Scotland secure a spot in the World Cup play-offs with a win over Moldova as they take second in Group F thanks to Nathan Patterson’s opener and Che Adams’ attack in the second half
- Scotland thought they had an early lead but Che Adams’ goal was ruled out for offside
- But Nathan Patterson opened the score with a strike just before half time
- Adams brought Scotland one step closer to the play-offs and scored after the break
- Craig Gordon’s belated exploits saw goalkeeper save a Moldovan goal
- Friday’s win puts Steve Clarke’s side seal second in Group F
Scotland secured a spot in the World Cup play-offs and second place in Group F on Friday with a triumphant victory over Moldova.
The Scots thought they would take an early lead through Che Adams, but it was disallowed for offside.
Steve Clarke’s side finally opened the scoring as John McGinn held the ball on the right side of the penalty area in a fantastic build-up. The Aston Villa man relieved the ball to Nathan Patterson, who drilled the ball into the net in 38 minutes with a left-footed finish.
In a superb second half move from Scotland, McGinn nutmeg his man with a backheel pass to Patterson, who put a low cross through the penalty area to Adams. The Southampton striker had missed a few chances earlier in the game, but this time he found the target.
A handball at 80 minutes almost cost Scotland, as referee Srdjan Jovanovic awarded Moldova a penalty for hands. But the heroism of Craig Gordon and Kieran Tierney saved the Scots’ blush. First, the keeper saved the goal before Tierney rushed to clear the rebound.
Scotland defeated Moldova 2-0 to take second place in their World Cup qualifying group
Nathan Patterson opened the scoring for the Scots with a strike in the 38th minute of the game
The right-back drove the ball into the net with a left footed finish to a great Scottish game
The Southampton striker celebrated his second half goal with captain Andy Robertson (right)
Che Adams missed several chances before, but finally found the net in the second half