Armstrong helps Scots to winning start

By SFC Media time Mon 10 Sep International
Photo by Getty Images | Stuart Armstrong

Stuart Armstrong made a positive impression as a half-time substitute as Scotland tasted victory in their Nations League opener against Albania at Hampden Park.

Goalless at the interval, the introduction of Armstrong boosted Scotland’s attacking threat, and the hosts were in front within seconds of the restart.

Andrew Robertson’s cross from the left was met by a Steven Naismith header that deflected in off Berat Xhimshiti to give the Scots the lead.

Naismith then made it two with a header from a corner to crown a much-improved second-half display from Alex McLeish’s side.

Meanwhile, Cédric was an unused substitute as Portugal edged past Italy in another Nations League encounter.

Sevilla striker André Silva struck the only goal shortly after half time to get the European champions off to a winning start in Lisbon.

Southampton Academy starlet Jake Vokins was also on the bench as England Under-19s followed up a 4-1 victory over Netherlands with a 2-1 success in Belgium, where Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi was among the scorers.

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