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International report: McGinn “beaming” with hat-trick

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International report: McGinn “beaming” with hat-trick

John McGinn said his terrific treble in Scotland’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying clash with San Marino is something he will “treasure” forever. 

McGinn bagged his hat-trick in the space of 34 first half minutes to set Steve Clarke's side on their way to a comprehensive win at Hampden.

He also became the first Scotland player to net a first half treble since Lawrie Reilly in 1952.

He said: "It's right up there. I'm beaming.

"Every time you play it's a privilege but to score a hat trick is something I'll treasure. I know people will say the opponent makes it void but not for me.

McS1"We're human beings, we're Scottish, we want to succeed - same as the fans. 

"We're desperate to give everyone what they want and that's the finals next summer.

"We're all craving a tournament and maybe that's what's going against us - we want it too badly and performances are suffering."

The win moves Scotland, who can still qualify, up to fourth in Group I, above Kazakhstan who lost at home to Belgium.

With Cyprus being beaten by Russia, the Scots are now one point behind the side who they face next month in Nicosia before finishing at home against the Kazakhs.

Conor Hourihane was substituted in stoppage time as Republic of Ireland maintained their unbeaten record in Euro 2020 qualifying with a 0-0 draw in Georgia.

The result means Ireland stay top of Group D with 12 points from six games.

Denmark's defeat of Switzerland now means Eire will qualify for the finals if they win in Geneva on Tuesday.

Neil Taylor and Lovre Kalinic were unused subs as Wales and Croatia drew 1-1 in Cardiff.

Gareth Bale's equaliser in in first half injury time earned the draw against the 2018 World Cup finalists, cancelling out Nikola Vlasic's early opener.

Wales now need to claim six points from their final two games against Azerbaijan and Hungary while Group E table toppers Croatia are on the verge of qualifying for the major tournament. 

Ørjan Nyland was also an unused sub this weekend as Norway drew 1-1 at home to Spain in Group F. 

Josh King scored a stoppage time leveller from the spot for the hosts in Oslo after Saul had opened the scoring at the start of the second half. 

Spain are top of Group F with 19 points while Norway are fourth with 10 points. 

Monday 14th October

Tyrone Mings: Bulgaria v ENGLAND, Vasil Levski Stadium, 7.45pm, EURO 2020 qualifier 
Trezeguet: EGYPT v Botswana, Cairo International Stadium, 6pm, Friendly
Douglas Luiz: BRAZIL v Japan, Pernambuco Arena, 8pm, Friendly

HourihaneFAITuesday 15th October

Conor Hourihane: Switzerland v IRELAND, Stade de Geneve, 7.45pm, EURO 2020 qualifier
Orjan Nyland: Romania v NORWAY, National Stadium, 7.45pm, EURO 2020 qualifier

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By @paulbrownavfc 13th October 2019