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Tymoshchuk thanks Ukraine fans for their support

Tymoshchuk thanks Ukraine fans for their support

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The veteran midfielder praised the country's supporters after Andriy Shevchenko fired the co-hosts to a 2-1 victory over Sweden in their opening match of Euro 2012 on Monday

Ukraine midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk applauded the support of the home fans as his side came back from a goal down to beat Sweden 2-1 in its Euro 2012 opener.

Two headers from Andriy Shevchenko cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's early second half goal and sent the co-hosts to the top of Group D after England and France drew 1-1 earlier in the evening.

After their comeback, the Bayern Munich player praised the home fans, who were in full voice all match, but insisted they must not get ahead of themselves too much with a tough game against Les Bleus looming.

"I want to thank our fans," Tymoshchuk told German television channel ZDF. "It was a surprising atmosphere. We were 1-0 behind and then turned the match around into our hands. You could see that we were nervous. Now we have to come down and see what will happen in the next game.

"Like England, France are a strong team. But we have to play with exactly the same aggression and organization in that game."

Ukraine beat Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev and the 33-year-old joked about the possibility of returning to country's capital for the final on July 1, adding: "Why not?"

Ukraine faces France on June 15 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

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