Scotland edged out Moldova 1-0 at Hampden Park In World Cup 2022 qualifying Group F to secure their second competitive win in 10 matches.
QPR striker Lyndon Dykes scored his first international goal in 12 matches to break the deadlock and win the game against a Moldovan side resisting wave after wave of attack. Scotland now sit third in Group F ahead of a crucial match with Austria on Tuesday, having started the night in fourth. Victory in Vienna could move Scotland up one place.
It was an onslaught of attacks from Steve Clarke’s Scotland. Mood had dipped after a 2-0 defeat to Denmark which left them fourth World Cup qualification Group F and with one win in nine. The next two matches following this against Moldova and Austria are key if qualification for World Cup 2022 is to be achieved.
Scotland were 1-0 up at half-time and Israel led Austria 3-1, it was all going to plan. Nathan Patterson was thrown in for his first start at right-back and he was instrumental in the goal, winning the ball in midfield before feeding the ball to Kevin Nisbet, a passage of play which eventually left Dykes with a tap-in.
Kieran Tierney fluffed his lines with a header and captain Andy Robertson – making his 50th appearance in navy blue – followed suit. Billy Gilmour fashioned a great chance but again a finishing touch proved elusive.
While Scotland were in control, it’s one of football’s oldest sayings that a 1-0 lead is dangerous. Moldova were getting the ball in attacking areas and if it had been better opposition Scotland were facing, they might have been punished. The inability to take chances was catching up on Clarke’s men again.
Scotland have only scored more than two in two games under Clarke – against Kazakhstan and San Marino. One was enough against Moldova and a win for Israel against Austria makes an ok night a good one. But improvement is needed against better opposition.
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