Ukrainian Roman Yaremchuk takes off his shirt to display his country’s coat of arms amid Russian escalation

Ukraine international footballer Roman Yaremchuk scored the equalizer for Benfica on Wednesday night and removed his shirt to display his country’s coat of arms. in the midst of Russian climbing in his homeland.

The Ukrainian player’s gesture in Benfica’s 2-2 draw against Ajax in the Champions League Round of 16 caught the attention of fans. With Yaremchuk’s side trailing, the 26-year-old striker managed to bounce back in the 72nd minute to level the game. He celebrated the goal appropriately.

The footballer wore the trident of Ukraine under his team’s shirt. He was brought on as a substitute in the 62nd minute and scored 10 minutes later.

Benfica’s Roman Yaremchuk celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Champions League Round of 16 first leg soccer match between Benfica and Ajax at Luz stadium in Lisbon on Wednesday February 23, 2022. ( AP Photo/Armando France)

Benfica came from behind twice to hold Ajax to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16. Sébastien Haller scored for both teams in the first half. The prolific Ivory Coast striker now has 11 goals for Ajax in his first seven Champions League appearances, the highest tally ever by a debutant in Europe’s top club competition.

The football players who represent the Ukrainian national team have had a tough week playing for their respective clubs while worrying about their homeland.

Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko also expressed his displeasure with the situation on Instagram. He wrote, “The whole civilized world is worried about the situation in my country. I can’t stand aside and try to give my opinion. In the photo – my country. The country where I was born and where I grew up. A country whose colors I defend on the international sports scene. A country that we try to glorify and develop. A country whose borders must remain inviolable. My country belongs to the Ukrainians and no one can ever take it over. We won’t give up! Glory to Ukraine.”

Officials in European football’s governing body have held discussions about the impact of Russia’s deepening intervention in Ukraine on whether the Champions League final can still be staged in Saint -Petersburg.

European football’s showpiece match is due to be played in the Russian city on May 28, the country’s biggest sporting event since the 2018 World Cup.

UEFA has not issued a new statement since fears were raised over a fuller Russian invasion of Ukraine after Moscow announced on Monday that it would recognize the independence of the eastern regions of Ukraine. Ukraine extended to territory currently held by Ukrainian forces.

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