Ukraine boss Oleg Blokhin criticised Sweden’s defensive tactics after his side claimed a 2-1 victory in their Euro 2012 Group D clash.
Blokhin was furious with how the Scandinavians lined up and accused them of playing for a draw, while also revealing that his premonition about Andriy Shevchenko came true.
“I think that the Swedish team played to achieve a draw and they only tried to organise counterattacks through Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” he said at the post-game press conference.
The 59-year-old coach was also angry with Sweden’s goal, which came while Ukraine had a man down injured.
“In the second half I think that the Swedish team wasn’t very fair, because our player was lying on the pitch and the referee should have stopped the game.
“But they just had a chance and they scored, then there was also a second moment and I think that it’s not fair.”
Blokhin then touched on the heroics of Andriy Shevchenko, saying: “He didn’t believe that I had a dream that he would score twice.
“I think that we had an advantage in the first half, but maybe not concerning Ibrahimovic's chance, but we had a really great advantage.
“We conceded a goal, but I must say thank you to the team that we were able to score two goals, but I think that we didn’t play good in the dying minutes, because there was a lot of pressure to hold this result.
“I think it’s really hard to play with such nerves, I must say that the Swedish team is a really good and it is very hard to play against them, we knew everything about them, but I really think that they will be a tough opponent for the next opponents in our group.”
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