Gherkins and the Golden Boot – Ukraine 1 Wales 0

She nailed it. My pal Anya, 33, from Kyiv, first game ever, said after 85 minutes: “You guys need to practise scoring.”

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Wales u19s 1 Czech Republic u19s 0

Fascinating to think how far Wales’ junior sides have come as they scrapped and scrabbled and huffed and puffed to somehow hang on for this undeserved win.

It’s not like it used to be.

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Chew, what a scorcher – Ukraine 1 Wales 1 (2001)


In  the middle of Kyiv, 50 yards away from the Khreshatyk tube station is a restaurant/pub whose name escapes me.

On the menu are listed the usual starters, main courses, desserts, wines and half a page devoted to . . . chewing gums.

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