Russia recovered from surrendering an early goal to beat Scotland 2-1 away in their Euro 2020 Group I qualifier on Friday.
John McGinn raised Scottish expectations by knocking in a free ball for his first international goal following 11 minutes yet Russia battled their way once more into the game and Artem Dzyuba evened out five minutes before halftime.
Scotland over and over lost belonging and was made to pay in the 59th minute when another pass was blocked, Aleksandr Golovin hurried away and cut the ball again into the middle where Stephen O’Donnell transformed it into his own net.
Russia twice hit the woodwork as they kept on getting Scotland on the break.
Russia, who have 12 points from five games, remained second, three behind Belgium who kept up their 100 percent record with a 4-0 win in San Marino. Scotland remains on six.
Michy Batshuayi put Belgium ahead with a penalty two minutes before halftime and Dries Mertens, Nacer Chadli and Batshuayi included further goals in the second half.
Cyprus and third-set Kazakhstan attracted 1-1 the gathering’s other game, leaving them on four and seven separately.