Kiev: Overjoyed Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko said he felt like a 20-year-old after netting a double in his side`s 2-1 victory against 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 the full-time whistle 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 succeded."
"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 enthused.