Wish We Were There

Heaven knows why they call it a consolation goal, because it's usually anything but. When Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's star striker, scored in the dying moments of the second leg of his country's World Cup play-off against Germany on Nov. 14, he knew the goal would serve no purpose: the Germans were already leading by four. As the final whistle sounded in Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, the Ukrainians slumped to the turf. Shevchenko was shattered. "The door of the World Cup is closed to me," he said later. Football fans around the world mourned with Shevchenko, for they will be deprived of the chance...

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