It was thanks to a last-minute own goal against a team that were playing with ten men for almost 70 minutes, but even so Scotland beat Slovakia, and are happy to be traveling to Slovenia for the last group match of these World Cup qualifiers knowing that they depend on no one but themselves.
I genuinely thought we were going to score a goal,. It would have been a huge disappointment if we didn’t. That was some performance
Gordon Strachan told Sky Sports minutes after the final whistle.
Slovakia going down to 10 men shook us for a bit because we had done our work against 11 – and then it changes. But we managed to adapt and we created plenty of chances. The man of the match for them was the keeper [Martin Dubravka] – he was magnificent. And the crossbar was good as well. We had all these great performances and then the footballing gods decided to give us victory.
the Scotland manager said, relieved by that 89th-minute Martin Skrtel own goal, which pushed Scotland second in the table. Given that Slovakia, two points behind Scotland, are hosting Malta and are expected to pick up all three points, while they also have a better goal difference to the Scots, Strachan and his boys are obliged to win in Slovenia, as not even a draw should be enough.