Dzyuba at the double in Moscow mauling

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Artem Dzyuba struck twice and Magomed Ozdoev scored a stunner as Russia wrapped up a 4-0 win over Scotland in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying.

All four goals came in the second half as the host side threw off the shackles of a frustrating opening 45 minutes, Dzyuba opening the scoring with a volley just before the hour. 

Ozdoev rifled home the pick of the bunch three minutes later and Dzyuba took his tally for the campaign to eight before Aleksandr Golovin compounded Scotland's misery in Moscow.

The result puts Russia on the brink of qualification, while Steve Clarke's Scotland have the significant consolation of knowing they are already assured of a play-off spot courtesy of their Nations League exploits. 

Clarke made six changes from the 4-0 loss to Belgium, handing debuts to John Fleck and Michael Devlin, but Russia controlled proceedings from the outset.

Despite that, they struggled for clear-cut openings before the break, Fedor Kudryashov firing off target when well placed at the back post to underline their lack of a cutting edge.

Stanislav Cherchesov's side, who won the reverse fixture 2-1, continued to press forward and Aleksey Ionov saw a strike blocked by Charlie Mulgrew, with goalkeeper David Marshall remaining untested in the opening 30 minutes.

He was relieved to see Golovin's curling free-kick dip narrowly over the crossbar as Russia's frustration grew further in a scoreless first half.

Dzyuba eventually broke the deadlock when he connected with Golovin's corner and Ozdoev lit up the contest with an unstoppable drive from outside the box.

There was further punishment to come for Scotland, which has now shipped 13 goals across four consecutive losses, with Dzyuba poking into the net amid some questionable defending.

Golovin added further gloss with a coolly taken side-footed effort to cap a fine performance from Russia.