The 1998 world cup is the Scotland senior national team that was for the last time in a major tournament. It has been tales of woes and near misses in the past 23 years. Eventually, Scotland finally made it to the delayed Euro tournament in 2021.
The entire nation sat glued to their television sets as the team made history. The achievement did not arrive on a platter of gold. The Scottish squad battled their Serbian counterpart to triumph through a penalty shootout.
Like the shootout won in the semi-final over Isreal, Scotland waited for another penalty shootout to secure their passage to the tournament. Ryan Christie’s second-half goal puts Steve Clarke’s side on the verge of a Euro 2020 place, but Luka Jovic netted late to force extra time. The Scottish players were on top of their game to dispatch all five penalties.
David Marshall saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty for a 5-4 historic win that took the nation straight to the Euros. This crop of Scottish players is a fantastic group. Not only that they have secured qualification, but they are also unbeaten in their last nine games. It is their best run in 44 years. Having qualified for the tournament, Scotland is in the same group as England, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.
It is a joyous mood at the moment in the entire country after the pulsating game that drained everyone’s nerves. At the moment, Scotland players and fans are in dreamland and deservedly. It is a historic moment, and the tears in the eyes of goalscorer Christie’s captures the moment. Consequently, the atmosphere at the moment in Scotland is emotionally at a tipping point.
With all the talent at Serbia’s disposal, they could not triumph. It is the sheer teamwork and determination of the Scottish players that won the day. To cap a bad day at work for Serbia, their star player Mitrovic lost the penalty that handed the qualification ticket to Scotland. As a result, Serbia has not qualified for the Euros in their four attempts since they played as an independent country in 2006.