Kiev: Two goals in six minutes by national hero Andriy Shevchenko led Ukraine to a 2-1 comeback victory over Sweden in their opening Group D game, on Monday, as the co-hosts joined the Euro 2012 party in spectacular style.
The 35-year-old Shevchenko launched himself at a clipped Andriy Yarmolenko cross to head the equaliser in the 55th minute, then glanced in his second just after the hour as the hosts roared back from a goal down.
Ukraine, the group outsiders, started the match confidently in front of a frenzied home crowd. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had threatened to spoil their big night when he turned in a low Kim Kallstrom cross to put the Swedes ahead after 52 minutes.
After Johan Elmander missed a glorious chance to level in the last minute, Ukraine sat proudly at the top of Group D with three points. France and England drew 1-1 earlier in Donetsk.
Despite the teams being locked goalless, it was a lively first half in which Ibrahmovic came closest to scoring against the Euro 2012 co-hosts.
Ukraine had the better of the opening exchanges, with their best chances falling to striker Andriy Shevchenko, who dragged one shot narrowly wide and had another blocked.
Ibrahimovic almost broke the deadlock but his header, just before the break, shaved a post before bouncing wide harmlessly.