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Agony as Scotland draw 2 – 2 in Slovenia

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on October 10, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland came so close to going the World Cup finals. But, holding hosts Slovenia to a 2 – 2 draw when they needed a win, it wasn’t to be.

As with the previous match, against Slovakia, this was a nail-biter all the way to the end. Griffiths opened the scoring, receive deserved rapturous applause from fans. As well as a superb strike, this was the first goal Slovenia had conceded at home during the competition. Spirits were up! And Scotland ended the first half 1 – 0 ahead.

Unsurprisingly the Slovenians had plans to scupper Scotland’s plans. And Roman Bezjak was the fly in Scotland’s ointment. Equalising after 52 minutes, he then went on to score a second 20 minutes later. Disaster! Scotland had less than 20 minutes to save their place in Russia.

Scotland pulled the score back to 2 – 2 in the 88th minute. But it wasn’t enough. Scotland managed two more shots at goal, from Snodgrass and Phillips, but neither was successful. And that, unfortunately, was that…. A worthy effort, but Scotland fail to qualify.

 

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.

England 0 – 0 Algeria

Posted in England, World Cup, World Cup 2010 with tags , on June 19, 2010 by Tartan Army Soldier

LOL. I am so glad I’m not English. Obvious reasons aside, last night’s match was the dullest, most uninspiring 90 minutes of football I have ever seen. Luckily, I greatly appreciate the scoreline.

So far it doesn’t look great for England. Slovenia are most likely to win the group, and England’s performance so far doesn’t suggest they will stand in their way. Then it’s likely to be USA or England taking second place. With an easier match, I reckon it’s going to be USA. Enough said.

Come on Slovenia! Go USA!