Scotland vs S Marino
European Qualifiers Group I
5:00pm Sunday 13th October
A first-half hat-trick was scored by john McGinn at a sodden Hampden Park since Scotland thrashed San Marino 6-0 in the European Qualifier of Sunday.
After a devastating defeat to Russia on Thursday, Steve Clarkes side were under pressure to sweep aside the terms lowest-ranked side and McGinn had them course by the period (12, 27, 45+1) together with his first global treble.
The game deteriorated in the second half on a waterlogged pitch but Scotland, that has to rely on coming throughout the play-offs next March to reach the Euro 2020 finals, continued to look for additional reward and after Lawrence Shankland scored his first international goal (65), Stuart Findlay did exactly the exact same (67).
Stuart Armstrong added additional gloss to the scoreline with an excellent late free-kick (87) following a misunderstanding because of dead-rubber match at least supplied Clarkes facet – now fourth in Group I – with an overdue movement increase.
Amid constant rain, in front of a crowd, the home side forced two corners prior to San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini brilliantly saved Shankland strike.
When McGinn got the slightest of touches on the cross the ball going in off the post of Ryan Christie, but the protagonist was beaten.
The nerves were eased by the aim of the Aston Villa midfielder though Simoncini refused James Forrest from variety, he could only parry a Scott McTominay cross that allowed McGinn to pounce again.
Since the rain continued to pour, it was defence for San Marino. The goalkeeper kept the deficit down back when he blocked McTominay work but only before the period, but McGinn grabbed his hat-trick once he swivelled to fulfill Findlays knockdown.
The danger to the house side was that the rain, with the ball sticking with increasing frequency to the surface.
Scotland were excited to expand their lead further and in the 65th minute, Dundee United striker Shankland obtained his first global goal after McTominay effort rebounded off the bar and right in his path, although the fixture had been at risk of descending into farce.
Two minutes after, Kilmarnock defender Findlay followed suit there was time for a first time, albeit in circumstances and after he led into a Christie corner.
Even the San Marino goalkeeper picked up the ball out his box, thinking Shankland was fouled up the pitchbut with play stumbled on, he had been penalised instead and even though San Marino appeals for the ball back, revealed no generosity and curled into the top corner.
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