February 26, 2021

Christie pen cancelled out as Scotland held

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Ryan Christie’s penalty was not enough for Scotland to kick-off their Nations League campaign with a win as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Israel.

Celtic midfielder Christie converted from the spot moments before half-time after John McGinn was fouled in the box by Eitan Tibi.

But a resurgent Israel, who had come close before half-time when David Marshall made a fine save to keep out Moanes Dabour’s free header, levelled with a deserved equaliser 17 minutes from time when Eran Zahavi exchanged passes with Dabour before firing in a fine effort past the stranded goalkeeper.

Scotland pressed for a winner in the closing stages but found Israel’s five-man defence tough to break down, and now go into Monday’s game in the Czech Republic looking for their first victory.

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Scotland’s next game is against Czech Republic on Monday night on Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm; Kick-off at 7.45pm.