amarilla pulled out the yellow card. And as the match went to halftime, Tunisian officials went onto the field to usher their furious players away from Amarilla and his assistants. Tunisia had a good chance to score in the 19th minute, when Hamed Namouchi curled a shot toward goal but Ukraine goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy caught it comfortably under his crossbar. Ukraine kept control, however, especially in the second half, but was not as convincing as it was against Saudi Arabia, who they defeated 4-0 on Monday.
Ukraine joins Ghana as the only two of the six newcomers in Germany to reach the second round. Angola, Ivory Coast, Togo and Trinidad and Tobago have all been eliminated.
Ukraine lost its opening match to Spain 4-0, and became only the third team to advance to the second round after losing its opener since the World Cup expanded its field to 32 teams. Ghana also did it this year.
Ukraine, which gained its independence in 1991, was the first former-Soviet republic to qualify for the tournament since Russia. Russia was knocked out in the group stage in its only appearances in 1994 and 2002.
Ukraine had already proved it was a threat to challenge for the title when it became the first European team to qualify for the tournament in a tough group with Greece, Turkey and Denmark. ___
Ukraine: Oleksander Shovkovsky, Andriy Rusol, Andriy Nesmachny, Oleg Gusev, Vyacheslav Sviderskyi, Serhiy Rebrov (Andriy Vorobey, 55th), Oleh Shelayev, Anatoly Tymoshchyuk, Maxim Kalinichenko (Andriy Gusin, 75th), Andriy Voronin, Andriy Shevchenko (Artem Milevskiy, 88th).
Tunisia: Ali Boumnijel, Anis Ayari, Hatem Trabelsi, Karim Hagui, Radhi Jaidi, Adel Chedli (Francileudo Santos, 79th), Riadh Bouazizi (Chaouki Ben Saada, 79th), Jawhar Menari, Hamed Namouchi, Mahdi Nafti (Kaies Ghodhbane, 90th, injury time), Ziad Jaziri.