Scotland kick off Euro 2024 party as McGinn and Armstrong on target in 6 goal Hampden thriller - 5 talking points
Former Celtic man Moi Elyounoussi struck late but he couldn't spoil the Hampden Euro 2024 party as Norway ended Scotland's perfect home qualifying record in a 3-3 thriller.
Steve Clarke’s men twice came from behind on a rain-lashed night in Glasgow and Stuart Armstrong looked to have won it but his old Southampton team-mate Elyounoussi netted to earn a draw late on. It was a disappointing end to the night and an incredible campaign as Scotland's winless run extended to five games. Scotland will now be in Pot 3 for next month’s draw in Hamburg for next summer’s extravaganza.
Aron Donnum fired the visitors into the lead after just three minutes to stun the home supporters and while skipper John McGann levelled from the spot 10 minutes later, Norway edged back ahead through Jorgen Strand Larsen before Leo Ostigard’s own goal levelled things again in a frantic first half hour. Scotland were much-improved after the restart and Stuart Armstrong - with his fifth goal for his country - put the home side in front for the first time on the night on the hour mark.
It was party night at Hampden and the home crowd were certainly in the mood with Freed From Desire blaring before a rousing rendition of the national anthem. But once Romanian ref Mircea Fesnic got the action underway it didn’t take long for the visitors to silence the supporters.
There were only three minutes on the clock when Toulouse winger Donnum shocked Scotland with the opener. It was all too easy for Norway as the home defence failed to deal with a ball into the box and when it fell to Donnum he fired in off the inside of Zander Clark’s right hand post. It wasn’t the start Scotland were hoping for.
But Scotland picked themselves up and didn’t have to wait long