Scotland claimed a convincing 3-0 win over Cyprus during the qualifying round of the European Championship at Hampden Park. The game saw Aston Villa’s John McGinn score his 16th international goal in the 21st minute, followed by a late double from substitute Scott McTominay of Manchester United. The win marks Scotland’s first opening win of the European Championship qualifying game since 2006.
Following the match, the Scots will face Spain in Glasgow on Tuesday night for an acid test of Steve Clarke’s squad. The pre-match hype centred on the goalkeeping position, with all eyes focused on which of the three uncapped keepers Clarke would choose for this Group A opener.
Scotland’s first goal came when captain Andy Robertson played a neat pass to midfield Stuart Armstrong, who then crossed to McGinn for the easy finish. Despite a few opportunities, the game remained dull until the late stages, when McTominay scored two quick goals, cementing Scotland’s win.
This victory is a positive sign for the Scottish side ahead of the Spain fixture, and with three morale-boosting points on their side, they will likely approach the match with greater confidence.
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