Euro 2024 qualifiers roundup: Scotland see off Cyprus; Wales snatch late draw

One more night of Euro 2024 qualification action is in the book, and it’s one Scottish and Welsh fans won’t forget soon.

Not to by outdone by England, there were some big wins for the home nations on a night which saw plenty of goals and even a handful of red cards.

Here’s how the action unfolded.

Scotland 3-0 Cyprus

John McGinn fired Scotland ahead in the first half against Cyprus but the real entertainment was saved for the final five minutes of the game.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay netted in the 87th and 93rd minutes, before Nicholas Ioannou saw red for the visitors in the dying embers.

Spain 3-0 Norway

3-0 does not tell the entire story of Spain’s victory over Norway.

Dani Olmo opened the scoring early on but Norway had plenty of chances to get back into the game and perhaps should have been level before debutant Joselu netted twice late on to seal the three points for Luis de la Fuente.

Armenia 1-2 Turkey

An own goal from Ozan Kabak threatened to cause a scare for Turkey against Armenia but the visitors got themselves back on track with goals from Orkun Kokcu and Kerem Akturkoglu either side of half time.

Croatia 1-1 Wales

A 93rd-minute strike from Nathan Broadhead secured what could be an enormous draw for Wales away at Croatia.

Andrej Kramaric’s first-half goal looked to have got the job done for Croatia, but Broadhead tapped home at the far post with almost the last kick of the game to snatch a point for the visitors.

Belarus 0-5 Switzerland

Switzerland made the perfect start to their qualification campaign with a resounding 5-0 win over Belarus. Renato Steffen netted a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes before Granit Xhaka and Zeki Amdouni joined the fun after the break.

Israel 1-1 Kosovo

Israel’s Eli Dasa turned into his own net on the half-hour mark but Dor Peretz struck early in the second half to secure a 1-1 draw against Kosovo.

Andorra 0-2 Romania

Goals from Denis Man and Denis Alibec were enough to steer Romania to a 2-0 win over Andorra, who also had Marc Rebes sent off on the hour mark. – ChatGPT autoblogging and content curation plugin for WordPress

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