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Dec 4, 2012 10:03pm
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KIEV, Ukraine—Andriy Shevchenko trumped Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday, scoring
two great headers to give Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden at the European
Championship. Jason Pierre-Paul Womens Jersey . After
Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52nd minute, Shevchenko responded
by heading in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner
in the 62nd. “We showed today our character, our good football,” Shevchenko
said. “We have very good chances to qualify.” The victory gives Ukraine a
serious chance of advancing from Group D after England and France drew 1-1,
while Sweden faces an uphill battle to remain in the tournament. Shevchenko is
already a national icon in Ukraine and carried the hopes of the team going into
the tournament. In front of sea of yellow and blue in the packed Olympic
Stadium, he certainly didnt disappoint. Showing flashes of the scorers instinct
that once made him one of the worlds top strikers, Shevchenko beat Olof Mellberg
to a cross for his first goal and then met a corner to head the ball inside the
near post for the second, setting of shouts of “Sheva” that will likely
reverberate throughout the nation for a long time. These days its Ibrahimovic
who is considered a world-class forward, but AC Milans current star came up
short against its former. Ibrahimovic did provide the focal point of the Swedish
attack and shaved the post with a header in the first half before putting his
team ahead. Kim Kallstrom collected a long cross at the left side of the area
and picked up Ibrahimovic in front of the net, and the Sweden striker calmly
slotted the ball past Andriy Pyatov and into the net. “I feel sad. We had more
chances to score,” Ibrahimovic said. “It wasnt supposed to happen. The situation
is as it is. Theres still two games left and we still have the two games to get
a result. We need to play a better game than we did today. “We cant really lose
the lead like we did.” Sweden seemed to relax after the goal and Shevchenko took
advantage by meeting Oleh Gusevs cross and sending his header past Andreas
Isaksson. That made the stadium explode, and it grew even louder six minutes
later as the 35-year-old Shevchenkos header from a corner found its way past
defender Mikael Lustig at the near post, sending coach Oleg Blokhin jumping up
and down the sideline and waving his hand frenetically. Ibrahimovic had one good
chance to equalize but his hard swerving shot was saved by Pyatov, while
substitute Johan Elmander and Mellberg both shot high in the final minutes. It
was clear early on that both teams were eager to press for a win, knowing that
tougher opposition was ahead in the group. Sweden coach Erik Hamren opted for an
unabashedly attack-minded lineup with Markus Rosenberg playing up front with
Ibrahimovic behind him and with fellow striker Ola Toivonen on the left wing.
However, the Swedes failed to impose their will on the game in the first half as
Ukraine came out looking the more ambitious. Shevchenko showed his intentions by
starting a quick counterattack in the 23rd and got the ball back as he broke
into the right side of the area, but his shot from a tight angle rolled wide. At
the other end, Ibrahimovic came closest for Sweden when he was picked out
unmarked in the area by Sebastian Larsson, but his header in the 39th went off
the outside of the post. “Today it was off the post and out, the next game it
will be off the post and in,” Ibrahimovic said. “We have three games to play
here, its not just one game.” After Ukraine took the lead, Hamren brought on
veteran Anders Svensson, Christian Wilhelmsson and Elmander but Sweden couldnt
force an equalizer. Blokhin, meanwhile, decided against resting Shevchenko ahead
of the games against France and England, even though the forward has said he
doesnt think he can play three games in nine days. Turns out that was a pretty
good decision. Shevchenko was given a well-deserved standing ovation as was
taken off in the 81st, while Ibrahimovic strode off the field immediately after
the final whistle with his head down. “Every game for us is like a final,”
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. Delmon Young homered for the fourth consecutive game, Prince Fielder hit a
three-run shot and Jhonny Peralta homered and drove in three runs in Detroits
7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to complete a sweep of the
three-game weekend series. Michael Boley Womens Jersey . Derek Jeter
worked out a tying walk, then sure-handed shortstop J.J. Hardys bases-loaded
error let the Yankees complete a seventh-inning comeback Saturday for a 4-3 win
over the Baltimore Orioles. Victor Cruz Jersey . —Freddy Adu scored
twice and the Philadelphia Union beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Sunday to snap
an eight-game winless streak and avoid dropping out of playoff contention.NEW
YORK —When Mariano Rivera jogs out to the first base line and humbly tips his
cap to the adoring crowd Friday during festivities at Yankee Stadium he will do
so without tipping anyone off to his retirement plans. If this is going to be
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