Scotland vs S Marino
European Qualifiers Group I
5:00pm Sunday 13th October
A was scored by john McGinn in a sodden Hampden Park since Scotland thrashed San Marino 6-0 at the European Qualifier of Sunday.
After a crushing defeat to Russia on Thursday, Steve Clarkes side were under pressure to sweep aside the sentences lowest-ranked side and McGinn had them on course by the interval (12, 27, 45+1) with his very first international treble.
The game dropped in the second half on a waterlogged pitch however Scotland, who has to rely on coming through the play-offs following March to achieve the Euro 2020 finals, continued to seek further reward and after Lawrence Shankland scored his first global goal (65), Stuart Findlay did exactly the exact same (67).
Stuart Armstrong added further gloss to the scoreline with a superb late free-kick (87) after a misunderstanding as a dead-rubber game at least supplied Clarkes facet — now fourth in Group I — with an overdue movement increase.
Amid continuous rain, in front of a paltry crowd, the home side forced two corners prior to San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini brilliantly saved Shankland strike.
But the protagonist was defeated when McGinn got the slightest of touches on Ryan Christies crossthe ball going in off the post.
The nerves eased and though Simoncini denied James Forrest from range, he could only parry a Scott McTominay cross that enabled McGinn to pounce again.
Because the rain continued to pour, it was defence for San Marino. The goalkeeper kept down the deficit again when he blocked the side-footed hard work of McTominay but only before the period, but McGinn caught his hat-trick when he swivelled to fulfill the knockdown of Findlay.
The threat to the house side was the rain, with the ball sticking with increasing frequency over the surface that is .
The fixture had been in danger of descending into farce, however, Scotland were eager to extend their lead and at the 65th minute, Dundee United striker Shankland got his first international goal after McTominays 20-yard effort rebounded from the bar and into his route.
Two minutes later, Kilmarnock defender Findlay followed suit there was time for a sixth, albeit in bizarre conditions and when he led in a Christie corner.
The San Marino goalkeeper picked up the ball out his box, believing Shankland had been fouled further up the pitchbut with drama stumbled on, he was penalised instead and even though San Marino appeals for the ball back, showed no such generosity and curled into the top corner.
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