Euro 2024: McTominay scores as Scotland draw

Wednesday 19 June 2024 22:04

Scott McTominay scored his first goal at a major tournament, as Scotland kept their hopes of qualifying for the Euro 2024 knockout stages alive by drawing 1-1 with Switzerland.

McTominay fired the Tartan Army into a 13th-minute lead, as he let fly from the edge of the area after being found in space by Brighton midfielder Billy Gilmour.

The shot - which did appear to be on target - took a big deflection off Fabian Schar, and UEFA originally marked it down as an own goal for the Newcastle man.

However, common sense eventually prevailed and our no.39 becomes the second Red to find the net in Germany this summer, after Christian Eriksen.

Unfortunately, the Scots could not hold on to their lead, as Xherdan Shaqiri capitalised on a loose backpass and curled a sumptuous effort beyond Angus Gunn midway through the first half.

Steve Clarke's side had Gunn to thank for keeping them level, as he palmed away Dan Ndoye's strike, with the Swiss ending the opening 45 minutes strongly.

Scotland were much improved from their heavy opening-night loss to Germany and could have taken all three points, but Grant Hanley's second-half header pinged back into play off the woodwork, while McTominay - who picked up a yellow card for dissent - came close to scoring a second on a couple of occasions.

McTominay and his team-mates can now look ahead to Sunday, when they take on bottom side Hungary in their Group A closer at Stuttgart's MHPArena.

Leaders Germany are out of reach on six points, but Scotland can still finish second and progress from the group stage for the first time in their history.

They would need a win, a German victory over Switzerland and a goal difference swing of six in their favour to overtake Murat Yakin's side.

Finishing as one of the four best third-placed sides is, perhaps, a more realistic target, but Hungary are aiming for the same objective, despite losing both games so far.

Scott lines up with his team-mates before the match.


In Group B, Croatia and Albania shared four goals during a hugely entertaining 2-2 draw at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion, leaving both sides on one point after two games, before Spain take on Italy on Thursday.

Stuttgart was then the venue as Germany took on Hungary, in Scotland’s group. The host nation scored a goal in either half, through Jamal Musiala and Ilkay Gundogan, to become the first team to guarantee progress to the knockout stages.