Sweden will start as favourites when they meet Ukraine at Hampden Park in Scotland with a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on the line.
Ukraine manager Andriy Shevchenko was the star of the show when these sides last met in competitive football. After netting a brace in the Euro 2020 group stage win over Sweden, he must now mastermind his side’s progress when they face Sweden in their first ever appearance in the knockout phase.
“Sweden are a very organised team, and I am full of respect for them,” said Shevchenko.
“They have a certain style of play, and they don’t deviate from it. The things they do they do very well, especially their passes upfield. They have two great strikers, and are very strong physically so rarely lose one-on-one battles.”
Ukraine are sweating on the attacking duo of Viktor Tsyhankov and Oleksandr Zubkov, both have picked up calf injuries.
This is Sweden’s first move past the groups since they reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. Forward Alexander Isak has enhanced his reputation which each outing and will be keen to add another 90 minutes to his audition reel for a big summer move.
The winners will face England or Germany in the quarter-finals in Rome on 3 July.
The match kicks off at 9pm on Tuesday.