Thursday 22 February 2018

Euro 2012: Shevchenko grabs brace to rock Sweden

Ukraine 2 Sweden 1

Andriy Shevchenko scored twice in seven minutes as Ukraine came from behind to beat Sweden in Kiev last night.

After Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52nd minute, 35-year-old Shevchenko responded by heading in the equaliser just three minutes later and then added the winner with another header.

Shevchenko beat Olof Mellberg to a cross for his first goal and then met a corner to head the ball inside the near post for the second, setting off shouts of 'Sheva' at the Olympic Stadium that will likely reverberate throughout the nation for a long time.

Ukraine, the group outsiders, started full of running in front of a frenzied home crowd but Ibrahimovic had threatened to spoil their big night when he turned in a low Kim Kallstrom cross to put the Swedes ahead.

Irish Independent

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