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Slovakia wins 3-way fight for 2nd place in WCup qualifying

Scotland's Robert Snodgrass scores his side's second goal during the World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match between Slovenia and Scotland, at the Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Slovakia wins 3-way fight for 2nd place in WCup qualifying

Slovakia's Adam Nemec, right, scores his side's opening goal during their WCup 2018 Group F qualifying soccer match between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Michal Svitok/TASR via AP)

Slovakia wins 3-way fight for 2nd place in WCup qualifying

Slovakia's Adam Nemec, right, celebrates with teamates Martin Skrtel, left, Marek Hamsik, second left, and others after scoring his second goal during their WCup 2018 Group F qualifying soccer match between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Michal Svitok/TASR via AP)

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Marek Hamsik of Slovakia reacts after the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Slovakia's players celebrate after the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Slovakia's head coach Jan Kozak (C) reacts after the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta - Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava, Slovakia - October 8, 2017 Slovakia players celebrate after the match REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Martin Skrtel (C) of Slovakia in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Marek Hamsik (C) of Slovakia in action against Andrew Hogg (R) of Malta during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Ryan Camilleri (R) of Malta in action against Ondrej Duda (L) of Slovakia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Milan Skriniar (C) of Slovakia in action against Andrew Hogg (R) of Malta during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Marek Hamsik (L), Milan Skriniar (2-L) and Adam Nemec (3-L) celebrate during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta - Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava, Slovakia - October 8, 2017 Slovakia’s Ondrej Duda celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta - Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava, Slovakia - October 8, 2017 Slovakia’s Ondrej Duda in action with Malta’s Andrei Agius REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta - Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava, Slovakia - October 8, 2017 Slovakia’s Adam Nemec scores their second goal REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Andrei Agius (L) and Ryan Camilleri (R) of Malta in action against Marek Hamsik (C) of Slovakia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Adam Nemec (front) and Vladimir Weiss celebrate during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Adam Nemec of Slovakia reacts after scoring during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Stephen Pisani (R) of Malta in action against Albert Rusnak (L) of Slovakia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta - Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava, Slovakia - October 8, 2017 Slovakia’s Adam Nemec celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- The starting eleven of Slovakia pose for photographers before the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

JAK_6764. Trnava (Slovakia (slovak Republic)), 08/10/2017.- Paul Fenech (R) of Malta in action against Marek Hamsik (L) of Slovakia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier game between Slovakia and Malta in Trnava, Slovakia, 08 October 2017. (Mundial de Fútbol, Eslovaquia) EFE/EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta - Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava, Slovakia - October 8, 2017 Slovakia’s Vladimir Weiss in action with Malta’s Steve Borg REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Slovakia vs Malta - Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava, Slovakia - October 8, 2017 Slovakia’s Marek Hamsik in action REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

Fletcher: I looked like I'd been bitten by Mike Tyson!

The midfielder needed stitches after Martin Skrtel caught him with his elbow in Thursday's World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia

Fletcher: I looked like I'd been bitten by Mike Tyson!

The midfielder needed stitches after Martin Skrtel caught him with his elbow in Thursday's World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia

Fletcher: I looked like I'd been bitten by Mike Tyson!

The midfielder needed stitches after Martin Skrtel caught him with his elbow in Thursday's World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia

Gordon Strachan pleased with Scotland resurgence but focus is on Slovenia

Scotland’s manager Gordon Strachan said the win over Slovakia was great, ‘but there’s a big one coming’.

Scotland football fans hold up the Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during the 2018 World Cup Qualification match between Scotland vs Slovakia.

Scotland football fans hold up the Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during the 2018 World Cup Qualification match between Scotland vs Slovakia, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - October 5, 2017 PICTURE TAKEN: October 5, 2017. Picture taken October 5, 2017 REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Scotland football fans hold up the Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during the 2018 World Cup Qualification match between Scotland vs Slovakia.

Scotland football fans hold up the Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during the 2018 World Cup Qualification match between Scotland vs Slovakia, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - October 5, 2017 PICTURE TAKEN: October 5, 2017. Picture taken October 5, 2017 REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Kane sends England to World Cup with 1-0 win over Slovenia

Scotland's James Morrison and Slovakia's Jan Gregus, right, battle for the ball during the World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Kane sends England to World Cup with 1-0 win over Slovenia

Scotland's Chris Martin, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during their 2018 World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match against Slovakia at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Scotland manager Strachan credits 'footballing gods' for late victory

After Martin Skrtel's last-gasp own goal handed the side a 1-0 home win over Slovakia, the team's manager hailed divine intervention

Scotland boost play-off hopes after own goal sinks 10-man Slovakia

Scotland boost play-off hopes after own goal sinks 10-man Slovakia

Scotland's Leigh Griffiths (L) vies with Slovakia's Jan Durica during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match in Glasgow on October 5, 2017

Scotland's Leigh Griffiths (L) vies with Slovakia's Jan Durica during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match in Glasgow on October 5, 2017 (AFP Photo/Andy BUCHANAN)

2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - October 5, 2017 Scotland’s Chris Martin celebrates after their first goal REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - October 5, 2017 Scotland’s Andrew Robertson and Chris Martin celebrate after the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - October 5, 2017 Scotland’s Chris Martin applauds the fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Scotland vs Slovakia - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - October 5, 2017 Scotland’s Chris Martin scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

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