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    Germany

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    Argentina

    1 (2)

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    Italy

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    Ukraine

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FIFA WORLD CUP

AOL-Arena, Hamburg, Germany

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere | Attendance: 50000

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Italy

  • Gianluca Zambrotta 6'
  • Luca Toni 59'
  • Luca Toni 69'

3 - 0

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Game 58

Italy 3-0 Ukraine: Toni proves too much

A rampant Luca Toni scored twice to end Ukraine's World Cup odyssey and take Italy into the World Cup semi-finals.

Toni finally ended his goalscoring drought on German soil with two second-half

goals to crush the hopes of an entire nation.

Gianluca Zambrotta had opened the scoring in the sixth minute before last

season's top Serie A scorer stole the limelight.

Toni headed the Azzurri's second shortly before the hour mark before capping a

wonderful evening for Marcello Lippi's men shortly after.

Playing in their first ever quarter-final, the Ukrainians looked nervous and

jittery and were at the mercy of their rivals in the opening half.

Oleg Blokhin's men did battle after the re-start and were only denied by

superb saves from Gianluigi Buffon before Toni killed them off.

An estimated 46million Ukrainians back home watched their heroes make their

exit and the Ukrainian players can feel proud of having gone so far in what has

been a sensational first World Cup campaign.

Italy now take on host nation Germany in Tuesday's semi-final in Dortmund.

Francesco Totti, whose last-gasp penalty as a substitute secured a 1-0 win for

the Azzurri in their last 16 match with Australia, returned to the starting XI

playing behind lone striker Toni.

Lippi's decision to drop Alberto Gilardino and play with Toni from the start

surprised many with the former having played in all four of the previous matches

but it proved a cunning move after all.

Ukraine surrendered possession very easily and were punished early on.

Zambrotta picked up a lay-off from Totti and fired a left-footed shot from 25

yards towards the near post which stunned goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy.

The keeper did get a touch but it was not sufficient to prevent the opening

goal.

The Ukrainians looked rattled and nervous and it was the Azzurri who could

have doubled their lead 10 minutes later, but Totti's central free-kick proved

an easy catch for Shovkovskyi.

Blokhin, clearly unhappy with his team's poor start, made his first

substitution shortly after, with forward Andriy Vorobey replacing defender

Vyacheslav Sviderskyi.

They did show more aggression with Sviderskyi's inclusion but still struggled

to get past Italy's well-placed defence.

The Ukrainians had the first opportunity on the half-hour mark, with Anatoliy

Tymoschuk's 30-yard effort going wide of Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's

far post.

At the other end, Andriy Rusol did well to clear Andrea Pirlo's dangerous

free-kick with Toni ready to head home.

Blokhin's men pressed forward in search of the equaliser but they mustered

little before the break, apart from Andriy Shevchenko's effort from the edge of

the area which took a deflection off Fabio Cannavaro and forced Buffon to dive

to his right.

Blokhin suffered another setback with Rusol forced to leave the pitch just

before half-time having sustained a foot injury and he was replaced by Vladyslav

Vashchuv.

For all their superiority in the opening half, the Azzurri escaped twice

unharmed with Maksym Kalinichenko's angled effort towards the box poorly cleared

by Andrea Barzagli.

Buffon then made a spectacular one-handed save from Andriy Gusin's close-range

header to keep his team ahead.

Italy cleared the corner but Ukraine played it back in and Gusev's far-post

header was superbly tipped away by Buffon.

The goalkeeper headed the post as he made the save and needed treatment.

With 53 minutes played, Vorobey's excellent cross was taken off Shevchenko's

head by the solid Cannavaro, a vital clearance as the Chelsea skipper would

surely have scored.

Italy were holding on with Gusev's drive warming the hands of Buffon but the

ball fell out to Kalinichenko whose goal-bound effort was cleared from inside

the box by a defender.

Just when their rivals were playing at their best Italy struck their second.

Totti curled an inviting ball towards the far post which found Toni who scored

with a diving header to make it 2-0.

The Ukrainians never gave up hope and were unlucky not to reduce the deficit

three minutes later, with Gusin latching onto Kalinichenko's brilliant cross

only to be denied by the crossbar.

With 23 minutes left to play, Lippi made a double substitution with Simone

Barone and Massimo Oddo replacing Camoranesi and Pirlo.

Toni put the game beyond their opposition's reach one minute later, as he

tapped in from Zambrotta's low cross.

With 10 minutes left, Buffon denied Shevchenko the consolation goal by

punching away his powerful free-kick.

The Ukrainians could only wait for the final whistle as the Italians got the

party under way.