Date for Scotland’s World Cup playoff with Ukraine set

Date for Scotland’s World Cup playoff with Ukraine set

Scotland will play their postponed World Cup semi-final playoff clash against Ukraine on Wednesday the 1st of June, with the winner to return to action against Wales four days later to book the final European place at the World Cup finals.

The game was initially due to be played in March, but was postponed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.

As a result, it will take place at Hampden Park at the beginning of June, with Wales waiting in the wings for the winner having seen off Austria in the second semi-final of their pot.

Whichever of the three nations emerges triumphant will join England, USA and Iran in Group B for the tournament in Qatar, which begins in November and runs until December 18th.

What they said

Speaking to BBC Sport, Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell discussed the excitement for the clash, as well as the wider context against which it will be set.

‘Firstly, it will be great to be able to welcome to Ukraine to Hampden Park in June’, he said. ‘While, understandably, there will be two sets of competitive players who are committed to taking another step closer to World Cup qualification, we also understand and appreciate the wider context in which the match will take place.’

‘We have been consistent throughout that postponing the original tie was the right and only thing to do and look forward to hosting Ukraine at Hampden Park in June.’

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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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