McGinn opener cancelled out by defensive errors

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McGinn opener cancelled out by defensive errors

It was a disappointing collapse at Hampden Park as Scotland lost 2-1 to Russia to fall six points behind their counterparts in the race for a Euro 2020 qualifying spot. After a promising start in the early exchanges, a howler from Marinato Guilherme gifted John McGinn the chance to poke the hosts in front, but Russia responded admirably and took the game by the scruff of the neck, utilising their physical advantages and the long ball mechanisms to great effect. They deservedly levelled five minutes before the break; Artem Dzyuba the man to fire the visitors back on level terms, and it was former Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov who killed the game off, sliding in at the back post to convert Ionov's drillled cross, with the help of a Stephen O'Donnell deflection that beat David Marshall all ends up. Steve Clarke's men threw bodies and the kitchen sink forwards as they desperately sought an equaliser, but their lack of height and physicality was distinct as the Russians dealt with their desperation tactics easily. Oli McBurnie became continuously isolated but worked tirelessly, but Scotland couldn't find the correct answer to salvage a point. Russia pull six clear of the Scots, who will be dreading the visit of Belgium in the next round of games.