Scotland gave their hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup a big enhance by securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Austria in Vienna.
QPR striker Lyndon Dykes scored the one objective of the match from the penalty spot in the primary half after a VAR overview dominated that Che Adams had been crushed by Martin Hinteregger. Steve Clarke’s aspect then held on to their lead for the remaining hour of the race, with nice performances from a number of on the again, particularly Kieran Tierney.
It was back-to-the-wall stuff and Austria dominated possession, even though it was not till the 79th minute, after greater than ten efforts in objective, that they lastly managed to get one in objective. However, Craig Gordon managed to pay money for the rebound and tucked the ball into the empty web.
Stephen O’Donnell, John McGinn and Adams all noticed respectable probabilities to lengthen the lead within the second half and beg.
Austria had the ball in the web in stoppage time but it surely was to this point offside that it was hardly worrying for the Scots. A really late free kick by David Alaba was taken with no consideration, however the shot from Real Madrid simply flew over the bar.
Israel’s blow in opposition to Denmark signifies that Scotland has now jumped into second place within the qualifying group and positioned them in pole place to achieve the playoffs behind the main Danes.
Here’s a have a look at how issues went with the Scottish crew …
Scotland caught on the again / Guenther Iby / Getty Images
Craig Gordon (GK) – 7/10 – Surprising passengers for a lot of the sport, regardless of Austria’s dominance, however got here up with a big save with ten minutes left that stored the lead.
Stephen O’Donnell (RWB) – 8/10 – Back within the beginning lineup. Got ahead nicely to help the assault however his supply from good positions was crushed and missed at finest. Strong defensively.
Jack Hendry (CB) – 7/10 – Intelligent protection on the entrance submit on a number of events to repel assaults.
Grant Hanley (CB) – 7/10 – Marshalled the protection nicely and commanded within the air.
Kieran Tierney (CB) – 8/10 – Showed nice focus from the primary minute to hold the hosts in verify and was excellent in serving to to hold a clear sheet.
Andrew Robertson (LWB) – 7/10 – Tucked away to penetrate the penalty space and frustrate Austria. Led by instance as captain.
John McGinn and others did the whole lot they might to disrupt Austria / HIS PUNZ / Getty Images
Billy Gilmour (CM) – 7/10 – Became class and calm on the ball when Scotland have been in possession, but it surely was primarily a night time of defensive self-discipline.
Callum McGregor (CM) – 6/10 – Hard work went extra unnoticed than his midfield colleagues.
John McGinn (CM) – 7/10 – Lots of energetic operating in midfield and was at all times trying to burst ahead and help in assault at any time when attainable.
Lyndon Dykes scored from the penalty spot / Christian Hofer / Getty Images
Lyndon Dykes (ST) – 7/10 – Started the sport in a combative manner when he tried to upset the Austrian protection. Not the perfect penalty for breaking the impasse however he scored and can not likely care.
Che Adams (ST) – 8/10 – Hard booked midway by way of the primary half however didn’t let that cease him and did nicely from the penalty. Coupled with Dykes nicely and chased laborious all through the sport.
Ryan Christie (ST) – 6/10: The mission to present new legs within the final 20 minutes.
Paul McGinn (RWB) – 6/10: Replace a tiring O’Donnell and put on nicely.
Lewis Ferguson (CM) – N / A
Kevin Nisbet (ST) – N / A
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