"The national team to the trenches": Russia is happy that the Ukrainians were not allowed to Euro-2024, and Mudrik was called a dodger
The zero-zero draw with Italy, which prevented Ukraine from qualifying for Euro 2024, was a real celebration for Russians. Because of the sanctions, Russia has no international football of its own, so it can only gloat over the failures of others and also bring in politics, calling the Blue and Yellows evaders who should be sent to the front and Mykhailo Mudryk a fake.
Of course, after the final match of the group stage, the fans behind the curb were actively discussing the moment with the violation on Mudryk in the last minutes of the match and mostly shouted that there was no penalty. According to representatives of the aggressor country, Ukraine got what it deserved. At the same time, the Russian Federation forgets that they are the occupiers.
"Let's just say that the desire to earn a penalty was much more obvious. The Italian defenders are skilled, Cristante put his foot in the field with emphasis; and Mudryk flew two meters forward with his legs tucked in as if he had been burned by Gatskan," wrote users of sports websites.
And especially cotton football fans did not even try to analyze the game between Ukrainians and Italians at the stadium in Leverkusen: "Italy out!!! The beggars will now start crying and begging", "Didn't they give a penalty that didn't happen? !", "There was no penalty on the dodger".
"There was no penalty for the dodger," "Now the whole team is in the trenches," "That's why they don't play at home, they play in Germany, the dodgers won't go home, they'll win there," wrote fans from Russia.
All Europeans who help our country and imposed sanctions against the aggressor were also upset with Ukraine.
"Well, as usual: congratulations to the Ukrainian national team on not qualifying for the European Championship, keep it up!", "There is a football god after all: Ukraine, Poland and Sweden are not going to the Euros", "The Czech Republic is not enough for a complete list of swamps", - cheered on the curb.
"Good luck to the Italian brothers", "Yes, as I remember now, when I was a child, you would visit relatives in Sicily, and it was beautiful there. In the evening, you go outside, the neighbors gather and we all sing Toto Cutugno or folk songs like Bella Chao, and then my grandmother reads a bedtime story about Pinocchio. It's already a new day, we're cooking pizza with the whole family, and the girls are so beautiful," the Russians sneered.
Although there were those who, despite their sympathy for Italy, recognized the referee's mistake and UEFA's desire to get Luciano Spalletti's team to the Euros.
"Spalletti should just send half of his annual salary to the referee, he didn't give a clear penalty. It has come to this because of his million mistakes with the lineup. I'm rooting for Italy, but the referee clearly understood that you can't sink the Azzurra, period. It's impossible not to put a full stop there if you're in your right mind," Volodymyr wrote.
"We played worse than the Italians, we should have conceded. However, the Italian decks in the attack could not push the ball into the net, but the fact that they stole a penalty in the last minutes of the match, stole a potential victory and a direct path to the Euros, is of course a nightmare. Although Manzano refereed the match perfectly, the failure and responsibility for the unassigned penalty should lie with the VAR," Vlad Dykyi added.
"Italian fans are more profitable at the Euros. He didn't even look at VAR..." the fans noted, although they added that Italians are known to be home fans.
"In many leagues, it would have been given, in England it would have been removed, there are plenty of tacklers there." "Why didn't the referee watch VAR for 90+ minutes when a ticket to the Euros was at stake? Because he would have seen the contact," were the most adequate responses.
At the same time, a number of readers of sports sites noted that Mudryk was to blame himself, because he was clearly looking for this violation and fell too picturesquely.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA reported how Rebrov assessed the scandalous episode of the match with Italy and what he said about the difficulties in working with the national team.
We also told you who Ukraine will play in the playoffs for Euro 2024.