On September 21, 2016, the match of 1/2 finals of the Open Cup of Rostov region’s Football Federation between “Novoshakhtinsk” (Russia) and “Oplot of Donbass” (DPR) took place. For the first time in the history of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the FC “Oplot of Donbass” got a call and took part in the football tournament of international level.
The athletes’ trip to the Russian Federation made it with the support of the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, the Head of the Donetsk city administration Igor Martynov and deputies of the DPR People’s Council. The game was attended by the deputies Sergey Zavdoveyev, Anatoly Koval and Andrey Miroshnichenko.
Anatoly Koval shared his emotions from the game with the press service of the Parliament.
“Our players showed their true character in this first international sports trial. Sportsmen showed a decent level of professionalism. The boys reached the final of the Open Cup of the Rostov region in football, and I congratulate them heartily. For us, it is a special honour that our football team will meet with the best clubs of the Rostov region,” the parliamentarian emphasised.
According to the deputy Sergey Zavdoveyev, football is alive and is developing in the Republic, as evidenced by the excellent indicators of performances on departure.
“The first departure of the football club “Oplot of Donbass” to the Russian Federation has taken place and was marked by the victory, we are very happy!
The guys showed a good decent game. And it indicates at the fact that the football in the DPR is actively developing,” Sergey Zavdoveyev said.
The deputy Andrey Miroshnichenko thanked the hosts for their hospitality.
“It’s nice that our athletes were met so wonderfully in Russia – a warm welcome was organised by the Football Federation of the Rostov region. Also I would like to mention impartial refereeing.
FC “Oplot of Donbass” proved to be a worthy opponent. We thank guys for the game. The first half ended with the score 1:2 in favour of “Oplot.” In the second half, “Novoshakhtinsk” with a penalty scored the equaliser until the final result 3:3. However, a penalty series decided the outcome of the match – the result is 3:4 in favour of “Oplot”,” Andrey Miroshnichenko said.
Thus, in the first semifinal of the regional football tournament in Russia, Donetsk residents became the first finalists. The FC “Oplot of Donbass” will carry out the final match in the city of Taganrog, Russia.