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Ukraine is once again on the football pitch.
Ukraine’s men’s national team returned to motion on Wednesday for the first time since Russia’s attack, beating German club Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in a charity fundraiser.
The friendship was a chance for the Ukrainians to get back in shape ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland, but to show their side are still on the right track no matter what. is.
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“We thank you for your great help,” said former world heavyweight boxing champion Vladimir Klitschko, whose brother Vitaly said in a video message to the mayor of Kyiv, the German golf team and his supporters. It felt like “every team was playing for us”, he added.
For a rare club versus country friendship, the team was made up of Ukrainian golf teams whose championship seasons had been attacked by Russian troops on the morning of February 24.
Ukraine banned males of fighting age from leaving the country during battle, so special permission was needed for players to travel. Some have been traveling around Europe for weeks, first taking part in fundraising video games with Dynamo kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk golf equipment, then at the national crew training camp in Slovenia.
“I had tears in my eyes,” coach Alexander Petrakov said as Ukrainian music played before the match.
“Thank you to the Ukrainians who came here and supported us,” he said, “and thank you to the Germans.”
Petrakov says he spent the early stages of the battle at his apartment in the capital, kyiv. As Russian forces closed in on the town, “you’re sitting in the apartment and you don’t know where a projectile is hitting,” he said. “I don’t need anyone to go through this.”
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Most of the 20,000 group attending the game were Ukrainians – given free tickets – who cheered when winger Mikhailo scored on a goalkeeper and scored in the ninth minute to put the lead ‘Ukraine.
5 minutes later, Gladbach equalized with a robust shot from Eire World Youth Connor Noss.
Mudrick had another good chance midway through the second half, but the ball could only hit the keeper’s arm. Substitute Oleksandr Pikhalonok won the 72nd game for Ukraine with a low shot from off the pitch. The two top Ukrainian scorers represented the national team for the first time.
Ukraine have not played since losing Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 on November 16, and games had to be postponed due to the battle. Petrakov said he was happy with the performance after not playing for so long, but the crew still wanted to correct their mistakes.
If Ukraine beat Scotland in the play-offs in Glasgow on June 1, they will face Wales in Cardiff 4 days later to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Ukraine’s top players, along with Manchester City left-back Alexander Jinchenko, West Ham ahead Andrei Yarmolenko and Benfica striker Roman Yaremchuk, are set to make the squad for the World Cup qualifiers after the end of their membership season.
Earlier, the national team will play a friendly match next week against Italian team Empoli and Croatian team Rejeka, the Football Association of Ukraine said on Wednesday.