Scotland secures last-minute win over Slovakia

Scotland secures last-minute win over Slovakia

Scotland secures last-minute win over Slovakia

But the World Cup dream was salvaged with just two minutes to play and Martin played a big part in it.

Substitute Martin played a key role in Thursday's last-gasp victory, putting Martin Skrtel under pressure as the visiting skipper sliced the ball past his own goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka, in the 89th minute. That was 1997, and the peak of the Craig Brown era, when Andy Goram and then Jim Leighton kept clean sheets for a stretch of seven Scotland matches in a row, a run which took us form the end of the Euro '96 finals to the guts of our successful World Cup 1998 qualifying campaign.

And with two minutes remaining great work by Griffiths set up Anya and when his cross from the right came in it was turned into his own net by Skrtel as he was challenged by Martin and Hampden Park exploded with joy and hope of Russian Federation next summer.

Scotland, who now have four wins and a draw from their last five games, move up to second in the table with one matchday left.

It has 17 points, two more than Slovakia, and will finish in that position if it can win away to Slovenia, which is also still in with a chance. "But we're away from home and they're a good team".

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"When you keep creating chances you know you are going to get more", he said. Scotland travel on Sunday to Slovenia (who now have 14 points), where they will hope to secure a result that will leave them among the eight best runners-up out of the nine European groups for Russian Federation 2018.

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After Mak made his reluctant departure, the Tartan Army urged Scotland forward but in the 32nd minute Gordon had to rush from his goal to foil Stanislav Lobotka, who had worked a clever one-two with Adam Nemec inside the penalty area.

Scotland must have thought their luck was out when Martin collected James Morrison's pass and saw his brilliant 25-yard effort cannon off the crossbar.

Slovakia head coach Jan Kozak has claimed his side were subjected to underhand tactics during their unsuccessful trip to Scotland.

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