On October 16, Nations League group round game between Ukraine and the Czech Republic took place at Metalist stadium. Ukrainian National Football team won the match 1:0.
Thanks to the goal that was scored by Ruslan Malinovskiy in the 43rd minute of the first half, Ukrainian team is first in Group 1, League B. As a result, the National Team has reached the Nations League’s knock out stage ahead of schedule.
Ukraine’s coach Andriy Shevchenko thanked the fans for their strong support and awesome atmosphere during the match. They also displayed a huge banner on the stand referring national anthem line “And will show that we are in the Cossack breed born!”
The Nations League football match became the third of which Ukrainian National Football team played in Kharkiv after UEFA allowed the Metalist stadium to host the games following the temporary ban due to security concerns raised by Russian aggression in Donbas. The first one was a friendly match against the Serbian National team when Ukraine won 2:0. The second game was a qualifying match for the World Cup with Turkey where Ukrainian team beat Turkey 2:0. So Metalist stadium in Kharkiv can be called a lucky place for the Ukrainian National Football team. “Ukraine always wins in Kharkiv!” emotionally wrote governor Yulia Svitlychna on her Facebook page after the game.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Yulia Svitlychna FB page, vgorode.ua