Ukraine Outlasts Switzerland On PKs

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -- Ukraine survived a match devoid of goals and good chances by beating Switzerland 3-0 in a penalty shootout Monday to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko reacts during the extra-time of the World Cup Round of 16 soccer match between Switzerland and Ukraine in the World Cup stadium in Cologne, Germany, Monday, June 26, 2006.

After 120 scoreless minutes, Oleg Gusev scored the deciding penalty.

Ukraine will face Italy in the quarterfinals on Friday in Hamburg.

Both teams came close to scoring in the first half of regular time, each hitting the bar.

Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko dived to head the ball from eight meters in the 21st, but the ball bounced to the ground and up onto the crossbar before being cleared.

Three minutes later, Switzerland striker Alexander Frei shot from 20 meters and the ball bounced off the crossbar.

In the 34th, Switzerland defender Johan Djourou, who started for injured Arsenal teammate Philippe Senderos, was taken off with a suspected groin injury. Stephane Grichting replaced him.

Ukraine goalkeeper Oleksander Shovkovsky punched away Hakan Yakin's set-piece from the right wing before the first half ended. Yakin was replaced in the 63rd minute by Marco Streller.

Shevchenko got close again in the 68th, chesting the ball and then dribbling through the Swiss defense before shooting from the edge of the area and past the post.

Five minutes later, Ludovic Magnin sent a free kick onto the roof of the net.

Tranquillo Barnetta got the only yellow card of the match in the 59th minute, for a push from behind. This set up a free kick by Shevchenko from 20 meters, which was deflected off the wall and out for a corner.

Switzerland's Johann Vogel had the best chance to score in extra time, sending an 18-meter shot toward the goal in the 101st, but Shovkovsky made the save.

Source: AP