Borussia Mönchengladbach and the Ukraine team, which returned to the pitch for the first time since the invasion of Russia, met in Germany, in a friendly match aimed at raising money for the country chaired by Volodimir Zelensky.
Everything in the Borussia Park stadium was a clamor against the war and in favor of peace. Before the start of the match both teams posed together with a huge banner that said ‘No to war’. It was the same message as the one that was read in the entire central circle, with the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.
The Ukrainian players took to the pitch wearing a special white shirt with the territory of their country drawn on the chest and different names of cities and messages.
The pennants on the corners were the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian standard and on the billboards everything was messages against the war: peace, freedom, respect, tolerance, diversity, equality.
World Cup repechage rehearsal
Six months after their last match, the Ukrainian team played again. It was the first since the invasion of Russia began and that Oleksandr Petrakov’s team also took advantage of in preparation for the play-off that is still pending against Scotland, scheduled for June 1. If he wins, he will play the final match against Wales to get the ticket for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Although the least important thing in this case was the result, Ukraine took the win (2-1). Shakhtar striker Mykhailo Mudryk opened the scoring after nine minutes from a pass from Dinamo kyiv midfielder Sergiy Sydorchuk.
Borussia Conor Noss equalized after a quarter of an hour but in the final stretch Dnipro midfielder Oleksandr Pikhalyonok gave Ukraine the victory.