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Scotland go second after Slovakia success

Published: Thursday 10 October 2013, 23.05CET
Scotland 2-1 Slovakia
Stuart Armstrong and Steve May struck before the break to secure a victory which lifts Billy Stark's men into second in Group 3.
by Mark Walker
from Saint Mirren Park
Scotland go second after Slovakia success
Stuart Armstrong broke the deadlock for Scotland ©Getty Images

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Published: Thursday 10 October 2013, 23.05CET

Scotland go second after Slovakia success

Scotland 2-1 Slovakia
Stuart Armstrong and Steve May struck before the break to secure a victory which lifts Billy Stark's men into second in Group 3.

Scotland bounced back from defeat in the Netherlands to post a narrow victory against Slovakia which keeps them three points shy of the Group 3 summit.

Stuart Armstrong and Steve May struck within five minutes of each other to put the hosts in a dominant position at half-time. Tomáš Malec's 69th-minute effort set up a nervous finale, but the home side held on for three points ahead of Monday's trip to Georgia.

Billy Stark's men started the brighter with Callum McGregor quick to test Patrick Le Giang in the Slovakia goal. McGregor then blasted over from a tight angle but the breakthrough was soon forthcoming as Armstrong finished tidily from Clark Robertson's neat cut-back.

May lashed in from 20 metres to double the lead and it could have been three after the break but the Saint Johnstone FC man saw his flick come back off the bar. Malec bundled in a low Jaroslav Mihalík cross to give Slovakia hope, before Róbert Mazáň blasted over in the final minute as the visitors dropped their first points of the group.

Last updated: 05/06/15 8.29CET

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Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
ArcherJordan Archer (GK)
1
Le GiangPatrik Le Giang (GK)
2
JackRyan Jack
2
NiňajBranislav Niňaj
Yellow Card80
3
McgheeJordan Mcghee
Yellow Card53
3
PauschekLukáš Pauschek
4
FindlayStuart Findlay
5
GyömberNorbert Gyömber (C)
5
RobertsonClark Robertson
6
LobotkaStanislav Lobotka
6
FyvieFraser Fyvie
Yellow Card44
Substitution75
7
VojtušJakub Vojtuš
Substitution69
7
McGeouchDylan McGeouch
9
LalkovičMilan Lalkovič
9
McGregorCallum McGregor
Substitution87
10
PaurJakub Paur
Yellow Card77
10
ArmstrongStuart Armstrong (C)
Goal31
11
SchranzIvan Schranz
Substitution45+3
15
MacleodLewis Macleod
Substitution82
14
MazáňRóbert Mazáň
16
C. MartinChris Martin
Goal36
15
ZreľákAdam Zreľák
Substitution45+3

Substitutes

12
KettingsChris Kettings (GK)
12
MarošiMarko Maroši (GK)
8
HoltJason Holt
Substitution82
4
PintérMichal Pintér
11
RobertsonAndrew Robertson
Substitution75
8
ŠkvarkaMichal Škvarka
Substitution69
14
KerrFraser Kerr
17
MészárosKarol Mészáros
18
PatersonCallum Paterson
Substitution87
Yellow Card89
18
MihalíkJaroslav Mihalík
Substitution45+3
19
HerronJohn Herron
20
MalecTomáš Malec
Substitution45+3
Goal69
20
BeckMark Beck
21
BukataMartin Bukata

Coach

Billy Stark (SCO) Ivan Galád (SVK)

Referee

Damir Batinić (CRO)

Assistant referees

Dalibor Conjar (CRO), Hrvoje Barišić (CRO)

Fourth official

Andrej Burilo (CRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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