Troopers ship flag to Ukraine squad earlier than World Cup playoff in opposition to Wales | Ukraine

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Ukraine’s head coach, Oleksandr Petrakov, has revealed his gamers will dangle a flag given to them by troopers combating on the frontline in opposition to assaults from Russia of their dressing room earlier than their World Cup playoff last on Sunday. Nevertheless the midfielder Oleksandr Karavayev stated his nation don’t count on a free move or “presents” in opposition to Wales in Cardiff.Ukraine secured a spot within the playoff last after a formidable efficiency in victory over Scotland in Glasgow on Wednesday. Hours later the workforce flew to Wales, the place they obtained a welcome message on arrival at Cardiff airport. The Soccer Affiliation of Wales has given 100 tickets to Ukrainian refugees for the sport.Karavayev’s household are based mostly within the Russian-occupied metropolis of Kherson. “They can’t watch the match as a result of there is no such thing as a connection and web,” stated Karavayev, whose membership, Dynamo Kyiv, haven’t performed a sport since December. “However they convey by messages and browse the information. I had my birthday on 2 June and my mum’s on Friday and it [victory over Scotland] was a pleasant current for them. My associates observe the information and it was additionally a pleasant current for them.“It was very emotional for us and we had very sturdy assist even from Scottish followers. We felt that and it helped us. Within the final two or three years we had no full stadiums and it’s actually good to have that and such assist.”About taking up Wales on Sunday, Karavayev stated: “Sport is sport and we don’t count on presents or an unfair win. We all know how arduous it’s and it’s crucial sport of their lives and we actually want to win. We are going to do all the things attainable to win.”Petrakov stated there was no stress on Ukraine to win the sport. “I don’t talk with any troopers however my gamers write to troopers they usually obtained a flag from the battle, which they promised to hold within the dressing room,” he stated. “It’s a actually arduous scenario in Ukraine and never all people has an opportunity to observe soccer. Not everybody does due to many issues. We are going to attempt to focus tomorrow and have a superb sport.”The Fiver: join and get our every day soccer e-mail.Petrakov, whose aspect educated on Saturday precisely 24 hours earlier than kick-off, pointed to Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Daniel James as key threats. “I famous that the [Wales] workforce may be very cooperated and superb, particularly Bale, Ramsey and James,” he stated. “However I feel we’re good too and all people could have the possibility to see a superb sport.”

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