Scotland national team continued their Euro 2021 preparations

Scotland national team continued their Euro 2021 preparations

Scotland national team continued their Euro 2021 preparations in a positive fashion, despite Memphis Depay’s late free-kick denying them victory over the Netherlands in Portugal.

Shorn of seven players due to Covid-19 precautions, Steve Clarke’s side defied any early concerns when Jack Hendry drilled in to cap a fine start.

Depay swept home a composed first-time shot to level, then arced in a stunning set-piece in the final moments after substitute Kevin Nisbet scored with his first touch to restore Scotland’s lead.

Scotland national team is spirited 

FT: Netherlands 2-2 Scotland

Scotland head coach Clarke goes on to praise the spirit and mentality of his players following a positive performance.

“I knew we were in good shape,” he says. “The mood is good within the squad. We expected a tough game, that was what we got. I feel we are improving as a team and getting better.”

The fact that Scotland has so many of their first team out due to covid precautions, enhances their chances of qualifying through the group stages.

Scotland travel to face an improving Luxembourg side on their own patch on Sunday (17:00 BST), while the Netherlands play Georgia at the same time.

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