Steve Clarke’s men went into the Friday night showdown at Hampden knowing that, realistically, three points was absolutely vital in order to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top two spots in Group I.
John McGinn’s first senior international goal gave Scotland the perfect start, but after the first 15 minutes, Russia soon dominated, and goals either side of half-time from Artem Dzyuba and Yuri Zhirkov handed the visitors all three points.
Speaking to the media after the full-time whistle, Scotland boss Clarke seemed at a loss to explain the underwhelming display from his side, particularly in the second-half:
Scotland now face Belgium at home on Monday evening, but even a victory might not be enough to resuscitate their hopes of qualifying from this section.
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