The SFG team draws the post-mortem of Euro 2012 to a close with a review of the fortunes of the teams in Group D, arguably the hardest group to predict at the start of the tournament.
The comeback against Sweden, with legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko aptly scoring a brace for the co-hosts was one of the stories of the tournament. In tricky wingers Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko, Ukraine rarely struggled for creativity from the wings, but the endeavour of these wingers wasn’t rewarded and was ultimately a minor positive.
The failure to conjure anything in the games against France and England after such a promising end to the game against Sweden. The final game versus England was particularly disappointing as goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov failed to contain Steven Gerrard’s cross and Wayne Rooney easily headed it in. With over-reliance on Shevchenko to be the marksman, there wasn’t any other striker in the team to assume the mantle when his fitness problems flared up.