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World Cup qualifier: Shaun Maloney's late free-kick snatches 2-1 win for Scotland in Macedonia

By Pete Hall - Follow me: @Pistolpeteh86.   Last Updated: 11/09/13 11:19am

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Shaun Moloney: Hits late winner for Scotland against Macedonia

Shaun Moloney: Hits late winner for Scotland against Macedonia

Shaun Maloney's late free-kick snatched a well-deserved 2-1 victory for Scotland in their Group A World Cup qualifier in Macedonia.

The lively Ikechi Anya's expertly-taken goal just before the hour mark had given the visitors the lead, but Jovan Kostovski looked to have shared the spoils, bundling in a sublime Goran Pandev pass late on to equalise.

However Maloney had other ideas, curling a brilliant set piece past Tomislav Paèovski in the host's goal to send the Tartan Army into raptures, and move the Scots off the bottom of the group.

Scotland dominated for long periods of the first-half, with Anya a real outlet down the left, and Steven Naismith leading the line with real confidence.

Anya was creating space well, forcing Paeovski into several low blocks with Naismith lurking.

Naismith created the visitors best chance of the opening period, lofting a pinpoint ball over the Macedonian backline for Scott Brown to run onto, but the Scots skipper couldn't beat Paèovski, who saved well.

The home side could have snatched an undeserved opener just before the break, but Adis Jahovic lashed a shot into the side netting, with others well-placed for a pullback.

But it Gordon Strachan's men who deservedly took the lead, with impressive Anya finishing brilliantly from an acute angle after being played in.

The goal did spark the home side into life, but they found Matt Gilks in fine form after coming on at half-time in the Scotland goal.

The Blackpool goalkeeper tipped three goalbound efforts over the ball to keep the Scots in front, but he was powerless to keep the Macedonians at bay all night, especially with the talented Pandev around.

The Napoli man's delightfully chipped throughball undid the Scotland defence, allowing Kostovski to bundle in an equaliser which seemed to have sealed a point for the hosts.

But Maloney had other ideas, curling a pinpoint free-kick into the top corner after James McArthur's forward run had been halted on the edge of the box to earn Strachan his second victory in charge, and a brighter future in prospect for their long-suffering fans.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 10th Sep - Group F
    Tue 10th Sep - Group G
    Tue 10th Sep - Group B
    Tue 10th Sep - Group C
    • Kazakhstan
      0 - 1
      Sweden
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    • Austria
      1 - 0
      Rep Ireland
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    • Faroe Islands
      0 - 3
      Germany
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    Tue 10th Sep - Group E
    Tue 10th Sep - Group I
    Tue 10th Sep - Group D
    Tue 10th Sep - Group A
    Tue 10th Sep - Group H

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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