Scotland vs Slovakia World Cup Qualifying UEFA

Lawrence Cooper
October 8, 2017

The win keeps Scotland on track to make the play-offs as they aim to qualify for their first tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France. It looks like I've been bitten by Mike Tyson! "It would have been a huge disappointment if we hadn't", The Scotland boss said.

The Scots kept their hopes of qualifying for next summer's showpiece event in Russian Federation alive with a last gasp win over Slovakia on Thursday and the Reds left-back is not willing to sit out of the game despite injuring his wrist.

'It's massive - but we will play the game and not the occasion.

His mistake sent the Tartan Army into delirium but Mulgrew admits his side had to block out their own fans during the Hampden thriller as they tried desperately to keep their cool. That was some performance, I know there was 10 men there and it shook us for a bit, but that's because you do all your homework to face 11.

But the Scots secured victory thanks to a late Martin Skrtel own goal and they now go to Slovenia for the last match of the group stage knowing a win will seal second place.

"We knew it was going to be hard, and it's still going to be hard", said Gordon. "I'm probably the one who's experienced a lot more heartaches if you like and been so close in those last games that have gone against us". You need to be patient, we were so unlucky.

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Ukraine's Elina Svitolina , who has already qualified, beat Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 7-5 to also enter the quarter-finals. Elsewhere, top seed Marin Cilic cruised into the Japan Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-0 win against Ryan Harrison.

The 1-0 victory means another three points on Sunday in Ljubljana will put Scotland second in the table and in prime position to reach their first play-off since 2003 as the road to Russian Federation intensifies.

"At the end of the day, it was in the area and if Skrtel didn't put it in then Chris would have done so". But we're going to give it all we can to try and get a result.

"We knew Sunday wouldn't matter unless we beat Slovakia".

With the three-in-a-row in 1999 shared by Neil Sullivan and Jonathan Gould, it means Gordon is aiming to be the first Scotland keeper to keep four successive clean sheets in a campaign since Leighton racked up six on the bounce en route to the Euro 96 finals. We weren't at our best against Slovakia but we got the job done.

"We have to regroup and go again".

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