After Ukraine's excellent performance in a 1-1 draw at Wembley against England last night, the country's press were understandably in rapturous mood.
"A story for Conan-Doyle" was how Sport Express Ukraine summarised Tuesday's game, emphasising how fortunate England were to escape with a point. "Leading until practically the final whistle, our team somehow couldn't hold onto victory at Wembley," the paper lamented.
Sports website sport.ua suggested the retirement of older heads such as Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Voronin after Euro 2012 might prove to be a blessing in disguise for Ukraine's national side, as young guns Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko stepped into their shoes with considerable success against England.
"One step from victory" was how Ukrainskaya Pravda summed up the match from a Ukrainian perspective. "A particular positive in the match was the fans of Ukraine's national team, whose support was so active," the paper added.
"A draw as requested," was UA-Futbol's headline, and the website emphasised the positives from the Wembley match-up. "The match left us with more positive emotions than negative," their report concluded. "Besides, a draw with England on their turf is a good foundation for a successful campaign."