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Shevchenko double gives Ukraine debut victory

Published: Monday 11 June 2012, 22.45CET
Ukraine 2-1 Sweden
Andriy Shevchenko called on his old predatory powers as he struck twice to earn the co-hosts a come-from-behind win on a famous night for Ukraine.
by Andrew Haslam
from Olympic Stadium

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Match statistics

UkraineSweden

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts13
 
12
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target8
 
6
Attempts blocked1
 
1
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
20
Fouls suffered20
 
12

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Monday 11 June 2012, 22.45CET

Shevchenko double gives Ukraine debut victory

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden
Andriy Shevchenko called on his old predatory powers as he struck twice to earn the co-hosts a come-from-behind win on a famous night for Ukraine.

Ukraine made a dream start to UEFA EURO 2012 as a quickfire double from their captain, Andriy Shevchenko, earned a famous comeback victory against Sweden.

The co-hosts had had marginally the better of the first half to the audible delight of the majority of the crowd in Kyiv, only to fall behind to Zlatan Ibrahimović's close-range finish in the 52nd minute. As in the day's early Group D game between England and France, the lead proved short-lived as Shevchenko scored their first UEFA European Championship finals goal with a powerful header. The same player, for so long his country's talisman, then put them in front in the 62nd minute and urged on by a passionate crowd, Ukraine preserved that advantage to mark their tournament debut in memorable fashion.

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin had emphasised the youth of his squad on the eve of the match, yet his starting lineup belied that. Only two players – Yevhen Selin and Yevhen Konoplyanka – were making their competitive debuts, and that experience proved invaluable as the co-hosts settled quickly amid a raucous atmosphere. Sweden are no novices either, however, and were first to threaten as Andriy Pyatov punched away Ibrahimović's curling left-wing cross.

The home side's first chance of note came on the counterattack as Ukraine broke swiftly to give themselves an extra man on the retreating Swedish rearguard. Shevchenko exchanged passes with Andriy Yarmolenko, whose return left the Ukraine captain with only Andreas Isaksson to beat, but the angle proving too much for Shevchenko who pulled his effort across the face of goal.

Not for nothing did Sweden manage 31 goals in their ten qualifying fixtures, and they were soon pressing again as Markus Rosenberg – preferred to Johan Elmander up front – latched on to Ola Toivonen's header to draw a save down low from Pyatov. The goalkeeper was left stranded six minutes by half-time, Sebastian Larsson's pinpoint cross being met by the head of Ibrahimović, but the ball clipped the outside of the goalkeeper's left-hand post and Ukraine survived.

They were not so fortunate seven minutes into the second period. Kim Källström retrieved Larsson's deep right-wing cross and his low ball back across goal presented Ibrahimović with a simple prodded finish. For the first time the stadium fell silent, yet within three minutes the noise was louder than ever as Ukraine hit back. Yarmolenko was the architect, cutting on to his left foot to deliver a fine cross from the right, and Shevchenko thundered in to thump a header past Isaksson.

If the decibel level had increased with that, seven minutes later it reached deafening proportions as Konoplyanka swung in a corner from the left and another Shevchenko header beat Isaksson at his near post. Again Ibrahimović – who had lost Shevchenko for the second goal – led the Sweden charge, Pyatov beating away his fierce shot but when first Elmander then Olof Mellberg both sent shots too high, Sweden's final chance had gone. Ukraine will go into their next game, against France in Donetsk on Friday, as Group D's early leaders; Sweden will hope to give their sizeable support more to cheer back here against England.

Last updated: 26/10/12 14.12CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Sweden

Sweden

12
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
2
SelinYevhen Selin
2
LustigMikael Lustig
3
KhacheridiYevhen Khacheridi
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko (C)
Goal55
Goal62
Substitution81
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
9
GusevOleh Gusev
6
ElmRasmus Elm
Yellow Card83
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution85
7
LarssonSebastian Larsson
Substitution68
11
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
9
KällströmKim Källström
Yellow Card11
17
MikhalikTaras Mikhalik
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Goal52
18
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution62
19
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
Substitution90+3
22
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution71

Substitutes

1
KovalMaxym Koval (GK)
12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
23
GoryainovOlexandr Goryainov (GK)
23
HanssonPär Hansson (GK)
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Substitution62
6
GarmashDenys Garmash
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Substitution71
8
AliyevOlexandr Aliyev
13
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
14
HysénTobias Hysén
14
RotanRuslan Rotan
Substitution85
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
15
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
Substitution81
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
16
SeleznyovYevhen Seleznyov
17
SafariBehrang Safari
20
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
18
HolménSamuel Holmén
21
ButkoBohdan Butko
19
BajramiEmir Bajrami
22
DevićMarko Dević
Substitution90+3
21
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution68

Coach

Oleh Blokhin (UKR) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Marcin Borski (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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