Game4Ukraine. A football match of world stars in support of Ukraine took place in London
A charity match in support of Ukraine, Game4Ukraine, took place in London at the home arena of Chelsea, Stamford Bridge Stadium. Ambassadors of the UNITED24 fundraising platform Andriy Shevchenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko and their teams played against each other.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
In the 24th minute, the game was suspended to pay tribute to all those fighting for Ukraine's freedom. The sold-out Stamford Bridge and all the participants in the match gave a standing ovation.
Before the game, a speech by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy was shown on the big screen.
"Thank you for taking part in this wonderful event. Today you will see Ukrainians, hear Ukrainians and be able to help them. Football is a force that unites people. And today we will see that the world is united - united by the teams of Shevchenko and Zinchenko.
Great people, great players. The yellow and blue teams represent our national flag - one of the most powerful symbols of freedom in history. And we are making it a symbol of revival. We can do it together. I thank the United Kingdom for all its support, and I thank all of you who have joined our UNITED24 team to help protect freedom and restore normalcy. Glory to Ukraine," the President said.
After Zelenskyy's words, a minute of silence was held in memory of all the victims who died at the hands of the Russian occupiers.
The Blues squad is led by Chelsea women's coach Emma Hayes:
- goalkeepers - Dida, Petr Čech, Julio Cesar, Carly Telford and Carlo Cudicini;
- defenders - Fabio Cannavaro, Gerard Pique, Christian Panucci, Massimo Oddo and William Gallas;
- midfielders - Clarence Seedorf, Michael Essien, Claude Makelele, Mikhail Mudryk, Serginho, Claire Rafferty and Joe Cole;
- forwards - captain Andriy Shevchenko, his Dynamo and national teammate Serhiy Rebrov, Samuel Eto'o, Gianfranco Zola, Jermain Defoe, Shota Arveladze, Luca Toni and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.
In addition to professional footballers, the event was attended by celebrities such as Ted Lasso star Tohib Jimo, British comedian Russell Howard, actors Archie Renault and Ralph Little, and musicians James Arthur and Chelsea Grimes.
The coach of the yellow team is the legendary Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger
- goalkeepers - Jens Lehmann, David James;
- defenders - Bacary Sagna, Oleg Luzhny, Antonio Valencia, Dario Srna, Per Mertesacker, Michael Sylvester, Wes Morgan, Joleon Lescott, Martin Skrtel, Jon Arne Riise, Gael Clichy;
- midfielders - captain Oleksandr Zinchenko, Robert Pires, Jack Wilshere, Charlie Adam, Mark Noble, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Katie Chapman, Jessica Hurtado, Rachel Anki;
- forwards - Yevhen Levchenko and Yakubu Aegbeni.
The Yellow Jackets' celebrity squad included Ted Lasso star Phil Dunster, actor Gyro Fines-Tiffin, singer Tom Grennan and TV presenter Roman Kempf.