Scotland got revenge for their elmination in the playoff of the World Cup as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Nations League. John McGinn opened the scoring in the 70th minute before Lyndon Dykes doubled their advantage in the 80th minute. Dykes scored his second of the game to seal the three points and the win in the 87th minute.
Scotland player ratings
Scotland: Gordon (6), Patterson (5), Hendry (8), McKenna (7), Tierney (7), Armstrong (7), McGinn (9), McGregor(7), McTominay (8), Christie (7), Adams (8).
Subs: Hickey (8), Dykes (9), Fraser (8), McLean (n/a), Taylor (n/a).
Man of the match: John McGinn.
Scotland captain John McGinn: “We needed that. The summer hurt us badly. Tonight we got back to doing what we do well, being horrible to play against and showing desire. We know we’re a good team and we owed the supporters, the manager and most of all ourselves a performance like that. It was important that we had a reset. The manager made it clear it wasn’t good enough in the summer.”
Scotland head coach Steve Clarke: “The performance was really good, congratulations to the players. It was an open game, not many chances, then we got on top, and the first goal was always going to be crucial and thankfully we got that. It took us longer than we thought to get the goal, we missed a few chances and then John does what he does well. From there you can see there’s a good belief and confidence. It was nice for two subs to come off the bench and make the scoreline better. When you’re watching from the side, you know you’re creating chances, you’re waiting – actually expecting – one of them to go in because you’re creating good chances. You trust the players to get the goal and that’s what happened.”
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