Steve Clarke: Scotland boss says ‘the whole lot came collectively’ in win over Denmark | Football News


Steve Clarke says “everything came together” as Scotland recorded their sixth straight win to finish Denmark’s lengthy unbeaten qualification run.

Denmark have been unbeaten in their final 26 qualifiers for World Cups and European Championships and had received all of their 9 matches in Group F to prime the group however bumped right into a relentless Scotland facet that roared to a 2-0 win to e book a house semi-final play-off.

Clarke’s males have now received six consecutive aggressive video games for the primary time since successful six Home Nations matches in a row between March 1928 and February 1930.

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Highlights of the World Cup qualifying Group F match between Scotland and Denmark.

Clarke informed Sky Sports: “I get criticised for not smiling enough but if you can’t smile after a performance like that there would be something wrong with me. I’m delighted everything came together. We played good football on the front foot to try and win the game. It’s a good night for us. I knew the players were confident and they showed it. We had to dig-in but we defended well although the legs went a bit towards the end. A great night with a great atmosphere.

“It was vital to get the house semi-final. I took somewhat danger enjoying the boys who have been on a yellow card however we wished to complete on a excessive. We had an opportunity to win six aggressive video games in a row which is not straightforward to do. The boys wished to do it they usually confirmed it on the pitch.”

Centre-half John Souttar headed house in his first Scotland look since being despatched off in a 2018 defeat by Israel. It was a particular evening the 25-year-old Hearts defender, whose profession has been suffering from harm.

Clarke singled him out for particular reward.

“It’s the best story of the night,” he mentioned.

“I’m so happy for him. He’s had a horrendous time with injuries to come back. Even to be in the squad. He was delighted to be back and to play the way he played. Not just his goal but defensively and with the ball.

“Congratulations to John. I gave him an enormous hug when he came off the pitch and it was fairly emotional. You perceive once you’ve been a participant your self and you have been concerned in the sport for thus lengthy how troublesome it’s on the highway again.

“I’m absolutely delighted for him.”

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After scoring on his first Scotland begin for 3 years, John Souttar devoted the purpose to his brother for serving to the Hearts defender together with his rehab.

How do the play-offs work?

The play-offs happen from March 24 to 29, with 10 group runners-up joined by the 2 finest group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League general rating which have neither certified immediately as group winners, nor entered the play-offs already as group runners-up.

On November 26, the 12 groups might be drawn into three play-off paths for one-off semi-finals on March 24 and finals on March 29. The three path winners will qualify for the World Cup.

What’s next?

Scotland are set to search out out their play-off opponents on Friday, November 26 earlier than their one-off semi-final on March 24. The draw for the World Cup, the place Denmark and probably Scotland might be concerned, might be held on 1 April subsequent 12 months.

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