Scott McTominay scored a brace as Scotland cruised to a well-known win over Spain to take management of their Euro 2024 qualifying marketing campaign.
The Manchester United midfielder, who netted twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Cyprus, opened the scoring at Hampden Park after simply seven minutes.
Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie and Lyndon Dykes all got here shut as Spain struggled to make their mark in opposition to Steve Clarke’s much-improved aspect.
McTominay stole residence Kieran Tierney’s deflected cross simply after the break to safe Scotland’s first victory over the Spaniards since 1984.
Steve Clarke’s aspect prime Group A with two wins from their opening two video games.
Terrific Scotland stuns Spain
Scotland began three gamers who made an influence off the bench in Saturday’s win over Cyprus for visiting Spain.
McTominay was drafted for Ryan Jack, Ryan Christie changed Stuart Armstrong whereas Lyndon Dykes began instead of the injured Che Adams.
Spain made eight modifications following their 3-0 win over Norway, with former Stoke and Newcastle striker Joselu making his first begin after his first brace from the bench on Saturday.
Scotland began properly and McTominay picked up the place he left off as he fired within the opener of Andy Robertson’s discount after simply seven minutes.
Spain have been on the lookout for a right away response and Dani Ceballos despatched a go to Mikel Oyarzabal however he could not management the ball and it went large.
The hosts have been then inches from a second within the fifteenth minute, John McGinn picked out Stuart Armstrong on the sting of the field however his shot went simply large of the submit.
Goalkeeper Angus Gunn, on his second Scotland begin, stood agency as Spain as soon as once more tried to degree the sport by stopping Joselou’s header earlier than the Espanyol ahead fired a shot one other hit from the crossbar.
Porro fell to the bottom after Robertson’s shoulder hit him with the Liverpool defender selecting up the sport’s first reserving.
Rodri headed simply above the nook kick and Gunn pushed Porro’s effort clear as Spain started to make an growing influence on the sport.
Scotland responded and McTominay curled a go to Christie within the field however David Garcia rushed ahead to clear the hazard earlier than Kepa was referred to as into motion to knock McGinn’s ball over the rod.
As half-time approached, Dykes had an ideal alternative to double Scotland’s lead. He beat Garcia and lifted the ball over Kepa’s head just for it to go over the bar.
Scotland discovered their second straight after the restart as McTominay claimed one other brace.
Kieran Tierney burst down the flank and his ball fell on the Manchester United midfielder who flew previous Kepa.
The tartan military was in dreamland.
Spain once more tried to reply however Ryan Porteous was firm in protection as Pino tried to fireside within the 59th minute with Iago Aspas firing shortly after.
With Spain already sounding the modifications, Steve Clarke turned to his bench within the seventy fifth minute with Kenny McLean and Liam Cooper instead of Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney, who obtained a knock.
Nathan Patterson and Lewis Ferguson then changed Aaron Hickey and John McGinn as Scotland continued to look comfy in opposition to the Tenth-ranked aspect on the planet with Lawrence Shankland then changing Lyndon Dykes.
As time ticked away, Flower of Scotland echoed via the Nationwide Stadium.
The right begin to Euro 2024 qualifying and as soon as once more a nation dares to dream.
Scotland the following Euro 2024 qualifiers will happen in June.
They’re removed from Norway on June 17 earlier than a match in opposition to Georgia at Hampden Park on June 20.