Ireland finally win Nations League as goal rush sinks in Scotland

Ireland ended their long wait for a Nations League victory as a first-half brace did the damage in a 3-0 win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.

It’s a huge boost for Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, who came into today’s game under pressure after back-to-back 1-0 defeats to Armenia and Ukraine. Alan Browne sent the ball over the line after Shane Duffy headed it in to open the scoring, before Ireland produced a real quality moment for their second.

Michael Obafemi picked off Troy Parrott with a ball over the top, and Parrott’s smart run was rewarded as he headed towards the net to double Ireland’s lead midway through half-time.

Obafemi was included in one of five changes to Stephen Kenny’s roster as he, James McClean, Alan Browne, Jayson Molumby and Troy Parrott replaced Cyrus Christie, Enda Stevens, Jeff Hendrick, the injured Chiedozie Ogbene and Callum Robinson, of the side that started the 1-0 loss to Ukraine on Wednesday night.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke has replaced centre-back John Souttar with Grant Hanley while Scott McTominay, who played defense in the semi-final World Cup play-off loss to Ukraine, has been moved back to midfield of land at the expense of Stuart Armstrong.

Duffy nearly made it 3-0 in the first half but Craig Gordon made a superb save to rock his header.

It got even better for Ireland early in the second half as Obafemi collected the ball outside the box and crushed a deflected effort past Gordon.

Scotland battled hard to try and get back into the game, but Ireland held on to finally claim a 13th-time Nations League win.

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