Scotland Captain Darren Fletcher Suffers Gruesome Ear Injury in Win Over Slovakia

Gordon Strachan says Leigh Griffiths is a better all-round player compared to four years ago

Victory in Ljubljana will guarantee the Scots second place in Group F and should be enough to book them a World Cup play-off spot.

England, which hasn't missed a World Cup since 1994, could still be joined in Russian Federation next year by neighbor Scotland.

The Scots kept their hopes of qualifying for next summer's showpiece event in Russian Federation alive with a last gasp win over Slovakia on Thursday and the Reds left-back is not willing to sit out of the game despite injuring his wrist. We still need to go to Slovenia and win, and even if we do that, we'll have a double-header in the play-offs against another team who have finished second in their group.

The Dark Blues started on the front trying to take the game to Slovakia as they had to do.

Juraj Kucka went close for the Slovaks early on before the hosts had a penalty claim refused, Mak appearing to body-check Kieran Tierney, but Serb referee Milorad Mazic waved away their appeals. We're in a good place at the minute.

Gordon Strachan's men are not, however, out of the woods just yet.

Midway through the first half Martin Dubravka in the Slovakia goal produced an eye-catching save to keep out a headed effort from Christophe Berra but the key moment came in the 23rd minute when Robert Mak was shown a second yellow card for simulation.

The Celtic midfielder remained on the bench as Scotland found a late victor to beat Slovakia and still awaits his first senior global cap.

Scotland kept up the pressure in Slovakia's half in the closing moments.

Griffiths then forced Dubravka to punch away a powerful, swerving drive as Scotland sought to recapture the momentum. They've had a journey to make to get back here.

"It was imperative. They have to go to a World Cup".

Scotland lost out in midfield and when Hamsik broke Slovakia had four attackers against three defenders, Jan Gregus charged into the area on the right, Hamsik found him and but the former's right foot blast from 15 yards was well stopped at the near post.

Leigh Griffiths and Chris Martin both struck the crossbar, while visiting goalkeeper Martin Dubravka pulled off a number of excellent saves. The clean sheet which he and his entirely left-sided backline achieved against Marek Hamsik and company meant it was the first time since 1999 where a Scotland side had managed to keep the ball out of their net in three consecutive competitive matches.

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