Scotland beat the Danes to secure the seeding

John Souttar returned scorer to the Scottish team after a three-year absence

Scotland secured a seeded spot in the semifinals of the World Cup play-offs when goals from John Souttar and Che Adams stunned Denmark in a heroic performance at Hampden Park.

Steve Clarke’s Group F runners-up needed at least one point against the runaway leaders to have a chance to tie at home.

But center midfielder Souttar headed in his first game for Scotland since being sent off in a 2018 loss to Israel, and forward Adams cleared to calm home nerves after 86 minutes.

Steve Clarke’s team had lived dangerously through the final stages before the breakout goal secured a sixth consecutive victory in the competition for the first time since winning six consecutive Home Nations matches between March 1928 and February 1930.

It also ended Denmark’s six-game winning streak since losing 2-1 to England in the semi-final phase of the Euro 2020 final this summer and ensured that they failed to finish their qualifying campaign with a record 100. %.

It was clear that Scotland knew what was at stake as, propelled by a sea of ​​noise from the crowded stands, they set off at a frantic pace.

However, Denmark survived the initial pressure to create the first opportunity after 10 minutes and remind Scotland of their threat.

Midfielder Daniel Wass could only hit a Rasmus Kristensen cross off his hip from close range before center midfielder Andreas Christensen sent a thunderous blow just over 25 yards.

Scotland took 23 minutes to shape their first clear sight of goal, as Adams ‘low shot was parried by a superb save from Kasper Schmeichel, the keeper sent a telescopic leg to deflect the striker’ s effort.

That rekindled the Scots and, after an intense pressure spell, Liam Cooper headed a John McGinn corner towards the back post back into the path of his teammate, midfielder Souttar to nod past Schmeichel.

A Wass shot deflected off Cooper’s heel and drifted off the far post before Scottish goalkeeper Craig Gordon magnificently cleared forward Andreas Cornelius with a header from close range on either side of the break for Denmark to take the game home.

Scotland defended desperately and were dangerous at halftime, defender Kieran Tierney’s shot came from a 35-yard punt and slashed the crossbar before substitute Stuart Armstrong chose his Southampton clubmate Adams to deliver the second goal. .

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  1. Squad number4Player’s nameRalston
  2. Squad numberfifteenPlayer’s nameMcKenna
  3. Squad number17Player’s nameS Armstrong
  4. Squad number23Player’s nameMcLean



Training 3-4-2-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 5Souttar
  • sixteencopper
  • 6TierneyReplaced forRalstonto 87 ‘minutes
  • 2O’Donnell
  • 14GilmourReplaced forMcLeanto 74 ‘minutes
  • 8Mcgregor
  • 3RobertsonReplaced forMcKennato 79 ‘minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • elevenChristieReplaced forS Armstrongto 80 ‘minutes
  • 10Adams


  • 4Ralston
  • 12Clark
  • 13Porteous
  • fifteenMcKenna
  • 17S Armstrong
  • 18Turnbull
  • 19Nisbet
  • twentyFerguson
  • twenty-oneMcLaughlin
  • 22Brown
  • 23McLean


Training 3-4-3

  • 1SchmeichelReserved at 21 minutes
  • 6Christensen
  • 4Kjaer
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 13KristensenReplaced forBahto 81 ‘minutes
  • 18WassReplaced forDreyerto 81 ‘minutes
  • 12JønssonReplaced forStageto 56 ‘minutes
  • 5Maehle
  • elevenSkov Olsen
  • twenty-oneCorneliusReplaced forUhreto 72 ‘minutes
  • 10Bruun larsenReplaced forSistoto 56 ‘minutes


  • 2Maxsø
  • 7Stage
  • 9Uhre
  • 14Dreyer
  • fifteenBah
  • sixteenVindahl
  • 19Riis jakobsen
  • 22Rønnow
  • 23Sisto

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