Scotland’s World Cup hopes ended as Ukraine set up a showdown with Wales for a place at Qatar 2022 in their first game since the Russian invasion of their country.
Played against the backdrop of the ongoing war, the game began with a show of solidarity from Scottish fans who joined visitors in singing Ukraine’s national anthem before kick-off.
Each Ukraine player came out with a flag for the national anthem before their World Cup playoff match vs. Scotland 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/52dxaFZuFm
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 1, 2022
With the eyes of the world watching, they impressed from the first whistle and goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk saw them take a two-goal lead.
John McGinn wasted a golden chance to pull a goal back for Scotland before Callum McGregor’s effort crossed the line deep into the second half.
⏰ 𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗨𝗟𝗧 ⏰
🇺🇦 Ukraine win at Hampden Park to reach play-off final vs Wales! 👏👏👏#WCQ
— 🇮🇹 Finalissima 🇦🇷 (@EURO2024) June 1, 2022
Artem Dovbyk scored a third for the visitors with almost the last kick of the game to set-up a playoff final against Wales on Sunday at the Cardiff City Stadium.