Ukrainian football player Oleksandr Zinchenko helped Manchester City beat PSG in the semifinals of UEFA Champions League.
On May 29 in Istanbul, the Citizens will enter the pitch to play the final game, facing the winner of Chelsea-Real fixture (first leg 1:1).
In the first game against Paris Sent-Germain, Zinchenko scored an assist, and in the second, he participated in both successfull attacks of his team. City coach Josep Guardiola has been showing trust for the player who has a good chance to play in the final.
Thus, Zinchenko becomes third Ukrainian to have chance to participate in the final game of the most prestigious European football competition. In 2003, Andriy Shevchenko's penalty kick brought AC Milan the Cup of European Champions in the final game against Juventus; two years after that, Shevchenko and AC Milan lost to Liverpool. Besides, the current managher of Ukraine's national team was included in the application for the final game against Chelsea in 2008; he did not play, however, and Chelsea lost that game to Manchester United.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk witnessed three final games of UEFA Champions League but only played in one of them; in 2010, he played for Bayern Munich, and the team lost to Inter (0:2). In 2012, the midfielder played 120 minutes in the game against Chelsea (Bayern lost 3:4 on penalties). In the 2012-2013 UEFA Champions League final, Tymoshchuk never showed up on the pitch, watching as Bayern beats Borussia Dortmund (2-1).
Zinchenko joined Manchester City in 2017. The 24-year-old Ukrainian helped his team win two champion titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups. This season, Guardiola's team already won the League Cup, practically won the Premier League and now claimed its right to fight for the most precious European trophy.