Battle on for second spot - Burley

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Scotland boss George Burley is hoping Holland do not take their foot off the gas in World Cup qualifying Group Nine despite having already reached next summer's finals.

Bert van Marwijk's men won 2-1 in Iceland on Saturday to secure top spot in the pool, leaving Scotland, Iceland, FYR Macedonia and Norway to fight it out for a play-off spot. Results went Scotland's way on Saturday as Macedonia and Norway fought out a goalless draw.

"We want Holland to keep winning these games, so it's left to the rest of us to chase second place," Burley said in the News of the World.

"But the key game for us is Macedonia at home. That's going to be similar to the Iceland game - a must-win match for us if we want to get to the play-offs. We've got to put them under pressure and create chances. The onus will be on us.

"As for Norway, if they lose to Holland on Wednesday, that'll be them with three points from their five games and it'll put them under pressure when we go there in August."

Burley added: "We always felt this group was going to be very competitive, with not much between the teams other than Holland and I think that's the way it's turned out. Every game's tough but it's all there to play for in the group."

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