Volodymyr Zelensky thanks Ukraine for ‘two hours of happiness’ after winning the World Cup qualifiers

Ukraine is now just one win away from reaching the World Cup in Qatar later this year, and they need to beat Wales in Cardiff on Sunday.

Despite complicated preparations that included a month of training camp in Slovenia, the emotional Ukrainian side was a worthy winner of the night.

She hasn’t played a competitive game since November last year, but she was determined to give those fighting back home something to cheer about.

“There are times when you don’t need too many words! Pride is enough! Simply thank you guys!” Zelensky said in an Instagram post.

Two hours of happiness that we are not used to. They went out. they fought. Persevere. They won. Because they are Ukrainian!

“We are all fighting, everyone at our front, for this. For our blue and yellow flag, for our coat of arms on our hearts, because ‘Ukraine is not yet dead…’, which cannot be silenced,” he said.

“We fight, we fight, we endure, we win.”

Ukraine looked sharper than its opponent and was cheered by thousands of Ukrainian fans who created a great atmosphere in Hampden Park.

Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk gave them control of the match, but there were some tough moments in the final stages.

Callum McGregor scored for Scotland just 10 minutes before the end of the match, to start an attack on the Ukrainian goal.

But Ukraine deepened and defended firmly before adding the third goal with the last kick of the match through Artem Duvbek.

It was the goal that caused the fans to go on a rampage at the end of the go with fans crying, dancing and singing long after the players walked off the field.

“I don’t have any feelings. I left all my feelings on the football field. This victory was not for me, nor for the players, but for our country,” Ukraine’s exhausted coach Oleksandr Petrakov told reporters after the match.

“We played with those who fight in the trenches, those who fight for their last drop of blood. Yes, we have taken a small step towards our great goal. We still have the Wales game and we will do everything. We are very proud of the Ukrainians.”

Ukraine travel to Wales on Thursday and have a quick turnaround in order to prepare for the final in Cardiff.

“One more left,” Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko said on Instagram after the match.

CNN’s Mitchell McCluskey and Josh Pennington contributed to this report.


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