LiveSlovakia 1-0 Scotland RECAP: Frustration as missed opportunities leave Nations League promotion in the balance

Look back on the action in Slovakia as it happened.

Kenny McLean holds off Slovakia's Jan Gregurs during Scotland's 1-0 win at Hampden in October. Picture: SNS
Kenny McLean holds off Slovakia's Jan Gregurs during Scotland's 1-0 win at Hampden in October. Picture: SNS

Scotland were the better side but ultimately went down to Jan Gregus first-half goal.

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A frustrating 90 minutes for Scotland who were much the better team, created numerous chances but couldn’t find a way to goal, ultimately going down to a deflected effort from distance.

Griffiths has a go from 25 yards. It’s on target but there’s not enough power in it to trouble the goalkeeper.

Three minutes of stoppage time

There’s three minutes to play.

Shankland replaces Armstrong as Scotland go to a 4-3-3. Four minutes left.

Almost a cracking chance for Scotland. McBurnie feeds Griffiths after a slip by the home defence. The striker decides to let it run in front of him rather than attack it on the move but there’s just too much speed on the ball and the defence are able to clear for a corner.

It is a new formation for the visitors as they chase a goal in the final 20 minutes. Tierney and Palmer are now at full-back with Armstrong and Christie on the flanks.

Another change for the hosts as Hamsik makes way for Rusnak.

There’s also the first Scotland sub as Griffiths comes on for Considine as Scotland revert to a back four by the looks of it.

Duda goes into the referee’s book for taking down McGinn. He’ll miss the final game against the Czech Republic, which may not end up being a good thing for Scotland.

It’s another great chance for Scotland. This time there can be no blame attached as Rodak makes an excellent save from McLean. The midfielder had ghosted into the box to get on the end of Tierney’s cross.

Kucka is replaced by Lobotka as the hosts make the first change of the game.

Pekarik goes into the book for taking down Tierney after being dispossessed near the halfway line.

Half-chance for Scotland with Armstrong charging down the right of the box. He finds McLean with a fired in cross. However, the midfield has to try and dig his effort out from behind him and can’t divert on target.

Gregus is again given time to strike from distance. This time the effort is always rising and clears Gordon’s crossbar.

The second half is underway.

Scotland, despite playing very well, trail at the break.

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