UKRAINE HEADS GROUP D AFTER HISTORIC WIN (UPDATED)

11.06.12


Shevchenko goal

After going a goal down, Ukraine beat Sweden 2-1 with two goals from Shevchenko - the 35-year old striker whom many doubted would even be selected for the Ukrainian squad. This is Ukraine's first win in the European Championships and Shevchenko's 47th and 48th international goals.

The win puts Ukraine at the top of Group D, following England's draw with France.

Read the match report from the BBC here and in Ukrainian here.

COMMENT:

It is hard to recall a competitive fixture involving Ukraine’s national football team that hasn’t been a “must win” game.

Too often expectations have been dashed with winnable matches being drawn or lost whilst those that could have been drawn ended up in defeat.  And Ukrainian fans throughout the world trudged home after each encounter hoping that the next game… or the next tournament… might just deliver that ultimate of footballing satisfactions… a good team performance AND a win when it mattered most.

Tonight was that night! Forget the dull performances at the World Cup, forget all of those painful qualifying tournaments and the disappointments of defeats in play-off matches.

Tonight was a night to really savour.  In the heart of Ukraine, as co-hosts of the Euro 2012 Championships, the Ukrainian national side delivered by putting in an excellent team performance to beat a good Swedish outfit (which, remember, had to overcome the Dutch to qualify for this tournament!).

Yes, perhaps 
in the scheme of things it was just one match on one balmy night in Kyiv… with two great goals from you know who… 

But at least we can all enjoy the outcome over the next few days and happily continue to dream on... 

Well done Ukraine!  We want more!

 

 

 

 



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