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Fans react as Ukrainian duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko share emotional moment

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Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko hugged one another before kick-off on Saturday
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko hugged one another before kick-off on Saturday / Michael Regan/GettyImages
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Key Summary:

1. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko shared an emotional moment prior to kick-off.

2. Zinchenko was left in tears as Goodison Park showed their support for Ukraine.

3. Russia has invaded Ukraine, leaving 138 people dead at last count.

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko shared an emotional moment prior to Manchester City's clash with Everton on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side travelled to Goodison Park, where fans chose to show their support for Ukraine, leaving the duo visibly touched.

While both teams were warming up prior to kick-off, Zinchenko and Mykolenko met in the center of the field, embraced, and appeared to share a few words of comfort to each other.

As the two sides came out for the match, each of Everton's players held a Ukrainian flag over their shoulders. Meanwhile, City's squad all wore shirts with the words 'NO WAR' across the front and back.

The City left-bank was unable to hold back tears as everyone at Goodison Park rose in a show of solidarity with Ukraine.

In his pre-match press conference, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed Zinchenko was receiving support from his team-mates and the club "unconditionally".

"He is worried. He has family and friends there," Guardiola said. "If they are killing innocent people in your country, how would you feel?

"What we feel with our country where we were born. I guess that's how he feels. The team and the club are close to him, unconditionally."

Discussing Mykolenko in his own pre-match press conference, Everton boss Frank Lampard said: "He's okay.

"I've spoken to him, the club have spoken to him. He has every bit of support from our end, if and when he needs it. He knows that support mechanism is there. It's ultra-important that he feels that from us."

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