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Every goal that took Scotland to the World Cup play-offs

Late winners, VAR interventions, penalties... Scotland's qualification campaign has not lacked drama.

Every goal that sent Scotland to the World Cup play-offs SNS Group
Che Adams celebrates the goal against Moldova that clinched Scotland's place in the play-offs.

It’s been an eventful and memorable World Cup qualifying campaign for Scotland – one that’s left us just two wins from Qatar 2022.

The play-offs will take place over the next few days as we look to reach football’s biggest stage for the first time since 1998.

Here, in pictures, we look back at the moments that lifted the Tartan Army out of their seats.

Scotland 2-2 Austria: March 25

<strong>Grant Hanley outfoxed a poor Austrian attempt to play Scotland offside from a free-kick to make it 1-1.</strong>”/><span
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Grant Hanley outfoxed a poor Austrian attempt to play Scotland offside from a free-kick to make it 1-1.
<strong>When Scotland needed a hero, John McGinn produced a spectacular late overhead kick to secure a crucial point.</strong>”/><span
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When Scotland needed a hero, John McGinn produced a spectacular late overhead kick to secure a crucial point.

Israel 1-1 Scotland: March 28

<strong>Israel and Scotland are no strangers on the football field – this was their sixth meeting in two-and-a-half years in various competitions.</strong>”/><span
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Israel and Scotland are no strangers on the football field – this was their sixth meeting in two-and-a-half years in various competitions.
<strong>Scotland were struggling to create decent chances when Ryan Fraser came to the rescue with an equaliser early in the second half.</strong>”/><span
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Scotland were struggling to create decent chances when Ryan Fraser came to the rescue with an equaliser early in the second half.

Scotland 4-0 Faroe Islands: March 31

<strong>There were no supporters at Hampden as John McGinn turned home a low cross to give Scotland a vital early lead against the minnows.</strong>”/><span
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There were no supporters at Hampden as John McGinn turned home a low cross to give Scotland a vital early lead against the minnows.
<strong>It didn’t take long for midfielder McGinn to notch his third goal of the campaign, this time with a header.</strong>”/><span
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It didn’t take long for midfielder McGinn to notch his third goal of the campaign, this time with a header.
<strong>Che Adams capped an impressive first start for Scotland by driving home from the edge of the box – making sure the three points were staying in Glasgow.</strong>”/><span
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Che Adams capped an impressive first start for Scotland by driving home from the edge of the box – making sure the three points were staying in Glasgow.
<strong>The result wasn’t in doubt by this stage, but Ryan Fraser made Scotland’s goal difference a bit healthier by heading home from a cross. </strong>”/><span
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The result wasn’t in doubt by this stage, but Ryan Fraser made Scotland’s goal difference a bit healthier by heading home from a cross.

Scotland 1-0 Moldova: September 4

<strong>Nerves were seemingly settled at Hampden when Lyndon Dykes prodded home an early goal – but it became a long night for the Tartan Army as Scotland failed to put the Moldovans to the sword despite a string of good chances.</strong>”/><span
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Nerves were seemingly settled at Hampden when Lyndon Dykes prodded home an early goal – but it became a long night for the Tartan Army as Scotland failed to put the Moldovans to the sword despite a string of good chances.

Austria 0-1 Scotland: September 7

<strong>Nobody really saw the penalty coming, but fortunately the sharp eyes of the video assistant referee alerted the match official to a shirt pull on Che Adams. Lyndon Dykes didn’t strike the greatest penalty, but it went in and earned Scotland a huge result.</strong>”/><span
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Nobody really saw the penalty coming, but fortunately the sharp eyes of the video assistant referee alerted the match official to a shirt pull on Che Adams. Lyndon Dykes didn’t strike the greatest penalty, but it went in and earned Scotland a huge result.

Scotland 3-2 Israel: October 9

<strong>Scotland started slowly and were a goal down by the time they produced their first flowing attack, resulting in John McGinn bending a left-footer into the top corner from just inside the box.</strong>”/><span
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Scotland started slowly and were a goal down by the time they produced their first flowing attack, resulting in John McGinn bending a left-footer into the top corner from just inside the box.
<strong>Lyndon Dykes had missed a penalty and feared it wasn’t going to be his night when the referee chopped off this apparent leveller. Fortunately for Scotland, VAR intervened and allowed the goal to stand.</strong>”/><span
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Lyndon Dykes had missed a penalty and feared it wasn’t going to be his night when the referee chopped off this apparent leveller. Fortunately for Scotland, VAR intervened and allowed the goal to stand.
<strong>One of the greatest Hampden moments in recent times as Scott McTominay bundled home a winner in the 94th minute to send the Tartan Army wild and leave Scotland on the brink of the play-offs.</strong>”/><span
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One of the greatest Hampden moments in recent times as Scott McTominay bundled home a winner in the 94th minute to send the Tartan Army wild and leave Scotland on the brink of the play-offs.

Faroe Islands 0-1 Scotland: October 12

<strong>Just when a play-off place looked like it was on a plate for Scotland, they huffed and puffed for 87 minutes in the Faroe Islands until a cross brushed off Lyndon Dykes and into the net. Not pretty, but we were happy to take it.</strong>”/><span
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Just when a play-off place looked like it was on a plate for Scotland, they huffed and puffed for 87 minutes in the Faroe Islands until a cross brushed off Lyndon Dykes and into the net. Not pretty, but we were happy to take it.

Moldova 0-2 Scotland: November 12

<strong>Nathan Patterson settled Scottish nerves after a few missed chances in the first-half, when he found space in the box and drove home with his left foot.</strong>”/><span
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Nathan Patterson settled Scottish nerves after a few missed chances in the first-half, when he found space in the box and drove home with his left foot.
<strong>Scotland’s place in the play-offs was all but secured when Che Adams – who had been unlucky in front of goal – volleyed home Patterson’s cross.</strong>”/><span
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Scotland’s place in the play-offs was all but secured when Che Adams – who had been unlucky in front of goal – volleyed home Patterson’s cross.

Scotland 2-0 Denmark: November 15

<strong>Hearts defender John Souttar completed his personal comeback story from devastating injury by nodding Scotland in front against the Euro 2020 semi-finalists.</strong>”/><span
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Hearts defender John Souttar completed his personal comeback story from devastating injury by nodding Scotland in front against the Euro 2020 semi-finalists.
<strong>Che Adams sealed a sensational night for Scotland by racing clean through with five minutes to go before curling the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel. </strong>”/><span
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Che Adams sealed a sensational night for Scotland by racing clean through with five minutes to go before curling the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel.