Scots’ destiny in personal fingers after draw

Scots' fate in own hands after draw

Glenn Middleton's second-half strike started Scotland's comeback
Glenn Middleton’s second-half strike began Scotland’s comeback

Scotland Underneath-21s will qualify for a primary European Championships since 1996 in the event that they beat Greece on Tuesday, after preventing again to attract with Croatia.

Victory would have sealed a top-two end in Group 4, however Nikola Moro and Kristijan Bistrovic had the guests 2-0 up on the break at Tynecastle.

Glenn Middleton and Connor McLennan hauled Scotland degree both facet of a crimson card for Croatia’s Borna Sosa.

And Scotland additionally completed with 10 males as Billy Gilmour was despatched off.

The consequence strikes Scotland prime of Group 4 degree on factors with the Czech Republic, whom they edge forward of courtesy of a greater head-to-head file.

The Czechs end their marketing campaign at dwelling to Greece on Friday, however a win for Scotland towards the identical opposition will guarantee they end forward of each them and Croatia.

Second place within the group may very well be sufficient, with the most effective 5 runners-up clinching spots on the Euros in Hungary and Slovenia subsequent summer time.

The guests began the match on the entrance foot, with striker Sandro Kulenovic proving a handful for Ryan Porteous and George Johnston on the coronary heart of the Scottish defence, and it was no shock after they snatched the lead after 19 minutes.

A easy cross was missed initially by Porteous after which Ross McCrorie, which allowed Moro time and house to choose his spot and hearth past the helpless Ross Doohan.

5 minutes later the guests doubled their benefit as Bistrovic slammed the ball excessive into the web from distance.

Head coach Scot Gemmill made a change at half-time, with Middleton changing Nathan Paterson, because the hosts desperately tried to pressure their means again into the sport.

The transfer paid off simply six minutes after the break when Middleton lower in from the right-hand facet and fired a shot that slithered by way of the fingers of Adrian Semper.

Scotland’s spirits had been lifted additional when Sosa was dismissed for lashing out at Porteous because the pair clashed on the bottom, and McLennan capitalised as he turned in Daniel Harvie’s cross.

Gemmill launched Gilmour simply after the hour, however the Chelsea midfielder lasted simply 10 minutes after a shoulder barge and a few dissent resulted in a straight crimson card.

However Scotland continued to dominate and each Middleton and McCrorie got here near a dramatic winner, however qualification now goes all the way down to their remaining group match subsequent Tuesday in Greece.

‘It was like a punch in face’ – response

Scotland head coach Scot Gemmill: “We conceded the identical quantity of objectives within the first half as we speak as he did within the earlier eight video games. So the gamers had been rocked – it is nearly such as you’ve been punched within the face and you need to mud yourselves down and react. They definitely did that.”

On Gilmour’s crimson card, Gemmill added: “Billy’s a really trustworthy participant. He did swear however he did not imply it to be within the path of the referee. There’s a bit bit been misplaced in translation there. It is one other improvement step for Billy.”

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