Euro 2012 - Shevchenko heads Ukraine to win

Mon, 11 Jun 21:42:00 2012

A vintage goalscoring display from Andriy Shevchenko gave Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine a 2-1 victory against Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

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The 35-year-old converted two headers in seven second-half minutes to overturn Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opener for Sweden and send the Ukrainian capital into rapture in the country's first European Championship match.

Shevchenko nearly failed to make Oleg Blokhin's tournament squad, but earned a starting berth and repaid his coach's faith with a finishing masterclass to take his international record to 48 goals from 109 games.

Ukraine go top of Group D after the opening round of matches, following England's draw against France earlier on Monday.

The players emerged to a cauldron of noise, with both sets of fans clad in yellow. Yet the action on the pitch took some time to get going - as did Shevchenko.

The Ukrainian captain had a great chance to open the scoring on 23 minutes, but dragged his shot wide of the far post.

The co-hosts grew in confidence, and the impressive Andriy Voronin tested Andreas Isaksson with a swerving effort from long range, before superb blocks denied Shevchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Ibrahimovic, operating in a deep role behind main striker Markus Rosenberg, spurned a great chance on 39 minutes, when he escaped his marker but sent his free header wide off the far post.

Rosenberg had the first big chance of the second half after Sebastian Larsson dispossessed Serhiy Nazarenko, but Taras Mikhalik threw himself bravely in front of the ball.

Ukraine fans rejoice

On 52 minutes, Ibrahimovic put Sweden in front, ghosting in front of his marker to convert Kim Kallstrom's low cross from close range - Ukraine felt aggrieved as Yevhen Selin lay injured during the build-up, but referee Cuneyt Cakir rightly played on.

Then came the Sheva show. On 55 minutes, he showed his old turn of pace to nip in front of Olof Mellberg and head a superb Yarmolenko cross past Isaksson.

But he had not finished, and doubled his tally by darting to the near post to meet Yevhen Konoplyanka's corner, glancing the ball into the net as 70,000 locals lifted the roof off the stadium.

A vintage goalscoring display from Andriy Shevchenko gave Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine a 2-1 victory against Sweden in Kiev. - 2 Sweden had their chances, but could not conjure an equaliser. Ibrahimovic saw a shot parried, before teeing up Johan Elmander with a gorgeous looping flick, only to see the substitute volley high and wide.

Mellberg nearly had the final say in the last minute of added time, but lifted his shot onto the top of the net.

A vintage goalscoring display from Andriy Shevchenko gave Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine a 2-1 victory against Sweden in Kiev. - 3


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  1. Go Ukraine!! No matter how ugly the politics can get --­ enjoy life, enjoy your brilliance!! You deserve it!!

    From D, on Tue 12 Jun 16:53
  2. thier enthusiam was joy to watch & so was their­ attacking football best game tournament so far love­ them to beat England

    From rdkill, on Tue 12 Jun 16:35
  3. The only thing England might beat at Euro 2012 is the­ traffic on the way to the airport, after their group­ stage exit.

    From Psychonaut, on Tue 12 Jun 15:19
  4. Well done, Ukraine!!!

    From zoryana, on Tue 12 Jun 15:15
  5. A lot of better than England!

    From Krzysztof, on Tue 12 Jun 14:31
  6. england will beat both of them

    From , on Tue 12 Jun 14:23
  7. Unfortunately both teams look much better than England.

    From Rock0, on Tue 12 Jun 14:17
  8. Scheva is a legend...yesterday he proved it once­ again..I don't care what people say about his spell­ in Chelski, but he is still there with the best...the­ first goal specially was lethal....amazing amazing­ amazing....I still remember his days at Dynamo­ alongside Rebrov and AC Milan. Great Old Scheva!!!­ Class player.

    From , on Tue 12 Jun 13:57
  9. Let them win to forget their primitive,awkward way of­ life...racist!!!

    From Larry, on Tue 12 Jun 13:56
  10. Andrey has always provided moments for fans­ consistantly over his career and yesterday he was just­ sublime. Truly he is the best out n out striker europe­ has seen since geroge weah!

    From kudzai, on Tue 12 Jun 11:33
  11. Fabulous. Remarkable how football can wheel out those­ Roy of the Rovers moments. Watch out, John Terry and­ England; Sheva's out to getcha. I think it's­ very possible that the Ukraine match wil be winner take­ all, with the viciferous home crowd potentially playing­ a very important part, as well as England's­ propensity for playing on the edge of their own penalty­ area and giving the ball away immediately upon gaining­ possesssion..

    From Andy, on Tue 12 Jun 11:22
  12. Come on Ukraine!! Just show the rest that we are not­ there to make the numbers up! My Dad would have been­ so proud.

    From Nick, on Tue 12 Jun 11:05
  13. what a fine performance by SHEVCHENKO ...he will led­ ukraine to knockout stage...

    From Afiq, on Tue 12 Jun 10:50
  14. Well done Ukraine, what a game and what man Shevchenko­ is :-) we felt the nations emotion from here. It was a­ great game, Kiev is a wonderful city, must visit it­ again one day, I bet the parties are still going on I­ bet lol Again well done Ukraine!

    From T.B, on Tue 12 Jun 9:56
  15. Well done Sheva. Form is temporary, class is permanent.

    From James, on Tue 12 Jun 9:23
  16. well done! football in June and later olimpics in­ London and our minds will be taken away in 2012 from­ recession and missery of trouble in euro zone.... as­ Romans would say: 'Give the mob something to watch­ so they wont feel hungry and rebel ' still­ recession is out there and troubles in euro zone and­ bankers getting fatter on thier bonuses if you failed­ to remember : (

    From Eva, on Tue 12 Jun 9:00
  17. Schever never really clicked at Chelsea, but frankly,­ with the 35 year old in a good looking squad, I could­ not understand why many people made so much of­ Sweden's chances before the match, especially with­ Ukraine playing their opener in Kiev. However, I still­ believe that England can get through the group and­ progress. They look good in all departments, which­ France (for instance) don't. Having said that, some­ sloppy passing under pressure has to be eliminated by­ Hodgson and his team, but this may have been down to­ nerves. England will have gained deserved confidence­ from a tough draw, and supporters should be positive.­ If nothing else, the result will serve to silence­ certain French journalists, 22 games unbeaten or not.

    From Rob, on Tue 12 Jun 8:58
  18. Sheva taught Ibra how not to involve ur EGO..both are­ milan personnel..Ibra doesnt like sheva..its apparent­ during the handshakes as both were captains..he doesnt­ like anyone..and when he scored he celebrated as if HE­ IS THE ONE... im glad sheva more than made up for his­ sitter miss in 1st half...Golden boot anyone ?

    From i told u so, on Tue 12 Jun 8:22
  19. Congratulations to Ukraine and Shevy in particular.­ Wondered if he had not gone to cheski!!!!

    From afolabi, on Tue 12 Jun 8:12
  20. Terrible refereeing once again.Aren't there any­ impartial refs anymore.What was allowed to Ukraine was­ not allowed to Sweden.

    From Okokk, on Tue 12 Jun 8:03
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