Scots keep South Africa hopes alive

GLASGOW - Scotland kept their slim World Cup qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 home win over Macedonia on Saturday that strengthened their grip on second place in Group Nine.

In an entertaining game the Scots went ahead with a glancing header by Scott Brown after 56 minutes and secured the victory with a solo effort by James McFadden 10 minutes from time.

The win takes them to 10 points, three ahead of Macedonia, and 11 behind already-qualified Netherlands, who the Scots host on Wednesday.

The eight best of the nine group runners-up in Europe go into two-legged play-offs for places in South Africa in 2010.