Scotland realistic about ‘slim’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes, says David Marshall

David Marshall admits the Odds of Scotland qualifying for the 2020 European Championships are”slim” after the 2-1 defeat by Russia in Hampden Park on Friday.

Steve Clarke’s side took the lead after only 10 minutes when midfielder John McGinn scored his first international goal but Russia scored both sides of half-time to carry all 3 points.
Russia are next with 12 points, three behind leaders Belgium who visit Hampden about Monday night, live on Sky Sports Football after two wins in five fixtures, Scotland have been in fourth place in Group I with six points.
Even the Nations League semi-final play-off next March provides Scotland another way into Euro 2020 however when asked about the odds of getting there by the standard route, the 34-year-old Wigan goalkeeper stated:”It’s obviously slim.
“We all know that, we are realistic about it. Win and we must go Monday night and there is the campaign gone we know that.
“It’s a massive ask at this stage however you feel much better in a couple of days after you receive a few days practice in and we’ll go back on Monday.
“There’s a whole good deal of football to be performed with. We need to get our heads. There’s still five games.
“We know how slim it is we will need to go and win a big game.
“We clearly know Belgium really well. We’ll have a game program that might change because it has become a game we need to win and go now. I am certain that we’ll be prepared.
“Football affects speedily. We arrived it off and were in the ascendancy. So we will go and give it a go on Monday.
“We know what the crowd is like here [at Hampden] if we get going and when we could find a start on Monday as we did against Russia ideally we can assert it. But we are under no illusions.”
At a loss regarding how the home side failed to build on goal and their fantastic play, Marshall has been like the majority of the Scotland gamers.
The former Celtic, Cardiff and Hull goalkeeper stated:”It was a huge game and we had the points. They’re a fantastic team but I don’t think we played that well.
“It was a disappointing outcome. Our game plan was to get after them and it worked well.
“It was a perfect start for us but the game just seemed to alter. They got a lot of ownership and the target before half-time was important for them.”

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