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Scotland 1-1 Ukraine: Scots' Women's World Cup hopes on track after late equaliser

By Thomas DuncanBBC Scotland at Hampden
Ukraine's Roksolana Kravchuk (R) celebrates making it 1-0 during the FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park,
Roksolana Kravchuk slotted home in the first half to stun a noisy Hampden Park

Scotland scored a last-gasp goal for the second World Cup qualifier in a row as Abi Harrison's header salvaged a draw against Ukraine at Hampden.

Roksolana Kravchuk netted in the first half and Scotland's unbeaten start looked over in a below-par display.

But Harrison stooped to head in Lana Clelland's cross with virtually the last play to snatch a point.

It means Scotland trail Group B leaders Spain - who they play on Tuesday - by two points.

Ukraine remain six points behind Pedro Martinez Losa's side, who stay second having played a game more than their opponents. A second-place finish is enough for a play-off berth.

The visitors are ranked nine places below Scotland and are their main rivals for the runners-up spot in the group, with Spain in ominous form at the summit.

Ukraine's new manager Lluis Cortes led Barcelona to the Champions League title last season and his early impact was clear as the visitors were well organised and direct on the break.

Scotland did not heed early warnings and were punished when Caroline Weir was caught in midfield and one pass split their defence to allow Kravchuk to calmly finish past Lee Alexander.

It was a sickening blow, but the home side warmed to their task in the final 15 minutes of the first half, and Harrison had two chances, but could not guide two shots beyond the assured Daryna Bondarchuk in goal.

Scotland cranked up the pressure after the break in pursuit of precious points, with Harrison heading onto the roof of the net, Weir forcing another terrific save, and Erin Cuthbert almost teeing up Christy Grimshaw for a tap-in, all in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Captain Rachel Corsie was also denied a penalty as she was challenged when about to shoot inside the box, but referee Sabina Bolic felt the defender had connected with the ball first.

Scotland continued the relentless pressure, but repeatedly struggled to pick out a team-mate when getting to the byline and sometimes overplayed when a shot was on.

And they had goalkeeper Lee Alexander to thank late on for a fantastic close-range save to keep the score at 1-0 as Ukraine countered, before salvaging the game in stoppage-time.

Clelland did well to pounce on a sloppy clearance at the back post and she composed herself before flashing the ball to Harrison to finish from close-range with a flicked header.

Player of the match - Daryna Bondarchuk

Scotland's Jen Beattie (R) has a header go wide of the post during the FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park
The Ukraine goalkeeper made four good saves to preserve her side's lead and was unfortunate to concede in the end

What did we learn?

Scotland are having some teething problems adapting to Martinez Losa's possession-based style. In the first half, Ukraine pressed them effectively up the pitch and crowded out their midfield when the ball did come through.

Chloe Arthur was playing at left-back, despite being right footed, which meant she often cut in and denied Scotland width. Their vulnerability was perfectly encapsulated in Ukraine's goal when they coughed up the ball in midfield and were ruthlessly exposed.

The second half was much better, as Cuthbert and Weir got on the ball more often and Scotland committed numbers forward to pin Ukraine back. But ultimately they lacked precision in the final third, almost to their ultimate cost.

However, having scored a last-minute winner against Hungary, the spirit is clear to see and a big positive for the manager, who is likely to be without defender Jen Beattie against Spain after she was forced off with an injury at half-time.

What they said

Scotland manager Pedro Martinez Losa: "I'm a little frustrated because I think we deserved more, even the opposing coach told me afterwards we deserved more. It's a difficult day but I would like to give all the credit to to the girls.

"There's a little frustration but I'm sure we will get better. We were building up from the back with much more confidence, we had more confidence on the ball."

What's next?

Scotland face the toughest test of the campaign on Tuesday when they face free-scoring group leaders Spain in Seville (20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Scotland

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alexander
  • 8Boyle
  • 4Corsie
  • 5BeattieSubstituted forHowardat 45'minutes
  • 14Arthur
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forRossat 69'minutes
  • 9Weir
  • 7GrimshawSubstituted forClellandat 78'minutes
  • 18Harrison
  • 11Evans

Substitutes

  • 2McLauchlan
  • 3Docherty
  • 6Robertson
  • 12Fife
  • 13Ross
  • 15Howard
  • 16Murray
  • 17Muir
  • 19Clelland
  • 20Clark
  • 21Cumings
  • 23Arnot

Ukraine

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Bondarchuk
  • 18Korsun
  • 17Apanaschenko
  • 14Shmatko
  • 5AndrukhivSubstituted forShevchukat 56'minutes
  • 3PetrykBooked at 90mins
  • 7KalininaSubstituted forKitayevaat 68'minutes
  • 16OvdiychukSubstituted forKuninaat 69'minutes
  • 6Basanska
  • 21Khimich
  • 19KravchukSubstituted forMalakhovaat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Podolska
  • 4Kochneva
  • 8Kitayeva
  • 9Girin
  • 10Shevchuk
  • 11Kunina
  • 12Sanina
  • 15Pereviznyk
  • 20Malakhova
  • 22Kravets
  • 23Gerasymchuk
Referee:
Sabina Bolic

Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamUkraine
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home24
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scotland 1, Ukraine Women 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scotland 1, Ukraine Women 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Ukraine Women. Anna Petryk tries a through ball, but Nadiia Kunina is caught offside.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Scotland 1, Ukraine Women 1. Abigail Harrison (Scotland) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Lana Clelland with a cross.

  5. Booking

    Anna Petryk (Ukraine Women) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Chloe Arthur (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tetyana Kitayeva (Ukraine Women).

  8. Post update

    Jane Ross (Scotland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Daria Apanaschenko (Ukraine Women).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Ukraine Women. Yana Malakhova tries a through ball, but Yulia Shevchuk is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Tetyana Kitayeva.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chloe Arthur (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rachel Corsie.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine Women. Yana Malakhova replaces Roksolana Kravchuk.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jane Ross (Scotland).

  15. Post update

    Daryna Bondarchuk (Ukraine Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rachel Corsie (Scotland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Caroline Weir with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Daryna Bondarchuk.

  19. Post update

    Erin Cuthbert (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Tetyana Kitayeva (Ukraine Women).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 26th November 2021

  • WalesWales5GreeceGreece0
  • ScotlandScotland1UkraineUkraine1
  • GermanyGermany8TurkeyTurkey0
  • CroatiaCroatia0LithuaniaLithuania0
  • ItalyItaly1SwitzerlandSwitzerland2
  • CyprusCyprus1BelarusBelarus1
  • SloveniaSlovenia6EstoniaEstonia0
  • MaltaMalta0MontenegroMontenegro2
  • RomaniaRomania3MoldovaMoldova0
  • FranceFrance6KazakhstanKazakhstan0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden440081712
2Finland42027526
3Slovakia41124404
4R. of Ireland31113304
5Georgia300309-90

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain44003503512
2Scotland4310123910
3Ukraine311157-24
4Hungary4103812-43
5Faroe Islands5005240-380

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands43101311210
2Iceland32019276
3Czech Republic31119544
4Belarus31115414
5Cyprus5014226-241

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England44003203212
2Austria43102131810
3Northern Ireland53112161510
4Luxembourg4103321-183
5North Macedonia5104629-233
6Latvia4004226-240

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark55003113015
2Russia55001801815
3Montenegro5302812-49
4Malta5113415-114
5Bos-Herze5014420-161
6Azerbaijan5005118-170

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway54102402413
2Poland532062411
3Belgium53113452910
4Kosovo5113313-104
5Albania5113617-114
6Armenia5005036-360

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland55001921715
2Italy54011721512
3Romania43018269
4Lithuania4013112-111
5Croatia5014015-151
6Moldova3003012-120

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany55002812715
2Portugal54101621413
3Serbia42027706
4Turkey4112211-94
5Bulgaria4004016-160
6Israel4004016-160

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France55003523315
2Wales54101711613
3Slovenia53111751210
4Greece5203521-166
5Kazakhstan5005221-190
6Estonia5005026-260
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