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Ukraine v Scotland Live Commentary, 27/09/2022

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Stadion Cracovii im. Józefa Piłsudskiego


That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Scotland clinch Nations League promotion, while Ukraine will have to make do with second place.
It ends 0-0 and Scotland win the group and achieve promotion! The hosts entered this one knowing only a win would do and they battled hard for the result they needed. Yarmolenko and Dovbyk both missed clear chances to open the scoring in the first half. However, Scotland were determined to secure the point needed for promotion and they played their part in a tight contest. Adams missed their best chance in the first half, but this game was about their defensive effort. Ukraine pushed hard for a winner in the second half, but through some fine Gordon saves and excellent defending from Porteous and Hendry, Scotland held on for a famous point.
R. McCrorie
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Yellow Card Robby McCrorie
90' + 2' Four minutes of stoppage time are added on as the hosts continue to push.
A. Ralston
A. Hickey
90' + 1' Ralston replaces Hickey in the Scotland defence
90' + 1' Ukraine are throwing everything at Scotland as the visitors dig in for a point.
R. Malinovskyi
Yellow Card
90' Malinovskyi is booked after a foul on McGinn.
90' An intricate move from the hosts ends with Zubkov tumbling under a tackle from Porteous, but it was a clean tackle and the referee rightfully plays on.
O. Pikhalyonok
R. Malinovskyi
87' Malinovskyi also heads off with Pikhalyonok coming on.
O. Zubkov
A. Yarmolenko
87' Yarmolenko is replaced in attack by Zubkov. Will he be ruing that first-half miss come full-time?
86' Gordon's weak clearance jangles some Scottish nerves for a moment, but McLean gets to the loose ball first to hack it clear.
L. Dykes
Yellow Card
84' Dykes is shown a yellow card after pulling Mykolenko over off the ball.
81' Stepanenko pursues McLean to the corner flag and eventually wins a goal kick. The hosts are still working tirelessly to find a winning goal.
L. Dykes
C. Adams
79' Adams departs after an industrious but quiet game. Dykes is the man to take his place up top.
79' Tymchyk gets free down the right flank and has all the time in the world to pick out a Ukrainian player inside the box, but his low cross is cleared by McGregor.
77' Ukraine are still knocking it around hopefully, but they haven't been able to create many clear shooting opportunities in this half.
R. Yaremchuk
A. Dovbyk
75' Dovbyk also heads off with Yaremchuk taking his place.
V. Tsygankov
M. Mudryk
75' Now it's Ukraine's turn to try and change the game with some substitutions. The first sees Mudryk make way for Tsygankov after an impressive display that deserved a more tangible reward.
R. Christie
R. Fraser
72' Meanwhile, Fraser departs with Christie taking his spot.
S. Armstrong
R. Jack
72' Jack is replaced by Armstrong in midfield.
S. Kingsley
G. Taylor
72' Scotland make a raft of substitutions as we approach the final 20 minutes. The first sees Taylor make way for Kingsley.
72' Dovbyk looks to beat the offside trap again, but he's called offside once more after a bustling run.
70' McGinn rolls it out to McGregor who fires high and wide from 22 yards.
68' Taylor collects McGinn's corner on the other side of the box and hoists in a looping cross that Lunin carefully snatches out the air.
66' Scotland know that a draw will be enough to see them win this Nations League group and you wonder if that will lead to them adopting a conservative strategy in these final 20 minutes.
64' Dovbyk has been caught offside four times already for the hosts and it's halted some exciting moments. The striker has been a threat today, but his reading off the line has been costly.
A. Hickey
Yellow Card
62' Hickey is booked after tripping Mudryk.
61' Dovbyk gets caught offside again! Malinovskiy splits the defence with another brilliant throughball, but it comes to nothing as the flag is raised against Dovbyk once more.
59' Stepanenko crosses to the back post, but Hickey's there to do enough to shield Mudryk away from the ball.
57' The second half has picked up where the first left off: both teams are battling hard, and there's little to split them.
54' Matvyenko searches for Dovbyk over the top with another long, clipped pass, but the Scotland defence sees off the danger.
52' Mudryk lays it off to Ignatenko, whose 25-yard effort is easy for Gordon to save at the first attempt.
50' SAVE! Mudryk drifts inside from the left before unleashing a spectacular 25-yard strike that arcs towards the far corner! Gordon acrobatically reacts to make a sensational save to tip it away!
48' Scotland start with intent as a flowing move ends with Taylor lashing a 25-yard strike comfortably over the bar.
46' Ukraine kick off the second half.
Ukraine have created plenty of openings, but this has only resulted in five shots. They'll need to be more clinical in the second half to break through Scotland and top the group with a win.
Ukraine edge the first half, but it's still 0-0. The hosts have been on top in a physical, competitive game where Scotland have defended with tenacity and bravery. The biggest chance of the half fell to Yarmolenko after superb work from Mudryk but the attacker blazed over from five yards. Aside from that, Dovbyk has missed a couple of clear chances, while Stepanenko headed wide from five yards. Scotland, meanwhile, have fought hard without finding a real opening. Nevertheless, it's all square at the break.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time are added on.
43' Dovbyk was directly involved in three goals last time out against Armenia, and he's looked dangerous today even if he hasn't been able to convert yet.
41' Mudryk fires in a dangerous low cross but McGregor is well positioned to cut it out.
38' Dovbyk forces another fine save from Gordon, but again, the striker is belatedly called back for an offside.
36' WIDE! Stepanenko sneaks through a crowd of bodies to meet Yarmolenko's corner, but he can only guide his header wide from five yards!
34' The hosts look to build the pressure on Scotland. First, Porteous stifles Malinovskiy's drive into the box, before Mykolenko's cross is nodded behind.
31' MISS! Ukraine fail to clear a corner and it eventually falls to Jack at the back post who blazes over from eight yards!
29' This has been a tightly contested affair so far. The hosts have had the two best chances, but Scotland have been competitive and it's produced a physical, exciting game.
D. Ignatenko
Yellow Card
27' Ignatenko is the latest Ukrainian player to be shown a yellow card after catching Fraser on the ankle.
25' There's a VAR check for a penalty to Scotland following a collision between Adams and two Ukraine defenders, but the referee watches the replay and sticks with his original call. No penalty.
A. Yarmolenko
Yellow Card
23' Yarmolenko is booked for a dangerous lunge on McLean near the touchline.
22' Chance! Yarmolenko's superb outside-of-the-foot throughball sends Dovbyk clean through on goal! However, Gordon races bravely off his line and smothers the striker's 12-yard strike!
21' Malinovskiy's throughball releases Dovbyk who fires well wide from a tight angle just outside the box. It wouldn't have counted anyway though - the flag was belatedly raised for an offside against the striker.
19' Another Scotland set-piece is easily cleared by the hosts. This time, Mykolenko had fouled Hickey near the corner flag.
17' Hickey wins a promising free-kick following Mudryk's foul, but McGinn wastefully curls the delivery behind.
M. Mudryk
Yellow Card
16' Mudryk is booked after catching Hickey with a late lunge near the halfway-line.
15' After a frantic start, the tempo of this game has slowed down with both teams looking keenly aware of what's at stake.
13' Tymchyk feeds Dovbyk on the edge of the box, but he's surrounded by McGregor and Jack, allowing the visitors to clear.
11' Tymchyk drives into the box but he doesn't have any options in support. The defender eventually opts to shoot from a tight angle but it's easily saved by Gordon.
9' MISS! Mudryk combines delightfully with Dovbyk to get to the byline. The attacker stands up the perfect cross for an unmarked Yarmolenko at the back post, but he blazes his effort over the bar from six yards when it would have been easier to score! That was a let-off for Scotland.
7' Ukraine knock it around confidently as they look to take control of this game.
5' WIDE! Zabarnyi gives the ball straight to Taylor near the touchline! The wingback picks out McGinn who sets it to Adams, whose eight-yard strike flicks off Stepanenko before spinning inches wide of the post!
3' Mykolenko's late challenge on Fraser gifts Scotland a promising free-kick near the touchline. Fraser sends in the delivery himself, but the hosts clear.
1' Scotland kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just minutes away!
This is the third time Scotland have faced Ukraine this year. Ukraine won a pivotal World Cup playoff match, while Scotland won their first Nations League encounter. Whoever wins the trilogy today will enjoy the reward of winning this Nations League group.
Scotland make six changes following their victory over Ireland. Porteous is handed a debut following an injury to Scott Mckenna, while Fraser, Jack, McLean, Adams and Taylor come in for McTominay, Armstrong, Christie, Dykes and Tierney.
Ukraine make seven changes following their victory over Armenia. The main news is that Dovbyk is preferred to Yaremchuk up top, while Sydorchuk and Tsygankov drop out for Malinkovskiy and Mudryk.
SUBS: Billy Gilmour, Liam Kelly, Josh Doig, Ryan Christie, Anthony Ralston, Stuart Armstrong, Declan Gallagher, Barrie McKay, Robby McCrorie, Lyndon Dykes, Stephen Kingsley.
SCOTLAND (3-4-2-1): Craig Gordon; Ryan Porteous, Jack Hendry, Aaron Hickey; Ryan Fraser, Ryan Jack, Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor; John McGinn, Kenny McLean; Che Adams.
SUBS: Evgeniy Volynets, Dmytro Riznky, Oleksandr Karavaev, Bogdan Mykhaylichenko, Sergey Krivtsov, Viktor Tsygankov, Oleksandr Zubkov, Eduard Sarapyi, Taras Kacharaba, Roman Yaremchuk, Valerii Bondar, Oleksandr Pikhalyonok.
UKRAINE (3-4-2-1): Andriy Lunin; Illia Zabarnyi, Taras Stepanenko, Mykola Matvyenko; Oleksandr Tymchyk, Danylo Ignatenko, Ruslan Malinovskiy, Vitalii Mykolenko; Andriy Yarmolenko, Artem Dovbyk, Mykhailo Mudryk.
The visitors will be buoyed by that 3-0 win plus a 2-1 victory over Ireland last time out, but they’re facing a daunting injury list and will be aware of the challenge ahead to avoid defeat and win the group today.
The hosts enter this one in need of a victory. They lost 3-0 away to Scotland before beating Armenia 5-0 last time out, leaving the visitors two points ahead at the top of the group heading into the final fixture. Ukraine will be looking for a dramatically different result, allowing them to pip Scotland to first place.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Nations League Group B1 fixture between Ukraine and Scotland.