Ukraine advance to the round of 16 after Artem Dovbyk’s header after overtime secured a 2-1 victory over Sweden.
Artem Dovbyk’s header in the 121st minute sent Ukraine to a Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with England on Saturday, when they beat Sweden 2-1 after extra time in Glasgow.
But Andriy Shevchenko’s team was determined to show that they deserved their place in the knockout stages, as Oleksandr Zinchenko fired them for the first time.
Emil Forsberg’s deflected goal put Sweden ahead before the break and RB Leipzig midfielder hit the woodwork twice in the second half.
However, a red card for Marcus Danielson nine minutes into extra time left Sweden penalized until penalties until Dovbyk grabbed Zinchenko’s inviting cross to provoke wild scenes of celebration among the small band of Ukrainian fans at Hampden Park. .
Shevchenko said before the match that his team had already achieved its goal by achieving it through the group.
But the former AC Milan striker got the reaction he wanted after a disappointment 1-0 defeat against Austria in their latest group game with a quick start.
Swede Robin Olsen was forced to deny Roman Yaremchuk on the first play after being impressed by the impressive Andriy Yarmolenko.
The West Ham United winger has been the engine of his country throughout all tournaments, scoring or assisting in all six of his goals minus two.
Yarmolenko’s mocking cross with his left foot fell nicely into Zinchenko’s 27 minutes and the Manchester City man punched a low shot that had too much power for Olsen.
It was the first time Sweden had followed all the tournaments, but Janne Andersson’s men responded well to questions about whether they could chase a match after their defensive discipline had shone in the group stage.
Forsberg was as influential for Sweden as Yarmolenko was for Ukraine and drew two minutes before the break with his fourth goal of the tournament.
Opportunities came and went on both sides, as an entertaining second half lasted from end to end.
Yarmolenko ordered Serhiy Sydorchuk to blow up the charge, but Sweden posed the biggest threat.
Forsberg hit the woodwork twice, finishing off a shot at the base of the post before a more powerful effort from the edge of the box fired a cannon out of the bar.
In the middle, Georgiy Bushchan made an impressive save to stop the shot towards Dejan Kulusevski.
Ukraine survived to take the match into overtime and had a golden opportunity to reach the round of 16 of a major tournament for the second time as an independent nation, when Sweden was reduced to 10 men.
Danielson won the ball but continued with a dangerous challenge to Artem Besedin that forced the Dynamo Kyiv striker to leave injured.
Yarmolenko also had to be replaced in half the extra time in which she will worry Shevchenko if Ukraine has any chance of surprising England in Rome.
But his replacement Dovbyk was the hero, as he chose the perfect moment to score his first international goal.