Scotland’s perfect start to Euro 2024 qualifying

by | Jun 19, 2023 | Football

Scotland secured a remarkable comeback in the closing stages of their Euro 2024 qualifier against Norway in Oslo, scoring two goals within a span of two minutes.

Despite the scorching weather conditions, Scotland displayed a strong defensive performance throughout the match. However, their resilience was broken when Erling Haaland, who had just rejoined the Norwegian squad after celebrating Manchester City’s treble victory, was fouled by Ryan Porteous inside the penalty box. Haaland dusted himself off and converted the penalty kick, giving Norway a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute.

Despite Norway appearing to be on track for a crucial victory, Scotland completely transformed the game in a breathtaking manner, scoring two goals within two minutes.

Lyndon Dykes took advantage of a moment of uncertainty in the Norwegian defense to equalize, and in the 89th minute, Kenny McLean calmly finished to give Scotland a 2-1 lead, igniting exuberant celebrations among the Scottish players and fans.

This triumph extends Steve Clarke’s team’s flawless record in Euro 2024 qualifying, securing three wins out of three matches. Scotland now sits comfortably eight points ahead of Norway, who find themselves at the bottom of Group A. With five games remaining, Scotland’s next encounter will be against Georgia at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

Scotland’s captain, Andrew Robertson, emphasized the importance of his team qualifying for the upcoming tournament in Germany. He expressed his confidence, stating that the players who entered the game as substitutes made a significant impact. Robertson acknowledged the challenges of falling behind in a match but highlighted that overcoming such situations is a crucial part of Scotland’s development and progression as a team.

“It was trying to get the balance right. The team spirit is second to none. To create that in international football is unique.

“We couldn’t have started this campaign better. We have to qualify now.”

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