Scotland vs Ukraine, Uefa Nations League 2022-23 live score and latest updates

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Ukraine are back at Hampden Park tonight almost four months on from their 3-1 victory there in the World Cup play-offs which earned them a shot for the finals against Wales, which ultimately proved just beyond them. Ukraine, it goes without saying, has far greater preoccupations than football but sport, as ever, is a vital element of national identity and a key stimulant for national spirit, something that inspires their players every time they take to the field in their colours. Sportsmen and women often say they play for the flag, for the anthem, for their people and for their country. Whenever we watch Ukraine play since the invasion by Russia, the sense of them playing for all those things but also, and above all, their land is palpable. It will again be in evidence tonight.

The Scottish Football Association will stage a minute’s applause to commemorate the late Queen Elizabeth II at Hampden Park tonight before the match, presumably in preference to a minute’s silence given how significantly the decision has divided the Tartan Army’s Twitter complement. The Scotland team who will be putting their hands together will be missing the captain Andy Robertson, Grant Hanley, John Souttar, Liam Cooper and Jacob Brown as they target the victory that would put them top of the group before they face Republic of Ireland on Saturday. 

Steve Clarke, Scotland’s manager, knows how important winning the group is after previously securing a Euro 2020 play-off through topping their Nations League group.

“It’s important, the Nations League is important, as we know because we qualified for Euro 2020 through the Nations League,” he said. We also know if we have a good week we could be seeded for the draw for Euro 2024 so it’s an important competition.”

Clarke also hopes the less intense atmosphere compared with June will benefit his team. “I don’t think it will have the same edge because that game in June was pretty unique with the circumstances leading into it,” said Clarke. “It’ll be slightly different but it’s still a big game for two teams that want to top the section. I think the Scottish public, the Scottish fans now will know that Ukraine are a very good team.

“I’m sure they will play to the same level but what I’m looking for from our team is that we get back to the level that we can and then we’ll see what the result is.

“I think the players knew what to expect in the summer but we just didn’t reach our levels. Hopefully this time we do.”

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/09/21/uefa-nations-league-2022-23-scotland-vs-ukraine-live-uefa-nations/