Ukraine Leads Scotland in World Cup Qualifying Playoff

Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine scores his team's first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park on June 1, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ukraine’s emotional and inspirational push to try to qualify for the World Cup is going about as well as it can.

Playing against Scotland at Glasgow’s Hampden Park for a chance to face Wales in a UEFA qualifying playoff final, Ukraine is out to a 2–0 lead.

Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko got the scoring started in the 33rd minute with a chipped goal over Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon for a 1-0 lead. Yarmolenko has been playing for the Ukrainian national team since 2009, and would be playing in his first World Cup if the team gets there. Ukraine has qualified once as an independent nation, in 2006.

The lead was doubled just after halftime, when Roman Yaremchuk was able to head in from close range.

This is the first match the Ukrainian national team is playing since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. This match had to be postponed until the team was ready to resume making a bid for the World Cup.

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