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Sunday 17 December 2017

Ukraine 'chomping at bit' to take on Sweden

EURO 2012 co-hosts Ukraine will be out to show coach Oleg Blokhin they can shoot and tackle when they take on Sweden after old rivals France and England get Group D underway tonight.

Blokhin has spoken of attacking and defensive concerns but he said his players were "chomping at the bit" to get started in clash with Sweden in Kiev.

The co-hosts have shown little recent form and have watched helplessly as political rows and clashes between fans have marred the start of the tournament in their country, giving them even more incentive to impress on the pitch.

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