Scotland put to the sword by Belgium

Scotland manager Craig LeveinScotland have been beaten 2-0 by Belgium in World Cup qualifying, which has put their chances of progressing to the finals in real doubt.

The visitors defended doggedly but second half goals from Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany secured victory for the home side.

Pressure is continuing to build on Scottish boss Craig Levein, who has pledged to continue fighting for progression.

“Not at all. I’m very proud to be the Scotland national team manager and I want to continue to do so,” Sky Sports quote Levein as saying when asked if he would consider quitting his post.

“I’ve been in football for long enough to understand when the players are trying at their maximum and they’re doing their best for each other and for the team – and they did that tonight and on Friday night.

“They didn’t have any energy left at the end of the match and they did everything possible to get a result for Scotland tonight.

“I’ve seen again tonight a group of players who are determined and hungry and desperate to do well for Scotland.

“As long as that is the case, I’m quite happy to be working with these players,” he concluded.

The defeat leaves Scotland with two points from their first four games, and bottom of qualification Group A. The Scots are already eight points adrift of group leaders Belgium and Croatia, who are locked on ten points.

Levein’s men have drawn at home to Serbia and Macedonia, and have been beaten on the road against Wales and now Belgium.

By Gareth McKnight