Ukraine reached the playoff finals after they produced one of the emotional football scores of the midweek action in World Cup qualifying. Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring in the 33rd minute before Roman Yaremchuk doubled their advantage in the 49th minute. Callum McGregor pulled a goal back in the 79th minute before Artem Dovbyk sealed the win in the 95th minute.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke: “A disappointing night. We have to be honest, the best team on the night won. Congratulations to Ukraine. I wish them luck when they go to Cardiff. You have to wish the Welsh luck as well. It should be a great game. First half I don’t think we played enough, we didn’t get the ball down. I made the change at half-time but we didn’t give ourselves the chance to utilize that change because we were 2-0 down very early in the second half. We showed character, we had a go. John missed a good chance. It’s Ukraine’s night, not Scotland’s. Now is the night to suffer. But we can’t forget the strides we’ve made over the last three years. We qualified for Euro 2020, we got to the play-off stage for the World Cup. We can be sad together for a couple of days but then we need to start building for the next campaign. When you lose a game of this magnitude it does hurt.”
Ukraine boss Oleksandr Petrakov: “I have no emotions. All my emotions are left on the football pitch. This victory was not for me or the players, it was for the country. This is a big win for Ukraine. We want to extend our gratitude to the people of Scotland. I was walking in Glasgow early in the morning and people were approaching me, wishing me support. Thank you Scotland, I will never forget that.”
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