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World Cup play-offs: Scotland draw Ukraine in March semi-final with winners taking on Wales or Austria for a place in Qatar finals


By Craig Christie

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SCOTLAND will meet Ukraine at Hampden Park in their World Cup play-off semi-final on March 24.

Ukraine will visit Hampden in the World Cup play-off semi-final.
Ukraine will visit Hampden in the World Cup play-off semi-final.

Steve Clarke's side was drawn in the first pot of the draw alongside Wales and Austria, who meet in the other semi-final.

If Scotland did beat Ukraine they would then have to travel to Wales or Austria for the final on March 29 to decide who goes to Qatar.

Ukraine finished second in their group behind World Cup champions France, finishing unbeaten in their eight games with six draws.

Like Scotland they qualified for the last European Championships, losing to Netherlands and Austria but beating North Macedonia to qualify for a last 16 clash with England, which they lost 4-0.

Ukraine's danger men include Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko, Benfica striker Roman Yaremchuk and West Ham attacker Andriy Yarmalenko

The other play-off groups saw Portugal and reigning European champions Italy drawn in the same group, meaning one of those countryies won't qualify for the finals.

Italy host North Macedonia and Portugal are at home to Turkey with the winners of the latter tie at home in the final.

The winners of the Russia v Poland match will host the victors in the Sweden Czech Republic tie to decide the other side to make the finals.


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