LiveScotland 2-2 Austria recap: Hanley and McGinn earn Scots a point

Scotland twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Austria in their first match of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Goalscorers John McGinn and Grant Hanley at full time
Goalscorers John McGinn and Grant Hanley at full time

After a goalless first half the game sparked into life when Sasa Kalajdzic fired the visitors into a 55th-minute lead.

Grant Hanley's powerful header brought Scotland level on 71 minutes only for Kalajdzic to head Austria back in front nine minutes later.

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With time running out John McGinn’s acrobatic overhead kick earned a share of the spoils.

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So a breathless last 20 minutes to that encounter but a draw *probably* a fair outcome.

Scotland did well to fight back twice from a goal down and were denied a strong shout for a penalty in the second half but Grant Hanley and John McGinn deserve credit for two good goals.

Some aspects of the defensive performance may require further scrutiny by the coaching staff. Hanley may have scored but an early booking possibly hampered his efforts and Jack Hendry might have done better at the second goal.

Vital now to take three points from the game against Israel as four points from the opening two fixtures would be a decent return given Austria’s ranking.

Scotland come from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Austria in their 2022 World Cup qualifying opener

On a related note, can McGinn play further forward for Scotland from now on please.

John McGinn throwing himself about there with total disregard for his body. What a boy.

McTominay’s free kick from distance is over the bar

Ilsanker in the book for a foul as Scotland looked to break

Three minutes added on at the end

Kenny McLean on for Ryan Christie

Hanley close to making it three but his header is off-target

John McGinn with a bicycle kick! Schlager is motionless, Scotland are level, McGinn is ecstatic!

Kalajdzic with his and Austria’s second as the visitors retake the lead with about ten to play.

Dykes off, McGregor on, McGinn pushed further forward.

Looks like Callum McGregor may be coming on for Scotland.

Robertson with an inviting low cross and it *just* evades Dykes’ out-stretched leg. So close.

That’s a smart stop from Marshall to deny Kalajdzic a second and Scotland win a free kick after a foul in the penalty area.

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