Spain vs Scotland results: Euro 2024 qualifier result after Scott McTominay’s goal was controversially ruled out


Spain vs Scotland Euro 2024 qualifier results: Spain won the match with 2-0 win over Scotland in qualifiers. Scotland suffered their first Euro 2024 qualifying setback in Spain, falling 2-0, although their qualification hopes remain alive.

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Scot McTominay for Scotland.

 

Spain vs Scotland results: Scotland suffered their first Euro 2024 qualifying setback in Spain, falling 2-0, but their dreams of competing in Germany next year remain alive.

The Scots had won their first five Group A qualifiers, including a 2-0 triumph over Spain at Hampden Park in March, and needed to take something from the rematch in Seville, or Norway to lose to Cyprus, to qualify on the night.

Scott McTominay, who scored both goals against Spain in Glasgow, fired in a wonderful free-kick in the 59th minute only to have it ruled out after a VAR check for a Jack Hendry infringement on a stifling hot evening.

Alvaro Morata scored after 73 minutes, and substitute Oihan Sancet and Scotland defender Ryan Porteous combined for the second in the 86th minute, and with Norway defeating Cyprus, Steve Clarke’s team advance to the second October match.

Alvaro Morata scored after 73 minutes, and substitute Oihan Sancet and Scotland defender Ryan Porteous combined for the second in the 86th minute, and with Norway defeating Cyprus, Steve Clarke’s team advance to the second October match.

Scotland plays France in a friendly next Tuesday in Lille, but Spain plays Norway two days earlier, and if the Norwegians drop points, Scotland’s spot in Germany is certain, while the Scots also play Georgia away and Norway at home in November.

Although the Scots had work to do, the fact that it was Spain’s annual National Day added to the sense of occasion.

In the absence of Kierney, Clarke went with a back-three, with Scott McKenna taking over and Lyndon Dykes leading the line, primarily assisted by Ryan Christie.

Manchester City midfielder Rodri, who had attacked Scotland’s tactics and skill following the March defeat, as well as Gavi and Morata, started for this summer’s Nations League victors.

Feran Torres squandered a golden opportunity in the second minute, beating Scotland keeper Angus Gunn with a close-range effort after receiving a feed from Morata but failed to find the target.

Torres’ corner zipped across the Scotland six-yard box moments later, but Morata’s header at the far post was a stretch and posed no threat.

It looked like the guests were in for a long night.

Despite La Roja’s dominance of the game – Rodri was jeered by Scotland fans – the Scots remained focused on their assignment, with just the rare incursion forward.

Mikel Merino hit the post with a left-footed effort in the 34th minute after Scotland defender Aaron Hickey spectacularly stopped a shot from Mikel Oyarzabal. The ball spun away for a goal kick.

Soon after, Morata had the ball in the net but was clearly offside, and bad luck struck.

Just before halftime, skipper Andy Robertson clashed with Spain keeper Unai Simon and seemed to injure his shoulder, prompting Nathan Patterson to take over and Hickey to move to left-back.

Spain quickly put Scotland on the back foot, bringing on Jesus Navas and Sancet, and when Navas crossed from the right, Morata skied a header past Gunn.

Scotland suffered another setback when substitute Che Adams, on for Dykes, stabbed a close-range shot at Simon.

At the opposite end, Porteous stopped a goal-bound shot by replacement Joselu before Hickey’s error allowed Joselu to square the ball and Sancet and Porteous challenged, with the ball ending up in the net.

Scotland had a difficult night, but Germany is still very much on the cards in terms of qualification.

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