Euro 2012 : Shevchenko’s Two Goals Rally Ukraine Past Sweden, 2-1

KIEV – Sometimes a case of mere nostalgia is a good thing. Just ask Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko.

Thanks to two goals from the 35 year-old striker, co-host Ukraine would rally to win 2-1 over Sweden in their Group D opening match of Euro 2012 at Kiev Olympic Stadium.

Ukraine’s two goals in six minutes—two of them by Shevchenko—may have provided the spark that Ukraine needs if it hopes to advance out of a top-heavy Group D headlined by France and England.

Shevchenko, a long-time fan favorite in his native homeland, currently plays for Kiev Dynamo and would play internationally for Chelsea and AC Milan, would score two goals in rally his countrymen in front of a raucous and loud pro-Ukraine crowd.

Sweden would score first on a goal from AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the 52’ minute.

Shevchenko would net the equalizer at the 55’ minute on a header—at point-blank range—to pull Ukraine level at 1-1 . Shevchenko would net the game-winner six minutes later on a strike at the 61’ minute to give Ukraine the lead permanently.

A former champion during his time at AC Milan in 2003 and 2004 Ballon d’Or Football Of the Year award winner, Shevchenko is Ukraine’s all-time top scorer with 46 goals in 108 matches and the third highest scorer in Champions League history with 58 goals, has indicated that he may retire from club football at the end of Euro 2012 due to back problems.

If his two-goal performance against Sweden in front of his fellow countrymen is any indication, then the man that many call “Sheva” plans to go out with a bang.

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