We Must Show Heart - Shevchenko

COLOGNE, Germany -- Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko says his side must show great spirit if they are to have a chance of beating Italy in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.

Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko

"The Italy squad is packed with talented players," said Shevchenko.

"Italy are favourites but the important thing for us is to play with enough heart to make up for any technical shortcomings we may have.

"We must recover our strength after our exertions against Switzerland and go on to the pitch as a solid unit."

The Chelsea striker said reaching the last eight - courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over Switzerland - was a great achievement.

And it was something few expected after their heavy loss in the opening game of the group stages.

"After our 4-0 defeat against Spain, a lot of people wrote us off," he added.

"Getting to the quarter-finals is cause for celebration though - both for the team and for the entire people of Ukraine."

Ukraine are making their World Cup debut after winning independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

And Shevchenko, scorer of two goals in four games at this year's tournament, is determined to keep his side's World Cup campaign alive.

"Italy are one of the great footballing nations but the Ukrainian team has a big heart," he said.

"We will make things very difficult for them. We want to put Italy out."

Source: BBC Sport