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  • Date:11 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Olympic Stadium - Kiev
  • Andrey Shevchenko (55)
    Andrey Shevchenko (62)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (52)

Live Commentary


That was vintage stuff from Shevchenko and it's fitting he is the hero after all he's done for Ukrainian football. The hosts deserved their win and top Group D after the first round of matches. Sweden will have to improve significantly to go through.


That's full-time. Ukraine's players and coaching staff embrace on the pitch and there's scenes of wild celebration in the stands.


Piercing whistles from the Ukraine fans as they call for the final whistle. It's seconds away now.


Another narrow escape for Ukraine. This time it's Mellberg who goes close as he volleys onto the roof of the net from a tight angle.


We are into three minutes of stoppage-time.


What a miss from Elmander. Sweden should be level as Ibrahimovic deftly flicks a pass into his strike partner's path. Elmander has just Pyatov to beat from close-range, but he loses his composure and lashes wildly over the bar. Huge let-off for Ukraine.


Ukraine enjoy a good spell of possession around the Sweden penalty area. They can't find an opening though and Sweden are back on the attack.


Wilhelmsson's cross from the left is missed by three Ukraine defenders, but there isn't a Sweden forward in the right area to take advantage.


Ukraine make their second change, with Voronin replaced by Dnipro midfielder Ruslan Rotan.


Nazarenko takes it, but his curled effort drifts wide of the target.


Ukraine have a free-kick in a dangerous central area after Elm trips Voronin.


Shevchenko departs to a standing ovation and acknowledges the cheers with a wave. He's given the crowd exactly what they wanted with a brilliant brace. Now Ukraine just have to finish the job.


Sweden are having a good spell here and Wilhelmsson forces Pyatov into action again with a shot from 25 yards. It's never going in, but the Swedes haven't thrown in the towel yet.


Pyatov is off his line quickly to gather at the feet of Wilhelmsson. That's brave work from the goalkeeper.


Ibrahimovic rifles in a fiercely struck volley from the edge of the area, but Pyatov makes the save.


Yevhen Konoplyanka fires well over as Ukraine try to add a third goal. They aren't sitting back yet and that's making for an open finale.


Sweden make their final change, with Galatasaray striker Johan Elmander on for Rosenberg.


Elm stretches to reach a long pass into the penalty area. He's trying to volley goalwards, but can't get enough power or direction behind his shot.


The momentum is really with Ukraine now. With Shevchenko rolling back the years, they could be a threat to France and England as well.


Another change for Sweden as winger Christian Wilhelmsson comes on for Larsson.


Sweden coach Hamren responds by sending on veteran midfielder Anders Svensson in place of Ola Toivonen.


The noise is incredible now as Shevchenko sends the Ukrainians into dreamland. They deserve the lead for an enterprising display.


It's that man Shevchenko again. He times his run perfectly to escape Ibrahimovic and meet Yarmolenko's corner with a glancing header that flashes past Isaksson.


Goal for Ukraine!


Voronin twists and turns to win a corner and Sweden are wobbling. After a slow start, this is turning into an excellent match. Can Ukraine make their pressure pay?


Shevchenko had been struggling with a dead leg, but that goal has completely refreshed him. There's a real sense of urgency about Ukraine now as they press for a winner.


Yarmolenko is the provider as he works space to swing over a teasing cross and Shevchenko shows all his old predatory instincts to muscle his way in front of Olof Mellberg and direct a fine header past Isaksson. That's his 47th international goal in 108 appearances.


It's Shevchenko to the rescue with a superb diving header as Sweden's lead lasts just three minutes.


Goal for Ukraine!


That's a real sucker punch for Ukraine. They had started the second half brightly, but pay the price for failing to turn their earlier dominance into goals. Great to Sweden though. It was a well contructed move and a clinical finish from Ibrahimovic.


Ibrahimovic side-foots home from close-range after Kallstrom flicks over a low cross.


Goal for Sweden!


Marko Devic has a sight of goal and his strike looks like troubling Isaksson but it's well blocked.


That's half-time. Ukraine have had the better of it, but Sweden had the best chance through Ibrahimovic. All to play for here.


That was a big miss. Ibrahimovic was unmarked when he met Larsson's cross and he really should have opened the scoring.


Just as Ukraine seem to be building up a head of steam, Sweden go agonisingly close to scoring against the run of play when Ibrahimovic directs a header against the far post.


Andriy Yarmolenko looks like breaking the deadlock as he pulls the trigger after Shevchenko's header drops into his path 10 yards out. But Elm slides across at the last minute to make a superb block.


Voronin unleashes a ferocious long-range effort that brings a fine stop from Isaksson.


Markus Rosenberg tests Pyatov with a half-volley. The Ukrainian goalkeeper fumbles it but eventually recovers to smother the danger.


Nazarenko has a chance to put pressure on Sweden from a free-kick. He can't deliver though and frustrated groans echo around the stadium.


Former Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin breaks in the Sweden area, but he can't quite reach Serhiy Nazarenko's chipped pass.


Shevchenko briefly holds his hamstring and looks in discomfort, but he is battling on at the moment.


Gusev gets into a good crossing position but the delivery is poor. That's the story of the match so far. Not enough quality in the final third from either team.


Shevchenko wastes the best chance of the game so far. He plays a one-two and runs onto the return with only Iskasson to beat. But the veteran striker's shot is weak and wide.


Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov causes a bit of panic in his own defence with a weak punch from Ibrahimovic's cross, but Sweden can't take advantage.


Free-kick in a good position for Sweden's Sebastian Larsson, but the Sunderland midfielder over-hits his delivery and Ukraine clear.


Kallstrom goes into the book for a tug on Oleg Gusev as the Ukraine midfielder looks to break away.


Ibrahimovic finally gets involved after a subdued start but he's swiftly dumped to the turf by Anatoliy Tymoshchuk


Kallstrom tries his luck from long-range. It's a woeful effort from the Swede though and flies high over the bar.


Yevhen Konoplyanka has Ukraine's first shot but it doesn't test Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.


Both teams are probing away without threatening a serious chance at the moment, while the Ukrainian fans keep up their tremendous vocal backing.

It's Sweden who get us underway.

Shevchenko and Ibrahimovic, the past and present of Milan, share a handshake moments before kick-off.

The Ukrainian national anthem raises the roof. This is the best atmosphere since fellow co-hosts Poland kicked off the tournament against Greece. Can Blokhin's team produce a performance to match?

The stadium is a sea of yellow Ukraine shirts and there's huge roar from the crowd as Shevchenko leads his team onto the pitch.

The teams are in the tunnel and the atmosphere is building nicely in the 63,195-capacity Olympic Stadium.

Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen, Rosenberg. Subs: Wiland, Svensson, Jonas Olsson, Antonsson, Wernbloom, Safari, Holmen, Hansson.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Mykhalyk, Khacheridi, Selin, Yarmolenko, Tymoschuk, Konoplianka, Nazarenko, Voronin, Shevchenko. Subs: Koval, Kucher, Garmash, Aliev, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy, Butko, Goryainov.

Erik Hamren's side qualified as the best runners-up in the group stages after finishing second behind Holland. The Swedes, who won their four pre-tournament friendlies, rely on the gifted but erratic AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to provide the goals, while Rasmus Elm and Kim Kallstrom pull the strings in midfield.

Sweden, Euro semi-finalists in 1992, have built a well-earned reputation as a tough nut to crack at major tournaments. They are usually well-organised and hard-working and, while they might not go all the way, they possess enough talent to trouble any opponent on their day.

Ukraine legend Andrei Shevchenko is well into the twilight of his career and has been struggling with a chronic back problem, but the 35-year-old former AC Milan and Chelsea striker is willing to play through the pain barrier and he starts tonight as he tries to write a fairytale ending to his illustrious career.

Ukraine have struggled in the build-up to the tournament, with Blokhin blaming a 2-0 friendly loss against Turkey on 11 players being ill with food poisoning. The Ukrainians, who have lost their best two goalkeepers to injury, were also beaten by Austria a few days before that Turkey defeat.

While Ukraine -- playing in the European Championships for the first time -- aren't expected to win the tournament, there is still pressure from their fans to put up a decent showing on home soil. Coach Oleg Blokhin admitted to some nerves as he described the Euros as a "tornado that could throw us in an unknown direction".

Welcome to our live updates from Euro 2012. After England's 1-1 draw against France earlier on, it's time for the second game from Group D and it's co-hosts Ukraine taking on Sweden in Kiev.

And Ukraine get us underway.

The players are back out and the second half is moments away.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Oleg Blokhin Coach
  • Andrey Pyatov Goal
  • Oleg Gusev Defender
  • Taras Mykhalik Defender
  • Yevgeny Khacheridi Defender
  • Yevgeny Selin Defender
  • Andrey Yarmolenko Midfielder
  • Anatoli Tymoschuk Midfielder
  • Sergey Nazarenko Midfielder
  • Yevgeny Konoplyanka Midfielder
  • Andrey Voronin Forward
  • Andrey Shevchenko Forward
  • Maxim Koval Substitute
  • Alexander Goryainov Substitute
  • Alexander Kucher Substitute
  • Denys Garmash Substitute
  • Alexander Aliyev Substitute
  • Vyacheslav Shevchuk Substitute
  • Yevgeny Seleznyov Substitute
  • Yaroslav Rakitskiy Substitute
  • Bogdan Butko Substitute
  • Artem Milevskiy
  • Ruslan Rotan
  • Marko Devic


  • Erik Hamren Coach
  • Andreas Isaksson Goal
  • Mikael Lustig Defender
  • Olof Mellberg Defender
  • Andreas Granqvist Defender
  • Martin Olsson Defender
  • Sebastian Larsson Midfielder
  • Rasmus Elm Midfielder
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic Midfielder
  • Kim Källström Midfielder
  • Ola Toivonen Midfielder
  • Markus Rosenberg Forward
  • Johan Wiland Substitute
  • Par Hansson Substitute
  • Jonas Olsson Substitute
  • Tobias Hysén Substitute
  • Mikael Antonsson Substitute
  • Pontus Wernbloom Substitute
  • Behrang Safari Substitute
  • Samuel Holmén Substitute
  • Emir Bajrami Substitute
  • Anders Svensson Substitute who played
  • Christian Wilhelmsson Substitute who played
  • Johan Elmander Substitute who played

Match Report

Shevchenko delivers fairytale start for Ukraine
Ukraine's former European Player of the Year Andrei Shevchenko rolled back the years in Kiev as his second-half double inspired the Euro 2012 co-hosts to a come from behind 2-1 win over Sweden in their Group D encounter.
The 35-year-old Ukraine captain took his tally to 48 in 108 international appearances with two superb headers within seven minutes of each other - his opposite number Zlatan Ibrahimovic's neat 52nd minute finish had give the Swedes the lead.
The victory sees Ukraine - who are co-hosting the tournament with Poland - top the table after the other group match between France and England ended 1-1.
There had been little indication of the fairytale on the evidence of the first-half as Shevchenko looked way off the pace and when he was found free on the right of the box the 35-year-old, who has been struggling with injury for the past year, scuffed his shot and the ball went past the far post.
The Ukrainians carved out the best chances with another veteran Andrei Voronin forcing Andreas Isaksson to punch to safety from long range while one of the younger generation, Andrei Yarmolenko, was also denied by the Swedish 'keeper at closer range.
However, the Swedes should have broken the deadlock in the 40th minute but their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw his free header just go the wrong side of the far post.
Ibrahimovic struck in the 52nd minute somewhat controversially as a Ukraine player was lying injured but the Swedes played on regardless.
The Ukrainians failed to clear their lines and Kim Kallstrom managed to lose his marker, collect Sebastian Larsson's cross and pass inside to Ibrahimovic, who coolly slotted it into the net and embarked on a typical flamboyant celebration, arm raised straight in the air.
The goal had been coming after the Swedes had come out pumped-up after the half-time break with Markus Rosenberg going close.
However, their lead last justed three minutes as Yarmolenko delivered a superb cross into the area and Shevchenko like days of old got ahead of his marker, veteran Olof Mellberg, to head powerfully into the net.
The crowd, the scorer and his team went beserk and they were to even outdo that noise seven minutes later as from an Oleg Gusev corner Shevchenko nipped in ahead of Ibrahimovic, this time to head in at the near post.
The charismatic striker charged down the touchline to embrace his fellow former European player of the year Oleg Blokhin.
Sweden kept pressing for the equaliser with Kallstrom going the closest with a fierce effort from outside the area which the not always convincing Andrei Pyatov fumbled away and was fortunate that Ibrahimovic was unable to put the rebound past him.
The Swedes should have levelled the game in the dying minutes as Ibrahimovic's divine flick on set up Johan Elmander but showing the rustiness that has seen him only return to action after a month out he flashed his shot across the post.





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