Scotland emphatic winners against 9-man Malta

Robert Snodgrass scored a hat-trick as Scotland started their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5-1 victory against 9-man Malta.

Caruana’s sending off for a dubious penalty foul on Martin was the turning point in what had been till then a fairly balanced game.

At 3-1 down and a man short Malta struggled to contain the Scots who then increase  their lead when Steven Fletcher came off the bench to make it 4-1.

Snodgrass grabbed his hat-trick to earn a resounding win for Scotland.

There was a further setback for Malta when Luke Gambin was also sent off in the closing minutes. Both he and Caruana will miss next month’s qualifier against England at Wembley.