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From Alasdair Lamont
BBC Scotland in Moscow
Scotland conceded four goals in 27 moments in Moscow as their slender hopes of Euro 2020 eligibility were finally extinguished by a dominant Russia.
Steve Clarkes side held out for nearly a hour before Artem Dzyuba uttered, as well as the striker took his tally to 23 – exactly the same total as the whole Scotland squad – after Magomed Ozdoevs ferocious strike. Aleksandr Golovin made it 4-0 late on.
Scotland took 74 moments to rally a shot and have scored three goals – and – lost 14 – from the five games of Clarke.
They remain in Group I – below Cyprus and Kazakhstan – and will end to secure a finals berth.
But they can still qualify for their first tournament since 1998 via the Euro 2020 play-offs, which begin in March, with got the chance to progress by winning their Nations League team last year.
Following 25, before ending their forlorn campaign against Kazakhstan and Cyprus clarkes men host the bands basement side San Marino on Sunday.
A Russian operation for a hour of the match lulled into a false sense of safety scotland.
There were indications in that period that the Scots had found classes recently chastening defeats by Russia and Belgium. But it soon became evident that the hosts were waiting to up the ante, they did in 13 second-half moments with a vengeance.
Dzyuba had been their tormentor-in-chief, in Charlie Mulgrew, who was held off by the striker since he hooked the first goal from the corner of Golovin and outside David Marshall hands over his head and bullying the hapless Scotland defence.
Three minutes later, the match was as good as finished when the ball was worked back into Ozdoev and from around 30 metres he arrowed a drive.
The – Dzyubas moment – was that the Scotland defence during its worst. Mario Fernandes created his way unmarked to the byeline, going the ball back into the striker, who pulled off the tried challenge to knock on it into the net of Mulgrew.
It was a ruthless unkind dissection of what had threatened to resemble a half-decent Scotland performance. In a first half has been erased when the menace of Golovin captured a fourth, shooting and in However, any positivity acquired.
Clarke had declared pre-match that he was searching for points from the four qualifiers, but that looked naive as asunder was torn.
Quibbled with his appointment as well as his run of fixtures was a thankless one, however, its tough to overstate the magnitude of the task facing him to turn round the fortunes of a squad that is bedraggled.
For imagination, Golovin pushed Dzyuba hard for its accolade, but the strikers two objectives simply borders him.
The 5in forwards power and skill are a mix , particularly against a defence as malleable as the Scots. He struck on the bar with a different audacious effort and few would have begrudged him a hat-trick on a night he tormented the life .
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