Ukraine's press on Tuesday praised Andrei Shevchenko, who scored twice in the country's 2-1 win over Sweden, hoping that victory against France in the next match will take them through to the knockout stages.
"Twenty men ran while two masters played," the Internet site champion.com.ua quoted ex-Russia footballer Evgeny Lovchev as saying, referring to Shevchenko and Sweden's goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Lovchev added: "God has helped people like Shevchenko. He's suffered from injuries and his career seemed to be over. But what a match he played! The master did everything required, which confirms his class and greatness."
The former coach of Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, Jozsef Szabo, was just as enthusiastic, calling Shevchenko "admirable, a delight" on the website HotSport.ua.