Jubilant Scots party through the night as their team qualifies for Euro 2020 after dramatic penalties victory over Serbia – ending 22-year wait to enter major tournament
- Supporters took to streets of Edinburgh in crowds while others hugged and cheered at pubs across Scotland
- It is the first time the Scots have been represented in a major competition since the 1998 World Cup in France
- Video from last night showed police trying to break up a huge crowd of fans dancing and chanting after game
- Police squad cars with their sirens blasting drove towards the supporters, who gathered on a housing estate
- But the group seemed not to notice as they continued to jump up and down as others rushed to join the party
Elated Scottish football fans celebrated through the night after their team qualified for its first tournament in more than 20 years.
Supporters took to the streets of Edinburgh in huge crowds while others hugged and cheered at pubs across the country as their side beat Serbia on penalties.
It is the first time the Scots have been represented in a major competition since the 1998 World Cup in France, where they lost two and drew one match.
Footage from last night showed police trying to break up a huge crowd of fans dancing and chanting after the narrow victory.
Squad cars with their sirens blasting drove towards the supporters, who appeared to have gathered on a housing estate.
But the group seemed not to notice as they continued to jump up and down as others rushed to join them. The person recording the ruckus can be heard laughing at the rowdy bunch late last night.
Supporters took to the streets of Edinburgh in huge crowds while others hugged and cheered at pubs across the country as their side beat Serbia on penalties
Footage from last night showed police trying to break up a huge crowd of fans dancing and chanting after the narrow victory
Friends chant and cheer across the country as Scotland win the match on penalties against Serbia last night in a nail-biting finish
Scott McTominay of Scotland and Declan Gallagher celebrate after the Euro 2020 Play-Off Final between Serbia and Scotland at Rajko Mitic Stadium last night
The friends cheered and one played Flower of Scotland on the bagpipes while others in the street and hanging out of their windows sang along.
British tennis player Andy Murray recorded for his Instagram the moment the final penalty was taken in the shoot out last night.
When it was saved by the Scottish goalkeeper, the sportsman shouted ‘get in, get in’, and turned the camera around to show him fist pumping.
Scots also took to social media to express their excitement at being in a major tournament again. Matt Crawshaw posted: ‘It was a fantastic night last night. It felt normal.
‘I came to Scotland and watched the football in a big gazebo this pub had set up. No Covid talk, just people having fun. The pub knew I had come from England on a non-essential journey.’
Another account posted: ‘No matter what we’ll be partying in 2021 #waitingsince98.’ One person commented with a picture of the Trainspotting cast drinking, adding: ‘Scotland right now.’
British tennis player Andy Murray recorded for his Instagram the moment the final penalty was taken in the shoot out last night
Edinburgh Airport posted a video of the Hangover movie with the caption: ‘Most of Scotland waking up this morning.’
Comedian Lubna Keer said: ‘Best nights sleep in 22 years. The Scotland ffotball result brought me so much joy, we should bottle that feeling. Going to be smiling all day.’
Edinburgh Evening News wrote: ‘We still haven’t come down from the high, if we’re being honest…’ Meanwhile one supporter put: ‘Try and be happy for a change.
’22 years of failure and your findings negatives about previous campaigns!!! Scotland have qualified for a tournament.’
Kev Ryan looked forward to the competition, adding: ‘England are delighted they’ve got us in the group stages, cos they fear coming up against penalty shoot out specialists like Scotland in the knockouts.’
Some of England’s finest were even able to park their allegiances to congratulate Steve Clarke’s men on a magnificent qualification.
Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘Well played Scotland. Great stuff as Marshall is the hero.’ Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch wrote: ‘Congratulations Scotland! I know you hate us but I was pleased for you.’
Amid a tense political backdrop right now, events in Belgrade caught the eye of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Mr Johnson posted on Twitter: ‘So great to see Scotland going forward to the Euros. Massive well done to the whole team.’
Nicola Sturgeon, who attached a GIF of her celebrating at an election, added: ‘Massive congratulations to Steve Clarke and the team.’
She added: ‘After 22 years, @ScotlandNT men are off to a major tournament. What a lift for the country. Well done!’
The national team account vowed there is ‘No Scotland. No Party’ as attention now turns to next summer’s tournament.
Scotland booked their place at Euro 2020 via a penalty shoot-out in Serbia. Goalkeeper David Marshall was the hero for Scotland after he saved from Aleksandar Mitrovic to secure a 5-4 shoot-out victory.
Ryan Christie’s 52nd-minute strike appeared to have sent Steve Clarke’s dominant side through until Serbia scored with their first effort on target in the 90th minute through Luka Jovic.
However, the blow proved to be fleeting as Marshall leapt to his left to deny Mitrovic in the 10th penalty of the shoot-out.
Scotland go into Group D, where they will face England, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
Ryan Christie in tears as Scotland start the party in the dressing room and Andy Robertson and Co boogie to a 70s classic after ending 23 years of hurt to look ahead to showdown with England
Ryan Christie was left in tears after Scotland ended a 22-year wait to qualify for a major tournament as Andy Robertson and Co toasted a beer and danced the night away in Belgrade.
Christie looked set to be the matchwinner after his first half strike gave Steve Clarke’s side a pressure advantage in their play-off against Serbia.
Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic equalised in the 90th minute to force extra time before Scotland edged the most nerve-jangling of endings to book their spot at next summer’s European Championship via a penalty shootout.
Scotland ended a 22-year wait to reach a major tournament as they reached the Euros
Ryan Christie, who made it 1-0, was holding back tears as he spoke to media after the game
Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (seen left, back) put a tight hamstring to one side as he danced the night away in the dressing room as Steve Clarke’s players sang along to a 1977 classic hit
Christie, who was just two when Scotland were last at a major tournament, was left watching the shootout in which goalkeeper David Marshall was the hero, saving Aleksandar Mitrovic’s decisive penalty, and he was emotionally exhausted by the time of the post-match interview.
‘This is an amazing night,’ he told Sky, trying to hold back the tears. ‘I think from the start we believed, the last couple of camps we’ve picked up so much belief from each other.
‘Conceding that late equaliser, digging in, it’s penalties away from home and Big Marshy coming up again. Unbelievable. Those penalties are probably the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.’
No fans were allowed to be there in Belgrade on such a momentous night due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
England will face Scotland next summer, days after the anniversary of their 1996 meeting
Clarke’s men held their nerve in a tough setting in Belgrade to progress via a penalty shootout
But Christie was hopeful there were plenty of celebrations across households in Scotland after this squad got ‘the monkey off’ their back.
‘The whole nation (have had it tough) and we knew that going in,’ Christie added, visibly choked up as he paused his interview to compose himself.
‘It’s been a horrible year for everyone and we knew we could give a little something for this country. I hope everyone back home has a party tonight. It’s a monkey off our back.’
Tears flowed inside the dressing room after such an exhausting campaign before the music was fired up and dancing took over.
Clarke’s side were captured dancing to 1977 hit song Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara in the dressing room with a chorus rendition a brilliant look behind the curtain.
In the clip, players are seen jumping on the benches and leaping into each other’s arms as they sing along and are doused in water with bottles thrown into the air in celebration.
Christie and team-mate John McGinn unfortunately had to miss out on all the dressing room dancing as they endured a more tranquil spell in the drug testing facility.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is already dealing with a nightmare in his defence and he will have taken a large intake of breath in extra time when Robertson’s left hamstring tightened.
Robertson was overcome with emotion in his interview as he urged fans at home to celebrate
In the end the panic eased and Robertson was among the ringmasters of those planning one of the biggest celebrations this young squad has ever enjoyed.
‘My hamstring had seized up, a bit of cramp!’ Robertson explained.
‘What a night, so hard to explain, tears everywhere and these lads deserved it. I’m just a boy who gets to walk out in front of them. We’ll look forward to the summer now.’
Fans were not far from Robertson’s thinking. It was such a momentous night and yet it almost didn’t quite feel whole.
Come next summer’s Euros, Robertson is hopeful things will be back to normal.
‘I’ll say every sort of prayer I have to have a full Hampden,’ he added, himself trying to hold back tears.
‘I hope everyone parties at home tonight because we have through tough times as footballers and football fans of Scotland. I don’t really want to think about it as I’ll probably cry.’
One of the fascinating sub-plots to Scotland’s qualification is that they will take on England, the Auld Enemy, days after the anniversary of their face-off at Euro 96.
Current England boss Gareth Southgate was in the side back then that faced Scotland and so there will be plenty of history when they meet next summer.
After England’s friendly win over Republic of Ireland, the Three Lions boss said of facing Scotland: ‘That will give everybody something to look forward to, let’s hope it’s with full crowds.’
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