The emotional sporting feat of Ukraine for qualifying for World Cup Qatar 2022 in the midst of the war will continue, after the victory achieved on Wednesday by 3-1 against Scotland in a vibrant playoff semi-final.
the veteran captain Andriy Yarmolenko put his team on the road to victory, scoring with a lobbed shot in the 33rd minute and then assisting Roman Yaremchukwho scored from a header in the 49th.
Ukraine dominated almost the entire match for a deserved win, although they had to resist a Scottish attempt to get close, which led to a goal from Callum mcgregor at 79 minutes, before the Ukrainian substitute Artem Dovbyk unmarked to sentence the duel.
Dovbyk led his teammates to a corner of the stadium to share the celebration with some 3,000 Ukrainian fans in the crowd of 51,000 people. They applauded each other with their hands raised above their heads.
On Sunday, Ukraine will face Wales in the duel for the ticket to the World Cup. The winner in Cardiff will travel to Qatar in November to play in the group against England, state Joined and Iran.
Ukraine performed well despite the fact that six of their starters had not played in a competitive match since December.
Most of the Ukrainian squad plays in the local league, which was suspended after the Russian invasion. The original playoff in Glasgow, scheduled for March, was postponed. The FIFA and Scotland agreed to give the Ukrainian team more time to prepare for matches that have generated national identity and pride.
Ukrainian players entered the field with the blue and yellow flag on their shoulders. They received a warm welcome and the national anthem “Shche ne vmerla Ukrainas” was applauded by Scottish fans. Many others stayed after the game to cheer on their opponents.
Some Ukrainian fans traveled from afar and have plans to continue to the UK for the decider on Sunday.
“We have to stop this (…) today it is Ukraine, tomorrow it can be you”expressed the Ukrainian star, oleander Zinchenkoof Manchester City in the press conference prior to the semifinal of the playoff against Scotland for the World Cup in Qatar.
In the appearance before the media, the ball ceased to be the center of attention to make way for the harsh reality of the Ukrainian country.
“It is impossible to describe what happens,” he said. “It’s unacceptable, so we have to end it,” she said. “We have to win, Ukraine is the country of freedom,” said the Manchester City winger.
Zinchenko warned, given the situation in his country, that “today it is Ukraine, (but) tomorrow it could be you”, alluding to the other European countries.
Asked about his role, he considered himself personally “more useful from Manchester, sending money or interviewing” and thus “showing what is happening in our country.”
“All Ukrainians, and the whole world wants to stop the war, there is only one dream”, but when it comes to football, the dream is “qualify for the World Cup. Let’s try to do it, try to make them happy. Our motivation is more than one hundred percent”, stated the player.
(With information from AP and EFE)