12th June, 2012, Kiev: Ukraine’s party in Euro 2012 began in a good way as they defeated Sweden 2 – 1, in Group – D game in Kiev on Monday. Thirty-five year old veteran Ukrainian striker Andriy Shedvchenko scored two goals.
The former AC Milan striker showed his grit, class and determination. The Ukrainian striker left the field in standing ovation when he was replaced before the final whistle. Ukraine’s very first win in Euro also echoed in Lviv with a huge number of fans chanting ‘Sheva’ and ‘Ukraine’ in the streets. In the Ukraine capital, the car horns were blaring near the Olympic stadium.
Shevchenko and his team played a brilliant football against a team that scored thirty-one goals during the qualifying round. Sweden was far from impressive. “Go Ukraine” was the theme of the night and both teams’ fans came wearing yellow shirts.
Ukraine was focused throughout the game and dominated the midfield. With this win, now Ukraine stays at the top of Group – D as England and France made it 1 – 1 in Donetsk. Shevchenko was adjudged Man-of-the-match and expected that they have nice chances of qualifying from this group.