Scotland get double boost
Scotland ended a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign on a positive note with a 2-0 victory against Croatia at Hampden Park last night.
The Scots had not won a competitive match at Hampden for more than two years but Robert Snodgrass, who scored the winner when the sides met in Zagreb in June, headed them in front after 28 minutes.
The Croats, ranked 10th in the world, struggled to penetrate a well-organised Scottish defence and conceded a second after 73 minutes when Steven Naismith reacted quickest after a Barry Bannan penalty had been parried by Stipe Pletikosa. Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign has at times been a humbling and humiliating experience but the improved performances since Gordon Strachan replaced Craig Levein has given the Tartan Army some cautious optimism to take into the Euro 2016 campaign.
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