Serbia 1-1 Scotland (aet, 4-5 pens): Marshall´s spot-kick save ends 23-year wait
David Marshall was the hero as Scotland secured their place at subsequent 12 months’s Euro 2020 by beating Serbia 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw of their play-off last in a sodden Belgrade.
Scotland appeared set to make it by way of to their first main match because the 1998 World Cup in regular time because of Ryan Christie’s good strike within the 52nd minute.
Nevertheless, Luka Jovic, who changed Nemanja Maksimovic within the seventieth minute, transformed a free header 20 minutes later and the groups couldn’t be separated after an extra half an hour.
It went to a penalty shoot-out and Marshall saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s spot-kick to make sure Steve Clarke’s males will go up towards rivals England, Croatia and Czech Republic in Group D at subsequent 12 months’s European Championship.
Serbia… SAVED BY MARSHALL!
WE’RE GOING TO THE EUROS! pic.twitter.com/VXjjImizbv
— Scotland Nationwide Staff (@ScotlandNT) November 12, 2020
The guests had been unable to benefit from some early strain, with a barrage of crosses failing to search out their goal and an bold free-kick from Christie one of the best they might muster.
Serbia steadily discovered their footing and within the twenty third minute Mitrovic teed up Sasa Lukic for a shot from the sting of the field that was positioned simply outdoors the upright.
After Andy Robertson blazed over, Christie labored the house on the sting of the field to create room for a shot that went in off the bottom of the put up.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Jovic missed the goal with headers earlier than the Actual Madrid striker was left unmarked by Scott McTominay to nod in Filip Mladenovic’s nook and drive further time.
Marshall produced a spectacular diving save to maintain Nemanja Gudelj out within the 99th minute and he did it once more to thwart Mitrovic on the decisive penalty, securing a well-known win for Scotland.
What does it imply? Serbia’s wait goes on
Whereas they’ve featured in two World Cups since turning into an impartial nation in 2006, Serbia once more did not qualify for his or her first European Championship.
They’re now with no house win in 4 straight video games and have been victorious in simply one in all their previous seven matches in all competitions.
Marshall denied Eran Zahavi from the penalty spot within the semi-final shoot-out success towards Israel and he was as soon as once more essential to Scotland’s victory, producing two pivotal saves after the tip of the 90 minutes to ship his group to Euro 2020.
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) November 12, 2020
Normally a potent drive going ahead, Filip Kostic was disappointing for Serbia. He created only one likelihood, solely accomplished 61 per cent of his passes and – most notably – gave possession away earlier than Christie’s purpose. He was subbed off seven minutes later.
Key Opta Details:
– Scotland have reached the finals of a serious worldwide competitors for the primary time since World Cup 1998 and their first European Championship finals since 1996.
– Scotland are unbeaten in 9 consecutive worldwide matches in all competitions (W6 D3), final having fun with an extended run with out defeat in February 1930 (11 video games).
– Ryan Christie has scored 4 objectives in his final 5 video games for Scotland, having did not internet in his earlier 9 for his nation.
– Serbia’s Luka Jovic has scored his first purpose since February (for Actual Madrid v Osasuna), ending a run of 10 matches for membership and nation with out netting.
Scotland can safe promotion to Nations League League A by beating Slovakia on Sunday, whereas Serbia will probably be keep away from to keep away from relegation to League C once they meet Hungary on the identical day.
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