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From Alasdair Lamont
BBC Scotland in Moscow
As a Russia finally extinguished their slim hopes of automatic Euro 2020 eligibility, scotland yielded four goals at 27 second-half moments in Moscow.
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 entire Scotland squad – after Magomed Ozdoevs ferocious strike. Aleksandr Golovin created it 4-0 overdue on.
Scotland took 74 minutes to rally a shot and have now scored three goals – and – lost 14 – at Clarkes five matches.
They remain fifth in Group I below Cyprus and Kazakhstan – and can end in the top 2 spots to secure a finals berth.
But they can be eligible for their first tournament since 1998 via the Euro 2020 play-offs, which start using won the opportunity last year by winning their Nations League team to advance.
Following 25, prior to ending their forlorn effort against Kazakhstan and also Cyprus clarkes men host the groups basement facet San Marino on Sunday.
Scotland were lulled into a false sense of security by a passive operation for almost a hour of this match.
There were indications in that interval that the Scots had heard lessons in chastening defeats by Belgium and Russia. But it soon became apparent that the hosts were waiting to up the ante, they did in 13 second-half moments.
Dzyuba was their tormentor-in-chief, specifically Charlie Mulgrew, that had been held off by the bustling striker as he hooked the first goal in the corner of Golovin and beyond David Marshall hand over his mind and bullying the Scotland defence.
Three minutes later, the match was as good as finished while the ball was worked back to Ozdoev and from around 30 yards he arrowed a drive past the Scotland goalkeeper.
The Russian next – the moment of Dzyuba – was the Scotland defence at its worst. Mario Fernandes created his manner unmarked heading the ball straight back into the striker, who pulled Mulgrews tried struggle to knock on it nonchalantly into the internet off.
It was a dissection of what had threatened to look like a half-decent Scotland performance. In a goalless first half was completely erased when the menace of Golovin grabbed a fourth, firing off a post and in across Marshall However, any positivity temporarily shot.
Clarke had declared pre-match he was looking for points but that looked naive as asunder was ripped.
Quibbled with his appointment as well as his run of fittings has been a thankless one, however it is difficult to overstate the size of the task facing the fortunes of a bedraggled squad to turn round.
The strikers two objectives just borders him before his team-mate, although for imagination, Golovin pushed Dzyuba difficult for the accolade.
The 6ft 5in forwardss power and skill are a mix that is fearsome as malleable as the Scots. He struck the bar with few and a different audacious work could have begrudged him a hat-trick on a night he tormented the life .
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