Ukraine has not currently played an international role since November due to the Russian invasion and the war in its homeland.
So emotions were strong for the Ukrainian football stars ahead of their semi-final away match against Scotland. Oleksandr Zintshenko and Andrij Jarmolenko and co. I walked out to Hampden Park with the agitation on the suit.
Ukraine gave an impressive 3-1 victory, which knocked Scotland out of the fight for their last World Cup ticket.
It was a great achievement for the Ukrainian football champions in a very difficult time of war in their homeland.
Andriy Yarmolenko gave Ukraine the lead in the 33rd minute with a superb goal. The West Ham striker broke free from behind the hosts’ defense and hit the ball elegantly over the Scotland goalkeeper.
Roman Garmetzhok doubled Ukraine’s lead right after the substitution. And Oleksandr Karavagev’s center was stabbed by towering Yarmetjok in a brutal fashion – hence 0-2 in Scotland.
11 minutes before the end of the match, Callum McGregor retracted, when he took advantage of the Ukrainian goalkeeper’s mistake and scored 1-2. Hope ignited in the World Cup for the Scots.
That hope has vanished with extra work. Ukraine responded and Artem Dovbek made the score 3-1 after Zinchenko’s pass from Manchester City star.
The match was supposed to take place in March, but was postponed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine now faces Wales in the final. The winner there enters Group B of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.