Shakhtar Donetsk allowed a 12-year-old boy from Mariupol to score the winner vs Lechia in a charity friendly
Dmytro Keda, a 12-year-old from Mariupol, came off the bench for Shakhtar Donetsk to score the winner in their friendly against Lechia on April 14, 2022. Shakhtar defeated Lechia 3:2.
After playing a few passes, the young lad was allowed to run through on goal to score a late winner for Shakhtar before being mobbed by his teammates.
Dmytro was born in Khartsyzk, Donetsk region, and lived there for the first nine years. Since 2014, the city has been occupied by Russia-backed separatists and Russians. In 2018, he and his family moved to Mariupol, the city in Donetsk region, which is now almost destroyed by the Russian troops.
Dmytro and his family were in the city of Mariupol till March 16, 2022, and they were lucky to get out alive. According to the local authorities, there may be up to 10,000 dead in Mariupol.
The boy was a big fan of Shakhtar Donetsk football club since childhood. He attended matches in Donetsk before the temporary occupation of the city in 2014.
Shakhtar is currently participating in the Shakhtar Global Tour for Peace, which features matches against Olympiakos, Lechia, Fenerbahce, and Hajduk Split. The Ukrainian club looks to raise money for supporting the people of Ukraine who suffer from Russia’s invasion.