Fans baffled as San Marino keeper casually picks up the ball OUTSIDE of the box to gift Scotland free-kick and goal – The Sun

SCOTLAND fans were completely baffled as San Marino's keeper picked up the ball outside his own 18 yard box.

The Tartan Army were dumbfounded as keeper Aldo Simoncini, 33, casually scooped it up just outside the area during the Scots' 6-0 win over the serial whipping boys.

Simonicini, who is also an accountant, did not even blink as the handled the ball directly outside his own 18.

To be fair to the former Modena and Cesena stopper, he did think the referee had blown his whistle for a foul just a second before.

Scotland were already five goals to the good by that point, as John McGinn landed a first-half hat-trick, while Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay had added two more.

Then to rub salt into the wound, Stuart Armstrong bagged a sixth from Simocini's mistake, whipping a free-kick over the wall.


In a rain-sodden Hampden Park, it was the last thing the keeper needed, but it will not deflect questions over San Marino's suitability for international football.

It was Southampton ace Armstrong's second goal of his 18-cap international career and the midfielder will hope to push for a starting place in Steve Clarke's side.

Scotland are currently fourth in the Group I and have no chance of qualifying that way for Euro 2020 as Belgium and Russia occupied to two top spots.

However, they have a chance through the Nations League/Euro 2020 play-offs after they topped their mini-group last year.

Clarke said: "If this is the first stage of turning a corner, great.

"Russia went to Cyprus and won 5-0, told you they were a good team.

"We go to Cyprus now with the chance to go above them and that gives us an opportunity to finish third which is the next objective."


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