Gordon wants to finish job in Slovenia

Gordon wants to finish job in Slovenia

Gordon wants to finish job in Slovenia

Scotland's dreams of qualifying for their first major worldwide tournament since the 1998 World Cup were given a major shot in the arm following a dramatic 1-0 victory over Slovakia before a bonkers crowd at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

"There's no doubt about it, the man of the match for them was the goalkeeper (Martin Dubravka), he was magnificent...and the crossbar was good as well!"

The Scots were on top even before Mak's red card, and it took a superb stop from Martin Dubravka to deny Christophe Berra from heading Scotland into the lead after 20 minutes.

Scotland looked to make their man-advantage count, but, apart from a curling Griffiths attempt which was stopped by Dubravka, the hosts struggled to create clear-cut chances before the interval.

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In the 69th minute Martin, who had scored a late victor earlier in the campaign against Slovenia, rattled the crossbar with a terrific long-range strike and Griffiths did the same with a free-kick from similar distance before Dubravka denied Morrison from barely six yards out, then blocked an effort from Andy Robertson.

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Ikechi Anya crossed for fellow substitute Chris Martin and Slovak skipper Martin Skrtel knocked in an 89th-minute own goal to give Scotland victory.

Scotland kept up the pressure in Slovakia's half in the closing moments.

"I wasn't too bad to be honest with you".

Sounds familiar? Yes, it was the shape of yet another disappointing Scotland qualifying campaign, seemingly derailed nearly before it had begun by consecutive 3-0 defeats away to Slovakia and England.

"We also know we are a good team and we go right to the end".

Scotland are second on 17 points, leaving them two better off than Slovakia and three in front of Slovenia.

Slovenia may be in fourth spot, three points behind their visitors this weekend, but they have not conceded a single goal at home during their qualifying campaign.

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