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The prospect of having to snuff out the threat of Andriy Shevchenko is enough to reduce most centre-halves to gibbering wrecks, yet the teenager who will confront Chelsea’s latest lavish purchase this evening offered a shrug, a smile and a veiled warning as he considered what awaits on the buying canada goose jacket online bank of the Rhine. “I’ve already shown I can play at this level so I’m feeling cool,” said Switzerland’s Johan Djourou. “We have shown ourselves to be strong. We know we are a good team canada goose coat – hybridge lite but now we must take our chance.”

In the way of Switzerland’s first quarter- final appearance in 52 years stand the World Cup debutants Ukraine but they topped their group and are the only side who have not conceded a goal in the tournament so there is much cause for optimism. That average canada goose coat 1000 calorie meal plans price for a canada goose jacket watertight rearguard must be reshuffled tonight because Philippe Senderos, a scorer against South Korea on Friday cg, has been ruled out for six weeks with a dislocated shoulder. Djourou, the great young hope of Swiss football, will step into the void left by his club-mate.

The 19-year-old buy a canada goose jacket made canada goose coat 1000 calorie a day diet his international debut in March and this will be his first start of the tournament, but so rapid has been his rise from obscurity that he is likely to take the step up in his stride. Despite only six Premiership starts he boasts four caps and with Theo Walcott peripheral the defender may make the most impact of Arsenal’s teenagers on this tournament.

The relish with which he intends to confront buy canada goose jacket nyc Shevchenko suggests as much. “He’s one of the best strikers in the world and I’m not sure if there’s any particular way to play against him to stop him being a threat,” he said of the 2004 European footballer of the year. “But if I was scared of him, that would give him the edge and hand Ukraine an advantage. I’m not scared. I will go into this game relaxed, cool and do my best. We have nothing to fear.

“The clean sheets in the group have given us all confidence, made us believe in ourselves, and we know we are a good side now who can achieve something special here. We know we have the quality to win this tie and now we just have to take our chance.”

“Johan is a very important player for us, someone I have faith in,” said the Swiss coach Köbi Kuhn, who was charged with grooming the side to be ready to make an impact when the Swiss host Euro 2008. “The longer we stay in this tournament the more my players will canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupons can i put my canada goose jacket in the dryer learn. canada goose coat 1000 bulbs garland To reach the quarter-finals would be a real achievement for us.”

Ukraine’s success in reaching the second phase is similarly staggering, not least after the 4-0 drubbing they endured in their opening fixture. “We always kept our belief despite that terrible defeat, but this is a hugely important achievement for Ukrainian football that we have reached the second phase,” said Shevchenko. “The country is euphoric at the moment. Everyone is desperate for us to do well.”

“That loss to Spain may actually have helped us,” said the former Spurs striker Sergei Rebrov. “It was such a letdownbut we needed a response. Everyone was all the more determined to get through after that and I think it helped us learn a lot about what not to do at this level.”

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