The biggest compliment that can be paid to Scotland is that they did not panic when the Republic of Ireland threatened to rip up their script. Only a draw was required from this clash for the same outcome from Tuesday’s meeting with Ukraine to see Steve Clarke’s men seal top spot in Group B1 of the Nations League. It is lost on nobody in these parts that the Scots would pass relegated England while en route to Group A.
Scotland fell a goal behind to Ireland, triggering the kind of nervousness which is natural for a supporter base who have known the darkest of times. New Scotland, though, means new attitudes; a composed second 45 minutes secured the win that earlier looked improbable. Scotland still need to avoid defeat in Krakow but they will fly to Poland in fine spirits.
Written by Ewan Murray at Hampden Park
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/sep/24/scotland-republic-of-ireland-nations-league-match-report under the title “Ryan Christie penalty completes Scotland’s comeback win over Ireland”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.