September 25, 2021

Scotland reach Euros after dramatic win on pens

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Scotland qualified for their first major tournament since 1998 after David Marshall saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty in a shootout to send them to Euro 2020.

Scotland put their fans through the wringer as Steve Clarke’s men were two minutes away from a 1-0 win in normal time in the winner-take-all clash after Ryan Christie’s goal but a Luka Jovic injury-time equaliser forced extra-time.

Clarke had taken off his three most influential players – Lyndon Dykes, John McGinn and Christie – just before Serbia’s dramatic equaliser and Scotland lost their spark in extra-time but they held on to take the game to penalties.

In the shootout, all five of Scotland’s takers found the net before Mitrovic was denied by Marshall to send the Tartan Army through in dramatic fashion.

Scotland’s reward for the win in Belgrade is a place in Group D alongside England, Croatia and Czech Republic, and a mouth-watering Euro 2020 schedule that will see two of their matches – against Croatia and Czech Republic – played in Glasgow.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Scotland are back in Nations League action on Sunday with a trip to Slovakia before taking on Israel on Wednesday.