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Scotland 3 – 0 Ukraine

Scotland moved two factors clear on the high of their Nations League group after beating Ukraine 3-0 at Hampden Park

Steve Clarke’s aspect opened the scoring by way of John McGinn (70) – standing in as captain for the injured Andy Robertson – earlier than Lyndon Dykes headed in twice from corners (80, 87) to make amends towards Ukraine following defeat in June’s World Cup semi-final play-off.

Scotland’s John McGinn celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 towards Ukraine in Nations League

Stress was constructing on Scotland after a raft of missed probabilities by Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie and Che Adams in what was a powerful displaying from the hosts, however the floodgates opened after McGinn broke the impasse to the reduction of the Hampden Park crowd.

An damage to Everton right-back Nathan Patterson – which noticed him stretchered off within the first half – was the one blot on an in any other case good night for Scotland. “We do not know [how bad it is] as a result of he has to go away and get assessed, however it would not appear like a superb one,” stated Scotland head coach Clarke.

Scotland have taken management of Group B1, with solely two video games left to play towards Republic of Eire and Ukraine. Promotion to the highest tier of the Nation’s League would give Scotland a second probability at qualification for Euro 2024 by way of the play-offs ought to they miss out initially.

Scotland participant scores

Scotland: Gordon (6), Patterson (5), Hendry (8), McKenna (7), Tierney (7), Armstrong (7), McGinn (9), McGregor(7), McTominay (7), Christie (7), Adams (8).

Subs: Hickey (8), Dykes (9), Fraser (8), McLean (n/a), Taylor (n/a).

Man of the match: John McGinn.

How Scotland made amends towards Ukraine

Scotland's Kieran Tierney and Ukraine's Valeriy Bondar during Nations League match
Scotland’s Kieran Tierney and Ukraine’s Valeriy Bondar throughout Nations League match

Scotland had one of the best of the probabilities in a scrappy first half, with Christie heading over after getting beneath Armstrong’s cross earlier than narrowly mistiming his follow-up run after the Southampton midfielder’s shot was saved out by Ukraine goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin.

Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who has been a switch goal for Arsenal and Brentford, was a continuing thorn within the aspect of Everton right-back Nathan Patterson till he was stretched off however was largely saved quiet within the second half by Brentford’s Aaron Hickey.

Group B1: Remaining fixtures

  • Armenia vs Ukraine – Yerevan, Saturday September 24
  • Scotland vs Republic of Eire – Glasgow, Saturday September 24
  • Republic of Eire vs Armenia – Dublin, Tuesday September 27
  • Ukraine vs Scotland – Krakow (Poland), Tuesday September 27

Adams led the road nicely for Scotland and thought he had damaged by way of the Ukraine defence within the closing levels of the primary half till he was body-checked by Valeriy Bondar. Scotland boss Steve Clarke was incensed on the touchline and felt it was deserving of a pink card, however Oleksandr Karavaev was on the quilt and Adams’ final contact took the ball away from purpose.

Scotland had been spurred on by the perceived injustice of the choice after the break and Armstrong had two probabilities to interrupt the impasse, however was prevented by Trubin earlier than firing over from shut vary with the purpose seemingly at his mercy after a neat one-two with Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.

Group information

  • Kieran Tierney returned for Scotland within the absence of captain Andy Robertson
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko was lacking for Ukraine with a calf damage

Adams had two huge alternatives to attain together with his head on the again submit however was saved by the crossbar and Ukraine goalkeeper Trubin, earlier than floating a cross into Armstrong just for the midfielder to spurn his third probability in a matter of minutes with a poor mistimed header.

However Scotland ultimately bought the breakthrough when McGinn outmuscled Bondar simply contained in the field earlier than turning and firing a low, drilled strike into the underside nook. The arrivals of Ryan Fraser and Dykes paid fast dividends, because the Newcastle wide-man arrange the QPR striker for 2 headed targets from corners.

McGinn: We had some extent to show tonight

Scotland captain John McGinn chatting with ITV Sport:

“We created loads of probabilities and missed them, which was the story of our summer time. However tonight, we had been affected person, saved making the probabilities and fortunately, we took them ultimately.

“What we had been lacking in the summertime is what we confirmed at Wembley and right here towards Denmark – grit, need, all of the traits of a Scottish group that we sort of bought away from.

“It was necessary that we had a reset. The supervisor made it clear it wasn’t adequate in the summertime.

“We had been enjoying with some extent to show tonight. We had necessary gamers lacking and we tailored nicely, modified formation and it was pure for us.”

What’s next?

Scotland’s subsequent sport is on Saturday as they face the Republic of Eire at Hampden Park in a 7.45pm kick-off.

Steve Clarke’s aspect then face Ukraine in an away fixture on Tuesday which might be performed in Krakow, Poland because of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The 7.45pm kick-off on the 15,000-capacity Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Stadium is Scotland’s closing Nations League sport of their Group B1 marketing campaign.

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