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Fraser rescues Scotland in Israel draw


Tel Aviv (AFP) – Scotland rescued a 1-1 draw against Israel after Ryan Fraser netted in the second half of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier in Tel Aviv.

Steve Clarke’s side fell behind when Scotland keeper David Marshall palmed Dor Peretz’s long-range strike into the net just before half-time.

Fraser silenced around 5,000 fans at the Bloomfield Stadium as the Newcastle winger produced a fine finish in the second half.

Having qualified for this year’s delayed Euro 2020 — their first major tournament appearance since the 1998 World Cup — Scotland are bidding to make it two in a row.

But Scotland’s second successive draw leaves them already trailing four points behind Group F leaders Denmark as they bid to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

They threatened an early goal when Manchester United’s Scott McTominay headed wide from six yards after getting up well to meet Andrew Robertson’s corner.

Just one minute before half-time, former Celtic defender Hatem Abd Elhamed put Scotland on the back foot and Israel quickly worked the ball inside to Peretz.

Peretz’s 25-yard blast should have been saved by Marshall, but he could only palm the ball into the top corner after getting two hands on it.

Clarke made a crucial change at the break, bringing on Ryan Christie for Jack Hendry and moving to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Scotland came out with more purpose in and out of possession and Christie played his part in the equaliser with the ball near the halfway line and played it down the line for Che Adams.

The Southampton forward drove to the edge of the area and played it square for Fraser, who fired into the corner.

Clarke’s men pressed for a winner and McTominay’s effort from Kieran Tierney’s low cross was scrambled clear.

Robertson saw a shot diverted wide in stoppage-time but Scotland had to settle for a point.

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