Ukraine gamers to hold flag gifted by troopers forward of Wales World Cup playoff

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Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov stated his gamers would dangle a flag of their dressing room given to them by troopers on the frontline earlier than their World Cup playoff in opposition to Wales on Sunday (streaming LIVE, ESPN+, midday ET).

Ukraine beat Scotland of their playoff semi-final at Hampden Park on Wednesday of their first sport for the reason that Russian invasion of their nation, a victory which Petrakov devoted to his compatriots defending the Ukrainian borders.

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“It’s a actually arduous state of affairs in Ukraine, and never everyone has an opportunity to look at soccer, and never everyone watches soccer due to all the issues,” Petrakov informed a information convention on Saturday.

“Regardless of this, we are going to attempt to focus tomorrow and have a fantastic sport.”

“Personally, I’m not in communication with any of the troopers, however gamers within the staff wrote to our troopers, they usually additionally obtained a flag from the struggle, which we have promised to hold up within the dressing room.”

A win in opposition to Wales on Sunday in Cardiff will earn Ukraine a spot within the World Cup finals for simply the second time as an unbiased nation, whereas Wales have the prospect to make their first look in 64 years.

“I’ve watched the teaching work of [Wales coach] Robert Web page, and I’ve famous that the Welsh facet cooperates properly with excellent gamers, particularly [Aaron] Ramsey, [Gareth] Bale and [Daniel] James.

“I believe that tomorrow everybody may have an opportunity to look at a fantastic sport.”

Petrakov stated they’re anticipating no favours from their opponents.

“Sport is sport, and we do not anticipate any presents from Wales or an unfair win,” he stated.

“We all know how arduous will probably be in opposition to them. That is a very powerful match in our lives. We actually want to win, and we are going to do every thing potential to get a victory.”

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