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Russia 4-0 Scotland: Scots out of automatic Euro 2020 contention after rout

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By Alasdair Lamont
BBC Scotland in Moscow
Scotland conceded four goals in 27 moments in Moscow as a dominant Russia finally extinguished their slender hopes of Euro 2020 qualification.
Steve Clarkes side held out for almost a hour before Artem Dzyuba uttered, as well as the striker took his tally to 23 – exactly the exact identical total as the whole Scotland squad – after Magomed Ozdoevs fierce strike. Aleksandr Golovin created it 4-0 late on.
Scotland took 74 moments to rally a shot and have now scored three goals – and – dropped 14 – at the five matches of Clarke.
They stay fifth in Group I – below Kazakhstan and Cyprus – and can no longer end to secure a finals berth.
However, they can be eligible for their first tournament since 1998 via the Euro 2020 play-offs, which begin with got the chance to advance last year by winning their Nations League group.
Next month prior to finishing their forlorn campaign against Kazakhstan and also Cyprus clarkes men host the groups cellar side San Marino on Sunday.
Scotland were lulled into a false sense of security by a passive Russian performance for a hour of this match.
There were signs in that period that the Scots had heard lessons in chastening defeats by Belgium and Russia. However, it soon became apparent the hosts were waiting to up the ante, which they did at 13 moments with a vengeance.
Dzyuba was their tormentor-in-chief, bullying the Scotland defence and specifically Charlie Mulgrew, who was held off from the striker since he hooked the goal and outside David Marshall hand.
Three minutes later, the game has been as good as finished when the ball was worked back to Ozdoev and from approximately 30 metres he arrowed a drive.
The Russian – the moment of Dzyuba – was that the Scotland defence during its worst. Mario Fernandes made his manner into the byeline, going straight back the ball to the striker, who hauled off the tried challenge to knock it into the web of Mulgrew.
It was a dissection of what had threatened to look like a Scotland performance. But any positivity briefly garnered in a goalless first half was completely erased when the continuous menace of Golovin caught a firing off a post and in across Marshall.
Clarke had declared pre-match that he was looking for points but looked naive as asunder was ripped.
Few quibbled with his appointment and his run of fittings was a one, however, it is difficult to overstate the size of the task facing him to turn around the fortunes of a squad that is bedraggled.
The striker edges him ahead of his team-mate, although for creativity, Golovin pushed Dzyuba hard for the accolade.
The 5in forwards power and skill are a mix , especially against a defence as malleable as the Scots. He struck the bar with another audacious work and few would have begrudged him a hat-trick on a night the life tormented out of the Scotland backline.
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