Oleksandr Pikhalionok scored the winner as Ukraine beat Bundesliga facet Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in a friendly on Wednesday (May 11) within the nationwide staff’s first sport for the reason that nation was invaded by Russia.
The match at Borussia-Park was attended by over 20,000 spectators, with all proceeds going in direction of aid efforts in Ukraine. Players from each groups held up a “Stop War” banner earlier than kick-off.
It additionally doubled up as a warm-up match for Ukraine earlier than their World Cup playoff semi-final against Scotland on Jun 1, with the winner set to face Wales for a spot within the finals in Qatar later this yr.
Mykhaylo Mudryk opened the scoring within the ninth minute however Conor Noss levelled the match 5 minutes later earlier than Pikhalionok drilled dwelling a low end late on to seal the win for Ukraine.
It was Ukraine’s first match since a 2-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in November.
The guests fielded gamers solely from their home golf equipment after the Ukrainian Premier League season was terminated final month due to Moscow’s invasion.
“The first match,” stated Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov, “the staff didn’t play for six months, I didn’t work for six months.
“I have no questions for the guys, at this stage they are good, they did well. There are a lot of mistakes, we will correct them.”
Ukraine subsequent play friendlies against Italian facet Empoli and Croatian membership Rijeka earlier than taking up Scotland.
Source : channelnewsasia.com