The national team of Ukraine on Thursday, November 14, snatched victory in a friendly game against Estonia. But perhaps the most interesting moment of the game was not a goal in injury time, and the fact that over 27 years of “blue-yellow” first played in Kiev.
Ukraine – Estonia 1:0
Before the match, the coaching staff faced significant staffing problems, because participation in the match for various reasons could not take more than half of the starting lineup. Therefore, the game had to go out in the experimental part.
So, the opportunity to play in the starting lineup was, for example, a young goalie Andrei Lunin, Eugene Shakhov, Artem Besedin and a native of Zaporizhia Serhiy sydorchuk. In addition, as a substitute for the national team, debuted Dmytro Ivanisenya.
The match turned out to be quite an interesting number of moments in the national team, but is pretty stingy on their implementation. While the “blue-yellow” unsuccessfully tried to pick up the keys to their goal Estonians just stayed in protection, going in a single counterattack.
To score the only goal in the game was only in stoppage time. Roman Bezus, who received the captain’s armband after the return of Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Shakhov, successfully executed a free kick, but the ball bounced off the wall was in the gate. The winning goal was scored just on 90+2 minute of the game.
Immediately after that dangerous moment occurred near the gate of Andrei Lunin, but the midfielder Estonians Vasiliev missed the target. The match ended with a minimal advantage of the Ukrainian team.
Ukraine – Estonia: the video of the match
As Kiev took the national team
The feeling that the city thinks only about the future of the football match emerged at the railway station immediately on arrival in Zaporozhye. You got asked for the first time, whether you’re here to watch the game the national team of Ukraine.
That the national team of Ukraine arrived in Zaporizhia, said everywhere – in cafes, taxis and other tourist routes, like the island of Khortytsya. It seemed that this event is a real celebration for the locals.
Surprised that an hour before the match was possible without any problems to get to the stadium – or you huge traffic or huge crowds of people.
Whether because of the relatively small capacity “Slavutich-Arena” (12 thousand seats), whether because of the convenient location of the stadium before and after match was not even paralyzed half of the city, as it often happens during matches of the national team in Lviv.
The only drawback, and even a certain disappointment was the fact that the stadium is virtually unwatchable matches at this time of year. If not for the fan chants, it would be possible to really freeze.
However it is worth noting that supported the “blue-yellow” in Zaporozhye is quite powerful. Fans ‘ support really customized their Pets closer and closer to the goal.
“Slavutich-arena” during the match of Ukraine national team: see the photo
What about the debut of the team in Zaporizhia said local
On the way to the stadium, the taxi driver was glad for us because of the opportunity to attend the match in Donetsk. He himself confesses, really wanted to get to the match, because the son loves football, but couldn’t due to “dealers” who were buying large quantities of tickets.
Indeed, on the eve of the match, not a single free ticket, but while playing single empty space was visible to the naked eye. And before the entrance to the stadium often approach people who are asking if you randomly a ticket to the game.
However, the machinations of the tickets did not prevent the inhabitants of Zaporozhye to enjoy the game the national team in his hometown.
Many of the local for the first time were able to see the game, “national team”, someone had to travel to other cities to cheer for her, but the fan Sergey says: previously for the Ukrainian national team was sick only on trips abroad.
In particular, he had to visit the matches of “blue-yellow” in Portugal, Luxembourg and Lithuania. Now a man does not hide a smile – he could see the team playing in his hometown.
It is very good. Popularization of football should be in all cities, even small. So many people came to the stadium, the atmosphere is wonderful, everything is great
– said a fan.
They were glad to see the team in Zaporizhia and other local. As one stated: torn at the end of the match the victory is a merit of fans who supported their favorites until the last seconds of the game.
In addition, every fan, who was able to talk after the game assured when the team will come back to Zaporozhye, definitely will come again to the stadium.
Zaporozhye fans of the national team of Ukraine: see the photo