MATCHDAY: Scotland-Ukraine kicks off Nations League matches

September 20, 2022 GMT
FILE - A general view at the Olympic national stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 10, 2012. With two teams playing in an empty stadium hundreds of miles away from their hometowns, the Ukrainian soccer league started its new season Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 after a poignant ceremony paying tribute to those fighting in the war with Russia. The opening match at Kyiv’s 65,500-seat Olympic stadium — where spectators were not allowed in — saw two teams from the war-torn east of the country, Shaktar Donetsk and Metalist 1925, play out a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Andrey Lukatsky, file)
FILE - A general view at the Olympic national stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 10, 2012. With two teams playing in an empty stadium hundreds of miles away from their hometowns, the Ukrainian soccer league started its new season Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 after a poignant ceremony paying tribute to those fighting in the war with Russia. The opening match at Kyiv’s 65,500-seat Olympic stadium — where spectators were not allowed in — saw two teams from the war-torn east of the country, Shaktar Donetsk and Metalist 1925, play out a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Andrey Lukatsky, file)
FILE - A general view at the Olympic national stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 10, 2012. With two teams playing in an empty stadium hundreds of miles away from their hometowns, the Ukrainian soccer league started its new season Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 after a poignant ceremony paying tribute to those fighting in the war with Russia. The opening match at Kyiv’s 65,500-seat Olympic stadium — where spectators were not allowed in — saw two teams from the war-torn east of the country, Shaktar Donetsk and Metalist 1925, play out a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Andrey Lukatsky, file)
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FILE - A general view at the Olympic national stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 10, 2012. With two teams playing in an empty stadium hundreds of miles away from their hometowns, the Ukrainian soccer league started its new season Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 after a poignant ceremony paying tribute to those fighting in the war with Russia. The opening match at Kyiv’s 65,500-seat Olympic stadium — where spectators were not allowed in — saw two teams from the war-torn east of the country, Shaktar Donetsk and Metalist 1925, play out a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Andrey Lukatsky, file)
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FILE - A general view at the Olympic national stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 10, 2012. With two teams playing in an empty stadium hundreds of miles away from their hometowns, the Ukrainian soccer league started its new season Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 after a poignant ceremony paying tribute to those fighting in the war with Russia. The opening match at Kyiv’s 65,500-seat Olympic stadium — where spectators were not allowed in — saw two teams from the war-torn east of the country, Shaktar Donetsk and Metalist 1925, play out a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Andrey Lukatsky, file)

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday:

NATIONS LEAGUE

The week-long finale to Nations League qualifying begins with Ukraine heading to Scotland for a match between the top two teams in one of the groups in second-tier League B. Ukraine, which has been unable to host games in international competitions because of the war with Russia, leads the group by one point from Scotland and they both have three games to play. If Ukraine wins — like it did at Hampden in June, beating Scotland in the World Cup playoff semifinals — the two other teams in the group, Ireland and Armenia, cannot be promoted. Ukraine also has to play Armenia away on Saturday and finishes against Scotland again next Tuesday. Ukraine will host that game in Kraków, Poland.

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