Ukraine’s World Cup problem captivated its residents briefly – however the battle issues extra

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The Tartan Military applauded Ukraine’s supporters as they filed out of Hampden.

Win or lose, no-one right here was forgetting the larger image.

Earlier within the day, ideas of the battle weren’t far because the yellow and blue travelling assist made its way to Scotland’s national stadium.

This was a street journey for the overwhelming majority of Ukraine’s followers, with flights from house not an choice.

Coaches introduced supporters – a lot of them refugees – from so far as London.

I travelled on board a bus organised by Edinburgh’s Ukrainian Membership. Amongst these making the journey had been latest arrivals in Scotland.

It wasn’t fairly the everyday soccer supporters bus however, then, this wasn’t a typical soccer crowd.

Coaches brought supporters - many of them refugees
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Coaches introduced supporters – a lot of them refugees

Natalya advised me she wasn’t a soccer fan, and this was solely the second match she had attended, however that “that is a part of my nation for me”.

What Ukrainians considered the sport

It was an event for Ukrainians to return collectively and share a nation’s focus and pleasure.

Ninety minutes of soccer additionally supplied a short window on life as they knew it. The enjoyment of leisure in security – how lengthy has it been?

The match additionally supplied profile. A degree made by greater than one of many refugees on board the soccer bus was that they feared the world would overlook concerning the plight of Ukraine.

They hoped {that a} World Cup qualifier with international consideration (the worldwide media had been throughout this fixture) would assist hold their battle within the headlines.

Their gamers duly delivered and, with the job carried out at Hampden, they now have a job to do towards Wales on the weekend.

I requested a flag-waving Ukrainian supporter leaving Hampden what he considered the sport. He answered: “The combat goes on.”

I stated: “In Cardiff?”

“No,” he replied. “The combat goes on.”

Ukraine’s World Cup problem captivated its residents briefly, and it’ll once more.

However the combat issues extra.

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