Scotland secured a home tie in the play-offs after beating Denmark in one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in World Cup Qualifying. The defeat meant that Denmark lost their first of 26 qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships. They also won all nine of their previous group games. John Souttar opened the scoring for the hosts before Che Adams put the game to bed in the 86th minute.

Player ratings

Scotland: Gordon (8), Cooper (8), O’Donnell (7), Robertson (7), Souttar (8), Tierney (8), Gilmour (8), McGinn (8), McGregor (8), Adams (8), Christie (7)
Subs: Armstrong (8), McLean (7), McKenna (7)

Denmark: Schmeichel (6), Kristensen (6), Kjaer (6), Vestergaard (5), Maehle (6), Wass (6), Christensen (6), Jonsson (6), Bruun Larsen (6), Skov Olsen (6), Cornelius (5)
Subs: Stage (6), Sisto (6), Dreyer (6), Uhre (6), Bah (5)

Man of the match: John McGinn

Managers Reaction

Scotland boss Steve Clarke: “I get criticized for not smiling enough but if you can’t smile after a performance like that there would be something wrong with me. I’m delighted everything came together.” he added. “We played good football on the front foot to try and win the game. It’s a good night for us. I knew the players were confident and they showed it. We had to dig in but we defended well although the legs went a bit towards the end. A great night with a great atmosphere. It was important to get the home semi-final. I took a little risk playing the boys who were on a yellow card but we wanted to finish on a high. We had a chance to win six competitive games in a row which isn’t easy to do. The boys wanted to do it and they showed it on the pitch.”

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