World Cup playoff dates revealed for Scotland vs Ukraine and Wales’ clash against winner to seal spot in England’s group

WALES will face Scotland or Ukraine for a 2022 World Cup finals spot on Sunday, June 5.

The final which was due to be played on March 29 was delayed to this summer due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Scotland will play Ukraine on June 1Credit: THE SUN

The World Cup play-off was postponed due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine

The World Cup play-off was postponed due to Russia’s invasion of UkraineCredit: AFP

Wales already booked their place in the play-off final with a win over Austria

Wales already booked their place in the play-off final with a win over AustriaCredit: REX FEATURES

But Fifa have now decided when the Cardiff final will be played with the winners booking a World Cup place in Group B alongside England, Iran and USA in Qatar.

Steve Clarke’s Scotland will take on Ukraine in the other last four clash at Hampden Park on June 1.

Wales beat Austria 2-1 in their semi-final last month thanks to a sensational double from Gareth Bale.

And that means Robert Page’s men are just one match away from their first global finals in 64 years.

Stadium of West Ham ace Yarmolenko's boyhood club destroyed by Russian shells
Scotland v Ukraine could double up as World Cup qualifier AND Nations League tie

Wales will warm-up for the final with an away fixture against Poland in the Nations League on the same date as Scotland’s semi-final.

The Dragons have five fixtures in total to contend with in June due to the rescheduling.

Page’s side will also face the Netherlands and Belgium in home matches on June 8 and June 11 before a trip to face the Dutch on June 14.

Football Association of Wales president Steve Williams said: “Following today’s announcement from Fifa and Uefa about the World Cup play-off final and Nations League matches in June, whilst we are pleased to see the matter resolved, we have absolute sympathy with our fans and the inconvenience this has caused.  

“The FAW lobbied both governing bodies to limit the disruption as much as possible for our fans, whilst recognising the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in  through no fault of all parties involved.

“We value the support of The Red Wall; you are absolutely integral to the success of the team on the pitch, and you will be needed more than ever in June’s play-off final.”

The prospect of an all-British clash in Qatar “will be enormous”, says Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

When asked if playing Wales or Scotland in Qatar will be an emotional occasion, he said: “Absolutely yeah, that was the first thing that hit me when that tie was drawn because the emotion as you rightly say – whatever the fixture is – will be enormous.

“We experienced the games in 2016 against Wales, last summer against Scotland, so we know what those fixtures look like and they’re always harder for England than maybe if they’d drawn another of the top seeds.

“And Ukraine, well all of our thoughts are with them.

“We just don’t know when that tie’s gonna be played, but it doesn’t matter in actual fact, we’ll wait to see what the outcome is.”


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