Scotland vs Ukraine: SFA announce new play-off date for 2022 World Cup
Scotland and Ukraine meet at Hampden Park this summer to decide who meets Wales in a World Cup play-off final.
The 2022 World Cup is just months away, but it’s yet to be decided whether Scotland, Wales or Ukraine will finish bottom in Group B.
Scotland were due to face Ukraine in a play-off semi-final in March, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war led to the game being postponed.
While Scotland played two friendlies last month and drew against Austria and Poland, their opponents have not been in action since last November.
However, during the ongoing conflict in their home country, many Ukraine internationals still played football at a high level, including Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, Everton’s Vitaly Mykolenko and West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko, all of whom ply their trade in the English Premier League.
Here’s everything you need to know about Scotland’s upcoming game against Ukraine:
When and where is the game?
The new date for the game is Wednesday 1st June and the game will be played at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
The winner meets Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday 5 June.
Are tickets still available?
The original date for the game on March 24th was sold out – tickets for this game are still valid.
The SFA announced via their social media channels this morning (26 May) that a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase from 10am BST.
Tickets are available here.
How is this affecting Scotland’s games in the UEFA Nations League?
Scotland’s revised UEFA Nations League schedule is as follows:
- June 8: Scotland-Armenia
- 11 June: Republic of Ireland v Scotland
- June 14: Armenia v Scotland
- September 21: Scotland vs. Ukraine
- 24 September Republic of Ireland vs Scotland
- September 27: Ukraine vs. Scotland
Given the current circumstances in Ukraine, it remains unclear whether football matches can be played there until the fall.
Who will the winner of the play-off final join in Group B?
The winner of the playoff final secures the last place in Group B, which currently consists of England, Iran and the USA.
Scotland last met England in the group stage of the re-launched Euro 2020 competition last summer and the two sides played a hard-fought goalless draw at Wembley.
The Three Lions knocked out Ukraine in the quarterfinals of the same competition. Goals from Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and a brace from skipper Harry Kane ensured a 4-0 win for the Three Lions in Rome.
England and Wales last met in a major tournament in 2016 when Roy Hodgson’s side won 2-1 through a last-minute goal from Daniel Sturridge. However, England were ultimately eliminated in the second round while Wales made it to the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Portugal.
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