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Ukraine v Scotland LIVE commentary: Tartan Army aim to secure Nations League promotion but have key men missing for clash in Poland

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By Jack Johnson

Scotland can be promoted to League A in the Nations League on Tuesday when they face Ukraine for the second time this international break.

Steve Clarke’s side need just a point to secure top spot in Group B1 which will see them achieve at least a play-off spot for EURO 2024. 

Scotland can be promoted in the Nations League if they avoid defeat on Tuesday

The Tartan Army have won their last three games in the competition and leapfrogged their opponents at Hampden Park last week, beating them 3-0. 

This will be the third time this year that Scotland have faced Ukraine with both teams winning one of their meetings. 

Ukraine vs Scotland: talkSPORT coverage 

This Nations League tie will take place on Tuesday, September 27.  Kick-off is at 7:45pm.

The match is being held at the Marszalek Pilsudski Stadium in Krakow, Poland due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

talkSPORT 2 will provide live coverage of the game with commentary from Alex Crook and Scotland Women’s captain Rachel Corsie. 

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Scotland beat Ukraine 3-0 at Hampden Park last Wednesday

Scotland beat Ukraine 3-0 at Hampden Park last Wednesday


Ukraine vs Scotland: Team news 

Ukraine will be without midfielder Sergey Sydorchuk who picked up his second yellow card of the group stage against Armenia. 

Scott McTominay is also suspended and will be unavailable for Scotland. 

Kieran Tierney and Scott McKenna have both withdrawn from the Tartan Army’s squad with head and knee injuries respectively. 

Stephen Kingsley and Barrie McKay have been called up in their place. 

McTominay was shown a yellow card against the Republic of Ireland

McTominay was shown a yellow card against the Republic of Ireland

Ukraine vs Scotland: What’s been said? 

Scotland midfielder Ryan Christie has looked ahead positively to Tuesday night’s game in Poland. 

“The best way to gain confidence is to win games,” Christie said. “We are looking to do that again on Tuesday.

“We know a point will be enough but it would be nice to come away from this camp with three wins. The summer we had was frustrating. We were desperate to go to a World Cup.

“We wanted to put that right against Ukraine on Wednesday night and did that. We wanted to put Dublin right on Saturday night and I feel as if we did that.

“The best thing now is to win all three games in this camp, it will turn opinions again and we can get a good amount of confidence and hopefully push for another major tournament.”

Christie scored the winning goal from the penalty spot last time out

Christie scored the winning goal from the penalty spot last time out

Ukraine vs Scotland: Match facts 

  • John McGinn has had more shots (19) and created more chances (12) than any other Scotland player in this edition of the UEFA Nations League.
  • Artem Dovbyk was directly involved in three goals in Ukraine’s 5-0 win over Armenia in their last match (2 goals, 1 assist), despite only playing 24 minutes as a substitute. He’d scored just one goal (no assists) in his previous 240 minutes of action in the UEFA Nations League before this.
  • Oleksandr Zubkov was directly involved in three goals in Ukraine’s 5-0 win over Armenia in their last match (1 goal 2 assists), more than he had in his first 22 international appearances combined beforehand (1 goal, 1 assist).
  • Including those played in Poland, Ukraine have lost just one of their seven home games in the UEFA Nations League (W5 D1), going down 2-1 against Germany in October 2020.
  • Scotland have won four of their last six away games in all competitions (D1 L1), while they’ve scored eight goals in their previous four (W2 D1 L1), one more than in their prior nine on the road (7).
  • Scotland lost their only previous away game against Ukraine, 2-0 in October 2006. However, the Tartan Army are unbeaten in their last three visits to Poland (W1 D2), since a 1-0 friendly loss to the Poles in May 1980.
  • Ukraine have alternated between victory (2) and defeat (2) in their four meetings with Scotland in all competitions, losing 3-0 in Glasgow last Wednesday.

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