Before the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a match was held in Kyiv between the UAF teams and servicemen of the 112th separate brigade of the Armed Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces

On Tuesday, December 5, at the football field of NTK named after V. Bannikova, a friendly match was held between the teams of the UAF and the 112th Territorial Defense Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, timed to the national holiday — the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which the country is already celebrating today.

The first vice-presidents of the Ukrainian Football Association, Vadym Kostyuchenko, Oleg Protasov, Anatoliy Demyanenko and Oleksiy Mykhailychenko, as well as the deputy commander of the 112th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Andriy Zubov, joined the opening ceremony.

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"It is a great pleasure to celebrate with you this important holiday for the whole country on the football field. From the players and coach of the national team of Ukraine, from the entire football community, we congratulate the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Thanks to your indomitable will, the country has the opportunity to play football. UPL and PFL championships are held, our teams are represented in European tournaments, and the national team has a chance to make it to Euro-2024. 

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Until now, unfortunately, Ukrainian teams are forced to play their home matches abroad, but I am sure that you will do everything possible to return them to their home stadiums," Vadym Kostyuchenko addressed the Ukrainian defenders before the start of the friendly match. 

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The heads of the UAF presented soccer balls and souvenirs to the servicemen. In his turn, Andriy Zubov handed over the award of the 112th brigade of TrO to the national association and expressed confidence that Ukrainian soldiers will destroy enemies on the front, and Ukrainian national teams will defeat their rivals on football fields. Also, all participants took a joint photo in honor of the festive event.

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The match itself took place in the "9 on 9" format with two halves of 20 minutes each. The UAF team converted its game advantage in the first half into three scored goals, but the team of the 112th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade did not realize a number of scoring chances. 

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The situation changed after the break, when the national team of military personnel finally hit the goal of the UAF team twice. As a result, the main time of the match ended with a score of 4:2 in favor of the UAF team. The post-match penalty shootout was marked by a friendly draw - 3:3!

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