HAMBURG, Jun 19 (SW) - After being slaughtered by Spain their opener, Ukraine crushed Saudi Arabia by the same 4-0 result in wet conditions in Hamburg on Monday evening.
In the second minute, Mabrouk Zaid chose to take a goal kick to a teammate in the corner, drawing pressure that earned a corner kick. After the first corner was headed out by Mohammed Noor, the second was good for a goal.
0-1 Andriy Rusol 4th minute
Maksim Kalinichenko's outswingining corner was steered into the goal by defender Andriy Rusol's body, giving the Ukrainians an early advantage.
But they nearly gaive it back as a free kick from the left for Saudi Arabia found Redha Tukar in the area, but fortunately for Ukraine, his shot went just over the bar after Vyacheslav Sviderskyi turned his back to the play.
More questionable goalkeeping by Zaid saw him punch a ball out that he could have handled, and Andriy Voronin's shot from outside the area was just narrowly off-target.
After a series of corners in the 13th minute, Andriy Shevchenko got a free header to one, but the ball was stopped on the line by Ahmed Dokhi and Oleg Gusev's follow-up shot was well high.
Shevchenko, who looked far more lively than against Spain, took a crack at Zaid's goal from 25 yards, but the new Chelsea forward hit it right at the goalkeeper who saved.
A cross by Dokhi nearly resulted in an own goal as it took a deflection off of the goalscorer Rusol in the 24th minute, but it just went of the goal for a corner kick.
Three minutes later, Voronin tired to get into the action again with a shot from distance, but as with his previous effort he missed the target.
0-2 Serhiy Rebrov 36th minute
But then, Serhiy Rebrov fired in one of the goals of the tournament as he unleashed a right-footed blast that beat Zaid in the far corner of the goal. Zaid had slipped on the turf, but it would have been hard to reach Rebrov's bullet shot.
Rebrov and Voronin then both had chances late in the half to add a third for Ukraine, but both players' shots skidded wide of Zaid's right-hand post.
0-3 Andriy Shevchenko 46th minute
It took the Ukrainians just 45 seconds of the second half to score as Shevchenko rose above the Saudi defenders to head home a free kick beyond a helpless Zaid.
The match then hit a bit of a lull as the teams began trading blows in midfield with Ukraine looking dangerous, but Saudi Arabia nearly got one back when a ball was played into the area for Yasser al-Kahtani, but it was just too far in front of him.
In the 62nd minute, al-Kahtani played Mohammed Noor in on goal, but it was just too long, although Noor managed to get to it and play it across goal after goalkeeper Olexander Shovkovskyi had given up on the play.
Two minutes later, it was nearly 4-0 as Kalinichenko, who had sent in brilliant set pieces throughout the entire game, sent a shot from the left crashing off of the crossbar with Zaid beaten.
Quickly after, Shevchenko had a chance to add to the lead when a ball into the area was played off of his chest, but Zaid was right there to make the save.
Kalinichenko was the next to fire for four in the 73rd minute after receiving the ball from Shevchenko at the top of the area, but his shot lacked the power to trouble Zaid.
0-4 Maksim Kalinichenko 84th minute
For all his brilliance on sets in the game, it was only fitting that Shevchenko ran down the left and played the ball back across the pitch for Kalinichenko to slam home into the net for a much-deserved goal.
Kalinichenko then got the ball at the top of the area and nearly had his second and Ukraine's fifth, but his shot was high of the goal.
|13||Hussein Abdul Ghani|
|4||Hamad Al Montashari|
|2||Ahmad Al Dokhi||41'|
|6||Omar Al Ghamdi||57'|
|20||Yasser Al Qahtani|
|Coach: Marcos Paquetá|
for Ahmad Al Dokhi 55'
for Mohammed Ameen 55'
for Mohammed Noor 77'
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