World Cup qualifying

Australia vs Peru live: World Cup playoff stream, start time


Either Australia or Peru will qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by the end of Monday after a meeting in the tournament’s host nation.

You can stream the 2pm ET match Monday in Spanish on Peacock Premium.

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Australia shook off a blown lead to beat United Arab Emirates 2-1 at Al Rayyan Stadium in Qatar on Tuesday.

Peru qualified for the match by finishing fifth in CONMEBOL, two points behind automatic qualifier Ecuador and one more than eliminated Colombia.

How to watch Australia vs Peru live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET Monday
TV channel/streaming: Peacock Premium (Spanish)

Ukraine’s World Cup quest ends with loss to Wales


CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Ukraine’s players wept in the rain while applauding their dejected supporters after missing out on qualifying for the World Cup by losing 1-0 to Wales in Europe’s last playoff for the FIFA soccer showpiece on Sunday.

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The agonizing moment in a tight game came in the 34th minute when Andriy Yarmolenko inadvertently headed the ball into his own net while trying to clear Wales captain Gareth Bale’s free kick.

While Wales heads to a first World Cup in 64 years — opening against the USMNT in November — this was a game too far for Ukraine’s emotionally charged mission of qualifying for Qatar while remaining under invasion by Russia.

“We did everything that we could,” coach Oleksandr Petrakov said through a translator,” but I really want the people of Ukraine to remember our team’s efforts.”

Petrakov’s priority, once the World Cup dream had been extinguished, was ensuring the suffering at home is not forgotten by the world.

“We have war raging all over the country,” Petrakov said. “We have children and women dying on a daily basis. Our infrastructure is being ruined by Russian barbarians. The Russians want to hurt us, but the Ukrainians are resisting and defending their land. We just want your support. We just want to you to understand what is happening back home.”

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Back home, on the 102nd day of the war, Ukrainians took respite from the pain and suffering by watching the game from Cardiff in bars, including in Kyiv.

The war and missile strikes earlier Sunday in Ukraine’s capital put an obvious dampener on any party mood for the match.

Still, architect Dmytro Leshehenko dug out his bright yellow national team jersey – bought in happier times when Ukraine co-hosted the 2012 European Championships – and trekked with his flip-flop-wearing brother past two of Kyiv’s gold-domed cathedrals to a bar where they watched the match with friends, washed down with two huge 3-liter jugs of beer, fried bread, smoked meats and other nibbles.

“People in the battlefields watched this on their phones,” Leshehenko said, recounting conversations with friends serving in the armed forces.

When the giant screens in the bar lost the signal in the second half, patrons gathered around mobile phones to follow the action. Some joked that Russian hackers must have knocked out the transmission.

The sadness of losing was tempered by the fact that, in the big scheme of things, the war is far more important. The match was just a moment of respite.

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“We have more problems than this,” Leshehenko said. “This is a day where we can feel that there is no war. It’s a holiday for us.”

In Cardiff, there was also a sense that the playoff was the lesser of the struggles facing Ukraine

“Our main fight is our war,” said Ukraine fan Anna Stepanova, who traveled to follow the team from Mykolaiv where her house has been damaged. “Every day we hear bombs and hear artillery. It’s a very difficult life. We came here and we’re like in another world.”

The specter of the war was evident in the Welsh capital with a message of peace in English and Ukrainian on the screens in the Cardiff City Stadium.

Of the 1,800-seat allocation for Ukraine, 100 free tickets were given to refugees who have been forced to flee Ukraine since the invasion began in February, which led to Russia being disqualified from World Cup qualifying.

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Rivalries were put aside when the Ukrainian national anthem was played and it was applauded by the home fans who later clapped off the downbeat opposition.

Ultimately, it was Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who proved an impenetrable barrier. No other team had as many as Ukraine’s nine shots on target in European qualifying without managing to score.

Hennessey’s right leg kept out Viktor Tsyhankov’s poked shot 10 minutes into the second half as Ukraine searched in vain for an equalizer. Artem Dovbyk’s header in the 84th minute looked destined for the corner of the net until it was pushed away by Hennessey’s left hand.

“He made some incredible saves,” Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko said. “We didn’t deserve to lose today, it was so tight. We need to carry on, work a lot.”

Wales vs Ukraine: How to watch live, preview, stream, team news


Ukraine’s quest to reach the World Cup will require breaking another home crowd’s hearts with a visit to Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday to tangle with Wales in a UEFA World Cup qualifying playoff final.

The Noon ET kickoff sees Ukraine coming off a decisive win over Scotland in Glasgow, so to beat Wales in Cardiff would be two impressive wins for a national team that spent six months idle due to the Russian invasion of their nation.

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Wales enters the final ranked No. 18 in the FIFA Rankings, nine spots higher than Ukraine. The more equitable Elo Ratings have Ukraine 17th, marginally ahead of 23rd-ranked Wales, and that seems a better system.

The Welsh haven’t lost at home since a 2-1 Nations League setback to Denmark in 2018, but they also haven’t played a super-strong slate of opponents in Wales and there are a lot of draws in the bunch.

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Ukraine hasn’t lost since EURO 2020 this summer, a 4-0 quarterfinal exit to England, but there have been a lot of 1-1 draws in the bunch.

But the result that matters most was the 3-1 win over Scotland. If that doesn’t serve enough notice for Wales to beware the visitors and the extra emotion in their camp, it’ll definitely be Ukraine joining the United States, England, and Iran in a tasty World Cup group.

How to watch Wales vs Ukraine live, stream link and start time

Kick off: Noon ET (Sunday, June 5)
TV channel/streaming: ESPN+

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Ukraine pens winning return with World Cup qualifying playoff semifinal win (video)


The Ukraine men’s national team’s first match since Russia’s invasion of their country could hardly have carried more weight, emotionally or sporting, and the Blue and Yellow responded with a 3-1 defeat of Scotland in a World Cup qualifying playoff semifinal at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Andriy Yarmolenko put Ukraine ahead in the 33rd minute with a magnificent bit of coordination, taking down a Ruslan Malinovskyi long ball and popping it over keeper Craig Gordon.

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And Roman Yaremchuk nodded a cross back across goal and inside the far post shortly after halftime to complicate Scotland’s quest to reach Sunday’s playoff final versus Wales. The winner joins a World Cup group with the United States men’s national team, Iran, and England.

Celtic’s Callum McGregor gave the hosts hope when his blast took a wicked turn and Taras Stepanenko’s goal line clearance did not defy the Goal Decision System.

But Artem Dovbyk scored deep in stoppage time as Ukraine gave their fans and country a huge lift on a night strewn with emotion.

Wales played a UEFA Nations League match against Poland on Wednesday, with Jakub Kaminski and Karol Swiderski leading the hosts to a 2-1 win over the Welsh.

Sunday’s playoff final between Wales and Ukraine will kickoff at Noon ET.

Scotland vs Ukraine final score, stats

Scotland 1, Ukraine 3

Scorers: Yarmolenko (33′), Yaremchuk (49′), McGregor (79′), Dovbyk (90’+5)

Scotland vs Ukraine live: How to watch, start time, stream link, team news


Scotland and Ukraine put their World Cup hopes on the line Wednesday in a playoff semifinal ripe with storylines.

The winner faces Wales at 11:30am ET Sunday for a berth in this winter’s World Cup.

Scotland hasn’t appeared in a men’s World Cup since its group-stage exit in 1998, the nation’s eighth tournament, but it feels on the upswing following an appearance at EURO 2020.

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Ukraine’s had a much better run at recent tournaments, though the Blue and Yellow has failed to qualify for the World Cup since its lone appearance, a quarterfinal finish in 2006. Ukraine has played at the last three European Championships, finishing in the 2020 quarterfinals.

Performance is far from the front of mind when it comes to this match, though, as the late start to this playoff round is due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We have huge sympathy for the people of Ukraine, of course we do,” says Scotland captain Andrew Robertson. “I think it’s fair to say everyone at the Scottish FA and in this team has stood behind them from the start. What we have seen there is horrendous. For 90 minutes or 120 minutes, we need to separate our thoughts. We want to get to the World Cup, we have to be ready for the challenge and emotion Ukraine will provide.”

Ukraine will be led by West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko and Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko. Other familiar names may be Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko, Real Madrid’s Andriy Lunin, and Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi.

Scotland has plenty of Premier League representation, led by Liverpool star Andrew Robertson, Leeds’ Liam Cooper, Aston Villa’s John McGinn, Southampton’s Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong, and Manchester United’s Scott McTominay. Former Celtic goalkeepers Craig Gordon and David Marshall are among those focused on keeping a zero on the board.

How to watch Scotland vs Ukraine live, stream link and start time

Kickoff: 2:30pm ET Wednesday
Stream: Online via ESPN+
TV Channel: ESPN2