Euro 2012: Ukraine vs Sweden

In the final game of the first round of matches, host nation Ukraine took on Sweden in a hot and humid Kiev. It was Ukraine’s debut at a Euro tournament and I think we all looked forward to finally seeing Andriy Shevchenko on an international stage. he is 35 now and has played at such clubs as Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan and Chelsea and is truly a great player. And he did he not disappoint. Sweden’s main man, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, might have opened the scoring, but the Ukraine fought back almost immediately and Sheva scored with a powering header. Not much later he did so again to the delight of the tens of thousands packed into the satdium and the squares of Kiev. The atmosphere was electric and the game fast paced, making the game a delight to watch. [38 photos total]

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Sweden's team pose for a picture before their Euro 2012 Group D soccer match against Ukraine at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's team pose for a picture before their Euro 2012 Group D soccer match against Ukraine at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's coach Blokhin instructs players during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Sweden at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Rosenberg challenges Ukraine's Khacheridi during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Larsson competes for possession with Ukraine's Selin during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Tymoshchuk tackles Sweden's Kallstrom during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's goalkeeper Koval makes a save during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Sweden in Kiev (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko fails to score against Sweden during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match in Kiev (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's coach Hamren reacts during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic is tackled by Ukraine's Khacheridi during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match in Kiev (GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Khacheridi heads the ball next to Sweden's Rosenberg during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Mellberg blocks Ukraine's Shevchenko as he attacks Isaksson during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic reacts during game against Ukraine at their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko receives medical assistance after colliding with Sweden's Granqvist during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Voronin makes a bicycle kick during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Sweden in Kiev (GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal with teammate Toivonen during game against Ukraine at their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring against Ukraine's Pyatov during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring against Ukraine during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko scores against Sweden during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko scores past Sweden's Elm, goalkeeper Isaksson and Mellberg during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic stadium in Kiev (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko celebrates after scoring against Sweden during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match in Kiev (GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko celebrates after scoring against Sweden during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match in Kiev (GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko celebrates his scoring during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Sweden at Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko celebrates his goal with teammates during game against Sweden at their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Voronin challenges Sweden's Kallstrom during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko scores his second goal against Sweden during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko scores his second goal during game against Sweden at their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic scores against Ukraine's Pyatov during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko celebrates his second goal during game against Sweden at their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko celebrates his second goal during game against Sweden at their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Kallstrom, Granqvist and Olsson react after Ukraine scored a goal during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic reacts during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Voronin and Yarmolenko tackle Sweden's Kallstrom during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko embraces his coach Blokhin after scoring their second goal against Sweden during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's goalkeeper Pyatov looks on as his team mate Gusev fights for ball with Sweden's Mellberg during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic stadium in Kiev (ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Ibrahimovic reacts after losing their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at the Olympic stadium in Kiev (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko celebrates victory with coach Blokhin after game against Sweden at their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Olympic Stadium in Kiev (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Sweden's Lustig reacts at the end of their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine in Kiev (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #

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