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Spain sail past Scotland delaying Scots’ Euro 2024 spot 

Scotland's hope to reach Euro 2024 was agonizingly extended by their first loss of the qualifying campaign on a frustrating evening in Spain.

Scotland’s hope to reach Euro 2024 was agonizingly extended by their first loss of the qualifying campaign on a frustrating evening in Spain.

In a high-stakes match with their sights set on consecutive European Championships, Scotland exhibited a blend of unwavering determination, last-ditch defensive efforts, and Spanish missed opportunities. 

These factors combined to keep the home side scoreless until Alvaro Morata’s stealthy run and header late in the second half.

McTominay’s Bittersweet Moment

Just moments before Spain’s breakthrough, Scott McTominay sent Scotland into a frenzy as he expertly struck a free-kick past Unai Simon. However, the jubilation was short-lived, as the goal was disallowed after a VAR review.

Late Heartbreak for Scotland

Scotland’s disappointment was further magnified in the closing minutes when Spain capitalized with a second goal, courtesy of a Ryan Porteous own goal.

Scotland Takes the Lead in Group A

Despite the challenges, Scotland, who lost their captain Andy Robertson to injury in the first half, now lead Group A, holding a three-point advantage over their Spanish rivals. 

They are on the verge of qualification for Euro 2024, with the outcome hinging on Norway’s performance against the in-form Spanish in the upcoming match on Sunday.

This match represents a pivotal moment in Scotland’s quest for European Championship qualification, showcasing the drama and unpredictability that often defines the beautiful game.

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