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WC 2006 Match Chat: Italy vs. Ukraine, noon PT
2006-06-30 10:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Hamburg!

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.

2006-06-30 10:17:44
1.   Kayaker7
It's amazing that the Italian don't do better in the springboard event, at the Olympics.
2006-06-30 10:45:15
2.   Bob Timmermann
Not counting the people who picked Australia to win, everybody has Italy to win with the exception of lone pick for Ukraine.
2006-06-30 11:51:10
3.   Vishal
it feels like every team i root for loses. :(
2006-06-30 12:07:15
4.   D4P
Which Univision announcer do you like best (or least):


2006-06-30 12:10:06
5.   Kayaker7
#2=Andres Cantor. The original and the best.
2006-06-30 12:24:57
6.   Suffering Bruin
4 Andres Cantor aka #2.
2006-06-30 12:28:10
7.   Vishal
#2 for sure.

of course, ukraine is down early. blah.

2006-06-30 12:30:53
8.   D4P
I agree. #1 is kind of annoying after a while.
2006-06-30 12:32:14
9.   Penarol1916
Just heard that Pekerman has resigned as the coach of Argentina. In some ways that's too bad, Argentina played really well under him and was not as cynical as in the past, but jeez, those were some horrible substitutions and he tried to pack the game away way too early today.
2006-06-30 13:35:45
10.   Ken Arneson
Ukraine was sure close to tying this thing up. Tough luck, and then things just fell apart.
2006-06-30 13:39:03
11.   Greg Brock
This cup has become "Anybody but Italy" for me. Good lord, stay on your feet for five seconds.
2006-06-30 13:42:13
12.   ABreck
Is Italy headed for it's first game w/o a red card?

Or has somebody picked up the second yellow?

2006-06-30 16:39:48
13.   das411

...there's always 2010 though!

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