Rangers star Glen Kamara’s World Cup hopes were dealt a big blow as Finland slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Ukraine.

Kamara, who recently signed a contract extension at Ibrox, has become an increasingly important figure for the Northern European nation in recent years.

Denmark v Finland - UEFA Euro 2020: Group B

Kamara in action for Finland against Denmark at Euro 2020. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

He played a big part as Finland qualified for Euro 2020 – their first-ever major tournament – before starring in the delayed competition during the summer.

They crashed out in the group stages on debut, though, and after a poor start to World Cup Qualifying, it now looks like an uphill task for them to make Qatar 2022.


Ahead of their clash with Ukraine in Helsinki on Saturday, the Finns knew that victory would take them second in a highly competitive Group D that also includes France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

However, they were never ahead in the game.

Andriy Yarmolenko put the visitors in front in just the fourth minute and although Teemu Pukki levelled things up in the 29th, the impressive Roman Yaremchuk restored Ukraine’s lead just five minutes later.

Finland v Russia - UEFA Euro 2020: Group B

The Rangers star’s World Cup hopes were dealt a blow by the defeat in Helsinki.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

With Kamara playing the full match, Finland shaded the possession stats and forced Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov into four saves, but they didn’t do enough to get something out of the game.

As a result, they sit fourth in the group with just five points from their opening five fixtures and surely must now win in Kazakhstan on Tuesday afternoon to keep their qualification hopes alive.

In other news, Rangers fan favourite Nikola Katic scored an emotional first goal for loan club Hajduk Split.

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