THE wait is OVER – Scotland are going to a significant finals!
For 22 years the Tartan Military have watched a few of the world’s finest groups do battle at European Championships and World Cups.
Scotland go wild after reaching their first main finals since 1998Credit score: Reuters
Agony for Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic as he misses the tenth and decisive shootout penalty to place Scotland into subsequent summer time’s Euros Credit score: Reuters
Scotland are up for the Euros, with David Marshall their hero keeperCredit score: Reuters
David Marshall, who additionally shone in further time, is down neatly to foil Aleksandar Mitrovic and delight the ScotsCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Properly now it’s our flip to strut our stuff on a event for the primary time since France 1998.
Ryan Chrisite’s second half strike seemed to be the decisive second for Scotland just for Luka Jovic to nod dwelling within the final minute to take it to extra-time after which penalties.
However the Scotland gamers netted their 5 spot-kicks, with David Marshall brilliantly saving Aleksander Mitrovic’s effort with Serbia’s final penalty.
It was an evening when gamers needed to arise and be counted and everybody of the gamers sporting darkish blue finished it when wanted.
The play-off heartaches are actually up to now because the nation gear up for subsequent summer time’s European Championships.
Boss Clarke made three modifications to the facet who defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 at Hampden final month.
Captain Andy Robertson returned after sitting out final time because of suspension, whereas Kieran Tierney and Christie had been additionally handed begins.
Ryan Fraser missed out by way of harm, whereas Andy Considine needed to accept a spot on the bench with Greg Taylor not making the matchday squad.
Ryan Christie measures his breakthrough objective with deadly precisionCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Actual Madrid striker Luka Jovic rises within the ninetieth minute to degree for Serbia and take the Euro play-off to an additional half-hourCredit score: Reuters
Celtic star Callum McGregor – incomes his twenty fifth cap – was tasked with defending the again 4 alongside Rangers’ Ryan Jack.
Scotland began on the entrance foot and compelled the hosts again with the primary probability falling to the guests when John McGinn was upended 25-yards from objective, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic choosing up a reserving.
Within the heavy rain Christie tried his luck however keeper Predrag Rajkovic smothered it simply.
Serbia had been subsequent to threaten on 23 minutes as some neat construct up play noticed the ball laid off to Sasa Lukic.
The Torino ace tried to bend his shot into the underside proper hand nook however fortunately for Scotland it dropped the flawed facet of the publish.
Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher then did nicely to dam Aleksander Mitrovic an opportunity as Serbia continued to search for the opener.
The primary clear opening of the second interval got here 4 minutes after the restart.
Stephen O’Donnell’s lengthy ball discovered Lyndon Dykes who did nicely to carry it up earlier than teeing up skipper Robertson.
You fancied him to work the keeper however the Liverpool defender bought all of it flawed.
The second of realisation for Scotland gamers as they see Mitrovic miss the ultimate penalty, placing Steve Clarke’s males by way ofCredit score: AFP or licensors
Aleksandar Mitrovic cannot consider as he walks off after lacking the final spot-kickCredit score: Reuters
Serbia team-mates mob Luka Jovic after the sub took the play-off to further time, just for Scotland to in the end triumphCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
It is a bundle of pleasure for the Scots after Ryan Christie strikes early within the second intervalCredit score: Reuters
However on 51 minutes Christie confirmed him how it’s finished.
McGregor intercepted a Serbian clearance and handed it to his Parkhead team-mate on the sting of the field.
There seemed to be nowhere to go however he managed to work it onto his left-foot and fireplace a low shot in off the publish previous the despairing dive of Rajkovic.
McGregor and Jack had been so disciplined within the centre of the park and after creating one he nearly doubled the lead on 69 minutes.
The midfielder discovered a yard of area 25-yards out and let fly just for his shot to flash simply extensive.
The motion then sprung to the opposite finish the place Milinkovic-Savic’s shut vary header hit the facet netting – a lot to Scotland’s aid.
Nonetheless the goalmouth motion wasn’t over as Christie had one other probability as he labored the ball onto his proper foot however once more his shot simply went the flawed facet of the publish with the keeper crushed.
It was changing into backs to the partitions, with the likes of Gallagher, Dykes and Jack offering excellent defensive blocks.
Steve Clarke noticed his Scotland facet attain the Euros by way of play-off shootout pleasureCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Scotland’s defender Stephen O’Donnell tussles within the air with Serbia’s Fulham frontman Aleksandar MitrovicCredit score: AFP or licensors
Luka Jovic is on the backside after placing Serbia on a excessive along with his last-minute leveller earlier than further timeCredit score: AFP or licensors
Serbia boss Ljubisa Tumbakovic exhibits the stress as their play-off with Scotland for a Euro place went all the best wayCredit score: EPA
With 5 minutes left Jovic noticed his header fly simply inches previous the publish because the Tartan Military breathed a sigh of aid.
However the painful second got here within the remaining minute because the equaliser arrived.
The nook got here in and Jovic was one way or the other unmarked to ship a header down previous David Marshall, which means extra-time lay forward.
Scotland keeper Marshall produced a prime drawer save 9 minutes into the primary half of extra-time as Gudelj blasted for objective however it was tipped around the publish.
Tiredness appeared to have gotten the higher of the Scotland squad they usually had been camped in for lengthy spells.
With three minutes left Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was despatched on to try to present a final gasp second of magic.
Nevertheless it went to spot-kicks and who may maintain their nerve higher.
Griffiths, McGregor, Scott McTominay, Oli McBurnie after which Kenny McLean did their elements, with the primary 4 Serbians’s matching them.
However Fulham hitman Mitrovic noticed his shot from 12-yards brilliantly saved by Derby keeper Marshall and the dream had grow to be a actuality.
Scotland gamers pile in to rejoice after Ryan Christie drilled them in entrance, just for Serbia to degree on 90 minutesCredit score: AP:Related Press
Opening scorer Ryan Christie peels away to rejoice with fellow Scotland striker Lyndon DykesCredit score: AFP or licensors