The Blues and Yellows came out victorious in Glasgow on Wednesday night in the match that should have been played on March 24 and was moved due to the Russian invasion (3-1).
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For them, it was more than a match. The Ukrainian team has qualified for the finals of the 2022 World Cup prevailing in Scotland (3-1) on Wednesday 1 June. Despite the invasion of their country by Russia since the end of February, Ukrainian footballers are just one victory away from qualifying for the next World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18). But the Welsh hurdle will have to be overcome on Sunday.
“Their families are in Ukraine, their friends on the battlefield“The Ukrainians had not played a game since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.” allow Ukrainians to retain their chances of participating in the World Cup.
And Petrakov’s players took advantage of this opportunity. Star and captain Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring in the first period. Launched deep, the striker lobbed the Scottish goalkeeper (33rd) in front Ukrainian fans in a trance. Roman Yaremchuk doubled the lead (49th). Launched towards the final, the Ukrainians experienced a fright at the end of the game with a goal from Callum McGregor (79th). But the Scottish awakening was too late. At the end of the game, the addition was even salted by a third goal of the Blue and Yellow, signed Artem Dovbyk (96th).
“Everyone knows the current situation in Ukraine and every game for us is like a final, but we have this dream, as a team, to go to the World Cup. There is only one game left, one more final and we have to win it. It will be necessary to seize (this opportunity) otherwise this match will have been useless (…). It will be a huge match for us. We will have to deliver the best service of our lives and we will see what happens“Oleksander Zinchenko responded to the Sky Sports microphone after the match, very moved.