It all calms down quickly enough. Hampden celebrates wildly, Scotland having put in a much-improved performance in the second half to claim all three points. Promotion to tier A and a guaranteed spot in the Euro 2024 play-offs is now within their reach, though avoiding defeat in Ukraine is no mean task.
The only downside to their evening: injuries to Tierney and Hickey, and a yellow card for McTominay that rules him out of the big game on Tuesday. Disappointment meanwhile for Ireland, who contributed plenty and could have won themselves on another night. It was an entertaining game, and both teams are heading in the right direction.
The end of an entertaining, hard-fought match that could have gone either way … but it’s Scotland who have come from behind for a fine win! They go back to the top of Group B1, and a draw against Ukraine in Poland on Tuesday will seal the deal.
Robinson crosses from the left. Knight heads harmlessly goalwards. Gordon claims, then launches a counter. Fraser skitters down the right and is cleaned out by Brady, who goes into the book. Collins curls in from the right, forcing McKenna into conceding a corner.
It’s no good, and Ogbene can’t recycle possession. Scotland break upfield through Fraser, who should set up McGregor for the clincher, but attempts a curler towards the bottom-right corner instead. Easy for Bazunu.