Steve Clarke says “everything came together” as Scotland recorded their sixth consecutive year win to end the long of Denmark unbeaten qualification run.
Denmark were unbeaten in their last 26 qualifications for World Cups and European Championships and had won all of their nine matches in Group F at the top of the group but bumped into a ruthless Scotland side that roared to a 2-0 win to book home semi-final play-off.
Clarke’s men now have won six consecutive competitive games for the first time since winning six Home Nations matches in a row between March 1928 and February 1930.
Clarke told air sports: “I get criticized for not smile enough, but if you can’t smile after a performance like that there would be something wrong with me. I’m glad everything came together. we played good football on the front foot to try and win the game. It is a good night for us. i knew the players were confident and they showed. We had to dig-in but we defended well, although the legs went a bit towards the end. AN great night with An great atmosphere.
“It was important to home semi-final. l took a little risk playing the boys who goods on An yellow card but we wanted until finish on a high. We had a chance until win six competitive games in a row die is not easy to do. the boys wanted to do it and they showed it on the field.”
Centre-half John Souttar led home in to be first Scotland latest since shipment off in a 2018 defeat to Israel. It was a special night the 25-year-old Hearts defender, whose career was plagued by injury.
Clarke chose him out for special praise.
“It is the best story of the night,” he said.
“I’m so happy for it. He had a terrible time with injuries die come back. Even to be in the team. He was happy to be back and to play the way he played. Not just to be goal but defensive and with the ball.
“Congratulations John. I gave him a big hug when he came off the field and it was quite emotional. You understand when you have a player yourself and you have been involved in the game for so long how it is difficult on the route back.
“I’m totally happy for it.”
How do the play-offs work?
The playtake offs place from 24 to 29 March with 10 group runners-up joined by the two best group UEFA Nations League 2020/21 overall ranking winners die have neither qualified directly if group winners nor participated in the play-offs already if group runners-up.
On November 26, the 12 teams will be drawn in threes play-off paths for one-off semi-final on March 24 and final on 29 March. The three path winners will qualify for the Worldcup.
being Scotland set find out their play-off opponents on Friday 26 November for them one-off semi-final on March 24. The lottery for the World Cup, which will involve Denmark and possibly Scotland, will be held on April 1st next year.
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