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Ukraine to meet Scotland June 1 in delayed World Cup playoffs

Sep 26, 2019; Doha, Qatar; General overall view of Khalifa International Stadium at the Aspire Zone. The venue is the site of the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships and a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ukraine will play its postponed World Cup qualifying playoff match against Scotland on June 1, FIFA announced Thursday.

The European playoff round was set for March but was postponed at the request of the Ukrainian football association. The request followed the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

Scheduled play in the UEFA Nations League needed to be reorganized to accommodate the World Cup playoffs, and the eight member organizations unanimously agreed to do so “in a remarkable spirit of solidarity and cooperation,” UEFA said in a news release.

Ukraine defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in November to qualify for the European playoff but hasn’t played since.

The June 1 game will be contested in the Scottish city of Glasgow. The winner will meet Wales on June 5 to earn a spot in Group B of the World Cup this fall in Qatar.

The other teams in Group B are the United States, England and Iran. The first World Cup match for the group is scheduled for Nov. 21.

–Field Level Media