Amidst an excruciating war, the Ukraine football team has registered a historic victory over Scotland to reach the World Cup qualifiers against Wales. The Zbirna registered a 3-1 victory with goals from Andry Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and Artem Dovbyk. Whereas for the Scots, Callum Mcgregor scored their consolation goal in the fixture.
After the match, the Ukrainian players, coach and fans were very emotional as the victory meant far more than just reaching the World Cup qualifier, as it symbolised their plight to end the war and live in harmony. In the post-match interview, Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov talked about how his team has been playing for the people who have been most affected by the war in their country.
“We played for them, for those who fight with their last drop of blood, for those who suffer every day,” he said. “We took baby steps towards our great aim, we have the Wales game to come and we will do everything people expect us to do,” he added.
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“Every Ukrainian wants one thing – to stop this war,” Zinchenko
Zbirna captain Oleksandr Zinchenko talked about the importance of this victory for his team and the country as he said, “Every Ukrainian wants one thing – to stop this war. I spoke to people from different countries, all over the world and I spoke to some Ukrainian kids who just don’t understand what’s happening back in Ukraine.”
“They only want the war to stop. They have one dream to stop the war. When it comes to football, the team, we have our own dream. We want to go to the World Cup, want to give these incredible emotions to the Ukrainians because they deserve it so much at this very moment”, he added.