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McArthur Scores In Scotland Victory

2 September 2017

James McArthur’s goal late in the game sealed a 3-0 victory for Scotland against Lithuania on Friday night in the Group F World Cup qualifier.

Stuart Armstrong’s first goal for his country, a header on 25 minutes gave the visitors a lead just before the half hour mark and the advantage was extended just five minutes later.

Andrew Robertson’s  shot from distance gave Ernestas Setkus in the Lithuania goal no chance.and Gordon Strachan’s side were in control..

Eighteen minutes from time McArthur received a ball just inside the box, after good play from Leigh Griffiths, and he made no mistake to increase the winning margin.

Speaking after the game the midfielder was pleased to have another international game under his belt. "It’s fair to say my performance wasn’t great in the first half. I could say I was a bit rusty – or be honest that I was very poor.

"I’ve been injured, didn’t have a pre-season and haven’t played a lot for my club.

“I’m delighted with the goal. I’m just so happy to get another 90 minutes for Scotland and help the team win. The third goal was vital for us and it’s always a brilliant feeling scoring a goal for your country,"

Scotland are now third in the Group, four points behind Slovakia ahead of Monday's Qualifier against Malta at Hampden Park.

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