Scotland captain Andy Robertson admits his aspect “did not present up” as Ukraine ended their World Cup hopes at an emotionally-charged Hampden Park.
Worldwide consideration was on the sport as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February however, regardless of the distractions of that battle, when the main target turned to soccer it was the guests in Glasgow who have been the extra completed.
Scotland’s 39-year-old ‘keeper Craig Gordon saved the guests at bay solely till the thirty third minute when skipper Andriy Yarmolenko deservedly put Ukraine forward and Roman Yaremchuk doubled that lead with a header three minutes after the break.
Midfielder Callum McGregor pulled a objective again within the 79th minute as Steve Clarke’s males rallied however it was too little too late and Ukraine substitute Artem Dovbyk drove in a breakaway third in added time to guide a spot towards Wales within the play-off last in Cardiff on Sunday.
Robertson instructed Sky Sports activities: “It is vastly disappointing as we have waited a very long time for this recreation. Our performances beforehand have been actually good however to be trustworthy we did not actually present up.
“Ukraine settled into the sport quite a bit faster than us and it type of simply continued. We knew they have been in all probability going to get drained and that was the case however we gave ourselves an uphill battle.
“We needed to attempt to keep within the recreation however we did not handle that. We left ourselves open to the counter-attack as we needed to push for a objective. We did not play the best way we wished to play and sadly, it is previous us by.
“After a extremely optimistic marketing campaign, we have let ourselves down tonight. It is taken us 11 video games to get right here, after a optimistic marketing campaign.
“Ending second and getting a house play-off, it may damage. We have to mirror on tonight and tomorrow’s a brand new day. That is the World Cup gone for an additional 4 years and all of us have desires of attempting to play in that massive match and we did not put in a efficiency to justify that tonight.
“However now we have to stay collectively. We all know there shall be scrutiny coming our means and we all know we’ll be beneath fireplace as that is the best way of it however now we have to stay collectively as a bunch.
“We have taken huge strides and there shall be a time to take perspective on that however tonight is just not the night time. All we will say is sorry to the followers in right here and again house for disappointing them however we’ll simply must mud ourselves down and go once more.”
Zinchenko: Now we have a dream to be on the World Cup
After their first defeat in 9 video games, Clarke’s squad now has to regroup and by some means prepare for the Nations League opener towards Armenia at Hampden Park subsequent week.
The night time had promised Scotland a lot however Ukraine, backed by round 3,500 followers, deserved their victory having began with six gamers who haven’t performed a aggressive recreation in 2022.
Oleksandr Zinchenko was man of the match and the Manchester Metropolis full-back instructed Sky Sports activities: “Everybody is aware of the state of affairs in Ukraine and each recreation is sort of a last. Now we have a dream as a group to be on the World Cup.
“Now we have another recreation, another last and we have to win it. In any other case, this recreation will not imply something.
“Scotland is a superb group and have unbelievable gamers in every line. However we did effectively. We scored three and will have scored extra.
“The Wales recreation goes to be huge for us. We have to present our greatest efficiency in our lives after which we’ll see what occurs.”
Clarke: We won’t neglect the strides we have made
Scotland have been unbeaten in 12 house video games at Hampden Park coming into this match (W8 D4); Ukraine have ended Scotland’s longest house unbeaten run since Might 1978 (16 video games).
They’ve now did not qualify for any of the final six World Cup tournaments since showing on the 1998 version. Between 1974 and 1998 they missed solely certainly one of seven tournaments.
Supervisor Steve Clarke instructed Sky Sports activities: “It is a disappointing night time. Now we have to be trustworthy, the very best group on the night time gained. Congratulations to Ukraine. I want them luck after they go to Cardiff. It’s important to want the Welsh luck as effectively. It ought to be an excellent recreation.
“First half I do not assume we performed sufficient, we did not get the ball down. I made the change at half-time however we did not give ourselves the prospect to utilise that change as a result of we have been 2-0 down very early within the second half. We confirmed character, we had a go. John missed a very good probability. It is Ukraine’s night time, not Scotland’s.
“Now could be the night time to endure. However we will not neglect the strides we have made during the last three years. We certified for Euro 2020, we bought to the play-off stage for the World Cup. We will be unhappy collectively for a few days however then we have to begin constructing for the following marketing campaign. Whenever you lose a recreation of this magnitude it does damage.”
Evaluation: ‘Ukraine made Scotland look pedestrian’
Sky Sports activities’ Graeme Souness:
“Scotland bought themselves again into the sport and within the final 20 minutes, we had the best to say ‘if solely…’ their goalkeeper does not seem like he is as much as taking part in at this stage however throughout many of the recreation we have been second fiddle.
“You have to give Ukraine credit score for the best way they’ve come into the lion’s den and carried out.
“We will level to McGregor’s block on the goalkeeper which might’ve simply have gone in, McGinn’s bought to attain along with his header however I believe it could’ve created a false image had we bought one thing from this recreation.
“Ukraine appeared a extremely good outfit and so they made us look pedestrian for many of the first half. They might’ve put the sport to mattress lengthy earlier than the third went in.
“Zinchenko ran the present and I do not assume there have been any surprises in what we noticed from him tonight. The way in which he performs at Man Metropolis, he flips out and in of taking part in as a left-back and within the centre of midfield.
“When he goes into midfield, he is a extremely good footballer and he was the catalyst for Ukraine preserving the ball, threading it by means of when the time was proper.
“He performed like a seasoned midfielder. I am reluctant to be harsh on Scotland as we play with spirit however we did not have the standard to match Ukraine in very important areas.
“It saddens me to say this however we simply weren’t ok.”
Sky Sports activities’ Ally McCoist:
“Let’s be frank about it, Ukraine deserved it. They’ve been scientific – they might’ve been extra scientific to be trustworthy. Ukraine have been higher than Scotland, who huffed within the second half after they bought into them. Scotland scored and put Ukraine beneath a little bit of stress. However all in all, no complaints. The higher group gained.
“I do not assume it was a case of the event being too massive for a few of the gamers, I simply assume it is the brutal proven fact that Scotland have been crushed by a much better group.
“We’re a very good aspect however we have been crushed tonight by an excellent aspect who have been higher than I assumed they’d be.
“It was a courageous and daring choice to play two up entrance which I do not assume labored for us. Whenever you do this, they dominated the center of the park and so they utilised that very effectively.
“The 2 gamers huge would begin excessive up the park and drop into areas and outnumber us within the center. They have been very intelligent and Zinchenko was the very best participant on the park. He was completely excellent.”
Wales will now play Ukraine in Cardiff on Sunday within the World Cup play-off last. The sport is stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer from 4pm, kick-off 5pm.
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