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Oleksandr Zinchenko made an emotional admission after his country’s World Cup qualifier loss to Wales.
Ukraine took a 3-1 victory over Scotland on 1st June but failed to secure a ticket to Qatar after yesterday’s defeat at Cardiff City Stadium.
Speaking to Sky Sports post-match, the Manchester CIty defender admitted:
“Everyone needs to fight on this side. We as football players we need to still represent our country as much and as best as we can.
“I’d like to say massive thanks for the support we have received during all this time,” he added. “I think it’s not necessary to speak about the game because every one of us we gave everything today, we left everything on the pitch and the keeper from Wales did an unbelievable job. So he’s definitely man of the match with his incredible saves.
“In general, I don’t think we deserved to lose today, it was so tight game, so tough. So we need to carry on, we still need to work a lot like a team. I wish all the best for Wales at the World Cup, long time they didn’t get there and that’s it.
“Football is emotions and if we can give some great emotions and great feelings to our fans it’s perfect for us. So then job is done. Unfortunately today we didn’t get the result that we wanted and I feel sorry for our fans. Also, I know a lot of fans came today here but they couldn’t come [in] the stadium because they didn’t have that opportunity because, I guess, less than 2,000 people are allowed to come.
“I feel sorry for them as well and for the whole supporters around the world who have supported us. I think the guys, you can not blame them and every one of us we gave everything on the pitch. But that’s football it can happen.”