Scotland captain Andy Robertson admits his facet “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 result 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 had been the extra achieved.
Scotland’s 39-year-old ‘keeper Craig Gordon stored 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 aim again within the 79th minute as Steve Clarke’s males rallied but it surely 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 remaining in Cardiff on Sunday.
Robertson informed Sky Sports activities: “It is massively disappointing as we have waited a very long time for this sport. Our performances beforehand had been actually good however to be trustworthy we did not actually present up.
“Ukraine settled into the sport rather a lot faster than us and it type of simply continued. We knew they had 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 sport however we did not handle that. We left ourselves open to the counter-attack as we needed to push for a aim. We did not play the best way we wished to play and sadly, it is previous us by.
“After a very constructive marketing campaign, we have let ourselves down tonight. It is taken us 11 video games to get right here, after a constructive marketing campaign.
“Ending second and getting a house play-off, it is going to damage. We have to replicate on tonight and tomorrow’s a brand new day. That is the World Cup gone for one more 4 years and all of us have desires of attempting to play in that large match and we did not put in a efficiency to justify that tonight.
“However we’ve to stay collectively. We all know there will likely be scrutiny coming our means and we all know we’ll be beneath fireplace as that is the best way of it however we’ve to stay collectively as a bunch.
“We have taken large strides and there will likely be a time to take perspective on that however tonight isn’t the night time. All we will say is sorry to the followers in right here and again dwelling for disappointing them however we’ll simply must mud ourselves down and go once more.”
Zinchenko: We’ve got a dream to be on the World Cup
After their first defeat in 9 video games, Clarke’s squad now has to regroup and someway 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 sport in 2022.
Oleksandr Zinchenko was man of the match and the Manchester Metropolis full-back informed Sky Sports activities: “Everybody is aware of the scenario in Ukraine and each sport is sort of a remaining. We’ve got a dream as a workforce to be on the World Cup.
“We’ve got yet another sport, yet another remaining and we have to win it. In any other case, this sport will not imply something.
“Scotland is a good workforce and have unbelievable gamers in every line. However we did effectively. We scored three and will have scored extra.
“The Wales sport goes to be large for us. We have to present our greatest efficiency in our lives after which we’ll see what occurs.”
Clarke: We will not overlook the strides we have made
Scotland had been unbeaten in 12 dwelling video games at Hampden Park coming into this match (W8 D4); Ukraine have ended Scotland’s longest dwelling 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 considered one of seven tournaments.
Supervisor Steve Clarke informed Sky Sports activities: “It is a disappointing night time. We’ve got to be trustworthy, the perfect workforce on the night time received. Congratulations to Ukraine. I want them luck once they go to Cardiff. It’s a must to want the Welsh luck as effectively. It must be an amazing sport.
“First half I do not suppose 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 had 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’s the night time to endure. However we will not overlook the strides we have made over the past three years. We certified for Euro 2020, we bought to the play-off stage for the World Cup. We might be unhappy collectively for a few days however then we have to begin constructing for the subsequent marketing campaign. Whenever you lose a sport 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 appear like he is as much as enjoying at this stage however throughout a lot of the sport we had 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 might’ve created a false image had we bought one thing from this sport.
“Ukraine regarded a very good outfit and so they made us look pedestrian for a lot of the first half. They may’ve put the sport to mattress lengthy earlier than the third went in.
“Zinchenko ran the present and I do not suppose 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 enjoying as a left-back and within the centre of midfield.
“When he goes into midfield, he is a very good footballer and he was the catalyst for Ukraine conserving the ball, threading it by way 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 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 may’ve been extra scientific to be trustworthy. Ukraine had been higher than Scotland, who huffed within the second half once they bought into them. Scotland scored and put Ukraine beneath a little bit of stress. However all in all, no complaints. The higher workforce received.
“I do not suppose it was a case of the event being too large for among the gamers, I simply suppose it is the brutal incontrovertible fact that Scotland have been crushed by a much better workforce.
“We’re a very good facet however we had been crushed tonight by an excellent facet who had been higher than I assumed they’d be.
“It was a courageous and daring choice to play two up entrance which I do not suppose labored for us. Whenever you try this, they dominated the center of the park and so they utilised that very effectively.
“The 2 gamers vast would begin excessive up the park and drop into areas and outnumber us within the center. They had been very intelligent and Zinchenko was the perfect participant on the park. He was completely excellent.”
Wales will now play Ukraine in Cardiff on Sunday within the World Cup play-off remaining. The sport is reside on Sky Sports activities Soccer from 4pm, kick-off 5pm.