FIFA World Cup Play-off Semi-final 
Scotland 1-3 Ukraine
Wednesday, 1 June 2022 
Hampden Park, Glasgow


Scotland 1 (McGregor 79)

Ukraine 3 (Yarmolenko 33, Yaremchuk 49, Dovbyk 90+5)

Scotland fall short in their quest to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar as goals from Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and Artem Dovbyk give Ukraine the win that sets up a Play-off final against Wales, with Callum McGregor’s second-half strike proving to be in vain.

Team News

Aaron Hickey made his first start for Scotland, coming in at right wing back for the injured Nathan Patterson.

He was one of four changes from the Scots last match against Poland, with captain Andy Robertson and Lyndon Dykes being restored to the starting line up, as Liam Cooper also slotted in for the injured Kieran Tierney.

As It Happened

On a glorious night at Hampden Park, the anthems got proceedings under way– with ‘Flower of Scotland’ belted from the terraces, while the Ukraine players each stood draped in their country’s flag for their anthem on an emotional evening in their first competitive match since the ongoing conflict began in Ukraine in February.

As the game got underway, it was the away side who created the first opening in the 8th minute as Viktor Tsyhankov latched onto a cut-back but his crisp first time effort was tipped over by Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

The Scots grew into the game though and Hickey headed wide before Grant Hanley also missed with a header from a Robertson corner.

Ukraine then almost took the lead in the 15th minute, but Gordon once again produced a brilliant save, this time down low to deny Andriy Yarmolenko.

It was an open first half and the hosts were the next to pour forward, with Robertson seeing his shot blocked before John McGinn fired over.

It was the away side who crafted the next opening in the 33rd minute though and this time Gordon could not repeat his heroics.

The dangerous Yarmolenko made a great run to get on the end of a ball over the top, before taking a touch and cutely dinking the ball over the Scottish goalkeeper.

Just that goal separated the sides at the break but it was soon to get worse for Scotland as the visitors doubled their lead on 49 minutes as Roman Yaremchuk rose to head in at the far post.

Scotland attempted to rally and McGregor was inches away from pulling a goal back as he charged down a clearance, before substitute Ryan Christie produced a save from Heorhiy Bushchan with a low strike.

McGinn then narrowly missed the target with a glorious headed opportunity as the hosts began to pile on the pressure.

It was Scotland’s best period of the game and Che Adams was next to come close with a low drive before McGinn’s follow up was excellently blocked.

The pressure soon told and it was McGregor who got the Scots on the scoresheet in the 79th minute.

Stuart Armstrong’s lofted cross was only parried by Bushchan and the midfielder followed up to strike on the half-volley, with hawk-eye ruling that the ball had just carried over the line after a touch from the Ukrainian goalkeeper.

The home support roared on their side and they continued to press for an equaliser but Hanley’s missed header was the closest they came to a leveller.

There was to be a cruel end for Scotland as Ukraine broke forward in the 95th minute and substitute Artem Dovbyk scored a third with the last kick of the game after a counter attack.

Next Up

The Scots are back at Hampden Park in a week’s time and they will be looking to bounce back as they take on Armenia in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday 8 June.


Scotland: Gordon, Hickey, McTominay, Hanley, Cooper (Hendry 67), Robertson, Gilmour (Armstrong 68), McGregor, McGinn, Dykes (Christie 45), McTominay

Unused Substitutes: O’Donnell, Souttar, Marshall, McKenna, Stewart, Brown, Ferguson, Kelly, Taylor

Ukraine: Bushchan, Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matvienko, Mykolenko, Stepanenko (Sydorchuk 90), Yarmolenko (Zubkov 79), Malinovskyi (Shaparenko 72), Zinchenko, Tsygankov (Mudryk 72), Yaremchuk (Dovbyk 78)

Unused Substitutes: Sobol, Bondar, Syrota, Pyatov, Pikhalyonok, Kacharaba, Riznyk