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Russell and Barath spark wins for Scotland and Hungary

Johnny Russell opened his scoring account for Scotland, as the Scottish pressure finally broke the wall that was the San Marino defense.

Hungary v Croatia - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Johnny Russell played all 90 minutes of Scotland’s dreadful 2-0 win over San Marino, the lowest ranked international team in the world, which is 118 lower than Trinidad and Tobago. Russell started and scored in the 74 minute to give Scotland a 2-0 win in San Marino. Lots for Scotland to think about as it was clear that the Scottish support is not behind the manager, Alex McLeish, after the embarrassing 3-0 loss in Kazakhstan on Thursday and now an uninspiring win away to San Marino. This was Russell’s first goal with Scotland from 11 appearances, which was assisted by Celtic winger James Forrest. Scotland are now 1-1 in Group I in the UEFA Euro qualifiers.

From frustration to euphoria for Sporting KC internationals, Botond Barath played all 90 minutes for Hungary as they stunned the World Cup runner ups Croatia with a 2-1 win. Krisztian Nemeth was an unused substitute. Hungary, along with three of the four other teams from Group E, are all 1-1 so far in the UEFA Euro qualifiers.

SKC defender Abdul Rwatubyaye played all 90 minutes in Rwanda’s 3-0 loss to Ivory Coast in their final game of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Jaylin Lindsey remains with the United States U-20’s for a game Monday at 6:00 AM against Japan.

With the international window coming to a close, all five SKC internationals will return to Kansas City as they prepare for Sporting KC’s next game, which is Saturday, March 30, at 2:00 PM CT against Ignacio Piatti and the Montreal Impact at Children’s Mercy Park.