It was a celebration at Hampden Park as Scotland rounded off a profitable Euro 2024 marketing campaign with a 3-3 draw in opposition to Norway.
Steve Clarke’s aspect secured their place in Germany with two video games to spare however the Tartan Military had not been again on the Nationwide Stadium to have a good time.
A four-goal first half noticed Scotland equalise twice. Aron Donnum fired the hosts forward earlier than his handball noticed John McGinn stage from the penalty spot.
Jorgen Strand Larsen turned in a deflected cross however Leo Ostigard’s own-goal had Scotland again stage.
Stuart Armstrong fired dwelling what Scotland hoped was the winner however former Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi headed in with simply minutes left.
The outcome mixed with Spain’s 3-1 victory over Georgia within the evening’s different Group A match means Scotland will probably be in pot three for subsequent summer season’s match.
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Norway had been out to spoil Scotland’s celebrations and get revenge for his or her 2-1 defeat in Oslo, and so they took the lead after simply three minutes when Scotland did not cope with a cross into the field permitting Donnum to fireside previous Zander Clark.
It was not lengthy till Scotland sparked into life and, after Scott McTominay’s effort was cleared, they had been awarded a penalty when Callum McGregor’s shot crashed off Donnum’s arm.
Scotland crew information
- Jacob Brown was handed his first Scotland begin as Steve Clarke made 4 adjustments.
- Jack Hendry, Stuart Armstrong and Kenny McLean additionally got here into the beginning XI.
- Norway had been with out Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard.
McGinn made no mistake and pulled the hosts stage however the celebrations had been short-lived lived and Norway had been again in entrance after as Strand Larsen poked dwelling a deflected cross.
It was end-to-end and Scotland had been stage once more when McTominay’s nook got here off Ostigard’s thigh and into his personal internet.
Patrick Berg smashed a free-kick inches over the bar and Nathan Patterson cleared Donnum’s shot off the road because the guests pushed for one more earlier than Armstrong noticed his low shot fly simply previous the far publish simply earlier than the break.
Neither aspect appeared as threatening within the early phases of the second half with Armstrong firing huge once more.
Donnum was then denied by Clarke and Armstrong fired huge earlier than the Southampton midfielder hammered dwelling McGinn’s cross as Scotland took the lead for the primary time in match.
The Tartan Military burst into life with a refrain of “we will Germany” because the rain lashed down.
Steve Clarke then rang the adjustments as Lewis Ferguson, Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie changed Armstrong, Kenny McLean and Jacob Brown with McGinn receiving rapturous applause from the stands as he limped off quickly after.
Norway weren’t keen to surrender and Elyounoussi headed in Julian Ryerson’s cross to stage the sport late on.
Lawrence Shankland made a late look however couldn’t discover the web as he had in in opposition to Georgia in Tbilisi three days earlier.
Scotland’s failure to win in 5 matches didn’t dampen the celebrations because the gamers donned “We’re off to Germany” t-shirts and lapped up the cheers throughout a lap of honour.
Clarke: We have lots of work to do
Scotland supervisor Steve Clarke:
“It was a pleasant evening for the supporters to say thanks to the crew and a pleasant evening for the crew and the workers to thank the supporters.
“That a part of the evening was fairly good!
“I will most likely spend the following couple of days recovering then after that I will most likely look again on the video games in opposition to Norway and Georgia to see what I and the gamers may have performed higher.
“Then I will get myself prepared for a visit to Hamburg which is nice as a result of we’re within the draw. It is one thing everybody can stay up for subsequent summer season.
“We have nonetheless received lots of work to do.”
Scotland will uncover their Euro 2024 group when the draw is made on December 2. It will get underway at 5pm.