It was an impressive group-stage campaign for Sweden, who finished above Spain after frustrating them in their opening match and a Robert Lewandowski-inspired Poland, while Ukraine limped over the finishing line with just the single victory over debutants North Macedonia.
Janne Andersson came in for some flak after his side managed just 14% possession in the 0-0 with Spain on matchday one, but his unfairly-perceived antiquated style was vindicated as Sweden collected a point, a clean sheet and created the best chance of the game at the Estadio de La Cartuja.
It certainly wasn’t a game for the aesthete but in a results-driven business, Andersson hit the right notes, following up with a win and another clean sheet against Slovakia, before letting their his down in a 3-2 triumph over Poland, showing he can produce swashbuckling football when the mood takes him.
Ukraine meanwhile were involved in a curtain-raising thriller with the Netherlands, getting edged out 3-2, before beating North Macedonia 2-1 and losing to Austria. However, that single result was enough to see them through, but they must improve if they are to beat a well-oiled Sweden side.
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Sweden vs Ukraine: Match Stats
Both Andriy Yarmolenko (2 goals, 1 assist) and Roman Yaremchuk (2 goals, 1 assist) were each directly involved in three of Ukraine’s four goals in the groups.
Emil Forsberg has scored four goals in his last four games in all competitions for Sweden, following a run of 11 games without a goal.
Sweden have so far attempted the least number of passes (846), one of only three nations (Wales and Hungary) yet to hit quadruple figures.
Sweden’s seven points at Euro 2020 is the most they have ever collected in the group stage of a European Championship.
Ukraine ended a run of six consecutive defeats in a row at the European Championships after their win over North Macedonia.
Only North Macedonia (39) and Finland (53) registered more interceptions than Sweden (36) in the groups.
Sweden registered the most clearances in the groups as the only nation to clear the 100-mark for that stat (102).
Of the teams to reach the last 16 at EURO 2020, no side faced more shots on target in the group stages than Ukraine (16, level with Wales).
Ukraine have lost seven of their last eight games at the European Championship.
Sweden vs Ukraine: Corner Stats
After managing just one corner against Spain, Sweden racked up seven and six against Slovakia and Poland respectively, though they neither managed to score from a set-piece, nor concede in the groups. Lewandowski incredibly hit the crossbar twice from a corner in one phase of play against Sweden, but other than that, Andersson’s men were well-drilled from deadball scenarios. Ukraine likewise managed just one corner in their opening game, but registered five and four in their following two matches. However, the concern for Andriy Shevchenko will be that his side conceded the only goal of the game from a corner to Austria.
Sweden vs Ukraine: Cards Stats
Incredibly, Ukraine were the only nation to pick up just two yellow cards in the group stage. Five nations collected just the single booking, and three racked up three apiece, one of whom was Sweden. Serhiy Sydorchuk and Mykola Shaparenko were the card collectors for Ukraine, while Sweden’s offenders came in each of their three games, with Marcus Danielson, Mikael Lustig and Kristoffer Olsson all receiving yellows.
Sweden vs Ukraine: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Sweden 2-1 Ukraine
Sweden vs Ukraine: Odds
Sweden vs Ukraine: Head to Head
11 Jun 2012 – Ukraine 2-1 Sweden – Euro 2012
10 Aug 2011 – Ukraine 0-1 Sweden – International Friendly
09 Feb 2011 – Sweden 1-1 Ukraine – International Friendly
01 Jun 2008 – Sweden 0-1 Ukraine – International Friendly
These sides have only met once at a major tournament, featuring in the same group as England and France at Euro 2012, with hosts Ukraine winning 2-1 thanks to a brace from Andriy Shevchenko, which cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener. Sweden’s only ever victory over Ukraine came in a friendly in 2011, with Tobias Hysen netting in the 92nd minute to seal the result.