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Dramatic late winner keep alive Scotland’s World Cup dreams


GLASGOW, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Scott McTominay headed dwelling deep in stoppage time as Scotland twice got here from behind to beat Israel 3-2 on Saturday and keep alive hopes of a primary World Cup finals look since 1998.

The dramatic conclusion to their qualifier at Hampden Park, and three-point haul, means Scotland consolidated second place in Group F as they moved to 14 factors, 4 forward of third positioned Israel, with three matches every nonetheless to play.

Denmark lead the group with a 100% report after six video games.

McTominay headed dwelling John McGinn’s nook after Israel had twice led by means of targets from Eran Zahavi and Munas Dabbur. McGinn and Lyndon Dykes replied for the hosts.

Israel’s goalkeeper Ofir Marciano made a penalty save from Dykes and two key stops to keep alive his personal staff’s World Cup hopes earlier than McTominay rose excessive to win the sport for the Scots.

Israel shocked the group at a moist Hampden as Zahavi stepped up off the turf after being fouled by Jack Hendry within the fifth minute and whipped the resultant free kick over the wall and past the attain of Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

A sustained interval of strain from the house aspect led to McGinn’s equaliser within the twenty ninth minute as he curled a shot into the highest nook from the sting of the realm after being arrange by some good passing between Kieran Tierney and captain Andy Robertson.

Parity, nonetheless, lasted all however two minutes as Israel struck from one other free kick. The effort did seem to hit Dor Peretz on the arm earlier than Dabbur tucked the ball away however, after a VAR verify, the purpose was allowed to face.

Scotland ought to have been stage earlier than halftime, nonetheless, when Billy Gilmour had his ft taken out from beneath him by Bibras Natcho as he tried a shot from the sting of the field and a spotkick was awarded.

However, Dykes’ penalty was straight down the center and simple for visiting goalie Marciano to save lots of together with his legs.

Dykes did make up for the miss within the 57th minute to make the rating 2-2 however it was solely awarded after the Polish referee Szymon Marciniak went to the VAR monitor and overruled his personal determination to initially disallow the try.

Dykes had been penalised for a foot excessive problem however replays confirmed he touched the ball earlier than any contact with defender Ofri Arad, on the finish of an ideal cross from Robertson.

Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Group F - Scotland v Israel - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - October 9, 2021  Scotland's Nathan Patterson celebrates after the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Group F - Scotland v Israel - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - October 9, 2021  Scotland's Lyndon Dykes REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

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