Scotland U21 2-2 Ukraine U21

Jason Cummings heads a goal for Scotland Under-21s against Ukraine
Cummings (far left) headed the Scots level before setting up their second

Scotland dropped vital points at home to Ukraine in their fourth European Under 21 Championship qualifier.

Dmytro Khlobas put the visitors in front after Dominic Hyam's mistake midway through the first half.

But Jason Cummings' header and Callum Paterson's neat finish had Scotland ahead at the break.

Oleksandr Svatok levelled for Ukraine, who could have won it but for Hyam taking out Denys Bezborodko when the striker had the goal at his mercy.

That Ukraine counter-attack in added time had Bezborodko bearing down on goal having already knocked it past the on-rushing Scotland goalkeeper Jack Hamilton outside the box.

Hyam's decision to fell the raging forward therefore almost definitely saved the hosts from what would have been a sore defeat.

Bezborodko netted after the whistle had blown for the foul and the Ukrainians were upset the referee did not play the advantage.

Bottom side Ukraine claim their first point in Group 3, while fourth-place Scotland move on to five. Ricky Sbragia's side have played a game fewer than leaders Iceland, who have 11 points, and the Scots' next group fixture is away to France in March.

Oleksandr Svatok scores for Ukraine Under-21s against Scotland
Svatok levels for Ukraine in the second half

Only the group winners automatically qualify for the finals, with the best four runners-up of the nine groups claiming a play-off place.

But Scotland's early ambitions of finishing first or second were challenged when Ukraine took the lead midway through the first half at St Mirren Park in Paisley.

Hamilton had already brilliantly denied Ihor Zhurakhovskyi before being beaten by a low strike by Dmytro Khlobas, who bore down on goal and let rip after Reading defender Hyam had surrendered possession 30 yards out.

Billy King and Liam Henderson had missed good chances prior to Ukraine's opener, and Sbragia's side - being watched by senior team coach Gordon Strachan - were soon back on level terms from a well-worked free-kick.

It was made in Leith, with captain John McGinn's set piece landing on the head of his Hibernian team-mate Cummings and looping neatly beyond Bogdan Sarnavskyi.

Ukraine's keeper was soon picking the ball out of his net again thanks to Paterson's adventure into the six-yard box.

The Hearts right-back was in the right place to stab Cummings' low cross from the left into the roof of the net to give Scotland a half-time advantage.

Henderson missed a glaring opportunity after the break following good build-up play by Cummings and King, then Andy Robertson - down from the senior team to help the youth cause - hit the post with a speculative effort.

Scotland Under-21 defender Dominic Hyam is sent off
Hyam (far right) was dismissed in stoppage time

But overall in the second period Scotland were hanging on, with Khlobas almost getting his and Ukraine's second and Ihor Duts narrowly shooting over from distance.

The pressure eventually told and, after a long shot cannoned around in the area, Svatok slammed the ball home for the equaliser.

Scotland nearly replied immediately but Cummings' angled effort came back off the crossbar in the closing minutes, before that frantic few minutes in which Hyam intervened to prevent defeat.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 13th November 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium U2143016249
2Czech Rep U2142209548
3Montenegro U2151317706
4Malta U21512237-45
5Latvia U2151228805
6Moldova U21511326-44

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia U2143101311210
2Italy U21431061510
3Slovenia U21530212489
4R. of Ireland U2153027439
5Andorra U216105117-163
6Lithuania U216105315-123

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland U21532083511
2France U2143017439
3Macedonia U21320134-16
4Scotland U2141215505
5Northern Ireland U21401336-31
6Ukraine U21401326-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal U2144001611512
2Israel U2132108177
3Greece U2132017436
4Albania U215122613-75
5Hungary U2141128714
6Liechtenstein U215005019-190

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales U21431083510
2Bulgaria U2153028449
3Romania U2153027709
4Denmark U2132104047
5Luxembourg U21401328-61
6Armenia U215014411-71

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia U2144001201212
2Spain U2143101331010
3Sweden U2132109187
4Georgia U215203811-36
5San Marino U215014013-131
6Estonia U215014014-141

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany U2144001611512
2Austria U2144001531212
3Finland U2153026609
4Russia U21310256-13
5Azerbaijan U216105216-143
6Faroe Islands U214004012-120

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands U2143017349
2Turkey U2132015146
3Belarus U21420223-16
4Slovakia U2132015236
5Cyprus U214004010-100

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England U2132104047
2Switzerland U2132105237
3Norway U2142115327
4Kazakhstan U21410337-43
5Bosnia and Herzegovina U21401327-51
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