Quite possibly the MOST anticipated match in the round of 16 finishes up Monday's action. When the Swiss and Ukrainians get together, you expect a bloodbath. Tensions between these two nations are at a flash point over a border dispute. Or maybe it's over Crimea. People like to fight about Crimea. Makes for famous poetry.
Switzerland won its group with wins over Togo and Korea and a draw with France. Ukraine responded to a 4-0 beatdown by Spain in its opener with a 4-0 beatdown of Saudi Arabia, followed by a 1-0 snoozefest over Tunisia.
The Swiss have not allowed a goal in the tournament, but they will be missing defender Philippe Senderos, who scored the team's first goal against Korea. Senderos is out with a dislocated shoulder. When Senderos scored against Korea, I thought he had painted his face with a Red Cross symbol, but it turned out that he was just bleeding profusely.
Ukraine runs its attack through Andriy Shevchenko. That worked well against the Saudis, but in the other two matches, it was nothing but a series of misfires.
This is the first meeting between these two national teams outside of junior level play.
I think this match may end up being decided by penalties or possibly by having one team surrender after suffering through too much ennui.
12 of the 16 entries in the Griddle contest have Switzerland as the winner.