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Scotland v Ukraine Live Commentary, 21/09/2022

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J. McGinn (70)
L. Dykes (80)
L. Dykes (87)
Hampden Park

Commentary

That's all from Hampden Park today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
After suffering just their second loss in 13 international matches, Ukraine must now regather themselves and welcome Scotland to their temporary home of Krakow next week, following Saturday's game in Armenia. Meanwhile, Clarke's men host the Republic of Ireland at the weekend, and head towards their penultimate fixture with a two-point lead at the top.
Continually growing in authority throughout the match, Scotland's supremacy finally translated into goals towards the end of the game, as they ultimately swept aside a subdued Ukraine team in Glasgow. Captain McGinn set the ball rolling with a characteristic strike before Dykes and Fraser earned Clarke credit for his use of the bench, as the pair combined twice to add gloss to the scoreline. Today's result sets the Tartan Army up for next week's return fixture, and not only will they start that game top of Group 1, but they'll also benefit from a confidence boost after this impressive showing.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: SCOTLAND 3-0 UKRAINE
R. Malinovskyi
Yellow Card
Ukraine
90' + 1' For a foul on McTominay in midfield, the clearly frustrated Malinovskyi is shown a yellow card.
89' By the time the final whistle sounds, Scotland will still be yet to lose at home in the Nations League - winning six times in seven games. That matches both Germany and Italy's home record in the competition.
88' Fraser fires wide, as a tired Ukraine side are pulled apart again. Scotland have been ruthless in this second half, and are not settling for three even now.
R. Fraser
Assist
Scotland
87' Adding another assist from a corner, Fraser curls a cross into the path of Dykes to score a third Scotland goal.
L. Dykes
Goal
Scotland
87' DYKES DOES IT AGAIN! Scotland go three up through another header from a left-sided corner, as Dykes doubles up from another Fraser cross into the box! The striker once more leapt highest and powered his effort in by the right-hand post; leaving Trubin totally beaten.
G. Taylor
K. Tierney
Scotland
86' A rousing round of applause greets Tierney as he departs for the bench; Celtic's Taylor will have a brief cameo on the left flank.
K. McLean
R. Christie
Scotland
85' Clarke responds by making a double substitution of his own. First, Christie heads for the touchline and McLean comes on.
D. Ignatenko
M. Mudryk
Ukraine
83' Petrakov also withdraws Mudryk, with Ignatenko coming on in the winger's place.
O. Zubkov
O. Pikhalyonok
Ukraine
83' The visitors switch things up in midfield: Pikhalyonok is replaced by Zubkov.
S. Sydorchuk
Yellow Card
Ukraine
83' Dykes draws a foul from Sydorchuk and earns his side a free-kick. The Ukraine substitute is booked.
R. Fraser
Assist
Scotland
80' A measured cross to the near post by Fraser, from the corner, picks out Dykes' run to set up Scotland's second goal.
L. Dykes
Goal
Scotland
80' DYKES STRIKES! The substitute - barely on the pitch for even a minute - makes an immediate impact by rising highest at the near post to flick the ball into the net with a perfectly placed header! Scotland extend their lead, as Dykes steers home Fraser's inswinging corner - both subs combine! It's 2-0, and surely game over for Ukraine.
78' SHARP SAVE! On high alert, as his side continue to be pinned back, Trubin makes a stop down to his right, after Tierney drives a shot towards the bottom corner from just outside the box.
L. Dykes
C. Adams
Scotland
77' After putting in a good shift, Adams is replaced by Dykes as Scotland's focal point up front.
R. Fraser
S. Armstrong
Scotland
76' Disappointed not to score from his chances today, Armstrong makes way; Fraser comes on.
74' Far from satiated by their goal, Scotland are driving on in search of a second. They want to secure the win and head to Poland next week with their destiny firmly in their own hands.
72' After not scoring or assisting in his first 14 Scotland appearances, John McGinn has been involved in 20 goals in 35 matches under Steve Clarke (14 goals, 6 assists). That's 12 more than any other player during that time!
R. Yaremchuk
Yellow Card
Ukraine
71' Only four minutes after his introduction from the bench, Yaremchuk is booked.
J. McGinn
Goal
Scotland
70' SCOTLAND LEAD! At last, Scotland seize the advantage, as skipper McGinn turns his man and steers an unerring shot into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box! There were a couple of blocked shots in the build-up, and the hosts' hammering at the door has finally resulted in a breakthrough: Scotland 1-0 Ukraine!
V. Tsygankov
A. Yarmolenko
Ukraine
68' Petrakov also opts for fresh legs on the right, as captain Yarmolenko makes way for Dynamo Kyiv's Tsygankov.
R. Yaremchuk
A. Dovbyk
Ukraine
67' A straight swap up front sees Dovbyk making way for Yaremchuk, who also scored in the World Cup play-off here in June.
65' After that flurry of chances, Scotland's tally of shots now stands at 14 to Ukraine's two, which has been the visitors' total since early in the first half. It's almost complete dominance now for Clarke's men - but can they finally make it pay?
63' DOUBLE CHANCE! Adams comes so close to an opener twice in a matter of seconds, as first his deflected header from McGinn's cross thuds against the crossbar, then Trubin denies his second effort with a save at the back post, using his legs. Scotland should be in front, but it stays goalless!
62' JUST WIDE! Scotland come closer again, as Hickey almost breaks the deadlock with a deflected drive from 20 yards, which zips behind for a corner!
61' OVER! Another impressive passage of play from the hosts ends in McTominay feeding the ball through to Armstrong with a backheel flick, and the Southampton forward driving the ball over both Trubin and the crossbar! A great chance spurned!
59' SAVE! Trubin bends his knees to get down and keep out Armstrong's shot along the turf from inside the area, following a slick Scotland move. Tierney was the architect there, and is making his presence felt more frequently now.
57' Chasing back towards his own area, Hendry recovers well to deny Dovbyk the ball after a low pass through the centre by Mudryk. The flag then goes up for offside in any case, but it was a good challenge.
56' Dovbyk is apparently toppled on the corner of the area, as McTominay hangs a leg out in his direction. The referee awards the decision Scotland's way but declines to book the striker for simulation.
54' In a more pedestrian phase of the game, Scotland still dominate the ball, but show few signs of making progress through the bank of yellow shirts before them.
52' Coming on to a bouncing ball with his right foot, Mudryk turns an ambitious attempt well wide of the right post, after Gordon found himself out of position.
50' After elaborately drying the ball on his shirt and taking a long run-up, Tierney loops a throw-in towards the penalty spot. However, it only bounces up into the grateful gloves of Trubin on the edge of his six-yard box.
48' Sydorchuk is already into the action, as he fouls Christie and concedes a free-kick inside his own half. Scotland have started well following the break.
S. Sydorchuk
T. Stepanenko
Ukraine
46' Booked in the first half, Stepanenko has been replaced by Sydorchuk in Ukraine's midfield.
46' Having made a half-time substitution, Ukraine kick off, and we are back under way at Hampden!
Ukraine have now failed to score a first-half goal in seven of their last eight matches, but have also lost just one of their last 20 when level at half-time; winning each of the last four. They've also found the net in each of their three previous encounters with Scotland, so precedent is certainly on their side when it comes to scoring after the interval today.
Having soaked up some early pressure, Scotland grew into the game and were its dominant force for large spells of the first half: firing in eight shots to Ukraine's meagre tally of two. All that's been lacking from the Tartan Army's point of view has been both a considered final ball and a more clinical edge around the six-yard box. The visitors are patiently retaining their shape, and having kept themselves level thus far, will still be confident that they can strike through their numerous options on the counter - Mudryk and Malinovskyi coming most immediately to mind.
45' + 5' HALF-TIME: SCOTLAND 0-0 UKRAINE
45' + 3' From the free-kick, which is drifted over from the right flank to the back post, McTominay is unable to control the dropping ball and it rolls behind for a goal-kick to Ukraine.
45' + 1' After Bondar's brutal challenge on Adams, the latter remains down on the turf receiving medical attention. Groggily, he then returns to his feet and is helped to the touchline.
V. Bondar
Yellow Card
Ukraine
45' Bondar makes a forceful block on Adams, who is threatening to escape past him into the final third, and sends his opponent hurtling to the turf. It was almost a shoulder charge, and the referee shows the defender a yellow card. It could - perhaps should - be red.
44' Ukraine are simply sitting in and soaking up pressure until half-time, and they'll be confident in their ability to make gains on the break when possible.
42' To groans from the Hampden crowd, McTominay rejects the chance to shoot from 20 yards out, in a yard of space, before over-hitting a pass to Christie on the left side of the area.
40' Bondar and Mykhaylichenko are both called upon to block Scotland's progress, as the hosts lay siege to the Ukraine area. However, they are unable to carve out a clear opportunity, and Adams ultimately loses the ball.
38' McTominay steals the ball on the right, and lays it off to McGinn. With it still bobbling, the Aston Villa captain engineers an awkward attempt at goal, which loops harmlessly over the bar from 20 yards.
35' In the latest episode of what's set to be a fascinating duel, Mudryk concedes a free-kick for a foul on Scotland substitute Hickey. On the other flank, Tierney has kept Yarmolenko in check so far.
33' Though Ukraine are edging the possession statistics for this first half so far - with 53 per cent of the ball compared to Scotland's 47 - the home side have posed the greater goal threat. Scotland have had seven attempts at goal already; Ukraine just two, with none on target.
31' From over 25 yards out, in a central position, Malinovskyi only finds the top of Scotland's defensive wall with his powerful strike from the free-kick.
30' A driving run through the centre by the marauding Mudryk ends with Hendry standing his ground and blocking the young winger's progress. That's a free-kick for Ukraine in Malinovskyi territory!
28' The stoppage seems to have slowed Scotland's momentum a little, and Ukraine have been able to edge a few yards further up the pitch.
A. Hickey
N. Patterson
Scotland
26' Due to injury, Patterson is withdrawn, as Hickey comes on to slot in at right-back for Scotland.
24' Despite his efforts to return to the fray, Patterson admits defeat and has to be come off. The stretcher has been called, so it does not look good for the youngster.
23' After a challenge on Malinovskyi, from which Patterson came off worse, the Everton defender lies prone on the turf. The game comes to a halt while the right-back receives treatment.
22' CLOSE! Scotland are getting nearer - but still no goal! Christie turns and plays in Armstrong, who is arriving on the edge of the box from the right, and his low shot requires Trubin to make a save. The ball breaks back out towards Christie, who continued his run, but it is just behind him and he can't turn it home!
20' Armstrong works a little space on the right, and then lofts a chipped ball into the box; picking out Christie's late run. The latter's header, though, lacks direction and sails over the crossbar.
T. Stepanenko
Yellow Card
Ukraine
19' A crude sliding challenge by Stepanenko on McGinn sees the Ukraine midfielder receive the game's first booking.
17' Getting forward from an advanced midfield position, McGinn steers a mistimed header well wide of the target. Nonetheless, the signs are promising for Scotland at the moment - they are in the ascendancy.
16' In further progress, Scotland earn their first corner, though Armstrong's cross from the set-piece ultimately comes to nothing.
14' CLOSE! Adams lays the ball off to Christie, who then returns the favour by zipping a low ball across the goalmouth. However, Adams is just unable to get a boot on the ball and it carries on its journey from left to right.
13' After enduring 10 minutes on the back foot, Scotland are now attempting to build from the back and taking a breather by retaining the ball. They're slowly getting a foothold in the game.
11' Scotland's first significant attack is initiated by Tierney, who feeds a measured ball down the left, but after Adams slips past Bondar, the striker scuffs his low shot straight at Trubin in a central position.
9' Treating the ball with great care, Ukraine are cycling it around in Scotland's half with impressive ease; patiently probing for a chance to exploit space on the flanks.
7' The visitors continue to push on, and are clearly on top in the early stages: Pikhalyonok fires wide before the flag is raised again, this time for a foul by Yarmolenko.
5' From out on the left, a low ball into the box by Mudryk finds Dovbyk, but the big striker can't quite get it under control and the chance is lost.
3' At the conclusion of a lively start from Ukraine, Mykhaylichenko sees a shot blocked before Malinovskyi fires off target. The flag then belatedly goes up for offside on Dovbyk.
1' Scotland kick off, and we are under way in Glasgow!
The players are out on the pitch at Hampden, with stirring renditions of both national anthems having been sung, and kick-off is now just moments away!
Without both Oleksandr Zinchenko and.Dynamo Kyiv midfielder Mykola Shaparenko due to injury, Ukraine also make a number of changes to the side which lined up in Glasgow last time. Dovbyk, who scored as a substitute in June, starts up front, with Yaremchuk being demoted to the bench. Meanwhile, much-admired winger Mudryk - scorer of the equaliser in a 1-1 draw between Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic last week - will provide support from out wide and captain Andriy Yarmolenko lines up on the right flank.
Clarke makes five changes from the side that lost to Ukraine in June, with captain Andrew Robertson, Liam Cooper and Grant Hanley all missing out through injury; creating the need for reshuffled back line. Hickey and Dykes are consigned to the bench today, while Tierney is back in the fold following injury and deputises for Robertson on the left. Southampton striker Adams leads the line up front.
SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Dmytro Riznyk, Danylo Ignatenko, Viktor Tsygankov, Vitalii Mykolenko, Oleksandr Zubkov, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Sergey Krivtsov, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Roman Yaremchuk, Taras Kacharaba.
UKRAINE (4-1-4-1): Anatolii Trubin; Oleksandr Karavaev, Valerii Bondar, Mykola Matvyenko, Bogdan Mykhaylichenko; Taras Stepanenko; Andriy Yarmolenko, Oleksandr Pikhalyonok, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Mykhailo Mudryk; Artem Dovbyk.
SUBS: Robby McCrorie, Liam Kelly, Kenny McLean, Lyndon Dykes, Ryan Fraser, Ryan Porteous, Aaron Hickey, Ryan Jack, Anthony Ralston, Greg Taylor, Billy Gilmour.
SCOTLAND (4-2-3-1): Craig Gordon; Nathan Patterson, Jack Hendry, Scott McKenna, Kieran Tierney; Scott McTominay, Callum McGregor; Stuart Armstrong, John McGinn, Ryan Christie; Che Adams.
While Scotland have lost just one of their last 14 home games in all competitions, that solitary defeat came against Ukraine in June, in the World Cup qualifying play-off that ended 3-1 to the visitors. Today's will be the countries' first meeting in the Nations League, and they'll reconvene in Krakow next Tuesday; playing in Poland due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. After narrowly missing out on a place in Qatar by losing to Wales in the play-off final, Oleksandr Petrakov's men have begun their latest Nations League campaign unbeaten: seeing off Ireland and Armenia before drawing 1-1 with Stephen Kenny's side in their most recent outing.
After being eliminated in the World Cup play-offs by today's opponents, Scotland meet Ukraine for the second time in four months - on this occasion, in Nations League B Group 1. While both ultimately missed out on a place at Qatar 2022, they now occupy the top two spots in the table; having a game in hand on the Republic of Ireland and Armenia. Defeating the Armenians home and away - either side of a 3-0 reverse in Dublin - sets up Steve Clarke's side with a chance for promotion to the tournament's top tier: they sit just one point behind their Ukrainian counterparts and two ahead of Ireland. Furthermore, a slot in the European Championship play-offs is guaranteed for the group winner.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's UEFA Nations League clash between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park!