UKRAINE will head to Cardiff on Sunday to face Wales for a spot at the World Cup after winning in Scotland.

The visitors triumphed 3-1 in the semi-final at Hampden Park thanks to a classy performance, and spirit when under pressure in the closing stages.

Ukraine led 1-0 at the break thanks to Andriy Yarmolenko’s fine finish before Roman Yaremchuk headed them 2-0 up.

Callum McGregor exploited poor goalkeeping to give the Scots hope of forcing the tie into extra time but Artem Dovbyk slotted with the final kick after being set up by the inspirational Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Ukraine now head to Wales, who beat Austria earlier this year, for a spot at Qatar 2022 in a group with England, USA and Iran.

Earlier today Wales lost 2-1 away to Poland, in a Nations League fixture, with boss Robert Page having said his team selection was influenced by Sunday’s World Cup play-off final.

Skipper Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies and Joe Allen were all rested.

All will have to play their part on Sunday as Wales look to qualify for a first World Cup since 1958 against a team which will have most of world football behind them as the bid to qualify for the global showpiece against the backdrop of the conflict in their homeland.

“I didn’t leave anybody out because there were injury concerns,” Page said.

“I left them out purely because we’ve got the game on Sunday.

“There was a group that trained today and I already had the substitutions planned before the game.

“The plan was already in place. I didn’t need to risk Aaron, Gareth, Ben, Joe, there was no benefit in that whatsoever.

“They’ve done a controlled session, what they need, to get them ready for Sunday.

“I made sure they were in the changing room. They’re a massive influence on that group and I wanted them in there.

“Even at half-time I wanted them to be a part of it and they were the first ones through the door at the end.”

This was Wales’ first game in the top tier of the Nations League following their promotion two years ago.

Belgium and Holland complete the group, and Page was pleased that his side had played Poland just four days before the date with World Cup destiny in Cardiff.

Page said: “It’s the way we wanted it. We wanted this fixture first.

“It gave us an opportunity to give DJ (Daniel James) some minutes – he wanted to play – Kieffer (Moore) needed some minutes, and Neco Williams.

“It was a productive exercise. We knew it was going to be a battle, but I couldn’t be more proud of those players.

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