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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Slovakia v Scotland LIVE: Match updates from Nations League clash

Last updated: Sunday, 15 November, 2020, 14:45

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Kucka booked for a foul on Tierney, who’s enjoying an excellent half.

Another great chance for Scotland.

Armstrong is able to sprint onto a through ball from Christie with the goalkeeper strangely hesitant to come for it. He beats the keeper but can’t divert it on target as it spins wide of the far post.

McGinn goes into the referee’s book for a professional foul that had to be made after a poor pass from Considine left Scotland open to a potential counter.

It’s another chance for Scotland. Tierney does well to run down the left and hang a cross for his fellow wing-back arriving into the box. Palmer gets to it but his unable to properly sort his feet and skews it well wide.

A minute later Palmer crosses for McBurnie to attack with his head. His effort is on target but right at the goalkeeper.

The hosts open the scoring with Gregus firing low into the corner from 25 yards. 

Gordon was stranded on his line as the attempt to pressure the ball from the home defence left the goalkeeper unsighted.

Slovakia 1, Scotland 0

Armstrong goes into the referee’s book for deliberately blocking off Satka at a high ball. He’ll now miss the game in Israel on Wednesday.

Armstrong gets a free-kick on the corner of the penalty area. He gets under the shot a little too much and it never looks in danger of troubling the goalkeeper as it dips over the crossbar.

The ball struck the corner flag and stayed in play! Always good fun when that happens.

Scotland have had a couple of set-pieces deep in Slovakia territory but are unable to get a chance out of them. The visitors have been easily the better side since the opening five minutes.

24 minutes gone.

Great chance for McBurnie.

The striker is played in by Armstrong. He’s got a clear sight at goal but wants to take a touch and that’s enough for the defender to get in and block his effort. He should have struck it first time.

A couple of chances for Scotland in quick succession.

After Christie tests the goalkeeper from a tight angle, the very next attack sees the Celtic attacker square for McBurnie. The striker is almost in for a shot from six yards but is crowded out. The loose ball falls for Palmer arriving from right wing-back. His shot is always rising as he clears the ball at the far post.

Gordon called into action to beat away a powerful drive from distance from Kucka

Slovakia get the game underway.

Rodák; Pekarík, Satka, Skriniar, Mazán; Kucka, Hrosovsky, Gregus; Duda, Hamsik; Duris.

Clarke has made a whopping eight changes from the starting XI against Seria, including at goalkeeper with hero David Marshall sitting out for Craig Gordon’s return.

Team: Gordon; Cooper, McKenna, Considine; Palmer, McLean, Armstrong, Tierney; McGinn; Christie, McBurnie.

Subs: Marshall, McLaughlin, O’Donnell, Taylor, McTominary, Gallagher, Jack, Shankland, McGregor, Paterson, Burke, Griffiths

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