Tuesday 16 January 2018

Richard Balmforth: Elated and hung-over ... Ukraine turns up for work groggy but elated after historic Euro 2012 win

Andriy Shevchenko celebrates after scoring Ukraine's second goal against Sweden
Andriy Shevchenko celebrates after scoring Ukraine's second goal against Sweden

MANY Ukrainians turned up groggily and late for work on Tuesday after a night's revelry and, for once, were forgiven by the boss. Some never showed up at all and they will probably get away with it too.

Some, even those usually unimpassioned by sport, dumped their usual daily outfit and turned up at the office in the national colours of blue and yellow.

Six minutes of soccer magic in which national hero Andriy Shevchenko scored twice to give his team a shock victory overSweden in their Euro 2012 opener achieved what Ukraine's troubled leadership has been striving to do for more than two years.

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