Austria 0-1 Scotland: Lyndon Dykes penalty earns big away win

Lyndon Dykes' second goal in two games gave Scotland the lead


Lyndon Dykes’ second goal in two games gave Scotland victory

Scotland impressively revived their World Cup 2022 qualification hopes by climbing into a play-off place after a momentous victory in Austria.

Lyndon Dykes’ penalty, awarded after a VAR check, gave Steve Clarke’s men a lead they clung on to in Vienna.

Stephen O’Donnell – having survived an Austria penalty appeal – and Che Adams had chances to ease the Scots’ nerves.

But the visitors stood firm amid intense second-half pressure to collect a priceless and deserved away win.

Coupled with runaway leaders Denmark’s 5-0 defeat of Israel, it moves Scotland up two places to second. Clarke’s side are a point clear of the Israelis, who visit Hampden next, and four above Austria with four games remaining.

With the three-way fight for the runners-up berth gathering pace, Scotland needed a big performance and to a man they delivered.

Two VAR calls ultimately made the difference in a frantic encounter as Scotland ended the first half having…