Ukraine beat Scotland to maintain World Cup hopes alive of their first aggressive match since conflict began

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Ukraine have crushed Scotland 3-1 at Hampden Park to maintain their World Cup dream alive, in an emotional qualifying play-off semi-final match in Glasgow.

Performed towards the backdrop of the continued conflict, the sport started with a present of solidarity from Scottish followers as a few of them joined the guests in singing Ukraine’s national anthem before kick-off.

Ukraine have been backed by 3,500 followers and began with six gamers who haven’t performed a aggressive recreation this 12 months after the home league was halted for a winter break in December and by no means resumed after Russia’s invasion.

The guests had the higher of the primary half, with Scotland’s 39-year-old goalkeeper Craig Gordon making a number of saves to maintain the house facet within the recreation.

Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Play-off Semi Final - Scotland v Ukraine - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - June 1, 2022 Ukraine's Roman Yaremchuk celebrates scoring their second goal with fans Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Nevertheless, West Ham ahead Andriy Yarmolenko gave his facet the lead halfway via the primary half and so they strengthened their grip on the tie early within the second half, with Benfica’s Roman Yaremchuk making it 2-0.

Scotland scored with round 10 minutes to play, however Ukraine completed with a purpose from Artem Dovbyk in added time to make it 3-1.

At full-time, the Ukrainian gamers celebrated with their followers, who will hope their facet can seal a spot at Qatar 2022.

Ukraine will now play Wales on 5 June on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium for a spot on the World Cup, with the winners becoming a member of England, Iran and the US in Group B.

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After the match, Manchester Metropolis’s Oleksandr Zinchenko advised Sky Sports activities: “Everybody is aware of the state of affairs in Ukraine and each recreation for us is sort of a last.

“We dream as a crew to be on the World Cup and we have to win it in any other case this recreation will not imply something.”

He described the Wales recreation as a “large match”.

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