Scotland officially qualify for the World Cup playoffs after a fantastic victory against Moldova this evening. An impressive win for the Scots gives them the chance to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since France ’98.
Nathan Patterson’s opener seven minutes before half time put the Scots ahead with a brilliant finish after a stunning Scotland move. It seemed almost certain from then on that Scotland would go on to win the game – dominating the entire game from start to finish. That victory was made even more certain with Che Adams tapping in simply at the back post in the 65th minute.
Moldova could have made the finish quite nervy for the away side after being awarded a penalty by VAR, following a Patterson handball, with 10 minutes to go. Craig Gordon becoming the hero saving Vadim Rata’s penalty and Kieran Tierney’s brilliant last ditch challenge preventing the rebound.
Craig Gordon proved that he may be the new man in net for Scotland keeping a clean sheet and turning up when needed with some marvellous saves. The penalty save the pick of the bunch but the save early on from a powerful Artur Ionita header definetly a close second preventing the Moldovans from taking an early lead and punishing Scotland for a fairly slow start.
A fantastic Scotland performance gives them the chance to be seeded if they can beat Denmark on Monday night. A tough test but they surely will be up for the task.
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