For the first time since 1998, Scotland are in a major finals after surviving a nerve-shredding win on penalties against Serbia.
Scotland, as they are prone to do, took the difficult route to the Euros, winning the play-off semi-final against Israel, and the play-off final against Serbia on penalties. Scotland scored all ten kicks!
This will not be Scotland’s first trip to the Euro’s, but despite recording some memorable victories in EURO qualification, the Tartan Army have managed to reach the group stage just twice.
Of their two appearances, Craig Brown’s side came closest to making the knockout phase at EURO ’96, when they were a Patrick Kluivert consolation goal away from the quarter-finals. Instead, the Scots were left to curse another hard-luck story, as the Netherlands progressed on goals scored alongside hosts England.
Memorable Scottish EURO goals
Ally McCoist’s stunning strike against Switzerland had the Tartan Army dreaming of a place in the last eight at EURO ’96, only for Kluivert to score a vital consolation goal against England to take the Netherlands through instead.
James McFadden’s incredible long-range goal at the Parc des Princes secured a famous double victory over France in the 2008 qualifiers. However, it wasn’t enough for Alex McLeish’s side, who missed out on the finals after losing to world champions Italy in the final match at Hampden.
In 1967, the British Home Championship – contested between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland – counted as UEFA EURO 1968 qualification. Jim McCalliog’s winner against England at Wembley inflicted the first defeat on Sir Alf Ramsay’s 1966 World Cup-winning side.
Memorable Scotland Euro’s moments
For a moment, David Marshall wasn’t sure if he could celebrate, but by saving Aleksander Mitrović’s penalty in the EURO 2020 play-off final shoot-out against Serbia, Scotland had ended a 22-year wait to reach a major finals.
Scotland’s relationship with penalties hasn’t always been so positive, most notably against England in 1996. Trailing 1-0, the Scots were in the ascendency. However, David Seaman saved Gary McAllister’s spot kick, followed minutes later by Paul Gascoigne’s exquisite finish, to put the result beyond doubt.
At EURO ’92 the team might not have progressed past the group stage, but the 5,000 fans who travelled to Sweden were given UEFA’s Fair Play Award for their friendly and sporting conduct.
Scotland 2020 Euro Fixtures
Scotland vs Czech Republic (15:00, Glasgow)
England vs Scotland (21:00, London)
Croatia vs Scotland (21:00, Glasgow)