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International Round-Up: Sunday

8 October 2017

Scotland's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup came to an end on Sunday as they were held to a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.

Needing victory in their final Group F match to book a play-off place, The Scots led at the interval courtesy of Leigh Griffiths' goal.

However, a brace from Slovenian substitute Roman Bezjak turned the game in the second period, leaving Gordan Strachan's side with a mountain to climb.

Former City winger Robert Snodgrass netted two minutes from time as Scotland threatened to produce late drama, but they were ultimately denied despite Bostjan Cesar's injury-time red card for the hosts.

Grant Hanley was an unused substitute for Scotland, with their defeat somewhat taking the sting out of Northern Ireland's trip to Norway later the same evening.

The result confirmed Northern Ireland's play-off place after their impressive showing in Group C, with a subsequent steady tempo to the match largely reflecting that.

Michael McGovern started in goal as Norway edged to a 1-0 win, with Michael O'Neill's men now left to wait to see who they will face off against for a place at next summer's tournament. 


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