The Belarusian squad’s long-term leader, Alexander Kulchy, aged 38, was also celebrating his 100th match, played for the Belarusian national team. This is an absolute record! The Chairman of the Belarusian Football Federation, Sergey Rumas, awarded Kulchy a special UEFA medal and a commander’s cap in honour of the anniversary, while the squad presented him with a national T-shirt signed by the whole team.
The warm yet solemn presentation was more pleasing than the game itself, in which Belarus managed to claim ownership of the ball many times and reach the opponent’s net … without scoring. There were few thrilling moments for fans, as the head coach of the Belarusian national team, Georgy Kondratiev, admits. He adds, “We wanted to win very much and tried our best, but failed to score in the first half. Our guests waited for a mistake from us, scored and then reinforced their defence, making it extremely difficult for us to break through. We need to work on this.”