Hor­ror at Ham­p­den for poor Scot­land

SCOT­LAND 0 BEL­GIUM 4: McLeish’s side are torn apart by bril­liant Bel­gium

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC NI­COL­SON

Scot­land were ripped apart by bril­liant Bel­gium on a night that teetered on the edge of hu­mil­i­a­tion.

Alex McLeish’s men were thrashed 4-0 at Ham­p­den, with a com­bi­na­tion of world-class play from the World Cup semi-fi­nal­ists and self­harm ex­pos­ing a huge gulf be­tween the na­tions.

Eden Hazard was at his bril­liant best, scor­ing one stun­ner and setting up Michy Bat­shuayi for the first of his two goals. The opener for Romelu Lukaku and Bat­shuayi’s sec­ond were both a con­se­quence of Scot­land need­lessly cough­ing up pos­ses­sion. John McGinn and Ryan Jack were the guilty par­ties.

McLeish, who has now lost four of his five games in charge since tak­ing over from Gor­don Stra­chan, will be hop­ing that the scars of a chas­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence can heal be­fore Mon­day night’s Na­tions League opener against Al­ba­nia.


New Scot­land cap­tain Andy Robertson cuts a de­jected fig­ure as his arm­band de­but ends in dis­as­ter with a heavy de­feat at the hands of the 2018 World Cup semi-fi­nal­ists.

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