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Ukraine survives Sweden in extra time 2-1 to advance to Euro 2020 quarterfinals

A red card for a studs-up tackle in extra time made the difference, and Ukraine struck to avoid a penalty shootout.

Emil Forsberg of Sweden battles for possession with Taras Stepanenko of Ukraine during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Sweden and Ukraine at Hampden Park on June 29, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Andy Buchanan - Pool/Getty Images

A match that looked destined for a penalty shootout saw a late red card turn the tide, and Ukraine advanced 2-1 over Sweden in the Round of 16 at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Monday.

A rocket launch from Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zinchenko off a deflection in the box in the 27th minute opened the scoring.

But the Swedes struck back 16 minutes later, with Emil Forsberg nutmegging Illya Zabarny with a shot that deflected and found the onion bag.

In extra time, Sweden’s Marcus Danielson was issued a yellow card that was turned to a straight red via VAR for this shambolic challenge on Artem Biesiedin. Sweden was forced to play the last 23 minutes down a player due to the justified disqualification.

That led to an extra-extra time winner for the Ukranians, as one of the biggest moments in the sporting history of the nation came on the head of Artem Dovbyk after a flawless cross from Zinchenko.

Sweden entered as +140 favorite on the 90 minute three-way line, with draw set at +215 and Ukraine booked at +225. The victors face England match at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals.