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RUSSIA 4 SCOTLAND 0: FOUR IN A WOE FOR CLARKE

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RUSSIA 4 SCOTLAND 0

STEVE CLARKE’S international woe continued in Moscow this evening as Scotland nosedived to another landslide Euro 2020 qualifying defeat.

It’s the new Scots boss’ fourth  defeat in succession for the nation’s worst sequence of losses in FIFTEEN years.

It was another night of humiliation against the Russians who won 2-1 ar Hampden last month.

When Aliksandr Golonov rolled No.4 beyond David Marshall in the fading moments it was the THIRTEENTH goal he had conceded in the x-certificate run of defeats.

Clarke saw his team play well enough to go in 0-0 at the interval, but the rood fell in after the turnaround when the home nation thumped in three goals in a devastating 13-minute spell.

In the 57th minute,Artem Dzyuba netted the first with a blistering first-time effort as he connected with a left-wing corner-kick from eight yards to fire a rocket shot high past the helpless Marshall.

HEARTACHE…Charlie Mulgrew, John McGinn, Robert Snodgrass and Andy Robertson can’t hide their misery.

On the hour mark, Magomed Ozdoev doubled his team’s advantage with a 30-yarder that thundered into the net.

Next up, Charlie Mulgrew and Mikey Devlin failed to clear the danger and once again Dzyuba was given time to stroke the ball home from close range.

The awful evening evening came to a halt when Goloven, set up by Dzyuba, rolled in the fourth.

Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland came on for the injured Oli Burke at half-time for his international debut, but there was no fairy-tale in Moscow. Instead, the Championship player was caught up in another Scotland horror story.

The Scots now play San Marino, who lost 9-0 to Belgium, at Hampden on Sunday. Steve Clarke will never get a better opportunity to stop the rot.

TEAM: Marshall; Palmer, Devlin, Mulgrew, Robertson; Fleck (sub: Armstrong 81), McGregor, McGinn; Snodgrass, Burke (sub: Shankland 46), Fraser (sub: Christie 68).

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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