Steve Clarke says “every thing got here collectively” as Scotland recorded their sixth straight win to finish Denmark’s lengthy unbeaten qualification run.
Denmark have been unbeaten of their final 26 qualifiers for World Cups and European Championships and had gained all of their 9 matches in Group F to prime the group however bumped right into a relentless Scotland aspect that roared to a 2-0 win to e book a house semi-final play-off.
Clarke’s males have now gained six consecutive aggressive video games for the primary time since profitable six Dwelling Nations matches in a row between March 1928 and February 1930.
Clarke informed Sky Sports activities: “I get criticised for not smiling sufficient however if you cannot smile after a efficiency like that there could be one thing improper with me. I am delighted every thing got here collectively. We performed good soccer on the entrance foot to attempt to win the sport. It is a good night time for us. I knew the gamers have been assured and so they confirmed it. We needed to dig-in however we defended effectively though the legs went a bit in direction of the tip. An awesome night time with an incredible ambiance.
“It was necessary to get the house semi-final. I took slightly danger taking part in the boys who have been on a yellow card however we wished to complete on a excessive. We had an opportunity to win six aggressive video games in a row which is not simple to do. The boys wished to do it and so they confirmed it on the pitch.”
Centre-half John Souttar headed house in his first Scotland look since being despatched off in a 2018 defeat by Israel. It was a particular night time the 25-year-old Hearts defender, whose profession has been suffering from damage.
Clarke singled him out for particular reward.
“It is one of the best story of the night time,” he stated.
“I am so completely happy for him. He is had a horrendous time with accidents to return again. Even to be within the squad. He was delighted to be again and to play the best way he performed. Not simply his aim however defensively and with the ball.
“Congratulations to John. I gave him a giant hug when he got here off the pitch and it was fairly emotional. You perceive while you’ve been a participant your self and you have been concerned within the sport for therefore lengthy how tough it’s on the highway again.
“I am completely delighted for him.”
The play-offs happen from March 24 to 29, with 10 group runners-up joined by the 2 greatest group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League general rating which have neither certified instantly as group winners, nor entered the play-offs already as group runners-up.
On November 26, the 12 groups shall be drawn into three play-off paths for one-off semi-finals on March 24 and finals on March 29. The three path winners will qualify for the World Cup.
Scotland are set to seek out out their play-off opponents on Friday, November 26 earlier than their one-off semi-final on March 24. The draw for the World Cup, the place Denmark and doubtlessly Scotland shall be concerned, shall be held on 1 April subsequent 12 months.