Scotland have a painful history of falling victim to shock results against the game’s minnows, but this was arguable the worst. REUTERS/Alexei Filippov
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The Kazakhs, ranked 117th in the world, struck twice inside 10 minutes through Yuriy Pertsukh and Yan Vorogovskiy to leave an under-strength Scotland shell-shocked in the Group I clash in Nursultan.Without captain Andy Robertson and the highly-rated Kieran Tierney, McLeish was forced to name Graeme Shinnie in an unfamiliar role at left-back, and the Aberdeen skipper was exposed for both the first two goals.Scotland looked longingly for an offside flag that never came as Pertsukh ran onto a long ball over the top and fired high past the helpless Scott Bain.For the Celtic goalkeeper, one of Scotland's worst ever nights could have been more humiliating as Bain tipped over Kuat's dipping drive.Kazakhstan scored just six goals and failed to win a game in their entire qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.However, that will not shield coach McLeish from pressure as Scotland failed to even muster a response in the final half-hour.
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