June 26, 2006

Ukraine 0, Switzerland 0 [P.K.-Ukr., 3-0]: The Swiss accomplished two dubious firsts, one ignomonious, one bittersweet, in the process of being eliminated by Ukraine. After both teams failed to score in ninety tedious minutes of regulation and thirty undramatic minutes of overtime, Switzerland failed to make a single penalty kick, the first time that had ever happened in a World Cup. Moreover, after shutting out their opponents for the fourth straight game, they became the first team to ever go an entire World Cup without surrendering a single goal. The Ukraine now take on Italy this Friday in the quarterfinals.

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