World Cup play-offs: Scotland and the final leg

World Cup play-offs: Scotland and the final leg

Who else will secure a place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? Scotland awaits Ukraine, with the winners going to Wales in Sunday’s deciding game.

Concentrated before the duel with Ukraine: the Scottish national team.
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Scotland and Ukraine still have two moves to go before they can still be in title fights at the end of the year. The winners of the postponed World Cup play-off games from late March to this Wednesday evening can continue to dream. And both teams are hot.

“It’s good to be back,” Scotland manager Steve Clarke said. At the end of November, his team said goodbye to 2021 with a 2–0 victory over group winners Denmark and, in second place, it was their sixth consecutive competitive win.

There were two friendships in 2022, and they didn’t lose either – 1-1 against Poland, 2-2 in Austria. So the “bravehearts” are in form, at least they are ready for games with the guests of Ukraine. Clarke is sure that “they want to represent their country well”, but adds: “We are no different.”

After all, this is the last time in the World Cup when the world number 39. World ranking at -27. Get. “We’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time, and we’re determined to come to Qatar,” Clarke said.

“At Eye Level”

But Ukraine also wants to go there. Coach Oleksandr Petrakov shows “great respect for the Scotland national team” and is also grateful that Scotland have “agreed to postpone the original game until June without any conditions”. But he doesn’t want to give gifts. “They want and we want. That’s why we’re on the same level.”

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Like the previous two comparisons, both refer to the European Championship qualifiers for Euro 2008. Ukraine won the first leg 2–0, the Scots won the second leg 3–1 at home at Hampden Park.

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