Strachan credits ´footballing gods´ for late Scotland victory

  • Strachan credits ´footballing gods´ for late Scotland victory

Strachan credits ´footballing gods´ for late Scotland victory

Tension at Hampden Park grew as Dubravka pulled off a succession of impressive saves, while the home side twice hit the crossbar through Martin and Leigh Griffiths before the late breakthrough led to wild scenes of celebration.

Robert Mak was shown his second yellow card after attempting to fool the referee when he went down inside the box despite not being touched by Scotland keeper Craig Gordon.

"We had all these great performances and what you get is the footballing Gods deciding to give us a victory".

"So there was a lot going on that we can be pleased about".

On Slovakia's first visit to Scotland, Gordon Strachan began with Darren Fletcher and Barry Bannan in place of the injured Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong.

"They stayed above to do the things they wanted to do and I genuinely felt we would score, not matter what the time was". We've just got to see it over for one last game but then we've got a play-off after that so there's still a long way to go.

Not much of a goal to celebrate, but that would not have mattered one bit as Scotland's World Cup dream was dead and buried at this stage past year, but now they are one win away from the playoffs.

Slovenia will not qualify directly to the Mundial, but can take part in the play-offs.

The Stoke City midfielder, who has had extended spells out with ulcerative colitis, has been involved in seven unsuccessful qualification campaigns and also missed the 2009 Champions League final with Manchester United due to suspension.

Slovenia coach Srecko Katanec says he will step down from his job after the team's World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Sunday. Maybe the fans watching were getting a bit frustrated.

"But it means just as much to the rest of the boys as it does to me and it means just as much to the whole country".

"You have got to have fitness to have the mental strength otherwise you have a weakness". You can be too up for it as well.

"When you see your dad go off with blood, you might be anxious". In the last five matches, Scotland has won three matches and two matches ended in a draw whereas Slovakia has won three matches and lost two matches.