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Scotland keep World Cup 2018 hopes alive against Slovenia

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on March 27, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

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.

Scotland held to 1 – 1 draw by Canada

Posted in Friendlies with tags , on March 23, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

It should have been an easy game. Ranked 117 in the world, Canada were not expected to put up too much of a fight. Scotland, although not having had the best of results recently, were expected to win. Or at least put on a better performance. It wasn’t to be.

Scotland, ideally, were looking for an impressive result. With the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia coming up on Sunday, it was everyone’s hope that the Strachan’s squad would win in outstanding fashion against the Canadians. However, after only 11 minutes Falkirk’s Fraser Aird put the visitors ahead. The Easter Road crowd were stunned into silence. And it didn’t improve much from there.

The rest of the match was a scrappy affair. Scotland equalised before the end of the first half, Steven Naismith scoring in the 35th minute. And that was it. The rest of the game provided the fans with little cheer. With a few near misses and better possession, it could be argued that Scotland were the better side. But with no more goals, many fans will have been disappointed, and few will be hopeful of a good performance against Slovenia.

Seriously Scotland! You’re better than this! We need a good result on Sunday. None of us want yet another World Cup finals as a spectator country.