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International report: McGinn double inspires Scotland win

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International report: McGinn double inspires Scotland win

John McGinn was the hero as Scotland rounded off 2019 with a third straight win on Tuesday night.

After scoring in a 2-1 victory against Cyprus on Saturday, the midfielder was on target twice at Hampden Park to help his side overcome a 1-0 half-time deficit and claim a 3-1 win against Kazakhstan in Euro 2020 qualifying.

The brace took McGinn’s goal tally to six in his last three internationals, with his strikes helping Scotland to seal third place in Group I and keep their hopes of qualifying for a first major tournament since 1998 alive.

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Scotland are now just two matches away from qualifying for Euro 2020.

McGinn and his teammates face a one-legged semi-final at Hampden Park in March before a potential all or nothing play-off final.The draw for the semi-final will take place on Friday.

Conor Hourihane’s Republic of Ireland will join Scotland in the play-offs after they narrowly missed out on an automatic spot for next summer’s tournament.

A win against Denmark would have secured their passage to Euro 2020, but they could only manage a 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium after Matt Doherty equalised late on.

The 28-year-old was replaced on 68 minutes by former Villan Callum Robinson.

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Ørjan Nyland is also set to participate in the play-offs with his native Norway after he helped them secure third place in Group F, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 win against Malta.

Fellow goalkeeper Matija Sarkic made his debut for Montenegro in a 2-0 friendly win against Belarus after he was on the bench for a 7-0 defeat to England at Wembley.

Elsewhere in Euro 2020 action, Tyrone Mings started in England’s 4-0 win against Kosovo as they finished the group stage on a high, while Lovre Kalinic’s Croatia secured top spot in Group E.

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Wesley and Douglas Luiz won their first caps for Brazil during friendlies against Argentina and South Korea.

Wesley replaced Casemiro as the South Americans lost 1-0 to Argentina before Luiz came on in place of Arthur in a 3-0 victory against Korea.

Marvelous Nakamba played every minute as Zimbabwe began their attempt to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with a 0-0 draw against Botswana and a 2-1 victory against Zambia.

Trezeguet started both games for Egypt as they kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw against Kenya before being held 0-0 by Comoros.

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By @GregStyles91 20th November 2019