Ukraine qualified for the Euro Quarterfinals on Tuesday, where they will face England in Rome on Saturday, beating Sweden (2-1 AP) after a closed match and Sweden have been ruled out of the squad.
The last time the Ukrainian came to the rescue was in the 120th minute when everyone was ready for a penalty shootout. But Sweden played 10-11 from the 99th minute and received a red card from defender Danielson for a terrible solo against Artem Besedin.
In the last center from Oleksander Zinchenko, who signed on the left, Artem Dowbic, entered an hour and a half earlier and put a diving header, which gave Ukraine the best result in the Euros.
The Ukrainians have already played in the quarter-finals, but it was in the World Cup that, in 2006, Andrei Shevchenko did not dress on the bench when he was at the summit. So this qualifier is a win, beating England on Saturday in Rome is another, bigger than that.
“With this performance and this commitment, our team deserves the love of the whole country,” the Ukrainian coach responded after the meeting.
Meanwhile, the last of the Euro’s knockout stages is not so exciting, it is far from over and after the intensity and ambiguity of the two matches that unfolded on Monday, between Spain and Croatia (after 5-3) followed by Switzerland and France (3-3, 5-4 tab) , Glasgow’s 120 minutes sometimes seemed too long.
It must be said that Ukraine went through a very small door to reach the knockout stages, the third in their group with just one win and two defeats. So she made careful choices of strategies and composition on this meeting in Tiptoe, Shevchenko in Glasgow.
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But before that, Sweden topped his group, very willingly leaving the ball to its various rivals and initially wanted to continue the same way on Tuesday. In the first 25 minutes, we politely say that the two teams measured each other and the pace did not stop properly.
Everything was accelerated with pretty much Ukrainian action, at first Taurus Stepanenko flipped the game for the talented Andrei Yarmolenko, finding Jinchenko with a beautiful exterior from the left. The Manchester City player started again with a violent half volley from the left and Ukraine took the lead (1-0, 27 ‘).
Shevchenko’s men did not maintain this advantage for long. Before the break, Emil Forsberg scored his fourth goal of the tournament on a deflected strike, brutally for Ukrainian goalkeeper George Bushchan (1-1, 43rd).
Fifteen minutes into the second half of the game the fever increased, before both teams began to be afraid to give up and sink into the torpedo again.
In the 55th minute, Serhi Sidorchuk hit Robin Olsen’s post for the first time, and in the next minute and across the field imitated Forceberg. The Leipzig attacking midfielder, with full confidence, shot the Ukrainian bar (69th), who seemed to be the best to go into the Sweden quarters at the time.
But then the intentions were replaced by disbelief and nothing happened until Danielson’s red card and beyond until control time was up. It was a turning point, and Ukraine negotiated it well.
“I thought we would score but unfortunately we did not. The red card really determined the score,” Sweden coach John Annerson lamented.