Friday 6 October 2017

Scotland Keeps World Cup Hopes Alive After Martin Skrtel's Own Goal

Former Liverpool defender, Martin Skrtel scored own goal as Scotland edged past 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park to keep them on course for a place in the World Cup qualifying play-offs.
Scotland moved up to second place in the table and Gordon Strachan's side know a victory in Slovenia on Sunday will guarantee a spot in November's play-offs. Two quick fire yellow cards for Robert Mak saw Scotland have a man advantage from the 23rd minute, with the Slovakia midfielder sent off for simulation in the penalty area just five minutes after his first booking.
Scotland twice hit the bar through Chris Martin and Leigh Griffiths after the break, but at the death Skrtel turned the ball into his own net from Ikechi Anya's cross. 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.

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