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Friday 19 April 2019

Sorry Scots stumble past San Marino

San Marino's Manuel Battistini (left) and Scotland's Johnny Russell battle for the ball
San Marino's Manuel Battistini (left) and Scotland's Johnny Russell battle for the ball

Scotland followed up disastrous defeat in Kazakhstan with a flat 2-0 victory over San Marino.

Alex McLeish's side failed to immediately build on Kenny McLean's headed fourth-minute opener against the world's worst-ranked national team.

The 3,000-strong Tartan Army vented their anger towards the Scottish FA, even after Johnny Russell made it 2-0 in the 74th minute.

Thursday's 3-0 defeat looked even worse when Group I rivals Russia won 4-0 in Kazakhstan before kick-off in San Marino.

Ending the first two games against the two lowest-ranked teams on minus goal difference is a major setback, especially given Cyprus put five past San Marino.

McLeish made six changes and played Cardiff midfielder Callum Paterson up front, but the Scots played poorly and the final whistle was met by a mixture of jeers and cheers from the Scotland fans.

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