Scotland's World Cup dream is over after draw

SCOTLAND’S World Cup dream is over after they drew 2-2 in Slovenia.

Leigh Griffiths’ strike had put Gordon Strachan’s men on course for the playoffs before Roman Bezjak equalised and the same player then broke Scottish hearts with his second of the evening.

Robert Snodgrass equalised to set-up a grandstand finish but Scotland were unable to find a winner.

That result was great news for Slovakia, who jumped above Scotland into second spot, although they face a nervous time waiting to see if it will be enough to be one of the best eight group runners-up.

Slovakia’s adjusted total in that race is 12 points, meaning Denmark and Northern Ireland secured their places in the playoffs following Scotland’s loss.

England were 1-0 winners over Lithuania with Harry Kane once again on target for the Three Lions. Kane’s first-half penalty was all that separated the sides. He had been 23-10 to notch first.

Match in Focus

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B Munich v Cologne

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Cologne have picked up just three points from a possible 45 this season
Expert verdict
Jupp Heynckes, coach of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, admits the table "is very pleasant to look at" although winless visitors Cologne probably don't feel the same way. The bottom club blew a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 at home to Freiburg on Sunday and their defence is likely to crumble at Bayern, for whom Arturo Vidal has scored in each of his last four league games.

 

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