Wednesday 21 February 2018

Duricic double piles misery on Scots


Scotland were once again off the pace as they slumped to their fourth successive World Cup qualifying defeat in Novi Sad.

Gordon Strachan's much-changed side held out at the Karadjorje Stadium until the break but a second-half double by striker Filip Duricic gave the home side a deserved win.

Scotland remain bottom of Group A with two points from six games ahead of the trip to Croatia in June, and on this evidence there is little chance of the first win arriving.

It was another dismal night for the Scots. There was only 30 seconds gone when David Marshall had to make a save from Duricic after skipper Branislav Ivanovic, playing all over the pitch it seemed at times, had sent him through on goal.

Marshall saved well from Dusan Basta and Duricic in the first half as Scotland hung on.

The resistance was broken in the 60th minute when Zoran Tosic found Ljubomir Fejsa, whose blocked shot fell to Duricic, who slammed the ball home from six yards.

Five minutes later the home side doubled their lead when Nenad Tomovic hassled skipper Gary Caldwell into a mistake and, although Marshall saved his shot, the ball broke to Duricic to finish.

Irish Independent

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