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

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 class=SNS Group
<strong>When Scotland needed a hero, John McGinn produced a spectacular late overhead kick to secure a crucial point.</strong>” /><span class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group
<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 class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group
<strong>It didn’t take long for midfielder McGinn to notch his third goal of the campaign, this time with a header.</strong>” /><span class=SNS Group
<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 class=SNS Group
<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 class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group
<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 class=SNS Group
<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 class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group
<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 class=SNS Group

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 class=SNS Group
<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 class=SNS Group