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Oleksandr Zinchenko's Celebrations After Ukraine Confirmed Euro 2020 Qualification Are Brilliant

Ryan Sidle

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Oleksandr Zinchenko's Celebrations After Ukraine Confirmed Euro 2020 Qualification Are Brilliant

Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrated Ukraine's qualification for Euro 2020 in the way all footballers should celebrate.

Ukraine defeated reigning European champions Portugal 2-1 on Monday night, despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 700th career goal, and guaranteeing their place at next summer's Euros.

After the match Zinchenko interrupted teammate Andriy Yarmolenko's post match interview as he very excitedly celebrated the country's achievement.

The Manchester City fullback, who plays further forward for his national side, excitedly shouted 'We're at the Euro' several times before chanting 'championes,' getting slightly ahead of himself.

It might have helped that television interviewer Vlada Sedan is the 22-year-olds girlfriend, although it's proof why you probably shouldn't work with your other half.

City teammate Kyle Walker joked that Zinchenko was drunk after seeing the video, tweetin 'I remember my first beer' in response to seeing the left-back running round the studio like a mad man.

Roman Yaremchuk gave Ukraine the lead after just six minutes with West Ham forward Yarmolenko doubling the lead before the half hour mark.

Euro 2016 and Nations League holders Portugal were dominant in the game, having 24 shots to the hosts five and having 60% of possession, but they found it tough going to get back into the game.

Eventually they had a lifeline when Ronaldo scored his landmark goal from the penalty spot after Taras Stepanenko had received a red card for his second yellow.

It left Ukraine with 18 minutes to hang on, which they managed. The result means that they have qualified top of the group, still with a game to go.


Zinchenko has became Pep Guardiola's first choice left back at the Etihad after injuries to Benjamin Mendy left him short of options.

He played most of last season in that position as City won the Premier League and has started six of the champions first eight games in the league this season.

They'll likely be many more titles to come for his club side but on an international stage the Ukrainian will be just as happy to help his country qualify for the Euros as winning silverware.

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Pep Guardiola, Euro 2020, Premier League, Portugal, Benjamin Mendy, Cristiano Ronaldo

Ryan Sidle
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