Two set-piece goals ended Scotland’s World Cup dream following a 2-2 draw in Slovenia after a Leigh Griffiths strike had put them 45 minutes from a play-off place.
Griffiths finished brilliantly in the 32nd minute to put Scotland on route to a victory that would have guaranteed second spot in Group F and a two-legged decider next month.
But Slovenia substitute Roman Bezjak twice took advantage of slack marking and Scotland could not find a winner after Robert Snodgrass levelled in the 88th minute, although the substitute came close in the dying seconds of stoppage time.
Slovakia’s 3-0 victory over Malta saw them jump into second spot in Group F on goal difference and extend Scotland’s absence from a major tournament beyond 20 years.
Source: By PA Sport Staff