Italy v Ukraine, 30 June 2006

Score3-0 to Italy
RefereeFrank De Bleeckere
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Quarter-final
VenueAWD-Arena, Hannover
Attendance50,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Peter Hermans (Belgium) Walter Vromans (Belgium) Fourth official: Toru Kamikawa (Japan) Fifth official: Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan) Man of the Match: Gennaro Gattuso (Italy) Italy will meet Germany in the World Cup semi-finals as they beat Ukraine to extend their unbeaten run to 23 games. Ukraine adopted a policy of containment but were behind after six minutes when keeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy was unable to keep out Gianluca Zambrotta's shot. Italy extended their lead when Luca Toni guided home a 59th minute header. Maxim Kalinichenko twice hit the woodwork for Ukraine either side of Italy's second, before Toni sealed the win as he converted Zambrotta's cross. Italy were well worth their win, with Gianluigi Buffon superb in goal.

3  Italy

Manager: Marcello Lippi

0  Ukraine

Manager: Oleh Blokhin

Goals:

Gianluca Zambrotta 6 G
Luca Toni 59 G
Luca Toni 69 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
Defender Andrea Barzagli
Defender Fabio Cannavaro (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Fabio Grosso
Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi
Midfielder Gennaro Gattuso
Midfielder Simone Perrotta
Forward Andrea Pirlo
Forward Luca Toni
Forward Francesco Totti

Starting lineup:

Defender Andriy Rusol
Midfielder Andrey Husin
Midfielder Oleg Husyev
Midfielder Maxim Kalinichenko
Midfielder Oleg Shelayev
Midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
Forward Artem Milevskyi
Forward Andriy Shevchenko (captain)

Substitutions:

Simone Barone for Andrea Pirlo 68
Massimo Oddo for Mauro Camoranesi 68
Cristian Zaccardo for Gennaro Gattuso 77

Substitutions:

Andrey Vorobei for Vyacheslav Sviderskyi 20
Vladislav Vashchuk for Andriy Rusol 45
Alexei Byelik for Artem Milevskyi 72

Cards:

Cards:

Vyacheslav Sviderskyi 16 Y
Maxim Kalinichenko 21 Y
Artem Milevskyi 68 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi
Defender Alessandro Nesta
Defender Massimo Oddo
Defender/Centre back Marco Materazzi
Midfielder Simone Barone
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi
Forward Filippo Inzaghi

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Andrey Pyatov
Goalkeeper Bogdan Shust
Midfielder Serhiy Nazarenko
Midfielder Ruslan Rotan
Forward Alexei Byelik
Forward Sergei Rebrov
Forward Andrey Vorobei
Forward Andrej Voronin

Comments:

Italy have now reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the seventh time. It's their first time in the last four since 1994. Italy have only ever won one World Cup finals game by a margin of more than three goals - a 7-1 victory against USA in Rome in 1934.

Comments:

Having reached the quarter-finals, Ukraine have been the most successful of the six debutant nations at the 2006 World Cup finals.