Andriy Shevchenko said he felt like a 20-year-old after netting a double in Ukraine’s 2-1 victory over Sweden on Monday.
The Euro 2012 co-hosts found themselves on the back foot early in the second half following a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike, but two goals from the Dinamo Kiev forward completed a dramatic turnaround.
Shevchenko was given a standing ovation when he was substituted shortly before time by coach Oleg Blokhin.
“I feel great, like I am 20 years old, so I feel fine,” he told German TV channel ZDF.
“This was a historic game for us, a great victory.
“I feel less adrenaline in my body now, but more in my head. I tried to be at my best, and I succeeded.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me to be fit for the Euros. I had some fitness problems before the tournament, but I am here now!”
By beating Sweden, Ukraine jumped to the top of the Group D standings after England and France played out a 1-1 draw earlier on Monday.
“I believe we can achieve a lot with this team,” Shevchenko said.
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