KIEV, Ukraine - Andriy Shevchenko trumped Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday, scoring two great headers to give Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden at the European Championship.
After Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52nd minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the equaliser just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 61st.
The victory gives the Ukraine a serious chance of advancing from Group D after England and France drew 1-1, while Sweden faces an uphill battle to remain in the tournament.
Shevchenko is already a national icon in Ukraine and carried the hopes of the team going into the tournament. In front of a sea of yellow and blue in the packed Olympic Stadium, he certainly didn't disappoint.
Showing flashes of the scorer's instinct that once made him one of the world's top strikers, Shevchenko beat Olof Mellberg to a cross for his first goal and then met a corner to head the ball inside the near post for the second, setting off shouts of "Sheva" that will likely reverberate throughout the nation for a long time.
These days it's Ibrahimovic who is considered a world-class forward, but AC Milan's current star came up short.
Ibrahimovic did provide the focal point of the Swedish attack and shaved the post with a header in the first half before putting his team ahead.
Kim Kallstrom collected a long cross at the left side of the area and picked up Ibrahimovic in front of the net, and the Sweden striker calmly slotted the ball past Andriy Pyatov and into the net.
But Sweden seemed to relax after that and Shevchenko took advantage by meeting Oleh Gusev's cross and sending his header past Andreas Isaksson.
That made the stadium explode, and it grew even louder six minutes later as the 35-year-old Shevchenko's header from a corner found its way past defender Mikael Lustig at the near post, sending coach Oleg Blokhin jumping up and down the sideline and waving his hand frenetically.
Ibrahimovic had one good chance to equalise but his hard swerving shot was saved by Pyatov, while substitute Johan Elmander and Mellberg both shot high.
Shevchenko was given a well-deserved standing ovation as he was taken off in the 81st, while Ibrahimovic strode off the field immediately after the final whistle with his head down.