Scotland ready for do-or-die World Cup crunch match against Slovenia

Slovakia focus ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Scotland

Slovakia focus ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Scotland

DARREN FLETCHER suffered a gruesome head injury last night during Scotland's win over Slovakia.

The Scots face a trip to Slovenia on Sunday evening knowing a win will guarantee them a play-off spot for the chance to head to Russian Federation next summer.

Dubravka denied Griffi ths but, after Martin and Griffi ths rattled the crossbar, Scotland finally got that bit of luck they deserved.

Slovakia were more than willing to fly into tackles and picked up three bookings in the opening 20 minutes before Robert Mak saw red with a second yellow.

The Tartan Army urged Scotland forward but in the 32nd minute Gordon did well to deny Stanislav Lobotka.

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McGregor has been in fantastic form for Celtic so far this season and most were baffled when he was left out of Gordon Strachan's original squad for the final set of qualifying fixtures.

The start of the second half was similar to the first where Scotland dominated and James Forrest saw a blast from outside the area fly wide of the target.

The 26-year-old struck the woodwork with a wonderful free kick effort and also forced a few saves from the impressive Martin Dubravka.

"The way we tried to play, the goal was coming".

Although Scotland's victor has been credited as an own goal by Slovakia captain Skrtel, Martin is aiming to claim the strike himself.

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The Slovakia goalkeeper pulled off a number of superb stops to crank up the pressure on Scotland, and it was telling that he was only beaten by an unfortunate mishap. You can be too up for it as well.

Instead let's turn attention to Ljubljana and a legitimately huge game for Scotland against Slovenia. When the goal went in, there would have been a lot of happy people on this island, but over in Glasgow Hampden Park was rocking.

Nothing but torment would do for a Scotland team, of course, but in the 90th minute of an agonisingly tantalising contest, played mostly against the 10 men of Slovakia, the issue was settled by the inadvertent boot of Martin Skrtel.

For those unaware, should the Scots fail to win away to Slovenia in the 5pm kick-off on Sunday, and Ireland managed to defeat Moldova and Wales, we would be safe and sound in the playoffs at their expense.

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