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Oct 11, 2016 at 7.45pm UK
Mak (18', 56'), Nemec (68')
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Result: Scotland suffer first defeat of qualifying campaign in Slovakia

Scotland crash to a 3-0 defeat away to Slovakia in World Cup qualifying.

Scotland have suffered a potentially costly 3-0 defeat away to Slovakia in World Cup qualifying Group F.

Goals either side of half time from Zenit St Petersburg winger Robert Mak and an Adam Nemec header were the Tartan Army's undoing as they slumped to a reverse that piles the pressure on manager Gordon Strachan.

There was a measure of controversy about Mak's opener, which came in the 18th minute moments after the Scots had appealed vociferously for a foul on Steven Fletcher.

The Zenit man pounced to rifle a shot into the roof of the net, reacting quicker than a sluggish Scottish defence after David Marshall could only parry a header from the unmarked Marek Hamsik.

Unbeaten in Group F ahead of kickoff, Strachan's side saw plenty of the ball but showed no creativity in the final third, and Mak further punished them in the 56th minute when he sped away from Russell Martin and drilled the ball beyond Marshall.

Slovakia's third was the result of a textbook corner, which Mak swung in from the left as Nemec outjumped Grant Hanley to nod home unchallenged and put the hosts out of sight.

The result sees Slovakia pick up their first win of the qualifying campaign to move within a point of fourth-placed Scotland in Group F after three matches.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
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· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
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· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
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