Scotland edge Austria to boost World Cup chances

Scotland boosted their hopes of reaching a first World Cup finals since 1998 after securing a crucial 1-0 victory against Austria in Vienna.

Lyndon Dykes’ 30th-minute penalty proved to be the decisive goal after Martin Hinteregger was adjudged to have fouled Che Adams after VAR told referee Georgi Kabakov to check the pitchside monitor.

Scotland produced a resolute defensive display to restrict Austria, but goalkeeper Craig Gordon was called on late on to repel Christoph Baumgartner’s powerful header as the visitors held on for a famous win.

Elsewhere in Group F, Denmark continued their procession towards top spot in the standings with a 5-0 win against Israel, but victory for Steve Clarke’s side sees them enhance their prospects of second-placed finish behind the Danes and a play-off spot as the race to secure qualification to Qatar 2022 intensifies.

Scotland are now seven points behind group leaders Denmark, but move one point ahead of Israel, who they face next month, and four points clear of Austria with four matches of the campaign remaining.

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What’s next?

Scotland are back in World Cup qualifying action next month when they host Israel on October 9, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 5pm.

They also face a trip to the Faroe Islands on October 12, also on Sky Sports; kick-off 7.45pm.

Up next for Austria, they face trips to the Faroe Islands (October 9; kick-off 7.45pm) and Denmark (October 12; kick-off 7.45pm).