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Published: 10:16, November 20, 2023 | Updated: 18:00, November 20, 2023
Scotland in party mood despite draw with Norway
By Reuters
Published:10:16, November 20, 2023 Updated:18:00, November 20, 2023 By Reuters

Norway's midfielder #18 Kristian Thorstvedt (second left) heads the ball during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group A qualifying football match between Scotland and Norway, at Hampden Park stadium, in Glasgow, on Nov 19, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

GLASGOW - Scotland finished their Euro 2024 qualification campaign with a frenetic 3-3 home draw against Norway but despite being denied by a late equalizer it was a joyous night at Hampden on Sunday.

With qualification already assured for next year's European Championship in Germany, Scotland twice came from a goal down and Stuart Armstrong's effort on the hour looked as though it would earn a sixth victory from eight Group A games.

But Mohamed Elyounoussi's header in the 86th minute secured third-placed Norway a point.

The result meant Scotland finished the group in second place with 17 points, four points behind group winners Spain.

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There was a party mood before kickoff but Norway, without injured striker Erling Haaland, were not just there to make up the numbers. The Scandinavians went ahead after three minutes when Aron Donnum struck a shot that went in off the post.

Mohamed Elyounoussi of Norway scores his side's third goal during the Euro 2024 group A soccer match between Scotland and Norway at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov 19, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

John McGinn equalized from the penalty spot after 13 minutes following a handball but the Norwegians were ahead again shortly afterwards when Strand Larsen poked an effort over the line.

Scotland were level at the break though after Leo Ostigard inadvertently turned a Scott McTominay corner into his own goal.

Chances continued to be created at both ends after the break with a draw just about the right result, meaning Scotland's only loss in the group was away to Spain.

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"The main thing is we're going to Germany. There was a lot said about Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard missing, but we had a lot missing tonight too," McGinn said.

"Qualifying the last time was incredible. This time has been strange. It's not like us to qualify early."

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