John McGinn’s sensational overhead kick highlighted Scotland’s character to twice come from behind to attract 2-2 with Austria at Hampden Park.
Sasa Kalajdzic’s first two targets for his nation had twice put the guests forward in a wet Glasgow earlier than McGinn’s heroics, with the in-form Frankfurt striker first firing within the rebound after David Marshall had palmed Florian Grillitsch’s long-ranger into his path (54).
Scotland not often regarded able to mounting a comeback cost till Grant Hanley’s bullet header from Stephen O’Donnell’s free-kick caught out a hesitant Alexander Schlager within the Austria purpose to degree 19 minutes from time, earlier than Kalajdzic struck once more with a wonderful aerial purpose of his personal to divert Stefan Lainer’s cross into the highest nook.
The purpose of the sport was nonetheless to return although in a frantic ending regardless of the torrential rain, and McGinn proved the person to supply the late leveller with a textbook overhead kick, after Ryan Christie returned a nook into the Austria field.
Scotland maintain constructing Hampden fortress
Even with the stands naked at Hampden, it took Scotland some time to show the sort of confidence that has taken them to Euro 2020 of their first World Cup qualifier, and it appeared solely a matter of time earlier than Austria would lead after Kalajdzic and Christoph Baumgartner each fired early warning photographs.
Stuart Armstrong ought to have discovered the goal from 20 yards as soon as Scotland did begin to transfer the ball higher on the half-hour, and by the point the half-time whistle got here they had been into their stride and shading the match, with Schlager needing to be at his greatest after his personal poor move from the again was snatched by Lyndon Dykes.
That momentum was tempered throughout the interval and 9 minutes after it, Austria took the lead when some static defending allowed Grillitsch area to shoot from distance, and after Marshall’s acrobatic save Kalajdzic caught O’Donnell on his heels to fireside within the follow-up.
Scotland ought to have had a penalty inside minutes when Christie was clearly held contained in the field from a cross, however the well-placed referee waved play on, earlier than the hosts added to their very own misfortune as Armstrong strode by on the left earlier than firing large when he needed to degree.
With Scotland nonetheless wanting unlikely to drive an equaliser in open play, Hanley’s first worldwide purpose in eight years got here from a set-piece as his want to fulfill O’Donnell’s wonderful supply noticed off Stefan Ilsanker and allowed him to beat Schlager from eight yards.
The euphoric scenes didn’t final lengthy as 9 minutes later Austria had their lead again, when Lainer’s cross was met by an ideal Kalajdzic header to beat Marshall and discover the highest nook.
Scotland once more refused to go beneath and from one other set-piece dug themselves out of one other gap with time working out. Christie’s header again into the field from O’Donnell’s nook was met by McGinn, who discovered himself simply onside to beat Schlager with a shocking overhead kick and earn Steve Clarke’s facet a degree of their World Cup qualifying opener.
Scotland journey to Israel of their subsequent World Cup Qualifying group recreation on Sunday, stay on Sky Sports activities Essential Occasion from 7.30pm; kick-off at 7.45pm.