Andriy Rusol being shown some love by his mates. Notice his buzz cut.
Andriy Rusol’s worst 30 seconds in his soccer life was when he committed a silly foul against Fernando Torres, just yards outside the penalty box, and then on the ensuing David Villa free kick, deflected the ball into his own goal to give Spain a 2-0 lead. Rusol looked absolutely crestfallen. Ukraine crumbled 4-0.
Against Saudi Arabia, 4-0, it was Rusol who opened Ukraine’s account in the 4″ hustling a ball in from a Kalinichenko corner. The relief was plain to see in the Ukraine camp with Blokhin going ballistic and Rusol mobbed by his team mates. Ukraine went on to demolish Saudi Arabia, 4-0.
Andriy Rusol: From scapegoat to hero. Another great little story to add to the myriad soccer stories.