Zinchenko celebrated his first goal at the Euro with Arshavin’s gesture. Who did he tell to shut up?

Silenced all the crit­ics.

Europe cham­pi­onship. 1/8 finals

June 29, 22:00. Ham­p­den Park (Glas­gow)




Olek­san­dr Zinchenko scored his first goal at Euro 2020: in the 1/8 finals match against Swe­den, after a cross from the right flank from Yarmolenko, he sent the ball into the goal with a touch kick.

Zinchenko became the youngest play­er to score for the Ukrain­ian nation­al team at the Euro (24 years and 196 days).

The cel­e­bra­tion turned out to be no less col­or­ful than the goal itself. Zinchenko, in the style of Andrei Arshavin, put his index fin­ger to his lips, from which one could read: “Qui­et!” And an unprint­able inter­jec­tion.

Russia is going home, and Ukraine is moving on. Rus­sia is going home, and Ukraine is mov­ing on. Why are ours weak­er than our neigh­bors?

This is prob­a­bly how the foot­baller respond­ed to crit­i­cism of him­self and the Ukrain­ian nation­al team. In the match with Hol­land, the win­ning goal was scored with a head­er by Dum­fries, who won the fight against Zinchenko. In the match with North Mace­do­nia and Aus­tria, the mid­field­er was unable to score goals, and Ukraine advanced to the 1/8 finals only from third place.

“There was com­plete dev­as­ta­tion inside. The team tried to give their all. It may not have seemed so to many from the out­side, but in fact the guys got the most out of them­selves. Of course, this was far from our most suc­cess­ful game, but it’s good that in the end every­thing worked out in such a way that we now have a chance to redeem our­selves. We are all very ashamed of our game, espe­cial­ly the last one,” Zinchenko respond­ed to attacks after the defeat from Aus­tria.

29 May.  Porto.  A Ukrain­ian who reached the Cham­pi­ons League final from the Russ­ian LFL. Dogs were unleashed on him for Havertz’s goal

Zinchenko received a lot of crit­i­cism after his defeat in the Cham­pi­ons League final, in which Man­ches­ter City lost to Chelsea (0:1).

Such emo­tions after the most impor­tant goal are what Zinchenko saved up in him­self and splashed out in response to all the hate direct­ed at him­self. At the Euro, they expect­ed a bright per­for­mance from him as the main star of the team. And the mid­field­er final­ly broke through.

29 June.  Glasgow.  Sweden —  Ukraine —  1:2.  Neighborhood of fans of the national teams of Ukraine and Russia.