Even the weather gods seemed to favour the home team, by the time Scotland and Italy took the field at Hampden it had been 'raining stair rods' for hours in Glasgow.
The Scots are much more used to these conditions, they make it easier for players who are not so good (Scots) to stop players who are (Italians) that staple of the Scottish game the 'sliding tackle' comes to the fore on these occasions and it did here.
The weather along with a ferocious determination to compete by Scotland produced a fantastic match, despite losing a goal in the first two minutes the Scots. kept the game alive right to the end, some achievement when you are facing the world champions who significantly had everything to play for, this was a tremendous performance and one that can be built on.
But, there is always a but isn't there, the positives from the game have IMO been undermined by the hysterical whinging reaction of the Scottish press who went right over the top 'we wuz robbed' 'the linesman was a crook' etc. absolute garbage which makes Scotland look ridiculous, had this linesman got everything right the score would still have been Scotland 0 Italy 2 as he wrongly disallowed an Italian goal and wrongly awarded the Scottish goal.
Everyone associated with the team deserve praise and they behaved with dignity, is it too much to ask our press to do the same ?
At least England are still in it and I'm looking forward to seeing them go through tonight, they are persecuted by an even worse press than Scotland and it would be nice to see the team and their beleaguered manager triumph, I believe that if England go through they will immediately become a 'dark horse' to win it, I'm sure you will join me in wishing them the best of luck.