Scotland vs Russia
European Qualifiers Group I
7:45pm Friday 6th September
Russia abandoned Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifying hopes hanging by a thread as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Hampden Park.
John McGinn raised spirits with an early goal, after a mistake from goalkeeper Guilherme that was Russian, but the people equalised through captain Artem Dzyuba.
The strain of russia was stern, and they headed when Stephen O’Donnell turned the ball into his own net trying to prevent Yuri Zhirkov meeting a cross.
While Russia hit both the post and crossbar, david Marshall kept Scotland in the match with a series of saves, and the hosts have been not able to threaten in the final stages as they fell six points adrift of their two qualifying spots
This is a game if Scotland were to keep any hopes of qualifying mechanically before inviting the world’s top-ranked side Belgium on Monday. Using the route to Euro 2020 now searching through the Nations League place A trip to face Russia back in Moscow looms next month.
There was a verve about the early play of Scotland, and they were ahead from Guilherme. Ryan Fraser cross was spilled by him into the route of McGinn, who accepted the present and slammed his first international objective.
Hampden was suddenly living with sound, but Russia posed a formidable threat, particularly. The 6’4″ striker out jumped Charlie Mulgrew but his header was tipped over by Marshall. The people started to dominate possession, with Aleksandr Golovin at the heart of much of the work. Until Aleksei Ionov cross was tipped off by Marshall he thumped a free-kick to the defensive wall.
The growing pressure eventually paid off about 39 minutes with the equaliser, but there was a touch of luck at the build-up. Andy Robertson deflected golovin’s pass to the route of both Dzyuba, and he picked up the ball at the box and slotted it.
Russia’s momentum continued at the beginning of the second half. Following Liam Cooper was booked for fouling Dzyuba, Mulgrew blocked the fierce strike of Golovin. Since the Scotland defence parted, the Russia midfielder subsequently transported the ball 50 yards, but his shot was just too significant.
Scotland were being forced to soak up huge amounts of anxiety, together with Oli McBurnie unable to provide an out-ball and isolated. The midfield was also stretched to breaking point, however when it came, also the Russian target, was worked.
Ionov, who found Golovin using a pass that was terrific within Cooper first intercepted ryan Fraser, and a combination of O’Donnell and Zhirkov slid home at the post his cross, though the Kilmarnock guy seemed to find the final touch.
Marshall maintained Scotland from the game with a brilliant fingertip save from Mario Fernandes’ dash, deflecting it on the pub, until Russia hit on the frame of the target again seconds later, when Magomed Ozdoev’s shot flicked off both Scott McTominay and also the far post.
Steve Clarke introduced Kenny McLean along with Ryan Christie, and the Celtic midfielder found an unusual sight of goal but shot directly at Guilherme. The changes seemed to galvanise Scotland, and Fraser run was finished on the edge of the box by Dmitri Barinov. He curled the resultant, although it turned out to be a position for the dead-ball talents of Mulgrew.
More Scotland slackness gave another sight of target to Zhirkov, however, Marshall saved back again. The match was wide open while Scotland had to chase, Russia were intent on completing them off and they went searching for a third.
McGregor’s goal-bound shot was blocked by Fernandes, before Russia chased the ball away as Scotland hauled bodies. On the break, Russia had a two man however, Aleksandr Erokhin effort was cleared off the line by Mulgrew.
There was to be no rescue mission in the final stages, as the game shut out. A trip to a tournament seems as distant as ever, although scotland were possibly harshly jeered off.
Scotland host World Cup third-placed side Belgium on Monday on Sky Sports Football in 7pm; kick-off is at 7.45pm. On precisely the exact same evening Russia host Kazakhstan on the Red Button in 7.40pm; kick-off at 7.45pm.