Scott McTominay moved ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane as the joint leading scorer in European Championship qualifying with Scotland on the brink of securing a place at next year’s tournament.
McTominay continued his unlikely goal spree as the Scots extended their 100% record in Group A by beating Cyprus 3-0 Friday on a night when Lamine Yamal became the youngest player to score for Spain — and also the youngest player to score in a European qualifier — in a 7-1 win against Georgia.
Manchester United midfielder McTominay claimed his sixth goal in qualifying for Euro 2024 as Scotland stayed ahead of Spain in the group on a maximum 15 points after five straight wins.
Scotland needs two more points to ensure its place at the tournament, which will be held in Germany.
Yamal also became the youngest player to appear for Spain, again beating the benchmark set by Gavi in 2021 when he was 17 years and 62 days.
Yamal’s record-breaking night overshadowed Alvaro Morata’s hat trick in the rout against Georgia.
On the day he turned 29, Bruno Fernandes celebrated in style by scoring in Portugal’s 1-0 win against Slovakia.
It’s five wins from five for the Portuguese in Group J, which is the country’s best start to a European qualifying campaign and represents an impressive achievement early in the reign of new coach Roberto Martinez.
Luxembourg’s 3-1 win over Iceland moved it onto 10 points to equal its highest total in European or World Cup qualifying with five games still to play.
Liechtenstein remains pointless at the bottom of the group after losing 2-1 to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bruno Petković scored twice as Croatia moved up to second in Group D with a 5-0 win against Latvia.
The World Cup bronze medalist is now three points behind leader Turkey with two games in hand.
Turkey needed a goal in the 88th from Bertug Yildirim to earn a 1-1 draw with Armenia.