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Players showed resilience at end of tough run, says Clarke

Scotland 6 San Marino 0

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By Staff Reporter

Scotland manager Steve Clarke was delighted to see smiles back on the faces of his players after their 6-0 win over San Marino.

John McGinn's first-half hat-trick set Scotland up for their biggest win over San Marino in eight meetings after four consecutive European Championship qualifying defeats, the latest a 4-0 loss in Russia.

Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay both netted their first Scotland goals in a second-half played in terrible conditions as the ball held up on the increasingly waterlogged Hampden surface, before Stuart Armstrong scored from a late free-kick.

Clarke said: "They showed me they have a good resilient streak. It's been a tough week for us.

"I saw smiles on their faces in the dressing room after the game and it's nice to see. The players deserve a lot of credit for bouncing back that way."

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