Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko confirmed his status as a national hero after bagging a brace to lead his country to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Sweden in the European Championships on Monday night.
The former Chelsea and AC Milan striker struck two second-half goals to lift the co-hosts to top of Group D, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had put the Swedes ahead. Elsewhere, England and France drew 1-1 in Donetsk.
However, the 35-year-old Shevchenko was the story of the evening, with his double inspiring the home nation.
“I feel great - it was an historic game for us, it’s a victory,” Shevchenko said after the win. “I feel like 20 years, not 35! If I can choose my dreams I want to dream of a day like that, it’s a fantastic day.
“I want to thank everyone who worked with me the last year-and-a-half - I had so many knee and back problems. Now I am fit thanks to them.”