Arsenal star Kieran Tierney and Aston Villa ace John McGinn stole the show for Scotland as they swept past Faroe Islands 4-0 in World Cup qualification.
Aston Villa man McGinn scored a double while Che Adams netted his first goal in Scotland colours, Ryan Fraser putting the finishing touches on a performance in which Arsenal left-back Tierney bagged a hat-trick of assists from centre-back.
A thumping 4-0 win for Denmark over Austria means Scotland finish the international triple-header on five points, having drawn with Austria and Israel in previous matches. They sit in second in the group, four points off a Denmark side who’ve scored 14 goals without reply in three games.
Any early nerves that Scotland would be stunned in this one were settled fairly quickly. As Faroes’ match with Austria showed though, where they took a surprising 1-0 lead, these were not the minnows of years before.
They had some quality, goalkeeper Craig Gordon showing his class on his second Scots appearance under Steve Clarke with a fine fingertip save from Brandur Hendriksson. But Faroe Islands also had clear vulnerabilities, Scotland better man-for-man.
This was to be expected, as was the early opener in some people’s eyes. Tierney broke to the byline and squared the ball for Aston Villa man McGinn, who slotted past former Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen.
Things did become stodgy after an early start, Faroes showing their physical side, Tierney taking a couple of hits. But the Arsenal star would soon make the Faroes pay as Scotland turned on the heat in the second half.
First it was another cross for McGinn, the Arsenal man floating a pinpoint cross onto the Aston Villa ace’s head for the second goal. Then if it wasn’t over already, it was on the hour-mark, Adams unleashing a 20-yard strike for his first international goal off the back of a Tierney pass.
Fraser added the final goal late on, heading in at the backpost off an Andy Robertson cross. In what has been a mixed triple-header of matches, Scotland have ended it on a positive note in the final competitive match before Euro 2020 in the summer.
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