Glasgow: It was rather a contrast manner in which the teams faired durign the team, Ukraine had the worse record with two defeats, while Sweden made it with a clean skate, but on Tuesday, at the Hampden Park, here on late Tuesday night it was not to be.
As the underdogs stunned all the experts shunting Sweden out of the championship with a 2-1 (extra-time) verdict to march into the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.
Substitute Artem Dovbyk noddinh home a goal in stoppage time at the end of extra time. Dovbyk stooped low to guide a header from Oleksandr Zinchenko's cross past goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Both sides started brightly in Glasgow, 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 Olsen.
"Both teams played very well. It was an interesting match. Neither side wanted to lose so we got this drama at the end," said Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine coach. And went on to add "With this performance and commitment, our team has deserved the love of the whole country. We knew how our team should play from the first minutes".
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 rattled the upright. The Sweden midfielder then smashed an effort against the crossbar, but neither team could conjure a winner as this round of 16 tussle 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 when it looked like penalties were inevitable, Ukraine upped the tempo. They got their reward a minute into added time, Zinchenko's pinpoint cross headed in by substitute Dovbyk to spark wild celebrations.
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