Scotland 6-0 San Marino: John McGinn scores first-half hat-trick in rout
Scotland vs S Marino
European Qualifiers Group I
5:00pm Sunday 13th October
A was scored by john McGinn in a sodden Hampden Park as Scotland thrashed San Marino 6-0 at Sundays European Qualifier.
Following a devastating defeat to Russia on Thursday, Steve Clarkes side were under pressure to sweep aside the sentences lowest-ranked side and McGinn had them on course by the period (12, 27, 45+1) together with his very first global treble.
The game deteriorated in the second half on a waterlogged pitch but Scotland, who has to rely on coming throughout the play-offs following March to reach the Euro 2020 finals, continued to look for additional reward and after Lawrence Shankland scored his first global goal (65), Stuart Findlay did exactly the same (67).
Stuart Armstrong added additional gloss to the scoreline with an excellent late free-kick (87) following a misunderstanding because of dead-rubber match at least supplied Clarkes side – today fourth in Group I with an overdue movement increase.
In front of a crowd, amid constant rain, the home side forced two corners before San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini brilliantly preserved Shanklands close-range strike for another corner that came to nothing.
But in the 12th minute, the keeper was beaten when McGinn got the slightest of touches on the cross the ball going in off the post of Ryan Christie.
The aim of the Aston Villa midfielder eased the nerves and though Simoncini denied James Forrest in scope, he can only parry a Scott McTominay cross that enabled McGinn to descend again.
It was all-out defence for San Marino because the rain continued to pour. The goalkeeper kept the deficit down back when he halted the side-footed hard work of McTominay but only before the interval, but McGinn caught his hat-trick once he swivelled to meet the knockdown of Findlay.
The danger to the house side was that the rain, together using the ball sticking together with increasing regularity on the surface that is deteriorating.
And at the 65th minute, Dundee United striker Shankland acquired his first international goal after McTominay effort rebounded from the bar and right in his path, however Scotland were eager to extend their lead although the fixture was at risk of descending into farce.
Two minutes later, Kilmarnock defender Findlay followed suit that there was time to get a first time, albeit in conditions and when he led into a Christie corner.
Even the San Marino goalkeeper picked the ball up outside his box, thinking Shankland had been fouled up the pitchbut with drama stumbled on, he was penalised instead and despite San Marino appeals to the ball back, revealed no generosity and curled into the top corner.
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