A 120th-minute Artem Dovbyk goal gave Ukraine a dramatic extra time win over Sweden on Tuesday night, sending them through to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals to play England in Rome.
Ukraine started the better and more composed of the two sides and managed find the breakthrough just before the half hour mark. Andriy Yarmolenko’s curing cross was met sweetly by Oleksandr Zinchenko, whose smooth half volley rocketed through Robin Olsen and into the back of the net.
Sweden, however, pulled level with three minutes of the first half remaining when Emil Forsberg collected Alexander Isak’s pass and unleashed a fierce strike from range that, via a deflection off Illya Zabarnyi, found the top corner.
Andriy Shevchenko’s men were close to pulling ahead ten minutes into the second half when Serhiy Sydorchuk connected with Yarmolenko’s cut-back brilliantly and thrashed the ball against Olsen’s post. Just a minute later Forsberg hit the foot of the post at the other end, before later jinking his way infield and curling a stunning effort flush onto the bar.
Neither team managed to actually find a second goal, however, sending the tie into extra time.
Sweden’s job was made more difficult nine minutes into extra time when VAR told the referee to go back and check Marcus Danielson’s tackle on Artem Besyedin. On further inspection the centre back’s challenge was shown to be rash and ridiculously high, resulting in a straight red card.
A second wind amongst the Ukraine players helped them find the winner right at the death. Zinchenko’s inch-perfect cross was met clinically by substitute Dovbyk, whose header sailed past Olsen in the 120th minute to send Shevchenko’s side through to a quarter-final tie with England.
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