Ukraine v Italy


Expectations were high but ultimately the Ukraine team were beaten fair and square by the Italians. The main problem was that the whole team is built up towards Schevchenko but ultimately he is just not good enough. Scheva may have scored a goal in this match but his performance was lacklustre in part due to the fact that he is not match fit and carrying a bit tooooo much weight.

As for atmosphere though, the players could not knock the support they got – every seat had a Ukrainian flag and these were waved furiously throughout.  I even felt a lump in my throat when they played the National Anthem. Must stop chewing gum.

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