Today’s addition to the outstanding goals of the tournament collection, complete with a great sideline celebration from the coach.
Sensational goal from Polish captain Jakub “Kuba” Błaszczykowski!!
To set the scene: Ukraine’s in its first ever European championship, and the team’s only there because they’re one of the host countries. They’re playing their first match at home. The crowd’s massive. Their major star, Andriy Shevchenko, is 35 years old, clearly at the end of his career. The commentators—and presumably the Ukrainian fans as well—were surprised to see Shevchenko in the starting lineup. Ukraine’s manager would use him sparingly, they thought. Early in the second half, Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the first goal of the match. The commentators began to speculate about when a substitute would come on for Shevchenko. And then, in the 55th minute, this happened.