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MALTA LOSE AGAIN

Malta remain bottom of Group F with no points from eight games after a 2-0 defeat to Scotland at Hampden Park on Monday.

Besides, thanks to this win Gordon Strachan's side’s dream of reaching the 2018 World Cup remains alive.

Christophe Berra's fourth goal for Scotland arrived after just nine minutes as Hampden Park braced itself for an goal-laden outing, but there was little of the fluency and cohesion of Friday's 3-0 win at Lithuania in this performance.

The Maltese frustrated their hosts at times but there was relief around the ground when Leigh Griffiths scored Scotland's second from close range after 49 minutes.

News of England's victory over Slovakia at Wembley further boosted Scottish spirits, given that their hopes of qualification depend on leap-frogging Jan Kozak's side into second place in the group.

Scotland will have the chance to do just that on October 5, when Slovakia arrive at Hampden Park for a crucial showdown, but they will need to be more clinical than they were here.

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