A goal in added time of extra time Artem Dovbyk enlarged the story of Ukraine, for the first time in the quarterfinals of a Eurocup who will play against England, after win 1-2 and Hampden Park de Glasgow a Sweden, who played almost the entire extra time with one less player due to the expulsion of Marcus Danielson.
Ukraine, which is playing for the third time in the final phase of a European Championship never without passing the group stage and reached the eighth as the worst of the best thirds, frustrated the Scandinavian dream penalized by his inferiority by the red card and by the lack of success in the final meters throughout the game.
Dovbyk, who took the pitch in the 106th minute instead of Andriy Yarmolenko, became the hero of Andrey Shevchenko’s team, another of the selections initially relegated to the role of comparsas that remains in the list of candidates.
Sweden assumed the possibility of reencountering history and returning to the quarter-finals. He had everything on his side, an apparently minor rival and a group of players grown by their good line in the tournament. In fact, he stormed into Hampden Park in a hurry. He cornered his rival but unsuccessfully in the final meters.
However, threats from Ukraine were growing little by little. The first time he stretched he forced a good intervention from Robin Olsen who responded to a good shot from Roman Yaremchuk. The next was a goal.
About half an hour later, a change of orientation of the Ukrainian team ended with the ball at the feet of Andriy Yarmolenko who sent the ball to the other side of the area where Alexander Zinchenko was. The Manchester City midfielder unleashed an impossible left foot for Olsen.
Sebastian Larsson sought to bring his team back into the game with a set piece, a direct shot that met with a good reaction from goalkeeper George Buschan.
It was on the brink of halftime when Sweden saw the calm with the draw. He did not find the reward for his efforts until Emil Forsberg appeared. The Leipzig player received the ball from Alexander Isak and fired a shot from the edge. Iliya Zabarnyi deflected the trajectory and passed Buschan to establish the equalizer shortly before intermission.
The game was shaken after the break. Ukraine did not decline as they hit the post through Serhiy Sydorchuk who tried to take advantage of a good center from Yarmolenko, in full display.
Then and with the match broken Sweden also threw the post in a counterattack initiated by Isak and culminated by Forsberg again. The Leipzig player is a revelation. Four of Sweden’s five goals in the tournament are his. He searched for more.
The pace was frantic, and Olsen and Buschan were piling up the work. The Ukrainian goalkeeper, for example, met a poisoned shot by Kristoffer Olsson with a providential hand and did not come after a blow from Forsberg that repelled the crossbar.
Fatigue invaded both teams. The forces declined and the game dragged on to extra time where Sweden was left with one less player for the expulsion with a direct red to Marcus Danielson who made a strong tackle on Artem Besedin, who had to be substituted injured. The game stalled, chances were scarce but Oleksandr Zinchenko’s header to pass from Artem Dovbyk in added time avoided penalties and led Ukraine to the historic quarter-finals.
1 – Sweden: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig (Emil Krafth, m.84), Victor Nilsson Lindeloef, Marcus Danielson, Ludwig Augustinsson (Pierre Bengstsson, m.83); Sebastian Larsson (Viktorn Claesson, m.97), Kristoffer Olsson (Filip Helander, m.101), Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Dejan Kulusevski (Robin Quaison, m.97) and Alexander Isak (Marcus Berg, m.97). Selector: Janne Andersson.
2 – Ukraine: George Buschan; Alexander Karavaev, Ililla Zabamyi, Sergey Krivtsov, Mykola Matviyenko; Serhiy Sydorchuk (Roman Bezus, m. 118), Taras Stepanenko (Evgen Makarenko, m. 94), Oleksandr Zinchenko; Andriy Yarmolenko (Artem Dovbyk, m.106), Mykola Shaparenko (Ruslan Malinovsky, m.61) and Roman Yaremchuk (Artem Besedin, m.91 (Viktor Tsygankov, m.102). Seleccionador: Andriy Shevchenko.
Goals: 0-1, m.28: Alexander Zinchenko; 1-1, m.43: Emil Forsberg; 1-2, m.121: Artem Dovbyk.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA). He sent off Sweden’s Marcus Danielson (m.98) with a direct red card and showed a yellow card to his teammates Dejan Kulusevski and Emil Forsberg. In addition, he admonished Andriy Yarmolenko, from Ukraine.
Incidents: match of the round of 16 of Euro 2020 played at the Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow before 9,221 spectators.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.