Steve Clarke: Scotland’s boss says ‘everything came together’ in the victory over Denmark | Football news

Steve Clarke says that “everything came together” when Scotland recorded their sixth victory in a row to end Denmark’s long undefeated qualifying race.

Denmark were unbeaten in their last 26 qualifiers for the World Cup and European Championships and had won all nine of their matches in Group F to top the group, but bumped into a relentless Scottish team that roared to a 2-0 victory to book a home semi -victory. last playoff.

Clarke’s men have now won six competitive matches in a row for the first time since winning six consecutive home nation matches between March 1928 and February 1930.

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Highlights from the World Cup qualifier group F match between Scotland and Denmark.

Clarke told Sky Sports: “I’m being criticized for not smiling enough, but if you can not smile after such an achievement, there would be something wrong with me. I’m glad it all came together. We played good football on the forefoot to try to win match. 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 even though our legs went a little towards the end. A good night with a good mood .

“It was important to get the home semi-final. I took a small risk playing against the boys who got a yellow card, but we wanted to finish at a high level. We had a chance to win six competitive matches in a row, which “It’s not easy to do. The boys wanted to do it and they showed it on the pitch.”

Center John Souttar went home in his first Scotland appearance since being sent off in a 2018 defeat against Israel. It was a special night for the 25-year-old Hearts defender, whose career has been plagued by injuries.

Clarke praised him for special praise.

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

“I’m so happy on his behalf. He’s had a terrible time with injuries to come back. Even being in the squad. He was happy to be back and play the way he played. Not just his goal, but defensively and with ball.

“Congratulations to John. I gave him a big hug when he came off the pitch and it was quite emotional. You understand when you yourself have been a player and you have been involved in the game for so long how difficult it is is on its way back.

“I’m totally happy for him.”

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After scoring on his first Scotland start in three years, John Souttar dedicated the goal to his brother to help the Hearts defender with his rehabilitation.

How does the playoffs work?

The final will take place from 24 to 29 March with 10 second places in the group, accompanied by the two best group winners from the UEFA Nations League’s overall ranking 2020/21, who have neither qualified directly as group winners nor entered the final. already as group twos.

On November 26, the 12 teams in three playoff tracks will be drawn to the one-time semifinals on March 24 and finals on March 29. The three course winners qualify for the World Cup.

What’s next?

Scotland must find out their play-off opponents on Friday 26 November before their one-off semi-final on 24 March. The draw for the World Cup, where Denmark and potentially Scotland will be involved, will be held on 1 April next year.