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Andriy Shevchenko enjoyed an illustrious career as Ukraine's greatest striker. Now as coach of the national team, he is on the brink of guiding the side to Euro 2020.
After Ukraine beat Serbia 5-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier, Zinchenko kissed a journalist on the cheek after a post match interview and she was clearly a little embarrassed by the situation.
Brazil-born Junior Moraes played his first games for Ukraine this month, but Portugal and Luxembourg raised doubts over his eligibility.
Portugal were unable to get past the defensive wall that was Pyatov who kept a clean sheet. Ronaldo was expected to make an impact on his return to the national side but he lacked determination against a solid Ukraine side.
Ruslan Malinovskiy cancelled out Federico Bernardeschi's second half strike as Italy were held 1-1 by Ukraine in an international friendly in Genoa on Wednesday during which the victims of the bridge collapse in the city were remembered.
Both nations sent a delegation to Ponte Morandi , the site of the collapse , and are due to play a friendly at Sampdoria's Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Wednesday.
Ukraine has urged its citizens to refrain from travelling to Russia for the World Cup, citing "threats to personal safety", as thousands of Ukrainians plan to travel across the border to watch the tournament.
In the heyday of his favourite Crimea club Tavriya Simferopol, supporter Gennady Malakhov went all over Ukraine, watched home games at a packed stadium and even saw the team compete in the Champions League in the early 1990s.
As football fans prepare for the climax of the Euro 2016 tournament in France, battle-hardened Ukrainian troops are playing their own tournament against locals near the front in the war-scarred east.