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Scots were taught a lesson: Fraser


Hands up: Ryan Fraser
Hands up: Ryan Fraser

By Ronnie Esplin

Ryan Fraser believes Scotland were given a "footballing lesson" by Belgium in their 3-0 European Championship qualifying defeat but he remains positive.

The Scots were holding out at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels until just before the break when striker Romelu Lukaku headed in a cross from skipper Eden Hazard.

The Manchester United striker grabbed a second in the 57th minute and Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne added a third for the World No.1 side, who now have four Group I wins out of four.

It was Steve Clarke's second game as Scotland boss following the 2-1 win over Cyprus at Hampden Park on Saturday and Bournemouth wide man Fraser noted the different quality of opposition as the Scots now face a double-header at the national stadium against Russia and Belgium in September.

"The big game was Cyprus and getting the win," Fraser said. "Last night was a learning curve. Coming up against the World No.1 is never easy and we did get shown a footballing lesson.

"But maybe in the last couple of years we might have been beaten by a bigger scoreline. We have to take positives and build."

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