England, deserved winners though they were, were hardly in world-beating form and a team more organised and more positive than Scotland would have given them a sterner examination.
Like supposed minnows Iceland did last summer when they knocked the English out of the European Championships.
For Scotland though it's back to a drawing board with more scribbles and multi-coloured crayon on it than a nursery school class that's had a massive sugar rush at break time.
As mentioned on this site last month, manager Gordon Strachan should now consider his position to be untenable.
He may try to cling on and offer paltry excuses about not having the players to compete with such giants of the game like England...or Slovakia...or Lithuania.
Across the Irish sea, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has torpedoed such an excuse by making the best of his average hand and getting his players to punch above their weight on a regular basis.
Northern Ireland may have the odd setback from time to time but at least leave the field of play with their reputation in tact having given everything in the previous 90 minutes.
Scotland these days seem content for lethargy and kicking the ball high in the air.
You'd think the penny would have dropped by now that such a lame approach doesn't work. Sadly it hasn't.
So a new manager is needed but the problems run deeper and higher up the food chain.
Namely those charged with the governance of the game - Stewart Regan and the rest of his SFA acolytes.
Sections of the media have recognised this and are today calling for Regan to step down.
However, bad though the national team may be on the pitch, Regan may just have enough in his poker hand to ensure he stays at the table.
After all, the Scotland women's team have made superb progress during his time as SFA head honcho.
The women's side used to be cannon-fodder that was designed to make up the numbers for qualifying groups - a bit like how the men's team is seen now.
Gradually, with the domestic game improving and Scottish clubs making reasonable progress in European competition, the women's side began to flourish.
All of this culminated in Scotland qualifying for the Women's European Championships next year - their first major tournament.
While the draw they've received is tough, it is by no means impossible and we shouldn't be surprised if they manage to reach the knockout stages - something that was beyond the men's side even when they were qualifying themselves.
It is feasible that Regan may step down under pressure but he does have an ace up his sleeve should he wish to brazen it out.
The fact is, however, that the likes of the Daily Record et al missed their big chance to have Regan punted four years ago.
Back then, Regan had such a lousy hand he wouldn't have been able to win a game of snap let alone poker.
The late Turnbull Hutton in 2012 exposed Regan's shambolic leadership for what it was.
Hutton, in his capacity as Raith Rovers chairman, highlighted Regan's attempts to gerrymander the newly-formed Rangers 2012 FC into - at first - the spot vacated by the old Rangers who had gone bust and then into the second tier of Scottish football.
Regan was making policy on the hoof and Hutton stood up to him to ensure that sporting integrity prevailed and that any new club wanting to play in the Scottish League should start at its lowest tier.
Which is what happened when Regan finally dropped his attempt to let the new club playing out of Ibrox jump the queue and allowed Hutton and the rest of the chairman of other clubs take a vote on the issue.
Surely, after a demonstration of weak leadership worthy of Henry VI of England himself, Regan's position in 2012 was untenable and that a media keen to scrutinise him would hold the SFA chief to account?
Unfortunately for the well-being of the Scottish game, they were posted missing.
Back then, sections of the press had hitched themselves to Regan's wagons.
Regan spoke of "Armageddon" for Scottish football and "social unrest" around the nation itself if the new Rangers 2012 FC were not allowed to either take their deceased ancestor's place in the top flight or at worst, be manoeuvred into the second tier ahead of those who were using legitimate means to get into that division.
His outpourings were dutifully reported but not scrutinised for the nonsense that it was.
That it took the chairman of Raith Rovers to call bulls**t on Regan's claim should be a source of shame for those behind the keyboards - after all, that was meant to be their role.
Lest we forget the line spun of "five clubs to go bust" if new Rangers were not allowed to barge their way to the top end of the table.
Does anyone remember any cogent follow-up argument as to why those clubs would go bust and who the famous five actually were? Did anyone ask them? I'll happily stand corrected with your answers in the comments box below this article.
Renown journalist John Pilger, when recently speaking of the media's lack of scrutiny regarding US and UK foreign policy over Syria, Libya and Iraq, condemned those reporters who merely swallowed the official lines of the White House and Downing Street and repeated them word for word without proper investigation into what they were fed.
Pilger referred to such a practise as anti-journalism and re-labelled such practitioners as being 'echo chambers' for those they were meant to be scrutinising.
Granted Scottish football is lower down on the priority list in comparison to wars in the Middle East and Africa but Pilger's argument applies here.
In 2012, when Regan's dismal reign at the SFA was teetering on the precipice, those that should have been scrutinising him to the point where he would fall off instead became his echo chamber and allowed him a way out.
Now, because the men's national team struggle to get a victory on the pitch, they've turned their guns on him.
They may get their man in the end but they had him back in 2012 only to let him get away.
Should they succeed this time, will they then turn on themselves for their own weakness four years ago which did as much disservice to the Scottish game as Regan?
Viva la revolución indeed.