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Playing in his final match before retiring from the game of soccer, Vadim Evseev of Torpedo Zhodino was taken off during the 67th minute of his testimonial, and replaced by five-year-old Hrisan Dzheus.
The match was being played in honor of Evseev, who played most of his football in Russia and Belarus, and also earned 20 caps with the Russian national team during his 19-year career. But with his side leading by a score of 4-1, it seemed like the perfect time to allow the Torpedo Zhodino supporters to give him his final farewell, as he walked off the pitch to a standing ovation and made way for the youngster, Hrisan.
Hrisan’s father is the Director General of an All-Russian Children’s Center called “Eaglet,” and it is believed that his son’s involvement in the game was simply the team’s way of saying “thank you” for all of his hard work. And their thanks didn’t stop there, as they also allowed Hrisan to dribble the ball all the way down the field and score the fifth goal of the game for his side.
It was certainly another feel-good moment that took place during what was supposed to be a feel-good game for Evseev and the Torpedo Zhodino fans. You can watch it all unfold in the video below.
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