Scotland defeat Malta in the World Cup qualifier

Scotland beat Malta by a 2-0 score in their Group F of the World Cup qualifying at Hampden on 4th of September.

The opener came from Christophe Berra in the 9th minute, who scored from Leigh Griffiths’ corner strike. The first half continued with both sides going and resisting against each other, but it was becoming clear that the Scots should have pulled out the win. Even with a 70% possession, they were restricted in the first half, but they were able to release the gathered tension, shortly after the break from Griffiths’ second goal. It happened as the home side was mustering another attack and James Morrison’s effort was deflected by visitors’ keeper, and Griffiths timed in right to launch a rebound and double the score.

The hosts gained a deserved victory in this round, managing to break through Malta’s defence just after 9 minutes. As the visitors weren’t an easy nut to crack, they gave the stubborn Scots a hard time, who prevailed by 10 shots on target to just one.

Scotland is now on the fourth place in their group table, sharing the same 14 points with Slovenia, but stay behind on goal difference.  They will face Slovenia away on 8th of October in their last qualifier match and three days before they will host Slovakia. Some surprises could still await – for example, if they will beat both teams, they could still compete in the play-offs, however, their opponents are of another calibre than Malta, which is a reason for expecting a livelier and more organised performance.

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