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90' + 5'
A. Dovbyk
O. Zinchenko
1 - 3
84'
M. Shaparenko
Yellow Card
79'
C. McGregor
Goal
1 - 2
49'
R. Yaremchuk
O. Karavaev
0 - 2
33'
A. Yarmolenko
R. Malinovskyi
0 - 1

Match Stats

Possession
41% 58%
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6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 8
Total Passes 387 552
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Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Ukraine will now face Wales in a World Cup playoff final in Cardiff on Sunday. For Scotland, their World Cup dreams are over.
Ukraine put in a brilliant performance to see off Scotland and keep their World Cup hopes alive. The visitors put in a superb attacking performance and dominated Scotland for much of the game. Gordon made brilliant saves from Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk early on, but the visitors weren't to be denied. Yarmolenko latched onto a throughball to loft a superb finish over Gordon to make it 1-0. The second half continued in a similar vein: a superbly worked move ended with Yaremchuk steering a header in to double the lead. Scotland threatened a comeback when McGregor's shot crept over the line, but Dovbyk wrapped up the game in the 95th minute with a calm finish.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: SCOTLAND 1-3 UKRAINE
O. Zinchenko
Assist
90' + 5' Zinchenko has been outstanding tonight and he caps off his display with a brilliant assist to finish the game off.
A. Dovbyk
Goal
90' + 5' GOALLL! DOVBYK! 3-1. Ukraine wrap up the win! The visitors hit Scotland on the break as Zinchenko threads a brilliant pass through the heart of the defence and Dovbyk closes in on goal before sending a cool finish past Gordon!
S. Sydorchuk
T. Stepanenko
90' + 4' Stepanenko makes way for Sydorchuk in midfield.
90' + 3' MISS! Zinchenko weaves through the Scotland midfield with some wonderful trickery, before threading a pass through to Zubkov. The attacker has a chance to finish the game, but lashes a 15-yard strike wide!
90' + 3' Hanley meets McGinn's corner at the back post, but he can't head it across goal and it drifts behind for a goal kick.
90' + 2' Adams hustles his way into the box, eventually forcing a corner.
90' + 1' Four minutes of stoppage time are added on as Scotland continue to try and salvage their World Cup dream with a late equaliser.
89' The hosts continue to pour forward at every opportunity, but they know that time is running out now.
87' Scotland stretch the visitors as Hickey finds space to send in a devious low cross that narrowly evades everyone.
86' Scotland are throwing everything at Ukraine. The visitors hold firm though as Scotland send cross after cross into the box.
M. Shaparenko
Yellow Card
84' Shaparenko is booked for a cynical foul on Christie near the touchline.
83' CHANCE! Mudryk sends Dovbyk clean through on goal with an outrageous throughball! Dovbyk takes too long though and McGregor races back to tackle him to roars of approval from the home crowd.
81' The home fans are in full voice now as they will Scotland forward! This is going to be an extremely difficult final 10 minutes for the visitors to hold on.
C. McGregor
Goal
79' GOAL! McGregor pulls one back! 2-1. Bushchan flaps at a cross from deep and McGregor drills it back towards goal, where it narrowly bounces over the line, despite Matvyenko's late clearance. The referee waits, before confirming it went over the line, and awards the goal!
O. Zubkov
A. Yarmolenko
78' The other goalscorer, Yarmolenko, also heads off with Zubkov coming on.
A. Dovbyk
R. Yaremchuk
78' The goalscorer Yaremchuk is replaced up top by Dovbyk after a superb display.
76' SAVE! Adams gets away on the break and drives into the box before lashing a fierce effort that Bushchan tips away! The rebound falls to McGinn but his strike is blocked behind by Matvyenko. The resulting set-piece amounts to nothing.
74' Armstrong finds an opening on the edge of the box, but his shot is weak and trickles straight into the arms of Bushchan.
M. Shaparenko
R. Malinovskyi
72' Malinovskyi makes way for Shaparenko in midfield.
M. Mudryk
V. Tsygankov
72' Tsygankov heads off with Mudryk taking his place.
72' Tsygankov dances through the Scotland defence before drilling a low, 15-yard strike that Gordon pushes away.
71' It was a huge miss from McGinn, but the home fans are beginning to roar again as their team starts to give them hope of a comeback.
69' HUGE MISS! An intricate Scotland move ends with McTominay sending in a cross that Bushchan flaps at! It falls to McGinn who - with an empty net to aim at - heads it awkwardly wide from five yards!
J. Hendry
L. Cooper
68' Cooper heads off with Hendry coming on.
S. Armstrong
B. Gilmour
68' Gilmour is replaced by Armstrong after a tough game.
67' Gilmour sends a pass wastefully out of play to the groans of the home fans. It's not been Scotland's night so far.
65' Christie forces a strong save from Bushchan, but it wouldn't have counted anyway - he was ruled offside.
63' Hickey nutmegs Zinchenko and bends a beautiful cross into the six-yard box, but no one is there to apply a finish.
61' Scotland have yet to manage a single shot in the second half. They need to find a spark and soon.
J. McGinn
Yellow Card
59' McGinn is booked after a heavy challenge on Stepanenko near the centre-circle.
59' CHANCE! Yarmolenko darts brilliantly past Robertson and sends in a low cross, only for Yaremchuk's close-range shot to get blocked by Gordon!
57' CLOSE! McGregor furiously presses Bushchan and blocks his clearance only to see the ball ricochet narrowly wide!
55' Scotland are still on the back foot as they repel a series of Ukrainian corners.
53' Well, the second half has continued in the same vein as the first. Ukraine are slicing through the hosts with ease and Scotland are struggling to cope with their technique and skill.
51' Close! Ukraine pour forward again: this time a sweeping move ends with Yarmolenko fizzing a dangerous low shot from 18 yards that Gordon pushes away.
O. Karavaev
Assist
49' Karavaev sent in a precise cross to the back post, but Yaremchuk made the goal possible with an athletic leap before sending a brilliant header beyond Gordon.
R. Yaremchuk
Goal
49' GOALL! YAREMCHUK! 2-0. Ukraine double their lead. A slick move from the visitors culminates with Yarmolenko finding Karavaev free near the touchline. The defender sends a pinpoint cross to the back post, where Yaremchuk climbs highest to steer a superb header into the far corner and beyond a motionless Gordon.
R. Christie
L. Dykes
46' Dykes is replaced by Christie at half-time. Scotland are clearly looking to address their lack of control in midfield, by replacing a striker with a midfielder.
46' Ukraine kick off the second half.
Scotland only had 42 per cent possession in the first half and will need to gain more of a foothold to improve after the interval.
Yarmolenko gives Ukraine the lead at half-time. The visitors have looked sharper throughout and have been good value for their lead. Gordon was forced into a string of fine saves: first, he tipped Yaremchuk's powerful effort over the bar, before making a stunning save to deny Yarmolenko from close range. However, Ukraine weren't to be denied and took the lead when Yarmolenko latched onto Malinovskiy's pass before lifting a superb finish over Gordon. Scotland worked hard after going behind, but failed to trouble Bushchan, as they deservedly trail 1-0 at the break.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: SCOTLAND 0-1 UKRAINE
L. Dykes
Yellow Card
44' Dykes is booked after catching Stepanenko with an arm in the air.
44' Malinovskiy's 25-yard effort trickles well wide.
43' McGregor's 25-yard strike deflects fortuitously into the path of McGinn, but Matvyenko is alive to the danger and executes the perfect slide tackle to snatch possession away at the crucial moment.
41' Andriy Yarmolenko has scored his 45th goal for Ukraine, and is now only three goals behind the country's all-time top scorer, Andriy Shevchenko (48).
39' Hickey's cross is claimed easily by Bushchan.
37' Scotland attempt to settle the game down with a long spell of possession.
35' Well, this has been a great half for Ukraine so far. They've looked sharper than Scotland throughout and now they've silenced Hampden Park with a superb opening goal.
R. Malinovskyi
Assist
33' It was a sensational pass from Malinovskiy. He spotted the run of Yarmolenko and executed a perfectly weighted clipped pass to find him. Yarmolenko was kept onside by Hanley in the middle and he made no mistake with his finish.
A. Yarmolenko
Goal
33' GOALLL! YARMOLENKO! 1-0. Ukraine take a deserved lead. Malinovskiy clips a precise throughball over the top of the defence and Yarmolenko breaks the offside trap, before lifting a superb lob over Gordon from 12 yards!
31' Ukraine win a corner after another flowing move ends with Tsygankov's cross getting blocked behind. Scotland clear it after a few attempts.
29' Yarmolenko blazes high and wide from 25 yards. Ukraine have shaded the first half so far, but they'll be wary of Scotland's threat from set pieces.
27' Chance! Robertson finds McGregor near the byline and the midfielder cuts it back to McGinn who blazes an 18-yard strike over the bar!
25' Robertson fights past Yarmolenko and Karavaev before hammering an 18-yard strike that deflects wide. The resulting corner amounts to nothing.
23' Karavaev sends in a dangerous low cross, and it's met by Yaremchuk who diverts it well wide.
21' Gordon's there again! Tsygankov finds space 25 yards from goal and threads a precise throughball for Yaremchuk! The striker attempts to take it around Gordon, but the goalkeeper manages to tip it away for a corner.
19' Hanley rises highest to get to Hickey's corner but he heads it over the bar.
17' BRILLIANT SAVE! Ukraine sweep forward with a flowing move that ends with Yaremchuk's flick finding its way through to Yarmolenko with just the keeper to beat! Yarmolenko fires a firm eight-yard strike at goal, but Gordon instinctively blocks it with a flailing arm before jumping on the loose ball.
15' Adams finds a little space 30 yards from goal, before sending in an early cross that narrowly misses the run of Dykes.
13' Robertson teases in a dangerous cross towards the back post, where Hickey arrives to send a header well wide.
R. Malinovskyi
Yellow Card
11' Malinovskyi also gets booked after a raking challenge down Dykes' calf.
9' SAVE! Karavaev sends in a devious low cross and Malinovskiy flicks it into the path of Yaremchuck 18 yards out! The striker hammers a vicious first-time shot at goal, only for Gordon to acrobatically tip it over the bar! Yaremchuk applauds Gordon's work and the resulting corner amounts to nothing.
7' Ukraine will be nervous about their record in World Cup playoff matches. This will be the fifth time Ukraine have competed in a World Cup qualifying play-off tie, failing to progress from any of their previous four: in 1997 vs Croatia (lost 3-1 on aggregate), 2001 vs Germany (2-5 on aggregate), 2009 vs Greece (0-1 on aggregate) and 2013 vs France (2-3 on aggregate).
R. Yaremchuk
Yellow Card
5' Yaremchuk is shown a yellow card after a late lunge on Gilmour near the halfway-line.
5' Dykes knocks down McTominay's long pass towards Adams, but Ukraine just about manage to smuggle it away.
3' It's a tense opening few minutes: both sets of players look nervous and the teams are struggling to keep possession amidst a frantic tempo.
1' Scotland kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and the anthems are just seconds away!
Scotland will be buoyed by their excellent form in qualifying over the last five years. Since losing consecutive World Cup qualifying games in October/November 2016 against Slovakia and England, Scotland have only lost one of their last 16 World Cup qualifiers (W11 D4), a 2-0 defeat to Denmark in September 2021.
Ukraine last played a competitive game against Bosnia in November 2021. They make just two changes from that game: Tymchyk and Sobol make way for Karavaev and Mykolenko.
Scotland make six changes from their last friendly against Austria back in March. The main news is that Arsenal defender, Kieran Tierney, is injured and doesn’t make the squad. Hendry, Patterson, Ferguson, Jack and Armstrong also drop out with McTominay, Cooper, Hickey, Gilmour, McGregor and Dykes coming in.
SUBS: Serhiy Sydorchuk, Mykhailo Mudryk, Eduard Sobol, Valerii Bondar, Mykola Shaparenko, Taras Kacharaba, Artem Dovbyk, Dmytro Riznky, Oleksandr Pikhalyonok, Oleksandr Zubkov, Andriy Pyatov, Oleksandr Syrota.
UKRAINE (4-1-4-1): Georgi Bushchan; Oleksandr Karavaev, Illia Zabarnyi, Mykola Matvyenko, Vitalii Mykolenko; Taras Stepanenko; Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Malinovskiy, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Viktor Tsygankov; Roman Yaremchuk.
SUBS: Lewis Ferguson, Ross Stewart, Jacob Brown, Jack Hendry, Stuart Armstrong, David Marshall, Stephen O'Donnell, Liam Kelly, Greg Taylor, John Souttar, Scott McKenna, Ryan Christie.
SCOTLAND (3-4-1-2): Craig Gordon; Scott McTominay, Grant Hanley, Liam Cooper; Aaron Hickey, Billy Gilmour, Callum McGregor, Andy Robertson; John McGinn; Che Adams, Lyndon Dykes.
This fixture was delayed from its original slot in March due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It promises to be an emotionally charged game, with the winners facing Wales in the final on Sunday. Scotland are aiming to reach their first men's World Cup in 24 years, while Ukraine are hoping to add to their one appearance in 2006.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this World Cup playoff semi-final between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park.