Ahead of World Cup clash, tearful Zinchenko's dream is simply peace

31/5/2022 10:23:00 PM

Ahead of World Cup clash, tearful Zinchenko's dream is simply peace

Ahead of World Cup clash, tearful Zinchenko's dream is simply peace

GLASGOW, Scotland : Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko broke into tears on the eve of his team's crucial World Cup qualifier with Scotland and said he wanted above everything to see peace in his homeland.Ukraine, which has been ravaged by war since Russia's invasion in February, face Scotland at Hampd

GLASGOW, Scotland : Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko broke into tears on the eve of his team's crucial World Cup qualifier with Scotland and said he wanted above everything to see peace in his homeland.Ukraine, which has been ravaged by war since Russia's invasion in February, face Scotland at Hampden Park on Wednesday and if they win that game they will go on to take on Wales in Cardiff on Sunday for a place in the finals in Qatar in November.

But Zinchenko, who plays for Premier League champions Manchester City, said the prospect of World Cup qualification was secondary to the main hope of his countrymen."Every Ukrainian wants one thing - to stop this war. I spoke to people from different countries, all over the world and I spoke to some Ukrainian kids who just don't understand what's happening back in Ukraine. They only want the war to stop they have one dream to stop the war," he said.

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Ukraine, which has been ravaged by war since Russia's invasion in February, face Scotland at Hampden Park on Wednesday and if they win that game they will go on to take on Wales in Cardiff on Sunday for a place in the finals in Qatar in November. But Zinchenko, who plays for Premier League champions Manchester City, said the prospect of World Cup qualification was secondary to the main hope of his countrymen. Pandya claimed three crucial wickets, including that of the tournament's leading scorer Jos Buttler, to restrict Rajasthan to a total which Gujarat chased down with 11 balls to spare. "Every Ukrainian wants one thing - to stop this war.” Gilles Dufrasne, the report's author, said in a press release. I spoke to people from different countries, all over the world and I spoke to some Ukrainian kids who just don't understand what's happening back in Ukraine. Asked what would be his next goal, the 28-year-old said:"Absolutely to win the World Cup for India no matter what happens. They only want the war to stop they have one dream to stop the war," he said. That will depend on factors like how many people will attend, You said.

"When it comes to football, the team, we have our own dream. Always been that kind of guy to put the team first.. We want to go to the World Cup, want to give these incredible emotions to the Ukrainians because they deserve it so much at this very moment," he said. Zinchenko has shown his emotions on and off the field since the war began and, sat in an auditorium with his coach Oleksandr Petrakov, it was clear it continues to impact on him. "It has always been a pleasure for me to represent the country . "It's impossible to describe these feelings until you are not in this position. Qatar, the world's largest producer of natural gas, pledged to host a carbon neutral tournament when it bid for the event more than eleven years ago. The things which are happening now in our country, it's not acceptable.. The decision to offset its emissions should be"recognized rather than criticized," a spokesperson for the tournament organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said in a statement.

It's something which I cannot even describe," he said. "So that's why we need to stop this aggression altogether and we need to win because Ukraine is a country of freedom." Former players including ex-India captain Sunil Gavaskar have praised Pandya's composed and deft leadership, which they believe was crucial to Gujarat's victory. (https://www. Ukraine is never going to give up," he added. "But the thing is, which I would like to say as well that a lot of countries maybe don't understand that - today it is Ukraine but tomorrow it can be you. "I consider myself very lucky that I have played five finals, and have lifted the trophy five times. So that's why we need to be united and need to defeat aggression altogether," he added. (Reporting and writing by Andrew Mills; Editing by David Gregorio) Source: Reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/qatars-world-cup-turf-needs-chilled-stadiums-desalinated-water-thrive-2022-02-21) (Reporting and writing by Andrew Mills; Additional reporting by Jake Spring from Sao Paulo, Brazil; Editing by David Gregorio) Source: Reuters.

Zinchenko praised the welcome the team has received in Scotland and said he appreciated an attempt to provide Scotland fans with phonetic lyric sheets to sing along with the Ukrainian national anthem, calling it an"amazing initiative"." Source: Reuters. Ukraine have not played a competitive game since Russia's invasion but have played three friendly matches against club sides and trained together in Slovenia. The meeting with Scotland was postponed from its scheduled date in March and Zinchenko is sure that there will be huge interest at home. "I am sure that the whole of Ukraine will be watching us. We will feel the support.

We can talk a lot, but we need to prove everything on the field. We will try to make our people happy and proud," he said. Source: Reuters .