Israel 1-0 Scotland: Steve Clarke’s side lose for SECOND game running after reaching Euro 2020 as Manor Solomon’s individual strike seals victory for hosts
- Steve Clarke’s side failed to top their UEFA Nations League group on Wednesday
- Israel forward Manor Solomon gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half-time
- The Shakhtar Donetsk man turned Scott McTominay before finishing superbly
- Leigh Griffiths fluffed a late opportunity to equalise for Scotland in Tel Aviv
Scotland felt on top of the world a week ago after qualification for Euro 2020.
But the reality of successive Nations League defeats is that their World Cup hopes have taken a battering.
Steve Clarke’s side only had to beat one of Slovakia or Israel to win their group and so increase their chances of a play-off place ahead of Qatar 2022.
Israel’s Manor Solomon scored the winner in the end as Scotland slumped to defeat
The Scotland side, led by Andy Robertson (pic), lost for the second time in four days
Leigh Griffiths missed a good opportunity to equalise on a frustrating evening for the visitors
Steve Clarke’s side have been brought back down to earth after Euro 2020 qualification
But a pair of 1-0 defeats means they miss out on promotion to the top tier of the Nations League, and that would have been some achievement considering they started in Pool C two years ago.
Yes, they would have probably settled for a place at next summer’s Euros above all else entering this international break, but this feels like an opportunity missed, with Czech Republic claiming top spot.
Israel celebrate their goal in the 44th minute after fine individual skill from Solomon
John McGinn came close to a leveller early in the second-half but it wasn’t to be for Scotland
Israel scored the only goal on 44 minutes when Manor Soloman danced around Scott McTominay and finished low across David Marshall, the hero from last week’s penalty shootout win in Serbia.
That apart Marshall was a spectator, but his opposite number Ofir Marciano, of Hibernian, was hardly troubled either.
Scotland could have no complaints.
ISRAEL 1-0 SCOTLAND – MATCH FACTS
Israel: Marciano, Dasa, Bitton, Tibi, Yeini (Dgani 78), Menahem, Natkho (Golasa 62), Lavi (Fani 78), Solomon (Cohen 84), Weissman, Zahavi
Subs not used: Harush, Peretz, Khalaila, Tawatha, Dadya, Abu Hanna, Nitzan
Goals: Solomon 44
Bookings: Fani, Dgani, Marciano
Scotland: Marshall, O’Donnell (Burke 74), McTominay, Gallagher (McKenna 73), Tierney, Robertson, Jack, McGinn (Griffiths 62), McGregor (McLean 82), Christie, Dykes (McBurnie 61)
Subs not used: McLaughlin, Taylor, Cooper, Shankland, Gordon, Palmer, Considine
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