Stuart Armstrong’s double helps Scotland beat nine Armenians 4-1.Nations League

Stuart Armstrong scored a double hit after Scotland overcame a difficult start to beat nine Armenians 4-1.

Scotland lags behind Yerevan early on and endured some uncertain moments after Armstrong’s Quick-Fi equalizer. However, the midfielder scored in the first half of the stop time. Scotland took full advantage of it shortly after Armand Hovanisian committed two yellow cards in five seconds.

John McGinn and Che Adams achieved their goals early in the second half. Scotland scored 6 points from the opening three Nations League matches before the host sent off another man during the downtime.

Scottish manager Steve Clark remains worried about losing 3-0 in Dublin on Saturday, while the three defenders (Captain, Andy Robertson, John Souttar and Scott McKenna) Did not travel 2,500 miles.

Scott McTominay returned behind the three next to Grant Hanley and Jack Hendry on the left, with wingbacks Nathan Patterson and Greg Taylor coming along with Billy Gilmour and Armstrong. ..

Ireland suffered from the heat of Yerevan when it went down to Armenia in the opening round of Group B1, but thanks to the local kick-off time at 8 pm, the breeze and the pre-match downpour, the conditions of the Scottish Republic Stadium Was good.

Armenia rarely came forward with a 2-0 defeat in Hamden last week, but showed much more aggressive ambitions on the opening stage and moved forward within six minutes.

Hanley seemed to like to win the ball big, but he misunderstood the challenge and left Tigran Barsegan to race the signature article and Vahan Bichakchan cut it to finish in the near post. ..

When Armstrong quickly followed up to the slot home after Adams couldn’t take an ambitious shot, Gilmour immediately pushed down the shot after a short corner and Scotland leveled.

However, the goal did not calm Scotland, and Armenia rescued the visitor with an offside flag and a recovery tackle from grounded hendery, scoring almost twice from the top ball.

Che Adams (left) is challenged by Armenian Hrayr Mkoyan. Photo: Vahram Baghdasaryan / Photolure / Reuters

Craig Gordon and Scotland, who were soon saved from Eduardo Spellshan, continued to look weak behind them as Armenia rushed to them. Clark’s side began to understand the game around 30 minutes, and Adams threatened twice from a long distance before Patterson was far off target following Taylor’s low cross.

An important passage of play began with Hovanisian’s second half challenge to Patterson. McGin squared towards the defender and head-butted the floor before Montenegro referee Nicola Davanovich flashed two yellow cards and one red.

Scotland didn’t give the host time to reorganize as Armstrong caught McGinn’s pass in the box and defeated the defender and then successfully returned the ball home despite losing his foothold. ..

The Scottish defeated their numerical advantage after the interval. McGinn fired at home from 6 yards in the 50th minute after Patterson pushed Taylor’s deep cross against him. Five minutes later, Armstrong brilliantly sent Southampton’s teammate Adams to a counterattack and a forward curled home.

There may have been more in Scotland. Armstrong threatened the hat-trick twice, and both Adams and Taylor forced the save.

David Turnbull, Lewis Ferguson, Anthony Ralston and Jacob Braun were given runouts and Scotland continued to dominate, so Alan Campbell made his debut, but the host missed a chance in the second half and Gordon in the second half. I missed two good stops.

Camo Hovanician was shown a bright red card after a wild challenge to Ferguson, and Campbell saw the shot greatly deflected. Scotland closed the Nations League campaign in late September with a doubleheader against Ukraine and Ireland.

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