McTominay's free-kick disallowed as Scotland are defeated by Spain

Thursday 12 October 2023 22:30

In the 60th minute of Scotland's Euro 2024 qualifier against Spain on Thursday, Scott McTominay thought he had just about sealed his nation's place in next year's tournament in Germany.

The midfielder's left-sided free-kick flew right through the crowded penalty area and into the top corner, prompting jubilant celebrations from Scotland's players.

However, following a VAR check, it was ruled out.

The hosts added insult to injury just minutes later, when Alvaro Morata's glancing diving header beat Angus Gunn to give Spain the lead.

The VAR deemed that Scotland defender Jack Hendry impeded Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon when McTominay's fierce strike flew into the back of the net.

Oihan Sancet then added a second in the dying moments to put the result beyond Scotland, making them wait to confirm their qualification for Euro 2024.

Steve Clarke's side had entered the match knowing that a point was enough to seal their place in next summer's competition.

They could have still qualified with a loss in Seville, had Norway dropped points in Cyprus, but the Scandinavian side comfortably swept aside their hosts 4-0 in Larnaca.

Three other Reds' nations were in action on Thursday too, with Andre Onana's Cameroon being defeated 1-0 by Russia in a friendly in Moscow. Onana was an unused substitute.

Sweden captain Victor Lindelof was on the bench for their 3-1 win over Moldova in a friendly, while goalkeeper Altay Bayindir was among the substitutes as Turkey defeated Croatia 1-0 to leapfrog them to the top of Euro 2024 qualifying Group D.

The 2023 African Cup of Nations group stage was drawn in the Ivory Coast too, with Amad, Sofyan Amrabat, Hannibal and Onana learning who their respective countries will play in the early-2024 tournament.