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Duo help Scotland seal Slovakia success

6 October 2017

JAMES Morrison and Matt Phillips helped Scotland take a huge step towards securing a FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off spot on Thursday night.

The Baggies duo both played 90 minutes at Hampden Park where Martin Skrtel’s late own goal saw Gordon Strachan’s side take home three massive points in Group F.

Scotland’s victory means they go into their final qualifier sitting second in the standings, two points clear of Slovakia and three clear of Sunday’s opponents Slovenia.

Elsewhere in European qualifying, Albion trio Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt all played 90 minutes as Northern Ireland were undone by world champions Germany in Belfast.

Josh Magennis nodded home a late consolation for the hosts after the Germans had taken a 3-0 lead courtesy of super strikes from Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich.

Northern Ireland, who have already secured second spot in Group C, travel to Norway for their final qualifier on Sunday.

In Group E, Grzegorz Krychowiak completed the whole game as Poland stormed to a 6-1 win over Armenia in Yerevan. 

Robert Lewandowski (3), Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Błaszczykowski and Rafał Wolski were all on target for Poland who now need just one point in their final game against Montenegro on Sunday to seal a spot in Russia.

Salomon Rondon also completed 90 minutes as Venezuela drew 0-0 with Uruguay in San Cristobal.

Venezuela, who will finish bottom of the South American qualifying group, travel to Paraguay for their final fixture in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Jake Livermore was an unused substitute at Wembley where England secured their place at next summer’s FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 win over Slovenia.

Harry Kane scored the only goal in the 94th minute.

Livermore and the Three Lions will fly out to Lithuania ahead of their final fixture on Sunday.

Finally, Sam Field played the whole game as England’s U20 side ran riot in Italy – recording a fantastic 5-1 victory.

The young midfielder could feature again for the Young Lions on Tuesday when they welcome Czech Republic.


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