Scotland’s replacement captain John McGinn says they need Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Ukraine after missing out on the heartbreak of the World Cup – which puts them two points ahead of their Nations League group.
Steve Clarke’s side opened the scoring through McGinn (70) before Lyndon Dykes headed home twice from corners (80, 87) to give Scotland a World Cup semi-final play-off in June Make up for Ukraine after the defeat.
“We need that,” McGinn told top sports“Summer took a toll on us. Tonight we got back to doing what we’re good at, facing terrible games and showing desire.”
The pressure was on for Scotland after Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie and Che Adams missed plenty of chances amid superb performances by the hosts, but the Hampden Park crowd loosened after McGinn broke the deadlock After a breath, the gate opened.
The injury to Everton right-back Nathan Patterson – who was carried off on a stretcher in the first half – was the only stain on Scotland’s perfect night. “we do not know [how bad it is] Because he has to leave and be assessed, but it doesn’t look good,” Scotland manager Clarke said.
Scotland already controls Group B1 and only needs two draws with the Republic of Ireland and Ukraine to claim the title. Promotion to the top flight of the Nations League will give Scotland a chance to qualify for the Euro 2024 play-off if Scotland misses qualifying.
Scotland player ratings
Scotland: Gordon (6), Patterson (5), Hendry (8), McKenna (7), Tierney (7), Armstrong (7), McGinn (9), McGregor (7) ), McTominay (8), Christie (7), Adams (8).
submarine: Hickey (8), Dax (9), Frazier (8), McLean (n/a), Taylor (n/a).
Competition male: John McGinn.
How Scotland can make up for Ukraine
Scotland had their best chance in a scrappy first half, with Christie heading in after Armstrong’s cross, but he was denied after the Southampton midfielder’s shot was blocked by Ukrainian goalkeeper Anatoly Trubin. The follow-up run almost missed the opportunity.
Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mihajlo Mudrick has been a transfer target for Arsenal and Brentford, and he was a thorn in the side of Everton right-back Nathan Paterson until he was pulled away Distance but was silenced by Brentford’s Aaron Hickey in the second half.
Group B1: Remaining fixtures
- Armenia to Ukraine – Yerevan, Saturday, September 24
- Scotland vs Republic of Ireland – Glasgow, Saturday 24 September
- Republic of Ireland to Armenia – Dublin, Tuesday, September 27
- Ukraine vs Scotland – Krakow (Poland), Tuesday, September 27
Adams led the charge for Scotland and thought he broke through the Ukrainian defence in the closing stages of the first half until he was checked by Valeriy Bondar. Scotland manager Steve Clarke was incensed on the touchline and felt he deserved a red card, but Oleksandr Karavaev was on screen and Adams’ final touch took the ball away from goal.
After half-time, Scotland were encouraged by what was deemed an unjust decision, with Armstrong having two chances to break the deadlock, but was blocked by Trubin, then shot from close range and the goal appeared to be behind him after a two-pass with Manchester. At the mercy of Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.
- Kieran Tierney returns to Scotland in the absence of captain Andy Robertson
- Oleksandr Zinchenko to miss Ukraine with calf injury
Adams had two chances to head in at the back post but was blocked by the crossbar and Ukrainian keeper Trubin, before sending a cross to Armstrong, but the midfielder gave up his header within minutes. third chance.
But Scotland finally got the breakthrough when McGinn passed Bondar in the box and turned to fire a low ball into the bottom corner. The arrival of Ryan Fraser and Dax paid immediate dividends as the Newcastle winger set up two corners for the QPR striker.
McGinn: We need that – summer hurt us badly
Scotland captain John McGinn speaks on Premier Sports
“We need that. Summer has hurt us badly.
“Tonight we got back to doing what we’re good at, facing terrible games and showing desire.
“We know we are a good team and we owe it to the supporters, the manager and most importantly ourselves for such a performance.”
and independent television, He added: “We created a lot of chances and missed them, that’s the story of our summer. But tonight, we were patient, we kept creating chances and thank goodness we finally got our chance.
“What we lacked in the summer was what we showed at Wembley and against Denmark – grit, desire, all the attributes of a Scottish team that we kind of got rid of.
“The important thing is that we reset. The manager made it clear that it wasn’t good enough in the summer.
“We’re playing a point tonight to prove. We’re missing important players, we’ve adapted well and changed formations, it’s natural for us.”
Dykes: I changed the game
Lyndon Dykes speaks with Premier Sports:
“I was disappointed not to play, but I came on and changed the game.
“For Scotland, my goalscoring record has been good and I will continue to get into the right positions and continue to score.
“It’s a good start for the three games. It will give us huge confidence and now we have to keep going against Ireland.”
Clark praises Scotland’s ‘faith and confidence’
Scotland manager Steve Clarke:
“Great performance, congratulations to the players.
“It was an open game, there weren’t many chances and then we took the lead, the first goal is always crucial and thankfully we did.
“It took us longer than we thought to get there, we missed some chances and then John did what he was good at. From there you could see there was a good faith and confidence.
“It’s good to have two substitutes come off the bench and make the score better.
“When you look from the side, you know you’re creating chances and you’re waiting – actually expecting – one of them to come in because you create good chances. You believe the players will score and that’s what happens things.”
Scottish The next game is on Saturday as they will face Republic of Ireland Kickoff at Hampden Park at 7:45pm.
steve clark side then face Ukraine An away game will be played in Krakow, Poland, on Tuesday due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Kick-off at 7.45pm at the 15,000-capacity Marshal Joseph Piłsudski Stadium is Scotland’s last Nations League game in Group B1.