Date for Scotland’s World Cup playoff with Ukraine set

Fixing the date of the World Cup match in Scotland with Ukraine

Scotland will play the postponed World Cup semi-final against Ukraine on Wednesday 1 June, with the winner going against Wales four days later to book the last European place in the World Cup finals.

The game was initially scheduled to be played in March, but was postponed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

And now, it will take place in Hampden Park at the beginning of June, as Wales awaits in the wings the winner after beating Austria in the second pot semi-final.

The winner from all three joins England, the United States and Iran in Group B for the tournament in Qatar, which kicks off in November and runs until December 18.

What did they say

Talking to BBC SportScottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell spoke about the excitement of this clash and the broader context against it.

“First of all, it would be great to be able to welcome Ukraine to Hampden Park in June,” he said. While there will, understandably, be two sets of competing players committed to taking another step closer to qualifying for the World Cup, we also understand and appreciate the broader context in which the match will take place.

“We have been consistent throughout that postponing the original tie was the right and only thing to do and we look forward to hosting Ukraine at Hampden Park in June.”

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