Ukraine’s Euro 2012 party started in style on Monday, with former European Player of the Year Andriy Shevchenko rolling back the years in Kiev.
The 35 year old inspired his side to come back from a goal down after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had opened the scoring after 52 minutes.
Just moments after missing a glorious opportunity from close range, the AC Milan forward, who provided the focal point of the Swedish attack, made amends with yet another clinical finish.
Despite a more defensive formation, Sweden’s lead was short-lived as Shevchenko struck three minutes later.
The former Chelsea player, who showed flashes of brilliance, nipped in front of defender Olof Mellberg to head home a swinging cross from Dynamo Kyiv’s Andriy Yarmolenko.
Shevchenko doubled his tally seven minutes later with another darting run to the near post. Yevhen Konoplyanka nudged another fine cross into the path of Sheva and the towering marksman made no mistake with a simple header.
Sweden, who now face an uphill battle to remain in the tournament, have conceded five headed goals in their last three games, including three from corners.