UKRAINE followers held up masks of defiant president Volodymyr Zelensky in emotional scenes forward of their World Cup play-off semi-final towards Scotland at Hampden Park.
The World Cup qualifier was initially scheduled to happen on March 29, however it was delayed as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Followers held up Zelensky masksREUTERS
Ukrainian followers made it to Hampden ParkREUTERS
Zinchenko’s spouse carrying a blue and yellow flowered crownPA
And forward of the match, Ukrainian followers held up masks of president Zelensky.
Followers had been additionally draped in Ukraine’s colors of yellow and blue.
Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko‘s spouse Vlada Shcheglova was additionally in attendance, carrying a blue and yellow flowered crown.
The Ukraine gamers, captained by West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko, wore their nation’s colors round their shoulders as they belted out their nationwide anthem.
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Scotland followers joined in with singing the Ukrainian nationwide anthem outdoors Hampden earlier than kick-off.
The rendition, orchestrated by language studying app Duolingo, was led by bass-baritone opera singer Vasyl Savenko and Ukrainian feminine duo Julia Kogut-Kalynyuk and Kateryna Trachuk.
Scotland and Liverpool legend Graeme Souness wants to see Ukraine at this year’s winter World Cup regardless of Wednesday’s outcome towards the Scots.
Souness would even be in favour of including an additional group into one of many teams simply so Ukraine can function in Qatar.
Yarmolenko main out Ukraine at Hampden carrying Ukraine’s coloursREUTERS
Premier League winner Zinchenko was emotional in a press convention within the build-up to Wednesday’s gameREUTERS
Bass-baritone opera singer, Vasyl Savenko and Ukrainian feminine duo Julia Kogut-Kalynyuk and Kateryna Trachuk had been joined by soccer followers from the Scottish Soccer Supporters Affiliation and members of Glasgow’s ‘Voice of the Town’ choir to carry out the ‘State Anthem of Ukraine’PA
He stated earlier than kick-off: “In Ukraine proper now it transcends soccer, that is life and demise.
“We’ve got to face up and help Ukraine
“Fifa ought to say, this group needs to be going to the World Cup, make a gaggle of 5 someplace.
“Ukraine should be going to the World Cup. They need to keep the name of Ukraine at the forefront of everyone’s mind.”
Metropolis ace Zinchenko broke down in a press convention forward of the sport.
He says the youngsters of Ukraine need the battle to finish. However he additionally says in addition they dream of constructing the World Cup.
As reported by Zorya Londonsk, he stated: “Each Ukrainian desires one factor – to cease the battle.
“I spoke to children who don’t perceive what’s occurring, however they’ve one dream: They need the battle to finish.
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“We also have another dream: To make the World Cup.”
A aim by Yarmolenko at the moment has the guests on monitor to make Sunday’s play-off last towards Wales.