Scott McTominay scored an injury-time winner in one of the close football scores of World Cup qualifying. The hosts came from behind twice to go three points clear of Israel in Group F. Eran Zahavi continued his scintillating form for Israel with a brilliant free-kick before John McGinn equalized with a spectacular striker. Munas Dabbur then scored a scrappy second goal. Lyndon Dykes then missed a penalty before half-time but equalized for the hosts after the break. Scotland then scored the deserved winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time from a corner.
Scotland: Gordon (7), McTominay (8), Tierney (8), Hendry (7), Robertson (8), McGinn (8), McGregor (8), Gilmour (9), Patterson (7), Dykes (7), Adams (6)
Subs: Cooper (6), Christie (7)
Israel: Marciano (8), Dasa (7), Abaid (6), Menachem (6), Arad (6), Natcho (6), Peretz (6), Solomon (7), Bitton (7), Zahavi (8), Dabbur (7)
Subs: Davidzada (6), Glazer (6), Kinda (6), Weissman (6)
Man of the match: Billy Gilmour
Scotland boss Steve Clarke: “The whole complexion of the night changed on the first five minutes (when Israel scored from a free-kick).” he added. “That puts us on the back foot and makes it a long night, with no real control of the game in the first half. It was then about telling everyone to stay calm and make sure the fourth goal came for us, which it did. In the second half, we played at our intensity, at our pace, and eventually, we got the winning goal – although we left it a bit late for everyone’s blood pressure.”
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