Scotland opened up their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw with Austria at Hampden.
The likes of Liverpool man Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay and Kieran Tierney were all impressive as John McGinn’s overhead kick four minutes from time sealed a point in the first match on the road to Qatar.
Here are three things we learned from the game in Mount Florida.
Robertson and Tierney issue solved?
A question that’s followed Scotland manager Steve Clarke for some time is this – how do you get the best out of two world-class left-back’s in Liverpool man Robertson and Arsenal’s Tierney?
Well, against Austria, he seemed to solve it. Both were brilliant, Robertson starting at left-wing-back in the 3-5-2 system while Tierney was at left-centre-back. The Arsenal man though was the one bombing forward as Robertson hung back, which caused Austria all sorts of problems.
As Clarke made changes to his back three, Grant Hanley of Norwich and Jack Hendry of Oostende returned to the Scotland XI. Hanley scored the first goal to get back level before Austria netted 10 minutes from time.
Hendry was eye-catching on the ball but perhaps could have reacted quicker for the first Austria goal, although he stood no chance with a six-foot-seven striker in Sasa Kalajdzic jumping over the top of him for the second.
While Denmark are top seeds in European qualifying Group F, it could be argued that Austria are the force to be reckoned with in this group. But on the basis of this display, Scotland are at the very least level with them.
Austria were much better in the first half but once Scotland sussed them out, it was Clarke’s side who took a hold of proceedings. It’s only a point on the night though and a big result is needed in Israel on Sunday.
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