Freddie Ljungberg believes Marcus Danielson's sending off was the turning point in Sweden's 2-1 extra time defeat to Ukraine in the last 16 of Euro 2020.
Danielson was controversially dismissed in the 100th minute after a VAR review for a high challenge on Artem Besedin and Sweden were eventually broken when Artem Dovbyk grabbed the winner in the dying seconds.
The result sees Ukraine set up a quarter-final clash with England on Saturday in Rome.
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Former Sweden midfielder Ljungberg told the BBC: "They did well, of course Sweden had a sending off that's the biggest talking point.
Sweden – Ukraine, Euro-2020
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"It probably was [correct decision].
"Then the game changed. Ukraine were by far the better team and scored a great header in the end."
Reflecting on their tournament as a whole, the ex-Arsenal player added: "We felt with the draw Sweden were first in their group, they had a good draw into this game compared to what they could have had.
"I felt Sweden did quite well, but that sending off was vital."
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Former Wales defender Ashley Williams praised Sweden for the way they defended after being reduced to ten men.
He said: "They [Ukraine] kept probing and pushing against a Swedish team that defended their box really well with ten men.
"It was a shame, Sweden defended the box well and the centre of the pitch.
"Ukraine were struggling to find something."
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