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March 27, 2024

What Zelensky told Ukraine’s national team after Euro qualifier victory over Iceland

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky

By Biodun Busari

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has showered accolades on Ukraine’s national football team for qualifying for the Euro 2024 tournament after coming from behind to beat Iceland on Tuesday.

Chelsea’s winger, Mykhailo Mudryk scored the winner for the war-devasted European country in a match that ended 2-1 at the Tarczynski Arena in Wrocław, Poland.

Ukraine trailed 1-0 at half-time after Albert Gudmundsson put Iceland ahead with a superb strike in 30 minutes of the game.

However, Serhiy Rebrov’s side came back from behind in the second half, as Viktor Tsygankov, and Mudryk’s netted at 54 and 84 minutes respectively.

Ukraine will go into Group E at the Euro 2024 finals, alongside Belgium, Slovakia, and Romania.

Reacting to the victory on his X account, Zelensky said the win was important as it sent significant emotions through the country.

The Ukrainian leader said the victory was proof that Ukrainians win when they do not give up on trying times. 

“Thank you, guys! Thank you, team!  For significant emotions for the entire country. For the important victory and making it to EURO,” Zelensky said.

“For proving once again: whenever Ukrainians face difficulties but do not give up and continue to fight, Ukrainians certainly win.

“In times, when the enemy tries to destroy us, we demonstrate every day that Ukrainians are and will be.

“Ukraine is, and will be! Thank you for the victory! Glory to Ukraine!”

Oleksandr Zinchenko, the captain of the team, earlier, also said he was proud of the players equaling it with the energy of their soldiers.

“I’m very proud to be Ukrainian, to be of the same blood as those who are now giving their lives for our freedom,” said Zinchenko.

“We need to talk about it, shout about it every day. This is the only way we can win. It was one of our most emotional games.”

The Euro 2024 finals will begin on Friday, 14 June at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

The tournament ends on Sunday, 14 July, with the final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany’s capital.