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sábado, 8 de outubro de 2016
Scotland snatch dramatic late draw against Lithuania
Hampden Park, World Cup Qualification UEFA, Group F - Scotland 1 (McArthur, 89) Lithuania 1 (Chernykh, 59)
James McArthur scored a late equaliser, but didn’t do enough to save Scotland’s blushes as they struggled to a dismal 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania.
Gordon Strachan’s side were dismal throughout and were fortunate to salvage a point from a match billed by many as must-win, with the Hampden Park crowd booing their team off the pitch at both half-time and full-time.
Lithuania had looked on course to claim all three points following Fiodor Cernych’s well-worked goal after 59 minutes, with the away side holding Scotland at arm’s length for the majority of the match. It wasn’t until the introduction of Leigh Griffths that the hosts started to carry any real threat.
McArthur saved a point with just minutes left to play, ghosting in to get on the end of a Grant Hanley flick-on from a long throw-in, finding the far corner of the net with a glancing header. But just how damaging will this result prove?
TALKING POINT - Is this qualification campaign already over for Scotland?
Strachan did his best to play this match down as a must-win fixture, but Scotland surely needed to win all their home games to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Now they have dropped two points to a poor Lithuania side it’s possible their chances of making it to Russia have been ended before they even really started. An atrocious result and performance to match.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Andy Robertson
Scotland lacked leaders when things were against them, but Robertson tried his best to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. The Hull City full back was a threat throughout down the left side and created most of Scotland’s goalscoring opportunities. This was a desperately poor performance by the home side, but Robertson did his best to try and ensure Scotland avoided an embarrassing result.