Scotland are still in with a chance of qualifying for World Cup 2018. An impressive effort, rewarded with a deserved goal by Chris Martin, was good enough to give the team a 1 – 0 victory over Slovenia.
From the start Scotland impressed. After only one minute, a Russell Martin volley from a Robert Snodgrass corner sent Slovenian keeper Jan Oblak diving. Seemingly inspired, Scotland continued the pressure. Martin, Snodgrass, Griffiths, Armstrong and Morrison all sent the ball in the direction of the visitors’ net. Unfortunately the ball refused to cross the line.
And the frustration didn’t stop. Fans’ roared when Andy Robertson sent the ball to Snodgrass, near the left side of the penalty box. The West Ham midfielder expertly passed it towards the back post to an awaiting Griffiths. The Celtic forward looked certain to score. Instead he crashed the ball off the crossbar.
The second half was almost as frustrating. The shots at goal continued, but the ball refused to find the net. In an attempt to break the deadlock, Strachan sent on Chris Martin. Booed by some of the fans, this seemed a risky move. However, the coach’s decision was shown to be the right one. With the help of Armstrong, Martin shot the ball past Oblak, at last giving Scotland the lead they deserved.
And that was how it stayed. The 1 – 0 victory puts Scotland in fourth position in Group, moving one place in the right direction, and keeping them in sight of a qualifying position. Hope for Scotland’s World Cup chances are kept alive.