1 - 2

Emil Forsberg 42' -
Scored: 42'

Scored: 27'
- Oleksandr Zinchenko 27'

Scored: 120'
- Artem Dovbyk 120'

Euro 2020 Report: Sweden 1 - 2 Ukraine

Wed, Jun 30 2021

Oleksandr Zinchenko of Ukraine celebrates after scoring against Sweden Credit: Steve Bardens - UEFA/Getty Images)

Ukraine became the final team to qualify for the quarter final stages of Euro 2020 when they overcame Sweden in a game that was largely boring for about 80 minutes but which changed course to produce another exhilarating extra time finale with the winning goal being scored in the 120th minute.

Managed by the great Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine are now faced with the daunting task of taking on an inform England in the quarter final in Rome on Saturday while Sweden join Germany, France, Portugal and Holland as top nation sides who all have made unexpected early exits from the tournament.

The early stages of the match gave no indication of the excitement that was to follow in the latter stages of the match as both sides were very cagey in their approach. The game itself was characterised by a lot of lateral passing with very little by way of inventive play from either side.

The match did go up a notch after the 27th minute when Ukraine took the lead with a goal from Manchester City player Oleksandr Zinchenko who blasted the ball to the net from the left-wing back position after good build up play by Ukraine on their right flank.

Sweden responded in a very positive fashion to that setback for the next quarter of an hour but were generally contained by the resolute Ukrainian defence.

That all changed in the 42nd minute however when the most inventive player on the pitch, RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg, struck a powerful shot from just outside the box. It took a deflection and went into the net with goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan left helpless by the change of direction of the ball.

The 1-1 score line at the break was a fair reflection of the opening 45 minutes with Sweden definitely finishing the first period much stronger after the boost of the equalising goal at the best possible time, just before the half time whistle.

Jan Anderson’s team came out the stronger at the start of the second half and continued to dominate the game with Forsberg being highly impressive with good displays also from Dejan Kulusevski and Kristoffer Ollson. 

The injuries, substitutions and bookings started to kick in from the 80th minute and the final period of normal time was fraught with intensity as both sides tried to find the balance between not making any fatal mistake while also searching for a lead goal that would prevent the game going into extra time.

Neither side succeeded in the latter objective and Italian referee Daniele Orsato allowed three minutes of additional time before blowing the final whistle and sending the game into extra time.

The game was turned on its head midway through the first period of extra time when Swedish defender Markos Danielson was red carded.

Danielson contested a ball with Ukranian substitute Artem Besedin and while he won the ball, he was unable to prevent himself following through on Besedin’s leg and the referee immediately flashed a yellow card to the Swedish player.

Orsato then decided to check VAR on the actual tackle by Danielson and presumably considering it reckless play issued a red card.

The numerical advantage turned the game in Ukraine’s favour and they were camped in the Swedish half for all of the second period of extra time without being able to break down what was now a 10-man Swedish defence.

A penalty shoot was looming yet again, however in the 120th minute Zinchenko swung in a great cross from the left side and substitute striker Artem Dovbyk stooped low to direct a header past Robin Olsen for the winning goal.

It was another dramatic end to a Euro 2021 match and while there was still three minutes of additional time to be played after the goal, it was not enough time for a deflated Swedish team to resurrect themselves.

Ukraine now march on to Rome where they will have the tag of underdogs as they face an England side who have hit form at the right time and who have yet to concede a goal in the tournament.

Sweden: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Marcus Danielson, Ludwig (Emil Krafth 82) Augustinsson (Pierre Bengsston 82), Sebastian Larsson (Viktor Claesson 98), Albin Ekdal, Kristoffer Olsson (Filip Hellander 101), Emil Forsberg, Dejan Kulusevski (Robin Quaison 98), Alexander Isak (Marcos Berg 98)
Subs not used: Karl-Johan Johnsson (gk), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (gk), Gustav Svensson, Ken Sema, Pontus Jansson, Jens-Lyn Cajuste.

Booked: Dejan Kulusevski (68), Emil Forsberg (84).

Sent off: Markos Danielson (98)

Ukraine: Georgiy Bushchan, Oleksandr Karavayev, Serhyi Kryvtsov, Illia Zabarnyi, Mykola Matviyenko, Mykola Shaparenko (Rusian Malinovski 60) Taras Stepanenko Yehven Makarenko 95), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Roman Bezus 117) Andriy Yarmolenko (Artem Dovbyk 105) Roman Yaremchuk (Artem Besedin 91), Viktor Tsygankov 101), Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Subs not used: Andriy Pyatov (gk); Anatolii Trubin (gk); Eduard Sobol, Marlos, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Oleksandr Tymchyk.

Booked: Andriy Yarmolonko (79).

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy).

Extratime Player of the Match: Emil Forsberg (Sweden)

LNov. 17, 2020
France 4 - 2 Sweden
DJune 14, 2021
Spain 0 - 0 Sweden
WJune 18, 2021
Sweden 1 - 0 Slovakia
WJune 23, 2021
Sweden 3 - 2 Poland
LJune 29, 2021
Sweden 1 - 2 Ukraine
Robin Olsen 1
Ludwig Augustinsson 6
82Subbed Off: Pierre Bengtsson 82'
Marcus Danielson 24
Booked: 98'
Victor Lindelof 3
Mikael Lustig 2
82Subbed Off: Emil Krafth 82'
Albin Ekdal 8
Emil Forsberg 10
Scored: 42'
Booked: 84'
Sebastian Larsson 7
101Subbed Off: Viktor Claesson 101'
Kristoffer Olsson 20
101Subbed Off: Filip Helander 101'
Alexander Isak 11
98Subbed Off: Marcus Berg 98'
Dejan Kulusevski 21
Booked: 68'
98Subbed Off: Robin Quaison 98'

Pierre Bengtsson 5
82Subbed On: Ludwig Augustinsson 82'
Marcus Berg 9
98Subbed On: Alexander Isak 98'
Jens Cajuste 26
Viktor Claesson 17
101Subbed On: Sebastian Larsson 101'
Filip Helander 14
101Subbed On: Kristoffer Olsson 101'
Pontus Jansson 18
Karl-Johan Johnsson 12
Emil Krafth 16
82Subbed On: Mikael Lustig 82'
Robin Quaison 22
98Subbed On: Dejan Kulusevski 98'
Ken Sema 15
Gustav Svensson 13
LJune 21, 2021
Ukraine 0 - 1 Austria
WJune 29, 2021
Sweden 1 - 2 Ukraine
LJuly 3, 2021
Ukraine 0 - 4 England
DSept. 1, 2021
Kazakhstan 2 - 2 Ukraine
DSept. 4, 2021
Ukraine 1 - 1 France
1 Heorhiy Bushchan
21 Oleksandr Karavaev
4 Serhiy Kryvtsov
22 Mykola Matviyenko
13 Illia Zabarnyi
6 Taras Stepanenko
Midfielder 95'
95Subbed Off: Yehven Makarenko 95'
5 Serhiy Sydorchuk
Midfielder 117'
117Subbed Off: Roman Bezus 117'
17 Oleksandr Zinchenko
Scored: 27'
10 Mykola Shaparenko
Forward 60'
60Subbed Off: Ruslan Malinovskyi 60'
9 Roman Yaremchuk
Forward 91'
91Subbed Off: Artem Besedin 91'
7 Andriy Yarmolenko
Booked: 79'
105Subbed Off: Artem Dovbyk 105'

19 Artem Besedin
Forward 91'
91Subbed On: Roman Yaremchuk 91'
101Subbed Off: Viktor Tsygankov 101'
18 Roman Bezus
Midfield 117'
117Subbed On: Serhiy Sydorchuk 117'
11 Marlos
26 Artem Dovbyk
Forward 105'
105Subbed On: Andriy Yarmolenko 105'
Scored: 120'
14 Yehven Makarenko
Defender 95'
95Subbed On: Taras Stepanenko 95'
8 Ruslan Malinovskyi
Midfield 60'
60Subbed On: Mykola Shaparenko 60'
16 Vitaliy Mykolenko
12 Andriy Pyatov
2 Eduard Sobol
23 Anatolii Trubin
15 Viktor Tsygankov
Midfield 101'
101Subbed On: Artem Besedin 101'
24 Oleksandr Tymchyk


Competition: Euro 2020 Round of 16

Date: 8 p.m. June 29, 2021

Venue: Hampden Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown