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Scotland suffer comprehensive defeat to Slovakia, San Marino score first away goal in 15 years

There were nine 2018 World Cup qualifiers across Europe tonight.

Slovakia's Robert Mak scores against Scotland.
Slovakia's Robert Mak scores against Scotland.

A ROBERT MAK double secured Slovakia their first win of 2018 World Cup qualifying with a 3-0 victory over Scotland in Trnava.

Mak struck once either side of half-time, with Adam Nemec’s second-half header giving Slovakia all three points against the insipid visitors.

The winger’s first came in controversial circumstances as he fired home the rebound from a David Marshall save, after the recalled Steven Fletcher appeared to have been fouled at other end of the field in the lead-up.

An emphatic finish from Mak and a towering Nemec header in the second period intensifies pressure on Scotland manager Strachan following their 1-1 stalemate with Lithuania at the weekend.

Strachan was incensed with the nature of the hosts’ first goal, but it was a deserved defeat to a side who had not scored in four previous internationals.

Scotland must now travel to group favourites England next month to try and get their Group F campaign back on track, while Slovakia’s confidence will be boosted ahead of a home match against Lithuania.

Elsewhere, Poland needed a 90th-minute Robert Lewandowski goal to see off 10-man Armenia, while San Marino scored their first away goal in a World Cup qualifier in 15 years as they went down 4-1 against Norway.

Source: EG SPORT HD 1/YouTube

Tonight’s World Cup 2018 qualifying results

Group C

Czech Republic 0-0 Azerbaijan
Germany 2-0 Northern Ireland
Norway 4-1 San Marino

Group E

Kazakhstan 0-0 Romania
Denmark 0-1 Montenegro
Poland 2-1 Armenia

Group F

Lithuania 2-0 Malta
Slovakia 3-0 Scotland
Slovenia 0-0 England

Germany continue to impress by easing to victory against Northern Ireland

Joe Hart comes to England’s rescue in Slovenia

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