The last round of 16 of Euro 2020 was held this Tuesday evening between two teams far from being among the favorites for the final victory. Sweden, having finished at the top of group E ahead of Spain, faced Ukraine, 3rd in group C, at Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland). For this part, Janne Andersson was counting on the return to the starting lineup of Kulusevski (tested positive for Covid-19 before the start of the tournament, absent during the first 2 days), which included the 4-4-2 of the Blågult. For his part, Andriy Chevtchenko lined up a 3-4-3 with Sydorchuk back in midfield, while Malinovskyi remained on the bench at kick-off.
In a start to the match rather to the advantage of the Swedes under the Glasgow sun, the Ukrainians quickly projected themselves forward. They are also the ones who lit the first fuse in this part, Yaremchuk forcing Olsen to push back gloves (11th). Nothing to worry about Sweden, more and more dangerous. Forsberg (18th) then Isaak (20th) nevertheless lacked accuracy in the last gesture after two nice collective movements. But it was indeed Zbirna who opened the scoring in this match thanks to Zinchenko, taking in half a volley a subtle outside of Yarmolenko’s foot at the conclusion of a collective jewel (0-1, 27 ‘).
Artem Dovbyk delivers Ukraine after stud rain in Glasgow
In the process, the malice of Larsson did not manage to deceive the vigilance of Bushchan (29th) while the decisive passer and Ukrainian captain sent a volley out of the frame (32nd) coming to fuel a pleasant meeting to follow. Sweden finally equalized at the best of times thanks to Forsberg, a shot deflected by Zabarnyi, author of his 4th goal of this Euro (1-1, 43rd). In the second act, the ball lived and went from one goal to another, but the defenses held up … when they were not saved by their amounts. In the space of 2 minutes, Sydorchuk (55th) then Forsberg (57th) saw their attempt fail on the post.
The 22 actors continued to delight the 12,000 spectators of Hampden Park. Kulusevski, untenable, forced Bushchan to a beautiful horizontal (66th) before Yarmolenko, also in form, answered him and stumbled on Olsen (68th). Before the midfielder of RB Leizpig finds the crossbar following an individual feat (69th). Sheva could thank the unfortunate Zabarnyi, author of a saving slipped tackle in front of Kulusevski to take Sweden into overtime (89th).
For this 4th extension of Euro 2020, the bodies seemed extremely tired, the pace dropped a notch and the game was no longer really there. The only notable fact of the first half was the logical expulsion, after viewing the video by Daniele Orsato, of Danielsson for an awkward but terrible tackle for sensitive souls just below the knee of Besedin, moreover unable to resume its place (100th). Reduced to 10, the Blågults suffered but drew on their resources to go until the fateful shootout. It was without counting on the newcomer, Dovbyk, who cut the trajectory of a center of Zinchenko to offer the qualification to his country (2-1, 120th + 1). Ukraine will therefore find England in the quarter-finals of this Euro 2020 on Saturday in Rome (9 p.m.).
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