Scotland improved their chances of qualifying for their first World Cup since 1998 after one of the surprising football results of the international break, beating Austria away from home 1-0. Lyndon Dykes scored a penalty in the 30th minute after VAR adjudged Martine Hinteregger to have brought down Che Adams in the penalty area. The Scots produced a resolute defensive display after the goal to restrict the number of chances for the home side. It was only late on when Craig Gordon was forced into a brilliant save from a header by Christoph Baumgartner.

Player ratings

Austria: Bachmann (5), Trimmel (6), Hinteregger (5), Dragovic (6), Ilsanker (5), Schaub (6), Grillitsch (6), Alaba (7), Baumgartner (7), Laimer (6), Arnautovic (6).
Subs: Gregoritsch (6), Ulmer (n/a), Demir (n/a), Kara (n/a).

Scotland: Gordon (7), O’Donnell (8), Hanley (8), Hendry (8), Tierney (8), Robertson (7), McGinn (7), McGregor (7), Gilmour (7), Adams (8), Dykes (7).
Subs: Christie (6), McGinn (n/a), Nisbet (n/a), Ferguson (n/a).

Man of the Match: Kieran Tierney.

Managers Reaction

“I thought it was a really strong performance defensively. I thought the strikers worked a bit better too, and we deserved to win the game,” he added. “For me, there is no debate over the penalty kick. It’s a penalty and Lyndon Dykes scored. What a night. There was huge pressure on this game and the players would have felt, especially against a team wounded by a big defeat at the weekend and a team expected to win, and Austria started the game so well.”

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