Ukraine 4, Saudi Arabia 0
Posted by ssbg on June 19, 2006
Ukraine put their hammering at the hands of Spain behind them by outclassing a poor Saudi Arabia side.
Ukraine were ahead inside four minutes when Mabrouk Zaid needlessly gave away a corner and Andriy Rusol bundled in.
Saudi keeper Zaid was also at fault when he slipped attempting to keep out Serhiy Rebrov's 35-yard piledriver.
Maxim Kalinichenko set up Andriy Shevchenko to head a third just after half-time and the roles were reversed for Kalinichenko to tap in a fourth.
Little went right for Ukraine on their World Cup finals debut against the Spanish.
But it was a vastly different story in Hamburg as they showed why they were the first European side to qualify for the finals.
The Saudis appeared nervous from the start, in particular Zaid, and Ukraine were not slow to take advantage.