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Euro 2020: Oleksandr Zinchenko Scores to Take Ukraine to Quarters

City Start Scores And Assists As Ukraine Set Up England Clash

Sweden v Ukraine - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16 Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

He is becoming one of the players to watch in the tournament. Manchester City midfielder-turned left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko scored a stunning volley to help Ukraine earn a dramatic 2-1 win over Sweden and book a place in the quarter-final stage of Euro 2020.

The 24-year-old has been a shining light for his country in the competition following a great time with City in the close season. He has been deployed in his favorite midfield position for his country and he is flourishing.

He netted a first-half opener in a keenly contested game as both sides fancied their chances of reaching the quarter-final of the competition.

After conceding an equaliser late in the first half, the Ukrainians snatched victory courtesy of Artem Dovbyk's strike deep into the end of extra time. A goal that has been adjudged the second-latest in European Championship history.

The reward for the victory is a quarter-final matchup against England on Saturday July 3. England on their own part are salivating at the prospects of reaching the final of the Euros after a commanding performance and a deserved round of 16 win against 2014 World Cup champions Germany.

It promises to be a tough encounter with Zinchenko and red-hot Raheem Sterling going head-to-head. City defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker have also been in top form as England are yet to taste defeat. With four clean sheets in four games, the Three Lions' defence has been solid.

However, Sterling has caught the eye the most in the team after starting all four matches so far. The City winger has been on fire as he netted his third goal in the competition for the Three Lions to down Germany.

City-linked Harry open his account in the competition by adding the second after heading home a Jack Grealish cross.

England's victory meant sending Ilkay Gundogan home with Germany. He joins Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva who were ousted from the competition with Portugal on Sunday.

Ukraine came into the competition with little hope and fanfare. But the team can begin to dream now especially with players like Zinchenko rising to the occasion.

France’s exit from the competition at the hands of Switzerland serves as a clear lesson that no team can be underrated at this stage. So England and the City contingent in their ranks will have to be at their best to overcome the Ukrainians.

Suffice to say though that whoever comes up tops at the end of the encounter, the Blues will be represented in the semifinals.

Imagine the prospect of having all of Zinchenko, Stones, Walker, Sterling, Grealish and Kane in the starting lineup for Man City next season!