Steve Clarke says “the whole lot got here collectively” as Scotland recorded their sixth straight win to finish Denmark’s lengthy unbeaten qualification run.
Denmark had been unbeaten of their final 26 qualifiers for World Cups and European Championships and had received all of their 9 matches in Group F to high the group however bumped right into a relentless Scotland facet that roared to a 2-0 win to ebook a house semi-final play-off.
Clarke’s males have now received six consecutive aggressive video games for the primary time since successful 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 unsuitable with me. I am delighted the whole lot 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 had been assured they usually confirmed it. We needed to dig-in however we defended nicely though the legs went a bit in the direction of the tip. An ideal night time with an excellent ambiance.
“It was necessary to get the house semi-final. I took just a little danger enjoying the boys who had 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 they usually 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 affected by harm.
Clarke singled him out for particular reward.
“It is the most effective story of the night time,” he stated.
“I am so completely satisfied for him. He is had a horrendous time with accidents to come back again. Even to be within the squad. He was delighted to be again and to play the best way he performed. Not simply his objective however defensively and with the ball.
“Congratulations to John. I gave him an enormous hug when he got here off the pitch and it was fairly emotional. You perceive if you’ve been a participant your self and you’ve got been concerned within the recreation for thus 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 total rating which have neither certified immediately as group winners, nor entered the play-offs already as group runners-up.
On November 26, the 12 groups might 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 search 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 probably Scotland might be concerned, might be held on 1 April subsequent 12 months.