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Scotland Near UEFA Nations League Promotion Amid Close Races Elsewhere

Ryan Fraser scored for Scotland. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Ryan Fraser’s early objective gave Scotland the 1-Zero win over Czech Republic.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: October 15, 2020, 6:37 PM IST

Scotland closed in on promotion to the highest tier of the Nations League on Wednesday after profitable their top-of-the-table conflict with the Czech Republic because the races within the different three League B teams remained extraordinarily tight.

An early Ryan Fraser objective was sufficient to edge the Scots previous their nearest rivals and open up a four-point lead on the high of Group 2, with a single level nonetheless separating the highest sides in Groups Three and 4, and Austria and Norway neck and neck in Group 1.

Fraser was a relentless risk all night time towards the Czechs at Hampden Park and struck the decisive blow after simply six minutes when goal man Lyndon Dykes poked a exact ball by way of for the Newcastle United attacker to fit residence neatly.

Matej Vydra wasted first-half probability to equalise for the guests however Fraser might have made it two simply after the half hour however fired over when his tempo was an excessive amount of for the Czech defence.

The strong Scots held on to finish a profitable week after reaching the Euro 2020 playoff finals with a penalty shootout win over Israel, who got here again from 2-Zero down within the different Group 2 sport to shock Slovakia 3-2 because of an Eran Zahavi hat-trick.

Finland stayed one level behind leaders Wales in Group Four after a close-range, second-half strike from Fredrik Jensen prolonged new Irish coach Stephen Kenny’s winless streak to 5 video games. Jonny Williams struck late as Wales gained 1-Zero in Bulgaria.

Second-half strikes additionally put Austria and Norway answerable for Group 1 with an personal objective from Northern Ireland’s Stuart Dallas handing Norway a 1-Zero win, the identical scoreline Austria gained by in Romania to depart the hosts 5 factors off high spot.

A goalless draw within the day’s different top-of-the-table conflict in Moscow saved Russia one level forward of Hungary in Group 3.

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