For the first time in history Andriy Shevchenko has managed to qualify Ukraine for a quarter-final of a European Championship. The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker and current coach of the Ukrainian team defeated Sweden in overtime injury time 2-1 with Zinchenko and Dovbyk’s goals against Forsberg’s and is now in the next round. Gareth Southgate’s England awaits you there. Spain’s rival in the group stage generated some of the best chances of the match in a highly contested match, but forgave and, after hitting ten in overtime for a highly controversial inning Danielson over Besedin, the Ukrainians took advantage of the numerical superiority to score the winning goal.

Ukrainians celebrate the goal. (Reuters)

Ukraine and Sweden met in a round of 16 from power to power. Two teams that feel more comfortable when the other takes the initiative of the game and, if the rival failure occurs, they can run and counterattack at pleasure. Y they gave us one of the best matches of the Eurocup. The rudimentary Nordic game, with Forsberg and Isak as the greatest source of creativity and danger, he was in charge of getting the most out of both players in the first half. Neither the circulation was at a high pace nor the midfielders were giving them good inside balls, but the ability of the two to combine and meet did a lot of damage to the Ukrainians.

Selection of Shevchenko, on the other hand, he had much more offensive resources with Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Zincheko, but the equality was maximum. Olsen, just in case, ensured that this was the case with a shot by Yaremchuk and a second attempt at Yarmolenko which avoided the first one. Sweden answered in the only way they know how: with Plan A. Balls to Forsberg and Isak and to rub the lamp.

Isak was a true dagger into space. (Reuters)

The Real Sociedad striker built a hut out of a wooden pole and rope and plotted the best chances of his own, even though he was too isolated. He went out into the open, to show off his speed and smell, or into tight spaces, where he demonstrated a fantastic understanding of the game to combine, connect the various pieces of attack and charge the area as if there were no tomorrow. Forsberg, spurred on by Kulusevski’s dynamism on the front, appeared unsuccessfully.

Isak and Forsberg wreaked havoc

Ukraine was licking its lips and waiting its turn. In these, Yarmolenko invented a fantastic play in the heart of the area to assist Zinchenko on the opposite side and he was in charge of beating Olsen. Shevchenko’s team was advancing without great effort. And Sweden, unaccustomed to channeling an armored defense, tried it in its own way. Lateral centers, combinations on the inside and more heart than head. The good guys got together. Isak’s ball for Forsberg on the balcony of the area, shot from the second and the ball, capricious, hits the body of the ‘9’ to sneak into the back of the net. And start over.

The second part went from madness to maximum sanity possible. From the ball to the strain of the post of Forsberg after the assistance of the incombustible Isak to the reply of Yarmolenko and Sydorchuk with the same result on the next play. Sweden tried more. Kulusesvki pulled from his sleeve a whiplash that Buschan, the Ukrainian goalkeeper, bluntly cleared. And immediately afterwards, Forsberg crashed another ball into the stick. Luck was not smiling to Sweden and Ukraine was pulling the bench. Malinovskyi entered through Shaparenko. The game was suddenly anesthetized as the minutes progressed, since the fear of losing was greater than the loot to get. They went into extra time.

Forsberg, second top scorer in the European Championship with four goals. (Reuters)

There a non-aggression pact was signed until reaching penalties. Carousel of changes, conservative passes, long balls that will avoid dangerous losses in the first passes and expect a genius from the most destabilizing footballers. In ’98, VAR by, Daniele Orsato expelled Marcus Danielson After a very tough tackle that withdrew Besedin and Sweden had to face the rest of the time with ten players. Malinovskyi, the most active Ukrainian, tried every way with his delicate left-foot in indoor positions, but Shevchenko’s men were on the verge of not taking advantage of their numerical superiority. Until in injury time, Dovbyk scored the winning goal in added time.

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