Scotland seals dramatic late win over Slovakia

Doug Mendoza
October 8, 2017

As "Freed from desire" blasted throughout Hampden Park the nation realised that Scotland's World Cup hopes are very much alive and kicking.

The Scots scraped past 10-man Slovakia thanks to Martin Skrtel's last-minute own goal.

Callum McGregor was a late call-up to the Scotland squad for the games with Slovakia and Slovenia - but Celtic fans were mystified when the 24-year-old wasn't named in the starting XI for last night's win over Slovakia.

"I felt part of it down there and I could see that they had everything under control, it wasn't a problem for me, apart from a couple of misplaced passes and counter attacks".

According to The Guardian's match report, Scotland played well during the whole match.

Christophe Berra had an early header pawed away for the Scots before Mak saw red.

"Slovakia going down to 10 men shook us for a bit because we had done our work against 11 - and then it changes". Mak's loss crippled Slovakia's creativity in midfield.

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After hitting the woodwork twice and seeing Slovakia keeper Martin Dubravka produce four world-class saves, Scotland must have thought their World Cup adventure was over.

But just as it looked as though it would go down as another hard-luck story, they grabbed the victor when Ikechi Anya escaped down the right and his cross was turned into his own net by Martin Skrtel.

With the clock ticking, Martin Skrtel turned an Akechi Anya cross into his own net under pressure from Chris Martin. "We've got it in our own hands but we're away from home and they [Slovakia] are a good team".

"There has been many times where we've been talking about bad luck but the players stepped up to the mark and made sure we came out as winners".

"We have gained real momentum over the last few months with the performances and results we have had", the Derby forward said.

"It was two cup finals and we know we need to win them both".

After winning three games on the spin Scotland could draw against Slovenia and still potentially finish second but, with one of the nine runners-up set to miss out on a qualification playoff spot, Bannan is only interested in another victory.

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