AOL-Arena, Hamburg, Germany

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere | Attendance: 50000

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

3 - 0


Game 58

  • 91'

    FULL-TIME: Italy move on to a semi-final clash against Germany after a clinical performance against Ukraine, who just didn't have the firepower to breach the typically-miserly Italian defence.

  • 90'

    DENIED! Toni is denied his hat-trick when the goalkeeper comes out quickly to smother the ball as he tried to get on the end of Barone's pass.

  • 89'

    Toni is still working very hard up-front; he is desperate for a third goal to complete a memorable World Cup hat-trick.

  • 88'

    Cannavaro goes off for some treatment after taking a bang to his head; the Italian captain has been magnificent tonight.

  • 87'

    GOOD HEADER! Shevchenko gets down the right-side of the penalty area; he clips a cross in to the middle but Byelik heads straight at Buffon.

  • 86'

    Ukraine are finishing the game the stronger side, but Italy look to be just cruising; they know the win is in the bag.

  • 85'

    WIDE! Maxim Kalinichenko runs in to space down the middle; he takes on a shot, but slices his 25-yard effort well wide.

  • 84'

    Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin is gesticulating on the touchline; in his blue tracksuit with yellow trim, he looks a little like a car mechanic.

  • 83'

    POOR FINISH! Toni flicks a pass through to Totti; he breaks between two defenders, but his finish is weak and straight at the goalkeeper.

  • 82'

    Ukraine have had a good deal of the possession, especially in the second half; and for a while they really threatened the Italian goal - but the second goal was the killer.

  • 81'

    NOT FROM THERE, SON! Zambrotta fires in a shot from distance; he strikes it well, but well wide.

  • 80'

    GOOD EFFORT! Shevchenko fires in the free-kick with power and swerve, but Buffon beats it away at the near post.

  • 79'

    Ukraine win a free-kick when Kalinichenko is blocked. Shevchenko stands over the ball as Buffon lines up his free-kick...

  • 78'

    Both sides are just going through the motions a bit here; the result isn't in doubt, and it seems to be just a case of playing out time until the final whistle.

  • 77'

    Barring an unmitigated disaster, Italy will face Germany in the semi-finals, in Dormund on Tuesday. What a clash that will be.

  • 76'

    Italy have used all their substitutions now, and Lippi has significantly strengthened his defensive line in doing so.

  • 75'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Ukraine to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    ITALY SUB: Zaccardo comes on to replace Gattuso; he has worked hard this evening, and gets a good ovation from the crowd.

  • 74'

    NICE MOVE! Shevchenko is at the heart of a flowing Ukrainian move; he workds the ball out to Vorobey, who chips a cross to the back post; Shevchenko climbs high, but can only direct his header over the bar.

  • 73'

    RUBBISH! Totti opts to drive in a free-kick from distance; he rather scuffs his shot and hits it straight in to the defensive wall.

  • 70'

    After a long barren spell, Toni now has two goals in ten minutes.

  • 69'

    GOAL! Toni ends any lingering Ukraine hopes as he prods home Zambrotta's low cross after his impressive run.

  • 68'

    ITALY SUB: Barone and Oddo come on to replace Pirlo and Pessotto.

  • 67'

    Milevskiy is cautioned for persistent foul play; the straw that broke the camel's back, a studs-up challenge on Cannavaro.

  • 66'

    GOOD RUN, BAD DIVE! Camoranesi beats one man and heads towards the penalty area, but then collapses to the ground after over-running the ball.

  • 65'

    The onus is on the Ukraine to come forward as they seek a way back in to the match, and that should create a little more space for Italy to attack in to.

  • 64'

    Pirlo just can't control Zambrotta's cross at the back post after he had drifted in unmarked.

  • 63'

    The Ukraine are finally doing themselves justice now; they were dreadful in the first half, but are now finally throwing giving themselves a chance, however small.

  • 61'

    OFF THE BAR! A free-kick is swung to the back post; it is met by Gusin, but his header thumps back off the crossbar and is cleared.

  • 60'

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    Ukraine to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Italy did wonderfully well to ride out that spell of Ukrainian pressure before going up the other end and extending their lead.

  • 59'

    GOAL! Italy have one foot in the semi-finals as Toni nods Totti's cross in to the far corner.

  • 58'

    BRILLIANT DEFENDING! The ball is worked through to Gusev, who fires in a fierce shot from close-range which Buffon saves. The rebound is then fired goalwards, but Cannavaro brilliantly blocks the shot on the goal-line.

  • 57'

    Toni hasn't played well tonight; he is a strong, tall player, but doesn't seem to have the mobility to fit in to this Italian system.

  • 56'

    Pirlo chips the free-kick to Grosso, who had made a spinning run off the end of the defensive wall, but the defender can't bring the ball under control and the keeper collects.

  • 56'

    Italy win a free-kick in a great spot when Totti is brought down, 25 yards out. Pirlo stands over the ball...

  • 55'

    Shevchenko has started to drop deeper in an effort to pick the ball up; he robs Totti of possession on the edge of his own area and goes on a long run up-field, eventually being stopped by Gattuso.

  • 54'

    CANNAVARO! A superb defensive header from Cannavaro, who brilliantly nods clear as Shevchenko came through like a train behind him.

  • 53'

    NICE MOVE! Totti and Perrotta both backheel in the build-up during a nice move, but the Ukrainian defence is very deep and able to clean up the threat.

  • 52'

    Zambrotta is caught by Tymoschuk; free-kick to Italy.

  • 51'

    This is better from the Ukraine; they look to have been given a rocket from their manager in the interval, and have come out with some fire in their bellies.

  • 50'

    GOOD SAVE! Tymoschuk ghosts in at the back post and nods goalwards, but Buffon gets across to push the ball clear, banging his head against the upright in the process.

  • 49'

    ALMOST! Nesmachniy's cross in to the box flicks up off the leg of Canavaro, but Milevskiy doesn't gamble and the ball runs out for a corner.

  • 48'

    In Shevchenko, Ukraine have one of the best strikers in the World, but he needs better service than just lumping it up to him to fight for in the air. He thrives on crosses and through-balls but has had nothing of that ilk to work with.

  • 47'

    Cannavaro is down holding his...delicates after taking a ball fair and square in the most sensitive region around.

  • 47'

    RUBBISH! Toni goes for goal from a tight angle; the cross in towards Totti would surely have been the better option.

  • 46'

    Ukraine are going to go out of the World Cup with a whimper unless they begin to throw caution to the wind and try and get numbers up to put pressure on the Italian defence.

  • 45'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Ukraine to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Italy kick off the second half; no changes at the break.

  • 46'

    HALF-TIME: A dry, uninspiring half of football. Italy got the early lead and have threatened only fleetingly since. Ukraine don't look to have the skills to break Italy down and get an equaliser.

  • 45'

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    Ukraine to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    UKRAINE SUB: Rusol off, Vashuck on; Rusol seemed to pick up a foot injury and decided he couldn't carry on.

  • 44'

    OPTIMISTIC! Shelayev takes it upon himself to end a banal spell of possession for the Ukraine as he fires in a shot from 40 yards. It goes over.

  • 43'

    Ukraine are knocking the ball about at the back, but they don't appear to have any idea what to do with it.

  • 42'

    Shevchenko tries to take a cross down in the penalty area, but the referee penalises him for use of the hand. Very harsh.

  • 41'

    Ukraine have given Shevchenko absolutely nothing to work with; they look clueless in the Italians' half.

  • 40'

    Perrotta again goes down under a challenge, before looking to the referee for a foul. Again, the official waves him to his feet.

  • 39'

    NICE MOVE, SHOCKING DIVE! Perrotta goes down looking for a foul as he plays a one-two with Toni on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 38'

    This referee officiated the last time Italy lost a match, back in October 2004; coincidence? Probably. He is controlling this match well, if a little pickily.

  • 37'

    FINE DEFENSIVE HEADER! Pirlo sends the free-kick towards the back post, but Rusol heads clear, under pressure from Cannavaro.

  • 36'

    Perrotta is fouled by Shevchenko; free-kick to Italy, 30 yards out. Pirlo stands over the set-piece...

  • 35'

    It is still very warm in Germany, even despite the setting sun; the players look to be sweating a good amount already.

  • 34'

    DECENT EFFORT! Tymoschuk fires in Ukraine's first shot of the evening; a 35-yard effort that drifts a couple of yards wide.

  • 33'

    It hasn't been the ideal preparation to this World Cup for Italy; they have had their match-fixing scandal to deal with, and then this week it emerged that Gianluca Pessotto, himself a former World Cup quarter-finalist, had sustained multiple injuries following a fall from a window at Juventus' club headquarters.

  • 32'

    Perrotta is the latest man to require treatment after slipping when breaking through the middle; he's back on his feet now.

  • 31'

    GREAT DEFENDING! Cannvaro dives full-stretch to head a long ball over the top back to Buffon, who then dives full-stretch to keep the ball in play.

  • 30'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Ukraine to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    The Ukraine look a little sloppy in midfield; their passes just aren't finding their target, and they already look a bit downhearted.

  • 29'

    Totti is starting to look sharp; a number of little flicks and tricks are coming off, finding team-mates and delighting the crowd.

  • 28'

    These two sides played each other just before the World Cup started. For your information, it ended 0-0.

  • 27'

    WOEFUL HEADER! Shevchenko finally gets something to work with, a cross in from the right that picks him out, 10 yards from goal; he jumps well, but plants his header well wide.

  • 26'

    Gattusso is down again, this time holding his arm; he seemed to fall awkwardly in a tackle. This one looks quite nasty.

  • 24'

    Ukraine are just making no impression on the Italian defence whatsoever; in fact, I can't remember Buffon even touching the ball.

  • 23'

    A cross from Totti is brilliantly controlled in the penalty area, but the burly striker can't turn and get his shot away.

  • 22'

    It is 20 years since Italy lost a knock-out tie within 90 minutes; the Ukraine are going to have to pull out something amazing if that stat is to change.

  • 21'

    Kalinichenko is booked for an ugly sliding challenge on Camoranesi. The referee had no option there.

  • 20'

    UKRAINE SUB: Vorobey comes on to replace Sviderskiy; it seems to be a tactical change from the Ukraine, who replace a defender with an attacking midfielder.

  • 19'

    Italy have got some good movement going on in the final third; several players are breaking from deep, benefitting from the space that Totti is creating for them.

  • 18'

    Shevchenko gives the ball away as the Ukraine look to launch a counter-attack. The Italian defenders should know all about Shevchenko; he played his football in Milan for the last eight eight seasons.

  • 17'

    AMBITIOUS SHOT! Totti strikes the free-kick; despite the distance, he goes for goal; Shovkovskiy easily saves.

  • 16'

    Sviderskiy becomes the first man booked as he slides in to Toni; free-kick to Italy, 45 yards out...

  • 16'

    Gusev's long pass up field searches out the run of Shevchenko, but the pass is over-hit and runs out for a goal-kick.

  • 15'

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    Ukraine to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Milevskiy catches Gattusso in the back as the two jump for a ball in the air; the Italian midfielder needs some treatment; he appears to be a little winded.

  • 14'

    Italy are breaking forward very quickly when they win possession; perhaps they have learnt from Spain's performance when they crushed the Ukraine 4-0 in their opening group match.

  • 13'

    Artem Milevskiy has come in to the Ukrainian line-up tonight, to play alongside Andriy Shevchenko - they need to get the ball up to those two and give them some decent service.

  • 12'

    Ukraine are going to have to work very hard to get back in to this match; the Italian defence is famously mean.

  • 10'

    SHOOT ON SIGHT! That seems to be the Italians philosophy this evening; this time Perrotta drives a shot goalwards from distance, though it strikes the legs of his own man and deflects out to safety.

  • 9'

    Grosso makes a positive run down the left flank; Gusev is forced to come across and put the ball out for a throw.

  • 9'

    Italy have been heavily criticised for their performances so far, but they seem to me to be coming along nicely to me. They might just be peaking at the right time.

  • 8'

    UNLUCKY! Camoranesi intercepts a cross-field pass; he spots the run of Toni, but his pass is just over-hit.

  • 7'

    How will that early goal affect the game? Italy are renowned for their ability to be able to defend a lead, and the goal will hopefully draw the Ukraine out of their defensive shell.

  • 6'

    It all opened up for Zambrotta after a nice touch from Totti had set the full-back in to space; there are questions being asked of the Ukraine goalkeeper, who was perhaps poorly positioned.

  • 5'

    GOAL! Zambrotta opens the scoring with a fantastic low drive from 30 yards; great strike from the full-back.

  • 4'

    ALMOST! Milevskiy cuts in to the penalty area, backheels, but it is just short of Kalinchenko, who was looking to get on the end and fire a shot away.

  • 4'

    JUST WIDE! Camoranesi breaks through the middle; with no tackle forthcoming, he opts to shoot, but bends his shot wide of the post.

  • 4'

    The Ukraine have a reputation for being a defensive side, but they have started this match well enough; they are very competitive in the tackle in midfield.

  • 3'

    Italy seem to be lining up with a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Totti playing in behind Toni.

  • 2'

    Francesco Totti returns to the starting line-up for Italy; he scored the last-minute penalty that won their last-16 match against Australia earlier in the week, and replaces Gilardino in the front-line.

  • 1'

    There are a few empty seats inside the AOL-Arena; we're told that the match was a sell-out, but there have been a few problems with fans getting in to the ground.


    Ukraine kick off the action in Hamburg.


    Hello there; I'm Alex, I'm going to guide you through all the action in today's second quarter-final, between Italy and the Ukraine.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Italy

  • 14(9)

  • -

  • 14

  • 59%


  • Ukraine

  • 15(4)

  • -

  • 24

Match Stats

  • Italy
  • Ukraine
14(9) Shots (on goal) 15(4)
14 Fouls 24
1 Corner kicks 3
2 Offsides 2
59% Time of Possession 41%
0 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 4

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