I hope someone enjoys this one. I'm going to miss it. I'll live.
The floppin' Italians take on the immovable Ukrainians in a quarterfinal matchup that may not have the allure of Argentina-Germany, but nevertheless one of these teams will live to fight another day.
Italy has won three of its four matches, defeating Ghana, Czech Republic, and Australia. The last one came on a last second penalty kick on a dubious foul. Italy also played to a 1-1 tie with the USA.
Ukraine lost its opener 4-0, then won two straight over Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. In the round of 16, the Ukrainians packed it in against Switzerland and played a scoreless draw after 120 minutes of play. In the penalty kick tiebreaker, Ukraine won 3-0 (the lowest score you can win by in one of those.)
Italy should be able to press the attack a bit more against Ukraine than Switzerland, so Ukraine may have to emerge from its shell.
The two teams played each other in a friendly on June 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland and played a scoreless tie. Italy won two Euro 1996 qualifiers against Ukraine.