GLASGOW – The UEFA European Championship 2024 qualification round completed matchday 2 on Tuesday night, after a total of 46 games played from 22nd March.
In the focused show yesterday, Scotland achieved an upset by beating Spain 2-0 at home, getting two consecutive wins and leading Group A with six points.
The Scottish succeeded to take the three times winner down although in lower world ranking, thanks to double scores from Scott McTominay in the 7th and 51th minute.
The Manchester United midfielder had netted four goals in two games, including another strikes twice in their 3-0 victory over Cyprus in matchday 1.
The Tartan Army apparently performed better than the Spanish in Glasgow, supported by a few players who are serving giant clubs in the English Premier League, including McTominay, Andrew Robertson from Liverpool and Kieran Tierney from Arsenal.
The Matadors who won 3-0 over Norway last week, still had a problem on their attacking line, as strikers lacked efficiency of scoring.
Norway Draw, Croatia Win
In the same group, Norway could only draw 1-1 against Georgia in the away game, standing in second from the bottom of Group A with one point after two games.
Meanwhile, Croatia beat Turkey 2-0 in the away game, credited to two goals from Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic, now leading Group D with four points.
Wales is standing in second place with the same points as the Croatian but less goals difference, after they defeated Latvia 1-0 at home.
Bournemouth forward Kieffer Moore’s goal secured the Red Dragons’ first victory in this qualification stage.
The Euro 2024 qualifiers will stop and resume on 16th June to start matchday 3.
Friendlies: Belgium beat Germany
In an international friendly match to be focused, Belgium beat Germany 3-2 in Cologne.
Goals from Yannick Carrasco, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne helped the Red Devils to hail their first win over Deutschlands after 89 years.
National captain De Bruyne again proved his position as a team spirit by scoring once and assisting once, holding the responsibility to lead the Belgian recovering as a top class squad, after their failure in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Belgium is standing in the second place of Group F in the Euro 2024 qualifiers with three points, three behind Austria but one game less to play.
Germany skipped the qualification round as they are the host country of the tournament which will start on 17th June next year.
Messi records 100th international goals
In another international friendly, Argentina crushed Curacao 7-0 at home.
Lionel Messi performed a hat-trick within 17 minutes, and collected a total of 102 goals in international competitions in his career.
The football GOAT who led the South American to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy last year, also assisted Enzo Fernandez to score a fantastic long shot.
The Argentinian recorded other goals from Nicolas Gonzalez, Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Montiel to destroy the world ranking 86 team from the Caribbean.