• 20/04/2024 17:59

“I’m proud to be Ukrainian”: Zinchenko spoke about the victory over Iceland and access to Euro 2024

ByИван Дунаев

Mar 27, 2024

Alexander summed up the results of the triumphant match for the Ukrainian team.

Ukrainian national team midfielder Alexander Zinchenko commented on the strong-willed victory over the Iceland team (2:1) in the final match of the play-off qualifying for the Euro -2024.

After the game ended, he shared his emotions in a comment to Suspilna Sport and stated that he was “proud to be Ukrainian.”

“Was this game emotional? One of those. I also remembered the match against the Swedish national team at the European Championship – similar emotions. Lack of emotions now? I left everything in the locker room. Everything was great, we qualified for the Euro. I would like to really thank all our fans, We felt throughout the match how they supported us and are supporting us; without them we would not have achieved this result.

I am proud to be Ukrainian, to be one of the people who are in Ukraine and give their lives to our freedom. This needs to be talked about and shouted about every day. And that's the only way we can win. It's hard to convey these emotions, honestly. I can’t fully comprehend and describe my emotions. Once again, I am proud to be Ukrainian. As I said, we are at the Euro.

Words from the coach during the break? First of all, he told us to believe in the result, that we could score. So that we continue to play, stick to our positions and believe that we can score. We also turned on each other, because we understood that a difficult 45 minutes awaited us for the sake of the result.

I won’t say that the Icelanders beat us in the first half, we just conceded the goal. The individual skill of one of their players (Albert Gudmundsson – approx.). Even before the game he said that we need to pay attention to several players. It was this player who scored three times against Israel, did a great job and scored a magnificent goal. But we reacted properly and achieved an important result.

The condition of the lawn? I think that the lawn was the same for everyone, I will never pay attention to it. You have to build on your game and do everything that the coach asks of you,” said Zinchenko.

Having defeated the Icelanders, the Ukrainian team reached the Euro 2024 final tournament, where they will play group E against Belgium, Slovakia and Romania.

The matches of the final Euro 2024 tournament from June 14 to July 14, 2024 will be held in Germany.

It was previously reported that Ukraine national team midfielder Viktor Tsygankov dedicated the victory over Iceland and access to the European Championship to the soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Also, the victory over the Icelanders and winning a ticket to the continental championship was commented by the head coach of the Ukrainian national team Sergey Rebrov .

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