Artem Dovbyk’s first international goal sent Ukraine into a first EURO quarter-final, the substitute heading in in the final seconds of extra time to see off ten-man Sweden at Hampden Park.
Sweden vs Ukraine: as it happened, reaction
Match in brief
Both sides started brightly at the Hampden Park, Roman Yaremchuk’s early shot kept out by Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen while at the other end, Alexander Isak curled a shot a metre wide. Ukraine, in their first EURO knockout game, struck first in the 27th minute, Andriy Yarmolenko working the ball on to his left foot and curling a sumptuous pass with the outside of his boot for Oleksandr Zinchenko to hammer a shot past Robin Olsen.
Sweden responded positively to falling behind, and were back on terms two minutes before the break. Isak found Emil Forsberg just outside the area and his well-struck shot deflected off Illia Zabarnyi on its way past Georgiy Bushchan.
The second half was similarly open, Serhiy Sydorchuk’s shot clipping the outside of the post; seconds later, Isak played in Forsberg for a shot that also struck the upright. The Sweden midfielder then smashed an effort against the crossbar, but neither side were able to find a winner as the match headed to extra time.
Sweden lost Marcus Danielson to a red card for a challenge on Artem Besedin in the first additional period, and just as if it looked as if penalties were inevitable, Ukraine upped the tempo. They got their reward a minute into added time, Zinchenko’s pinpoint cross headed in by Dovbyk to spark wild celebrations.
Star of the Match: Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ukraine)
“He scored one himself and put in a brilliant cross for the winning goal.”
Packie Bonner, UEFA Technical Observer
Check out every Heineken Star of the Match at UEFA EURO 2020.
Sujay Dutt, Sweden reporter
Janne Andersson said that Sweden had come prepared for all scenarios. Did that include having a central defender sent off in extra time? When it happened, Sweden spent the remainder of the match defending their way towards a penalty shoot-out. It seemed to work – until added time in extra time. A cruel way to bow out for a Sweden side that had chances to win this in normal time.
Bogdan Buga, Ukraine reporter
The Synio-Zhovti have equalled their biggest achievement at a major tournament and no one can say they don’t deserve it. Shevchenko’s plan worked tonight, perhaps not exactly, but all his tactical decisions proved shrewd. Now he will take his side to his beloved Italy, and there’s no need to say how big this occasion will be for him and his assistant Mauro Tassotti, both AC Milan legends.
- Ukraine are into the EURO quarter-finals for the first time; their only previous major quarter-final was a 3-0 defeat to eventual winners Italy at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
- Dovbyk’s goal was his first for Ukraine in his third appearance.
- Dovbyk and Zinchenko have made it five players to score for Ukraine at EURO, after current head coach Andriy Shevchenko and team-mates Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk.
- Zinchenko has scored in seven matches for Ukraine; they are unbeaten when he had found the net (W5 D1).
- Ukraine are still to keep a clean sheet at EURO finals, conceding at least once in each of their ten games.
- Sweden conceded in the first half for the first time in 2021 in their ninth match.
- Forsberg is the first Swedish player to score four goals at a single EURO tournament.
- Forsberg has matched Tomas Brolin’s national record of scoring in three successive EURO finals games for Sweden.
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig (Krafth 83), Lindelöf, Danielson, Augustinsson (Bengtsson 83); S Larsson (Claesson 97), Olsson (Helander 101), Ekdal, Forsberg; Kulusevski (Quaison 97), Isak (Berg 97)
Ukraine: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Kryvstov, Matviyenko; Sydorchuk (Bezus 118), Stepanenko (Makarenko 94), Zinchenko; Yarmolenko (Dovbyk 106), Yaremchuk (Besedin 91; Tsygankov 101), Shaparenko (Malinovskyi 61)
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