Scotland get UEFA Nations League campaign off to winning start against Albania

first_img Latest UEFA Nations League News The Hearts striker somehow managed headed the ball onto the post from less than six yards out with the goal at his mercy.Naismith then had a goal disallowed for offside as the home crowd grew increasingly concerned.However, there concerns were lifted within a minute of the restart when Naismith turned away to celebrate Scotland’s breakthrough goal, however, his header last touched Albanian defender Djimsiti en route to the net.The visitors nearly levelled the game on 65 minutes but Bekim Balaj’s volley whistled just over the bar. It’s a winning start for Scotland in their UEFA Nations League campaign after beating Albania 2-0 at Hampden Park.Berat Djimsiti’s own goal and Steven Naismith’s header sealed the victory for Alex McLeish’s side in a game where the home side were guilty of missing a number of good opportunities. And Scotland made them pay three minutes later when Naismith capitalised on some dreadful defending to head home Callum McGregor’s looping corner.Almost straight from the restart McGregor nearly made it 3-0 but his shot was well blocked as McLeish’s men coasted to the win.GROUP C1 TABLE Ex-Liverpool star says Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield for England Switzerland vs England: Exclusive coverage of Nations League play-off match Guedes strikes as Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win inaugural Nations League LISTEN NOW Euro 2020 play-offs: How it works, fixtures dates and countries involved Naismith showed great character in the game ‘WEAPON’ Portugal vs Netherlands: Exclusive coverage of Nations League final in Porto know your limits Scotland are currently top of Group C1 center_img Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 updates: Guedes fires hosts to Nations League glory explained showdown 3 Go for glory Southgate defends Stones after error, says England will not change playing style CHAMPIONS Cascarino to Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him my choice 3 It was comfortable in the end but for a while it looked like the game would be one of those nights for Scotland as they lacked real composure in front of goal in the first-half.Charlie Mulgrew’s third-minute free-kick was tipped over the bar as the hosts took then game to their opponents.On 16 minutes, Stephen O’Donnell’s dangerous ball across the box was missed by Johnny Russell who should have done better.And then there were shades of the Chris Iwelumo’s about the next opportunity – Naismith the unwanted victim of this comparison among Scotland fans. 3last_img read more

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