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Andriy Yarmolenko scored the best goal of Euro 2020 so far with a left-footed rocket to get the Ukraine back into their group game against the Netherlands.
But that belting strike wasn't the only special moment, as what followed was a group of celebrating Ukraine fans in the Amsterdam Arena were immediately approached by a Dutch fan.
He had no confrontation on his mind though, he just wanted to give a thumbs-up, shake hands and congratulate them on what a beautiful goal they'd all just watched. Naturally, it all ended in a group hug.
The Dutch fan giving a thumbs-up, then a handshake and a 'fair play, that was a belter' to the celebrating Ukraine fan after the Yarmolenko goal is my tournament highlight so far pic.twitter.com/JVnbnnUcH9
- Scott Innes (@Flying_Inside) June 13, 2021
Absolutely heartwarming sportsmanship, as the two teams on the pitch battled for three points.
Netherlands vs Ukraine was easily the game (or at least half) of the Euros so far as the Dutch went 2-0 up after half-time, the Ukraine - fired into life by Yarmolenko's screamer - got it back to 2-2, before the Oranje scored a late winner.
"The finish is absolutely phenomenal... it starts three yards out of the post and curls all the way in!"
Ally McCoist loved that strike - and so did the #UKR fans in Amsterdam! #ITVFootball ' #Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/NGuKk9gnNd
- ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 13, 2021
But the loud fans inside the stadium in Amsterdam clearly had no desire to make their visitors feel unwelcome, as the celebrating, yellow-shirted Ukraine supporters were greeted with respect by the fans around them.
After so long with empty stadiums, it was a lovely moment that summed up the best of international tournament football.
How football and people should be. https://t.co/cpVeARegWX
- Hal - Sheff United Way:microphone2::soccer:⚔️ (@JNCPod) June 13, 2021
I mean, not to be a wet middle-aged dollop, but we could live more like this. https://t.co/R4p09Eha9I
- Jon Dryden Taylor (@jondrytay) June 13, 2021
Sat in the Dutch end watching them beat Scotland 6-0 in the 2nd leg of the Euro 2004 playoffs (we won the first leg 1-0) the Dutch fans around us apologised with increasing sincerity when the 4th, 5th and 6th goals went in
- Craig McDonald (@lefthandme) June 13, 2021
The same could be said of this Group C clash, which burst into life when Georginio Wijnaldum pounced on Heorhiy Bushchan's error to open the scoring.
Wout Weghorst doubled the Dutch lead, but then came that scorching finish from the Ukraine captain - curling the ball into the net via his trusty left foot - before Roman Yaremchuk headed in an equaliser.
However the superbly named right wing-back, Denzel Dumfries, finally made one count having missed a first-half sitter to give Frank de Boer's side a hard-earned 3-2 win.
Thanks Netherlands, thanks Ukraine - and fans. We needed that.
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