TORSHAVN: Scotland came close to a one-place World Cup qualifying victory in March, but admitted they had to grab their victory in the tiny Faroe Islands on Tuesday to stay the course towards Qatar .
With Denmark having won Group F and qualifying directly for next year’s World Cup, Scotland can secure second place by beating Moldova in Chisinau in their penultimate qualifying match on 12 November .
But they left him late to retain their four-point advantage over Israel in the group standings before Lyndon Dykes scored to deliver Scotland 1-0 victory at Torshavn in a frustrating performance that contrasts with the excitement of the 3-2 victory over the Israelis at Hampden Park at the weekend.
“We needed patience, conviction and to keep connecting. You’re not always going to win in a fluid style, maybe like we did in the second half on Saturday when everyone was excited, ”manager Steve Clarke told reporters after the game.
“It was about showing a different team and getting the win – three points is three points like it was on Saturday.
“We will try to be better next month, but let’s not be too sad about it. It’s six points, four straight wins, and we’re in a very good position, ”he said.
If they win in Moldova, Scotland will be assured of second place with one game yet to be completed, at home against Denmark on November 15.
“Now we have to make sure that next month we finish the job,” Clarke said.
The top 10 group runners-up face off for the March qualifiers, along with the top two group winners of the last Nations Cup, who did not finish first or second in their World Cup qualifying group.
The 12 teams will make three playoffs for a single semi-final on March 24 and a final five days later. The three route winners then qualify for the World Cup.
Scotland have not qualified for the World Cup since France 1998, but have participated in the European Championship this year. – Reuters