A big surprise and a small correction. Scotland beat Spain 2-0 on Tuesday night in Glasgow in Euro 2024 qualifying, and take the lead in Group A, thanks to a brace from Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay. With two wins from two matches, Scotland are the only team with six points in their group. Spain, who beat Norway 3-0 in their opener, are second with three points.
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In a melting Hampden Park, Steve Clarke’s men started both periods with a bang before turning their backs against the Spaniards who had the ball three-quarters of the time. From the 7th minute of play, Liverpool side Andy Robertson took advantage of a slip from Tottenham’s Pedro Porro to cross back and McTominay’s recovery deceived Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa for a 100% goal. Premier League (1-0, 7th).
Another double for McTominay
The scenario almost repeated itself in the 6th minute of the second half when Kieran Tierney, starting from his position as left central defender, launched into a long rush along the touchline to see his cross, badly pushed back by Eric Garcia, being volleyed by McTominay to double the lead (2-0, 51st).
More encouraging still for the Scots, in the perspective of a qualification for Germany, Spain had very few really dangerous plays, especially in the second half. Joselu, who celebrated his first selection at 32 with a double against the Norwegians – he has since celebrated his 33rd birthday on Monday – was less successful with a header on the goalkeeper (20th) before finding the bar four minutes later. late. In the 28th minute, a powerful header from Rodri, from just above, also brought a huge sigh of relief to the Scottish public.
But by finishing with one less shot (8 against 9) and as many shots on target (3) as their opponents, the Spaniards showed worrying offensive limits for Luis de la Fuente’s second game in office.
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