Thursday afternoon saw Scotland play Kazakhstan away in what was expected to be an easy win for the Scots. Unfortunately, they found them self’s getting pumped 3-0 after an awful performance that very rarely saw them trouble Khuzestan’s defence.
To be fair to the Kazaks they played far better finding themselves 2-0 after 10 minutes and then controlled most of the game much to the amusement of the crowd. They had possession for what seemed to be the majority of the game and played some slick though balls the pick of the which set up the second goal. Getting more comfortable throughout the game Kazakhstan were happy to play the possession game and began pinging longshots in the hope of catching Scotland off guard.
A bad start for Scotland’s qualification ambitions
Scotland has failed to qualify for a major football tournament since qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. Needless to say, things already aren’t looking go for Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for the Euro 2020 competition starting off with a loss in Group I to a team they would have been hoping to beat. This now means that wins against Cyprus and San Marino are critical they are to have any chance of qualifying.
Other teams in the group include Belgium who are currently enjoying their golden generation and is one of the favourites to win the competition. They did disappoint in the world cup so will be looking to perform better and hopefully win the competition, Scotland shouldn’t have much chance here. The last team in the group is Russia who had a great run in the World Cup beating some top teams so I can’t see the scots having much chance against them either.
Scotland travels to San Marino next time out, a team that has only ever won 1 game in its footballing history. They have also on average conceded 4.32 goals per game meaning this could be a great chance for Scotland to get some confidence back after this loss by scoring at least a couple.
Key players for Scotland
Andy Robertson has been a key part of Liverpool’s premier league campaign offering both attacking and defensive prowess from the left back position.
Another predominant left back for Scotland that all though still young has been tearing it up for Celtic in the SPL. The man can also do a job in the centre and with Robertson in the team, I expect that is where he will play for the majority of the tournament.
The Manchester United midfielder has already shown that he can put a shift in at Premier League level but has yet to show it for Scotland. As the tournament goes on form Mctominey could be crucial to their campaign.