Scotland will face Ukraine in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday 1 June, with the winners facing Wales in the final on Sunday. The round of 16 match was originally scheduled for April, but the match was postponed in early June due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The start of the match between Scotland and Ukraine at 20:45
Before the match between Scotland and Ukraine: where are the two teams?
Scotland have not been in the World Cup finals since 1998, but a win on Wednesday sees them face Wales for a place in the 2022 competition. Sunday’s final winners will qualify for the tournament finals, against England, Iran and the United States in the group stage. Scotland were affected in their World Cup qualifying group, with 23 points in 10 matches thanks to a record seven wins, two draws and one defeat, while conceding only seven goals in Group F. in qualifiers, including a 2-0 defeat of Denmark last November, but they have played twice since then, drawing with Poland and Austria in friendlies in March. Scotland are entering a difficult period, preparing to face Armenia and the Republic of Ireland twice in the UEFA Nations League, but there is no doubt that their primary focus will currently be on qualification to the World Cup and they will have to overcome two difficult teams. to go to the final.
Meanwhile, Ukraine finished second in Group D behind France, collecting 12 points from eight matches, allowing them to have one point over Finland in third. Gialubli has not been present at the World Cup finals since 2006, when he reached the quarter-finals of the competition, losing 3-0 to Italy in Hamburg. Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, football has had to take a back seat and this will be their first official match since they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 in their last World Cup qualifier on 16 November. Coach Oleksandr Petrakov’s team reached the Euro 2020 quarter-finals, losing 4-0 to England in the eight finalists, and is preparing to face Scotland for only the third time in their history. The two matches took place during the 2008 European Championship qualifiers, with Ukraine winning 2-0 in Kyiv before Scotland scored a 3-1 victory in Glasgow a year later.
The latest news from the teams
Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson played the full 90 minutes of Saturday’s Champions League final for Real Madrid, but the left-back is expected to start here with Scotland. Kieran Tierney is leaving permanently due to injury, while Ryan Jack has been forced to retire from the team due to injury, with Alan Campbell called up without a headscarf. Nathan Patterson has a chance to play a role against Ukraine, after recovering from an ankle injury, while John McGinn, Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie are expected to be in the attack zones. Manchester United’s Scott McTominay is expected to line up in midfield alongside Callum McGregor, but there are plenty of other options in the field, including Stuart Armstrong and Billy Gilmore. In the meantime, Ukraine have no new injury issues ahead of the match and there shouldn’t be any big surprises in the starting lineup. Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko will be in the midfield, while Andrei Yarmolenko will play at the front alongside Roman Yeremchuk and Viktor Tsihankov. Everton’s Vitaly Mikolenko will play as a left-back for Ukraine, while Taras Stepanenko and Zinchenko are expected to be joined in midfield via Ruslan Malinovsky.
Possible squads Scotland vs Ukraine
Gordon. Hendry, Hanley, Cooper; O’Donnell, McTominay, McGregor, Robertson; McGinn, Dykes, Kristi
Pyatov. Karavaev, Zabarny, Matvienko, Mykolenko; Malinovsky, Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Tsygankov
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