Updated on 27/04/2022 at 10:44
- A defeat was never “as indifferent to him as it is today,” Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose said after the 90 minutes against Dynamo Kyiv.
- The friendly meeting with the Master of Ukraine is a demonstration for peace and against Russian aggression.
- A lot of money is also collected.
When 13-year-old Nikita Semenow passed Erling Haaland at kick-off, many of the 35,000 spectators at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion got a lump in their throat. The junior footballer from Dynamo Kyiv fled with his mother from a shelter room via Poland to Berlin, and now he was allowed to open the advantage game between Borussia and the Ukrainian flagship club. It was just one of many signs of peace, big and small, on a memorable evening.
That BVB lost 2: 3 (1: 3) against Dynamo was only a minor matter. “Loss has never been as indifferent to me as it is today,” coach Marco Rose said. Where else black and yellow reigned, the colors blue and yellow in Ukraine determined the backdrop that night. “Stop War” was written on the boards, and the national anthem played before kick-off.
“It’s about setting an example – and making some money,” said BVB’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke on ZDF, who broadcast live. The proud figure of 400,000 euros finally came together. “We want to do something decent with it, we have a lot of experience there,” Watzke said.
Former Mainz resident Andrei Voronin sees “no end” to the war in Ukraine
Former Bundesliga professional Andrej Voronin, who also commented on the match for ZDF, thanked for the support. “We hope that soon we can play such matches again in Ukraine. I pray every day that it will be over as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we do not see the end,” said the longtime Ukrainian national team player. He played in Germany in Mönchengladbach, Mainz, Cologne, Leverkusen and for Hertha BSC in Berlin.
There was great agreement in the stands. “Stop War – Stop Putin”, “Save Mariupol” or simply “Peace” were on the posters as players stepped onto the lawn to the sound of the football anthem “You’ll never walk alone” – the guests each wrapped in a national flag. Ivan Matviychuk from Shakhtar Donetsk U17s, who fled Ukraine with his mother and grandfather and currently lives in Dortmund, helped stadium reviewer Norbert Dickel read the line-ups.
Among the spectators were also DFB President Bernd Neuendorf and NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst. Neuendorf spoke about an important message to Ukraine during the match. “The tanks are rolling there, people are living in constant fear. A game like this means an important change,” the DFB chief said.
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Reinhard Rauball: “We stand up for people in need”
At BVB, there was never any doubt about the execution of the meeting. “It’s nothing new for us to support people in need. We did it already during the flood, it goes without saying for us,” Reinhard Rauball told ZDF: “As president of Borussia Dortmund, I am proud of those who came today and made sure that people got something to eat and drink ”.
Ukrainians could book free tickets to the match, and all fans were offered solidarity bracelets. Wüst also spoke of a “strong sign” against the war: “Thanks to Borussia Dortmund for this great campaign!” (SID / hau)
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