Armstrong's Scotland secure Euro 2020 spot

By SFC Media time Thu 12 Nov International
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Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong will have the chance to face England at Euro 2020 after Scotland qualified for their first major tournament in 22 years.

The Scots triumphed 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Serbia in the winner-takes-all qualification play-off final.

Ryan Christie fired the Tartan Army into the lead in Belgrade, but Real Madrid striker Luka Jović headed home a 90th-minute corner to take the game into extra time.

Goalkeeper David Marshall then thwarted Aleksandar Mitrović’s spot-kick after Scotland scored all five of their penalties.

It means Scotland will come up against England, Croatia and Czech Republic in Group D of next summer’s final tournament – their first since the 1998 World Cup.

Saints midfielder Armstrong was among the substitutes for Steve Clarke’s side, but was not called upon in 120 minutes of play.

BELGRADE, SERBIA - NOVEMBER 12: Ryan Christie of Scotland  celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with his team during the UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off Final between Serbia and Scotland at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 12, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Armstrong's Scotland teammates celebrate Ryan Christie's opening goal in Serbia

Elsewhere, Ibrahima Diallo helped France secure their place at the 2021 Under-21 European Championship.

The young midfielder was introduced in the 64th minute of the 5-0 win over Liechtenstein, which ensures France will at least finish as one of the best second-placed teams.

Currently leading France’s qualifying group going into the last round of matches is Switzerland, for whom Alexandre Jankewitz featured as a second-half substitute, helping his team extend their 100 per cent record with a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan.

Diallo and Jankewitz could go head to head when the nations meet on Monday, with top spot still up for grabs.

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