Borussia Dortmund has been playing against Dynamo Kyiv since 6 p.m. This charity game is for a good cause. All proceeds benefit Ukraine. The coach of Dynamo Kyiv, Mircea Lucescu (78), spoke to the “Augsburger Allgemeine” about the situation in Ukraine in advance. “I was at my house and at first I thought a thunderstorm was blowing over Kyiv,” Lucescu said. He moved to the club grounds with the entire team. “We spent two horrible nights there: there was panic everywhere, you could hear bombs falling and the sirens were constantly wailing. It was like something out of a horror movie, but unfortunately it was real,” the Kyiv coach continued.
The Romanian embassy instructed him to leave Ukraine by car. On the way, he witnessed horrific images. “Streets and entire blocks of flats were destroyed by bombs, groups of women and children, some of whom fled on foot.” Arrived in Bucharest, the native Romanian campaigned to get the players’ relatives to Romania. Before the duel against Borussia Dortmund, he expressed one wish: a full stadium.