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The Euro 2020 qualifiers kicked off in nightmare fashion for Scotland this afternoon

Kazakhstan are setting the pace in Group I.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON BROUGHT the beginning of the Euro 2020 qualifiers and Alex McLeish’s Scotland were on the wrong end of a storming start from Kazakhstan.

The hosts in Astana caught Scotland’s defence cold twice in the opening 10 minutes and ultimately won out 3-0 to complete a great start to Group I.

A simple sixth-minute clip over the top set Yuriy Pertsukh in on goal. And while Scottish defenders looked around hoping to see a flag, Pertsukh slammed a brilliant left-footed half-volley into the top corner.

Yan Vorogovskiy slid in the second after 10 minutes, getting on the end of a nicely-weighted through-ball.

Matters got even worse for Scotland after the half-time break as Baktiyar Zaynutdinov rose at the back stick to head home a third with 51 on the clock.

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