Ukraine forgets about the war for a while and is already in the final

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Ukraine is already in the final of the playoffs. Petrakov’s team won (1-3) against a Scotland that only reacted when everything was already lost. Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk and Dovbyk scored the goals for a team for which football served as an escape route. McGregor scored Scotland’s goal.

The Ukrainian players came out wearing the country’s flagin homage to theirs. The invasion of Russia postponed the game in March and the players, at least for an hour and a half, were able to disconnect from the reality of their country. With a Hampden Park bursting with the illusion of seeing their team in a World Cup 24 years later, the Scots came out plugged in from the start, although the first approaches were Ukrainian, with chances from Tsygankov, Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk. The three, saved by a Gordon that he had to bail out the waters before the nonsense of his defensive line.

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After a period of lethargy, just when the game was at its calmest, a remote-controlled delivery from Malinovsky’s defense ended in Yarmolenko, who after controlling, made a lob over Gordon to make it 0-1 (33′). After the break, Scotland wanted to change the dynamic with the entry of Christie for Dykes, but nothing could be further from the truth. What was found is with the second goal againstin another action in which the Scots were very slow. Yaremchuk jumped higher than everyone to finish off an aerial ball to the bottom of the net.

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Now yes, the goal shook Scotland and began to dominate at will in the opposite field. He roared Hampden Park in search of emboldening his own, but every time he approached Bushchan’s goal, they missed. With 20 minutes remaining Petrakov made changes to shore up a fading midfield, Shaparenko and Mudryk coming on for Malinovsky and Tsygankov. Scotland began to dominate more insistently against a Ukraine whose legs were beginning to shake. If Clarke’s men got into the game it was because of the invaluable help of Bushchan. The Ukrainian goalkeeper botched it twice, first with a false start and then with a soft hand. McGregor took advantage of it to close the gap in the 79th minute.

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The final minutes were very nervous on the part of both teams; and although the Scots tried harder, they failed to pierce the Ukrainian goal. With all of Hampen Park focused on the attack, the visitor’s lace came. Dovbyk, in a long race, stood alone against Gordon and did not fail. On Sunday Ukraine-Wales will decide the last member of the World Cup on the European side.


Ryan Christie (45′, Dykes), Hendry (67′, Liam Cooper), armstrong (67′, Gilmour), Mykhailo Mudryk (71′, Tsygankov), Shaparenko (71′, Malinovsky), Dovbyk (77′, Yaremchuk), Zubkov (78′, Yarmolenko), S. Sydorchuk (93′, Stepanenko)

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0-1, 32′: Yarmolenko0-2, 48′: Yaremchuk1-2, 78′: mcgregor1-3, 94′: Dovbyk


Yaremchuk (4′, Yellow) Malinovsky (10′, Yellow) Dykes (43′, Yellow) McGinn (58′, Yellow) Shaparenko (83′, Yellow


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