Australian-born striker Lyndon Dykes scored a quickfire double as Scotland boosted their bid for Nations League promotion and gained a measure of revenge over Ukraine with a 3-0 win in Glasgow.
Steve Clarke’s facet dominated a one-sided conflict at Hampden Park however needed to wait till the final 20 minutes for his or her targets as John McGinn’s opener and Dykes’ brace despatched them high of Group B1.
Scotland had been overwhelmed 3-1 by Ukraine in an emotionally-charged World Cup play-off at Hampden Park in June.
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Their failure to qualify for a primary World Cup since 1998 nonetheless hurts Clarke’s gamers, so this was a cathartic outcome, albeit one they might reasonably have had 4 months in the past.
Ukraine’s hopes of offering a uncommon second of levity of their war-torn nation by reaching the World Cup had been finally dashed as they misplaced to Wales within the play-off closing.
A shadow of the crew that beat Scotland within the playoffs, Ukraine offered little resistance as Scotland made it three wins from their 4 Nations League matches.
The Scots have moved above Ukraine to the highest of the group as they chase promotion to League A.
Whereas the competitors is derided by some, Scotland are properly conscious of the Nations League’s significance after securing a Euro 2020 play-off by means of profitable their Nations League group.
Of their closing group video games, Scotland host the Republic of Eire on Saturday earlier than travelling to Ukraine on September 27.
Dykes added: “Clearly I needed to impression the sport, I used to be disillusioned I wasn’t beginning. The supervisor went with Che (Adams). However I got here on, I modified the sport and received two targets and we received three factors so it’s good.”
After a minute’s applause earlier than kick-off to mark the dying of Queen Elizabeth II, Scotland ought to have taken an instantaneous lead when Che Adams shot straight at Ukraine keeper Anatoliy Trubin.
Adams narrowly didn’t convert Ryan Christie’s cross moments later earlier than Nathan Patterson’s supply was glanced huge by McGinn.
Scotland’s quick begin had Ukraine pinned again and the probabilities stored coming. Christie headed over from Stuart Armstrong’s cross and Armstrong pressured a fumbled save from Trubin.
Scotland’s momentum was interrupted when Everton defender Patterson was stretchered off with a doable knee damage.
Mykhaylo Mudryk ought to have capitalised on a wayward clearance from Craig Gordon however his scuffed end saved the Scotland ‘keeper’s blushes early within the second half.
Clarke’s crew stored urgent and got here inside a whisker of breaking the impasse as Adams headed McGinn’s cross onto the bar earlier than the striker’s follow-up was saved by Trubin.
By the point Armstrong headed one other good probability huge it appeared Scotland had been destined for a irritating night time.
However McGinn rewarded Scotland’s relentless stress within the seventieth minute because the Aston Villa midfielder rolled his man inside the realm and fired into the far nook.
Ukraine appealed for a foul however the referee didn’t verify the monitor after getting recommendation from his video assistant.
QPR striker Dykes put the outcome past doubt 10 minutes later with a strong header from fellow substitute Ryan Fraser’s nook.
Scotland had been rampant and Dykes headed his second purpose from one other Fraser nook within the 87th minute.