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Scots waving goodbye to World Cup

gordon-strachan-vidFootball – World Cup qualifiers: Slovakia 3 Scotland 0

Scotland’s long wait to qualify for a major tournament looks likely to be extended following this comprehensive defeat.

Manager Gordon Strachan was saying nothing about his own future despite the defeat and comments from former Celtic striker Chris Sutton before kick off that he wanted out of the job. Paul Lambert emerged as the bookies’ favourite to replace him.

Strachan said after the match that he felt sorry for the players and the fans, though they did not reciprocate, booing the team off the pitch.

Despite some quality play, particularly in the first half, the Scots were unable to convert attack into goals.

The hosts led by a single goal at half time, but in the second half carved open the visitors’ sloppy defence as the Scots lacked pace and energy to get back into the game.

Lithuania’s 2-0 victory over Malta means they leapfrog the Scots who slip to fourth and now have a mountain to climb in Group F if they are to have any chance of reaching Russia in 2018.

They face a double header against England who dropped their first points in a goalless draw in Slovenia.

Scotland line-up: Marshall, Paterson, Martin, Hanley, Tierney, D Fletcher (I Anya), McArthur, Bannan, Snodgrass, Ritchie (L Griffiths), S Fletcher (J McGinn)

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