The highest achievement of the Ukrainian team was out in the 1/4 finals of the 2006 world Cup, which was hosted by Germany. Exactly 13 years ago – June 26, 2006 – Ukrainians in the 1/8 were the Swiss team.
The national team of Ukraine at the 2006 world Cup came out of the second spot. There was the humiliating defeat against Spain in the debut match, the defeat of Saudi Arabia and difficult victory over Tunisia.
In the 1/8 finals they had to play against a tough Switzerland team. The match took place in Cologne. And the game looked 45 thousand spectators at the stadium. How many of them were from screens of TVs it is hard to say. And for 90 minutes of regular time nor in extra time, goals they have not seen. So just a phenomenal game showed goalkeepers – Alexander Shovkovskiy that Pascal zuberbühler. But Ukrainian is destined to become the hero of the match.
The penalty shootout started could not be worse. Team captain Andriy Shevchenko scored. The shot took the goalkeeper. But the Swiss did not score shovkovskyi parried Marco Streller. The second beat Artem Milevskiy. How shot forward, perhaps, remember all the penalty shot (easy shot when the goalkeeper jumps to the side). But the impact of Tranquillo Barnett took over the post.
The third had broken ribs. He, like Milevsky, went into the game only in extra time. And also scored. But Olexandr shovkovskyi took the brunt Ricardo Cabanas. So everything depended on Oleg Gusev, who punched the fourth. The shot into the left corner of the goal, while the goalkeeper flew to the opposite – and the incredible joy on the face. Ukraine reached the quarter-finals of the world Championship!
Video of the penalty shootout of the match Ukraine – Switzerland
He Shovkovskiy in the shootout has established a unique achievement – he has not missed a single goal with a marker. And the head coach of this team – Oleg Blokhin did not see the penalty shoot-out. Even before he went under the grandstand.
Later the Ukrainian team in the quarterfinals and will play against Italy and give. The Italians will become Champions. And the final against France will be recognized by Zidane in the chest of Materazzi. But that’s another story.