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Treating us like village idiots Scots' big mistake.

Byline: ALAN MARSHALL

EX-KAZAKHSTAN boss Aleksandr Borodyuk claims an overconfident Scotland paid the price for treating them like "village idiots".

Scotland flew in early to Astana and opted to stay on Greenwich Mean Time as part of preparations.

But Alex McLeish's side nodded off twice inside 10 minutes as they lost 3-0. Borodyuk, predecessor to Michal Bilek, said: "The result came as no surprise to me whatsoever. We've worked towards a score like this for many years and it was totally deserved.

"When you arrive in a country like Kazakhstan overconfident - which is exactly what Scotland were - then you usually suffer embarrassment and get punished.

"I read some of the interviews before the game of the Scottish players and staff and you would think they were facing a team of village idiots. But I don't want this result to be about the failings of Scotland - it was all about how good Kazakhstan were."

Striker Yuri Pertsukh grabbed their first goal and said: "We were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes and none of us could believe it. But our opponent underestimated us very badly indeed."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Geographic Code:9KAZA
Date:Mar 23, 2019
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