Ukraine too Good; Scotland World Cup Dream Over

Scotland 1-3 Ukraine - Magnificent Ukraine broke Scotland hearts, but I'm guessing if the Scots were going to lose to anybody, they would have preferred it to be the Ukrainians. 

Goals from Roman Yaremchuk, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Artem Dovbyk, gave the visitors a 3-1 win. Scotland's goal came courtesy of Callum McGregor.

Ukraine will now meet Wales in Cardiff on Sunday night, with the winners qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ukraine just too good for Scotland

The truth is, 3-1 was a let off for Steve Clarke's team. 

Ukraine were far superior on the night. A view summed up by Scotland captain, Andy Robertson. The Liverpool defender said "our performances beforehand were really good but we didn't really show up."

Didn't really show up, is a sentence that sums up Scotland's performance perfectly. 

Steve Clarke's team were never really in the game. They huffed and puffed after McGregor made it 2-1 with 11 minutes remaining. But apart from that, it was a comfortable night for the Ukrainians. 

Even if you take the horrible plight of the nation out of the equation, any neutral would have to say it was a fair result. The better team won.

Scotland vs Ukraine Match Highlights

Where does Scotland go from here?

Reflection for Scotland will be difficult. Did the team underperform? Possibly. 

Scotland can look at it from two perspectives; 1)They've come a long way in a short space of time, and should be pleased with their progress; 2) Scotland are no where near as good as they believed.

Whatever spin gets put on it, Wednesday night showed Scotland is still a work in progress.

For what it's worth, Scotland has a young side, and they've had a great run over the past few years.

Yes, they're still a long way from competing at the top level. But if 5, 10, or even 15 years ago, you offered Scotland fans the chance of a Euro finals and a World Cup playoff, your hand would have been snapped off.

In fact, people would have thought you were crazy.

So to be - rightly - disappointed with the outcome of achieving both those objectives, shows to me just how far Scotland has come.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.