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Sport news Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic: Ryan Fraser scores early to give Steve Clarke's men narrow victory as they stay top of their Nations League group Premierleague-News.com

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Sport news Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic: Ryan Fraser scores early to give Steve Clarke's men narrow victory as they stay top of their Nations League group Premierleague-News.com
14 October 2020 - 23:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Heading to Serbia for a Euro 2020 play-off final in Serbia next month Scotland are timing their run nicely. Over the last week the prospect of reaching a major international finals for the first time since France '98 has become real.In the midst of a world pandemic it's natural to query the value of international football. If Cristiano Ronaldo can't keep coronavirus at bay, they're all in the firing line.Yet, far from being a threat to the health of Steve Clarke and his players, the Nations League is proving medicinal. Scotland beat the Czech Republic 1-0 on Wednesday to stay top of their Nations League group Ryan Fraser put the hosts ahead after latching on to a through ball from Lyndon Dykes RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I feel sorry for him... his confidence is on the floor':... Manchester United's mouthwatering Champions League clash... 'I'm still trying to figure out why this was a penalty':... Liverpool 'will demand a £1m loan fee for Welsh winger Harry... Share this article Share Four points clear of the Czech Republic at the top of Group B2 claiming one of two play-off spots for the Qatar World Cup is now a realistic prospect. A Euro play-off in Belgrade, meanwhile, holds fewer fears than it would have 12 months ago.'I think we're as well prepared as we can be going into such a big match against Serbia,' Clarke acknowledged.'What we spoke about when we got together for this camp was that we had to beat Israel and go through.'We managed to do that and on the back of that, rather than talking up the Serbia game too much, we made sure everybody was focused on getting maximum points out of the next two games. Scotland rode their luck at times but put in a battling performance at Hampden Park Fraser's goal was their only shot on target while the Czech Republic dominated possession'We did that and have the platform now where we can win the League B section and get promotion to Group A which would be fantastic in terms of the development of the team. MATCH FACTS  Scotland (3-4-1-2): Marshall; O'Donnell; McTominay; Gallagher; McGinn (Paterson 79); Jack; Dykes (McBurnie 65); McGregor; Fraser (McLean 70); Taylor (Hanlon 79); ConsidineSubs not used: McLaughlin; Hanlon; Robby McCrorie; Ross McCrorie; Porteous; P McGinnScorers: Fraser (6)Booked: DykesCzech Republic (4-2-3-1): Vaclik; Djimsiti; Kudela; Celustka (Hovorka 20); Boril; Soucek; Kral (Kaderabek 77); Masopust (Poznar 66); Darida; Provod (Sevcik 65); Vydra (Rabusic 77)Subs not used: Petrasek; Koubek;Novak; Nguyen; Mateju; Sacek; Malinsky; Booked: Boril adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement 'It would be fantastic for our world ranking and it would also possibly give us a little safety net in the qualification for Qatar 2022.'The last time a Scotland team went eight games unbeaten was back in 1987/88. Slotting in at left-back for five of those games was one S Clarke Esquire.Before matching that 32-year record last night much of the praise came with a caveat. The previous seven matches included two wins against Israel, a cakewalk against San Marino and a victory in Olomouc against a second string Czech side decimated by coronavirusYet the asterisk was removed here by a battling, backs-to-the-wall win over a classy Czech team back to full strength at Hampden.Make no mistake, the team in dark blue rode their luck at times. The second half so one-sided they should have played it at Little Bighorn.In a running theme these days they only managed one shot on target. Yet when Ryan Fraser claimed his second goal for his country after six minutes it was all they needed. Again.They were aided and abetted, it must be said, by some hideous Czech finishing allied to more heroic defending.Yet the first half was as fluent a display as Scotland had mustered in years. Fraser and Lyndon Dykes forged a strike partnership of promise, playing with vim and energy on the counter attack. Once again, meanwhile, Scott McTominay, Declan Gallagher and Andrew Considine adopted a policy of thou shalt not pass. Breaking the trio up to bring back Scott McKenna and Kieran Tierney now would feel desperately harsh.  The visitors could have levelled twice in the first half with Matej Vydra missing both chances The matchwinning goal came after six minutes and offered the coherent evidence of a genuine strike partnership taking shape.Stephen O'Donnell's high pressing nicked the Ball off Lukas Provod, feeding Dykes.The QPR striker rode a heavy tackle from Ondrej Kudela and with the German referee willing to let the game flow, recovered his poise to nick the ball through for Ryan Fraser. The Newcastle winger calmly slotted the ball under Tomas Vaclik for 1-0.Listen, the Czechs will look back on this and feel Scotland lived a charmed life.

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.In the first half alone Burnley striker Matej Vydra had chance after chance, the second a pretty awful miss from six yards.Had he hit the target it was a goal. As the forward thrashed the ball past the base of the post his disbelief was echoed around the country. David Marshall made an important late save to ensure Scotland kept another clean sheetYet, in the first 45 minutes, Scotland gave as good as they got. They got stuck in and offered a genuine threat in the attacking third. Fraser might have even had a first half hat trick after two assists from John McGinn.The first ended in a short curled wide of the upright. The Second came when a brilliantly weighted McGinn pass gave Fraser the space to run at goal and lash the ball over the bar from 18 yards. He should have hit the target.The visitors came out for the second half like a team possessed.Had Vydra pitched up in Glasgow with his shooting boots the game might have finished up very differently.For Scotland the second half was a persistently fraught business. A seat of the pants affair, they should have finished the night in Dick Turpin masks.A corner picked out the aerial prowess of Tomas Soucek, a firm header saved unconventionally by Marshall and that set the tone. The hosts spent much of the second half camped in their own area as the visitors attackedPenned in their own half the Scots couldn't get out. The counter attacking threat of the first half had been replaced by an approach to defending General Custer might have thought a bit OTT. Yet, as the hour passed, they remained a goal to the good.After another promising international display Dykes made way for Oli McBurnie with a little under half an hour to play.McBurnie must wonder at times what he has to do to score for Scotland. The £20million man has now earned 12 caps and struck woodwork three times. First up was on his debut in Mexico, the second with a header in the 1-0 win over Slovakia on Sunday. Here he almost broke his duck in outstanding fashion when a curling strike from 20 yards careered off the crossbar in the final minutes.For Scotland that was a rare attacking foray in a finish to the game where they set up base camp in their own 18 yard box.The goalscorer Fraser made way for Kenny McLean shortly afterwards, receiving ice for a swollen arm injury as he left the pitch. Oli McBurnie came close to making it 2-0 as he hit the bar for the second game in a row The introduction of another midfielder felt like Clarke putting down sandbags as the water lapped the steps. Scotland were using buckets to keep out the flood.Yet, when push comes to shove, the Czechs have no one to blame but themselves.The failure of West Ham midfielder Soucek to earn them at least a point with eight minutes to play was mildly staggering. A Coufal cross received a flick on into a crowded six yard box and it looked easier to score. Somehow Soucek sclaffed an awful miss over the bar for one of the misses of the season. For Scotland it was a monumental let-off and one they deserved after a week which challenged the notion of the Nations League as a pointless charade. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I feel sorry for him... his confidence is on the floor':... Manchester United's mouthwatering Champions League clash... 'I'm still trying to figure out why this was a penalty':... Liverpool 'will demand a £1m loan fee for Welsh winger Harry... Share this article Share

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