Scotland shrug off problems to beat Iceland

GLASGOW (Reuters) - Scotland made light of injuries and disciplinary problems to beat Iceland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Wednesday.

Ross McCormack blasted the home team ahead after 39 minutes from an Alan Hutton cross but Iceland levelled early in the second half through Indridi Sigurdsson after Palmi Palmason’s long-range effort came back off the woodwork.

Scotland, who were without several experienced players through injury and started without captain Barry Ferguson and goalkeeper Allan McGregor after a breach of discipline, went back in front after 65 minutes with a Steven Fletcher header.

The win moved Scotland above Iceland into second place in Group Nine on seven points, eight behind leaders Netherlands.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Tony Jimenez