Ukraine managed to stun Scotland in the delayed playoff round for the last world cup ticket from UEFA, whereas Lionel Messi showed his class again in Finalissima.


The larger-than-life Ukraine which barely played competitively since Russian invasion began in February, was able to shock Scotland by 3-1 win in Hampden Park. Olexander Petrakov’s side was more dominant throughout the game and they did deserve the victory compared to the Tartan Army. West Ham winger Alexander Yarmolenko netted an opener as he lobbed the ball into the back of the net, followed by Roman Yaremchuk’s header earlier at the second half. The Scots attempted to initiate a comeback with a shout as Callum McGregor’s header was just over the goal line before the Ukrainian defender swept the ball away. Unfortunately, the expected equaliser did not arrive. In fact, the visitor extended their lead through Artem Dovbyk’s goal. It was a game of their life as they do not play for their country or even world cup ticket, but something more. Olexander Zichenko and Co are playing for their existence on earth. They are now one step away to Qatar and ready to take on Wales in Cardiff on Sunday for the playoff final.


Scotland vs Ukraine 1-3

Goals: Callum McGregor (79); Andrey Yarmolenko (33), Roman Yaremchuk (49), Artem Dovbyk (94)

Scotland: Craig Gordon – Hanley, Scott McTominay, Liam Cooper (Jack Hendry 68) – Hickey, Billy Gilmour (Stuart Amstrong 68), Callum McGregor, John McGinn, Andrew Robertson – Lyndon Dykes (Ryan Christie 46), Che Adams

Ukraine: Bushchan – Mykolenko, Matvienko, Zabarnyi, Olexander Karavaev – Taras Stepanenko (Serhii Syrdochuk 90), Olexander Zichenko, Andrey Yarmolenko (Olexander Zubkov 79), Ruslan Malinovsky (Mykola Shaparenko 72), Viktor Tysgankov (Mykhailo Murdyk 72)  – Roman Yaremchuk (Artem Dovbyk 78)


In the meantime, Leo Messi proved that he still managed to shine for his nation despite not scoring a goal in Finalissima 2022 against the European champions, Italy. He provided two assists for the first and last goal as Argentina crushed Gli Azzurri 3-0 in Wembley, London. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring as he tucked away the ball after taking advantage of Messi’s pass from the left side. Angel Di Maria who decided to retire from international football doubled their lead before Paulo Dybala found the back of the net from his long strike. It is Messi’s second international title in the senior level after Copa America 2021 and also the second Finalissima for South America and Argentina. The first one was clinched in 1993 when Maradona was still in the team and struggled to beat Denmark on penalties.


Italy vs Argentina 0-3

Goals: Lautaro Martinez (28), Angel Di Maria (45), Paulo Dybala (90)

Italy: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (Manuel Lazzarri 46), Emerson Palimieri (Alessandro Bastoni 77), Giovanni Di Lorenzo – Jorginho, Matteo Pessina (Leonardo Spinazzolla 62), Nico Barella  – Andrea Belotti (Giacomo Scamacca 46), Giacomo Raspadori, Federico Bernardeschi (Manuel Locatelli 46)

Argentina: Emiliano Martinez – Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero (German Pezzella 85), Nicolas Tagliafico, Nehuel Molina – Guido Rodriguez, Rodrigo de Paul (Exequiel Palacios 76), Giovanni Lo Celso (Nico Gonzalez 91)  – Angel Di Maria (Paulo Dybala 91), Leo Messi, Lautaro Martinez (Julian Alvarez 85)