Scotland pulled off a remarkable upset on Tuesday night as they defeated Spain 1-0 in their World Cup qualifier. The result was a major shock, with Spain one of the strongest teams in world football and Scotland struggling for form in recent years.
The hero of the night for Scotland was midfielder Scott McTominay, who put in a superb performance to help his team secure the victory. McTominay was everywhere on the pitch, breaking up Spanish attacks and driving his team forward with his powerful runs and incisive passing.
The only goal of the game came in the 56th minute, when McTominay played a perfectly weighted pass into the path of striker Lyndon Dykes, who calmly slotted the ball past the Spanish goalkeeper. It was a deserved lead for Scotland, who had been the better team throughout the match.
Spain, who had dominated possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances, pushed forward in search of an equaliser but were unable to break down a resolute Scottish defence. The result leaves Spain third in Group B, behind Sweden and Greece, while Scotland move up to second place behind Sweden.
In the other match of the night, Croatia saw off Turkey with a 1-0 victory in their World Cup qualifier. The only goal of the game came in the 53rd minute, when Luka Modric scored with a superb long-range strike.
Croatia, who reached the World Cup final in 2018, were expected to win the match and dominated possession for much of the game. However, they were unable to convert their chances and had to rely on Modric’s moment of magic to secure the victory.
The win puts Croatia second in Group H, behind Russia, while Turkey are in fourth place. With the likes of Modric and Ivan Perisic in their squad, Croatia will be hoping to qualify for the World Cup once again and make an impact on the international stage.
Overall, it was a night of surprises and drama in the World Cup qualifiers, with Scotland pulling off a shock victory over Spain and Croatia grinding out a hard-fought win against Turkey. As the qualifying campaign progresses, these results will have a major impact on the standings and the race to secure a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar