On a historic night, Scotland’s national team secured their first win over Spain in 39 years at Hampden Park, earning six points in the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
McTominay Shines in Scottish Victory
Scotland kicked off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign in splendid fashion, emerging victorious over Cyprus before locking horns with formidable foes Spain in a riveting encounter. The Scots put on an impressive show, securing a 2-0 triumph courtesy of a stunning display from Scott McTominay, who found the net twice – once in each half. The gaffer, Steve Clarke, was thrilled with the win, which saw his team overcome one of Europe’s footballing giants.
McTominay, fresh off a brace against Cyprus, was given a spot in the starting lineup and he didn’t disappoint. The midfielder capitalized on a mistake by Pedro Porro, which allowed Andy Robertson to set up McTominay, whose shot took a deflection and eluded the grasp of Kepa Arrizabalaga, breaking the deadlock just seven minutes into the match.
Scotland Endures Spanish Dominance to Seal Impressive Victory
Although Ryan Christie came close to extending Scotland’s lead, the Scots were mostly forced to play defensively. Spain attempted to score through Joselu and Rodri, who both had chances but failed to capitalize.
The game was tense, with the crowd booing Porro every time he touched the ball because of his exaggerated reaction after slight contact with Robertson. Joselu went down looking for penalties as well, but his appeals were cautious at best.
Lyndon had a one-on-one with Kepa just before halftime, but his shot sailed over the crossbar. McTominay, on the other hand, scored his second goal of the game six minutes after the restart, after a clearance from a Kieran Tierney cross to the edge of the box.
Despite a late Spanish push to level the score, the hosts held on to their lead and secured a memorable victory. With six points in Group A, Scotland is in a commanding position to qualify for the tournament in Germany. This has inspired the Tartan Army to begin planning their trip to next summer’s event.