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Scotland seals World Cup Play Off

Scotland seals World Cup Play Off

Scotland seals World Cup Play Off

Scotland seals World Cup Play Off

Scotland clinched a World Cup play-off place with a game to spare thanks to a composed victory in Moldova.

Nathan Patterson calmed the nerves with his first Scotland goal then teed up Che Adams to double the lead.

Craig Gordon’s vital penalty save denied the hosts a late lifeline.

A fifth straight victory for Steve Clarke’s men opens a seven-point gap – Israel are level with Austria after a 4-2 defeat in Klagenfurt

with Denmark already qualified as Group F winners.

Scotland complete the campaign against the Danes at Hampden on Monday when the hosts are likely to need a point to earn a home

semi-final in the play-offs.

A year to the day since the epic play-off shootout over Serbia sent Scotland to Euro 2020, ending more than two decades of major

tournament exile, another significant – and anxious – night awaited Clarke’s men.

But they spared the Tartan Army further torture with an impressive and controlled performance where, once ahead,

they never looked in danger.

The visitors had to do without in-form striker Lyndon Dykes, whose four-game scoring streak was halted by suspension,

with Adams returning to lead the line.

The Southampton forward had a goal ruled offside in the opening two minutes – and repeated the feat after the break – as Scotland’s glut of early

chances failed to yield an opener.

Moldova, bottom of the group with a solitary point, are ranked 181st in the world but had proved an awkward obstacle in their 1-0 defeat

at Hampden in September.

And it required Gordon’s incredible save to deny them a shock opener here. A header from Artur Ionita,

who earlier flashed an angled drive inches wide, bounced up off the turf and Gordon showed lightning-quick

reflexes to turn the ball over the bar.