European Championship Qualifying - Group I
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Russia 4-0 Scotland: Scots out of automatic Euro 2020 contention after rout

Artem Dzyuba scores for Russia
Artem Dzyuba fended off several Scotland defenders to score his second goal

Scotland conceded four goals in 27 second-half minutes in Moscow as their slender hopes of automatic Euro 2020 qualification were finally extinguished by a dominant Russia.

Steve Clarke's side held out for almost an hour before Artem Dzyuba netted, and the striker took his tally to 23 - the same total as the whole Scotland squad - after Magomed Ozdoev's fierce strike. Aleksandr Golovin made it 4-0 late on.

Scotland took 74 minutes to muster a shot and have now scored three goals - and lost 14 - in Clarke's five games.

They remain fifth in Group I - below Cyprus and Kazakhstan - and can no longer finish in the top two spots to secure a finals berth.

However, they can still qualify for their first major tournament since 1998 via the Euro 2020 play-offs, which begin in March, having earned the chance to progress by winning their Nations League group last year.

Clarke's men host the group's basement side San Marino on Sunday, before ending their forlorn campaign against Cyprus and Kazakhstan next month.

'Cruel dissection of Scotland's performance'

Scotland were lulled into a false sense of security by a passive Russian performance for almost an hour of this match.

There were signs in that period that perhaps the Scots had learned lessons in recent chastening defeats by Russia and Belgium. But it soon became apparent the hosts had been waiting for the moment to up the ante, which they did with a vengeance in 13 second-half minutes.

Dzyuba was their tormentor-in-chief, bullying the hapless Scotland defence and in particular Charlie Mulgrew, who was held off by the bustling striker as he hooked the first goal over his head and beyond David Marshall's outstretched hand from Golovin's corner.

Three minutes later, the game was as good as finished when the ball was worked back to Ozdoev and from around 30 yards he arrowed a powerful drive past the Scotland goalkeeper.

The Russian third - Dzyuba's second - was the Scotland defence at its worst. Mario Fernandes made his way unmarked to the byeline, heading the ball back to the striker, who held off Mulgrew's attempted challenge to knock it nonchalantly into the net.

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It was a ruthless, almost cruel dissection of what had threatened to look like a half-decent Scotland performance. But any positivity temporarily garnered in a goalless first half was utterly erased when the constant menace of Golovin grabbed a fourth, firing across Marshall and in off a post.

Clarke had pronounced pre-match that he was looking for maximum points from the final four qualifiers, but that looked naive as his team were ripped asunder.

Few quibbled with his appointment and his early run of fixtures has been a thankless one, but it is difficult to overstate the magnitude of the task facing him to turn around the fortunes of a bedraggled squad.

Man of the match - Artem Dzyuba

For sheer creativity, Golovin pushed Dzyuba hard for the accolade, but the striker's two goals just edges him ahead of his team-mate.

The 6ft 5in forward's power and skill are a fearsome combination, particularly against a defence as malleable as the Scots'. He struck the bar with another audacious effort and few would have begrudged him a hat-trick on a night he tormented the life out of the Scotland backline.

Match stats

  • Scotland have conceded an average of 2.8 goals per game under Steve Clarke
  • Russia remain unbeaten against Scotland (P4 W2 D2 L0), with all four matches coming in Euro qualifiers, winning each of the last two
  • Scotland have lost four consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since 2004, under Berti Vogts
  • Russia have won 10 of their last 11 qualifying matches, losing only against Belgium in March
  • Only Israel's Eran Zahavi (10) has scored more goals in qualifying so far than Russia's Artem Dzyuba (8).

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'We're miles short at international level' - Sportscene analysis

Line-ups

Russia

  • 1Alvim Marinato
  • 2Figueira Fernandes
  • 5Semenov
  • 14Dzhikiya
  • 13Kudryashov
  • 7Ozdoev
  • 8Barinov
  • 21IonovSubstituted forAkhmetovat 79'minutes
  • 17Golovin
  • 18ZhirkovSubstituted forCheryshevat 66'minutes
  • 22DzyubaSubstituted forKomlichenkoat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ignatjev
  • 4Belyaev
  • 6Cheryshev
  • 9Bakaev
  • 10Akhmetov
  • 11Kuzyaev
  • 12Lunev
  • 15Karavaev
  • 16Dzhanaev
  • 19Komlichenko
  • 20Chistyakov
  • 23Petrov

Scotland

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Palmer
  • 5Devlin
  • 4Mulgrew
  • 3Robertson
  • 10McGregor
  • 6FleckBooked at 41minsSubstituted forArmstrongat 82'minutes
  • 11FraserSubstituted forChristieat 68'minutes
  • 8McGinn
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 9BurkeSubstituted forShanklandat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McLaughlin
  • 14Findlay
  • 15Gallagher
  • 16Russell
  • 17Forrest
  • 18Armstrong
  • 19Shankland
  • 20Christie
  • 21MacGillivray
  • 22O'Donnell
  • 23Taylor
Referee:
Jakob Kehlet
Attendance:
65,703

Match Stats

Home TeamRussiaAway TeamScotland
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Russia 4, Scotland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Russia 4, Scotland 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Nikolay Komlichenko replaces Artem Dzyuba.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Goal!

Goal! Russia 4, Scotland 0. Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Artem Dzyuba.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Stuart Armstrong replaces John Fleck.

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Ilzat Akhmetov replaces Aleksey Ionov.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Foul by Dimitri Barinov (Russia).

John McGinn (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Christie (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Russia 3, Scotland 0. Artem Dzyuba (Russia) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Foul by Denis Cheryshev (Russia).

John Fleck (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Ryan Christie replaces Ryan Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Denis Cheryshev replaces Yuri Zhirkov.

Attempt missed. Artem Dzyuba (Russia) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fedor Kudryashov.

Artem Dzyuba (Russia) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left. Assisted by Aleksandr Golovin.

Offside, Russia. Aleksandr Golovin tries a through ball, but Aleksey Ionov is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Russia 2, Scotland 0. Magomed Ozdoev (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aleksandr Golovin.

Goal!

Goal! Russia 1, Scotland 0. Artem Dzyuba (Russia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Aleksandr Golovin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Foul by Aleksandr Golovin (Russia).

John McGinn (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Magomed Ozdoev.

Attempt missed. Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aleksey Ionov.

Second Half

Second Half begins Russia 0, Scotland 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Lawrence Shankland replaces Oliver Burke.

Half Time

First Half ends, Russia 0, Scotland 0.

Hand ball by Dimitri Barinov (Russia).

Attempt blocked. Mario Fernandes (Russia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

John Fleck (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Fleck (Scotland).

Attempt blocked. Dimitri Barinov (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Magomed Ozdoev.

Attempt missed. Artem Dzyuba (Russia) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Fernandes.

Attempt saved. Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yuri Zhirkov.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 10th October 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England44001941512
2Czech Rep53029819
3Kosovo5221101008
4Montenegro5023313-102
5Bulgaria5023511-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine54101111013
2Portugal422010468
3Serbia52121012-27
4Luxembourg511358-34
5Lithuania5014415-111

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands54011761112
2Germany54011761112
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus6114310-74
5Estonia6015218-161

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland532062411
2Denmark5230155109
3Switzerland422010468
4Georgia511348-44
5Gibraltar5005016-160

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia6411135813
2Slovakia6312108210
3Hungary630379-29
4Wales52125507
5Azerbaijan5014513-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain66001731418
2Sweden6321138511
3Romania6312137610
4Norway623111839
5Malta6105213-113
6Faroe Islands6006320-170

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland7511112916
2Austria7412167913
3North Macedonia7322109111
4Slovenia7322137611
5Israel72231214-28
6Latvia7007124-230

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey65011421215
2France65011941515
3Iceland6402109112
4Albania630310919
5Moldova6105217-153
6Andorra6006014-140

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium77002812721
2Russia76012241818
3Cyprus7313137610
4Kazakhstan7214911-27
5Scotland7205517-126
6San Marino7007037-370

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy66001831518
2Finland640284412
3Armenia6303121119
4Bos-Herze6213121117
5Greece6123710-35
6Liechtenstein6015119-181
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