More minutes for Patterson as Scotland beat Spain

28/03/2023 13comments  |  Jump to last

Nathan Patterson made another late cameo for Scotland and both Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye played the full 90 minutes for their countries as all three Everton players ended up on the winning sides in international action this evening.

Patterson, who came on with 11 minutes to go against Cyprus over the weekend, was again introduced as Aaron Hickey's replacement in the closing stages as the Scots recorded a memorable win over Spain behind two goals from Scott McTominay that puts them top of Group A after two matches of European Championship qualifying.

Meanwhile,  in Germany, Onana finished the game with the captain's armband as the Belgians held out for a 3-2 friendly victory over the hosts of Euro 2024. It was the second game during this international break that the Everton midfielder had played the entire match under new head coach, Dominic Tedesco.

24 hours earlier, Seamus Coleman had passed his fitness test to face France and put in another excellent performance to keep Kylian Mbappé quiet as the World Cup finalists edged the Republic of Ireland by the only goal in Dublin.

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Elsewhere, Gueye was in action for Senegal this evening as they beat Mozambique to book their place in the next Africa Cup of Nations after Alex Iwobi had featured for Nigeria in their 1-0 win over Guinea Bissau last night.


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Derek Knox
1 Posted 29/03/2023 at 02:45:55
As a Scot, fantastic result and a decent game too, which if I may add was well deserved. Although as Steve Clarke said so rightly at the end, 6 points doesn't guarantee qualification, but it is a decent start and one to build on, and above all will be a massive confidence boost.

Not unlike Everton if we can get a result against Spurs and Fulham, not only will it add valuable points, but confidence will be elevated, and a belief that all games from here on in, are winnable, no matter how improbable that seems.

Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 29/03/2023 at 05:14:22
Who cares about international football?, It's boring. Bring the real stuff back on Monday.
Jerome Shields
3 Posted 29/03/2023 at 06:48:36
A good win for Scotland, and deserved.Glad to see Patterson get a run out.
Mike Doyle
4 Posted 29/03/2023 at 09:09:48
Well said Paul. Difficulty to decide which is less exciting - international football or the League Cup.
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 29/03/2023 at 10:24:12
Don’t know where to put this but Canada Dock FC have resigned from Sunday League football after 58 years, they released a statement that after interference by Sunday League officials over the last ten days and much consideration they decided with much regret that have decided to leave Sunday football and wish to thank everyone who has been connected with the club throughout that time.

I think many amateur fans will be saddened by this news and the amateur leagues seem to be getting smaller and smaller.

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 29/03/2023 at 10:42:48
For anyone that knows about Sunday football in Liverpool, then that is sad news Dave, and has got me reminiscing about the Dockers club.

Sunday football, and the three teams that used to play on Edinburgh Pk, were all full of both character and great characters.

Sandon Dock - Canada Dock - and the Seymour. Three great north end teams, that made the Dockers club a special place most Sunday’s.

The Liverpool FA Sunday league was possibly the biggest league in the world at one stage, and people still say life has progressed!!

Si Cooper
7 Posted 29/03/2023 at 14:18:29
Does everyone say everything about it has progressed Tony? It’s changed but not necessarily always for the better. People forget (have never realised?) that there is not a guaranteed direction of travel where evolution is concerned
I think overall male participation in team sports has probably declined, and I think that may be paralleled by less appreciation of the ‘team player’ in society in general. Many spectators seem more interested in acclaiming individual brilliance than revelling in the beauty of a group in total harmony.
Christy Ring
8 Posted 29/03/2023 at 14:54:25
Garner played the full game for England u21’s last night as well. I was in the Aviva Monday night and Seamus was superb and never gave Mbappe a kick. Deserved a pint, keeper made a world class save in the last few minutes, pity Lloris is gone
Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 29/03/2023 at 15:13:14

Unless I am missing any (if England counts) surely that is Scotland's best result since the "Scottish Rooney" James McFadden scored that stunner to beat France in Paris about 15 years ago? Credit to Clarke for doing what his predecessors since Brown have failed to do -- figure out a way to make an ordinary group without stars actually do pretty well. Also credit to the SFA for following Northern Ireland's example with Michael O'Neill (first time around) for sticking with him even if the early going wasn't good.

Be interesting to see how do they in the next game in Oslo. Norway with Haaland and Odegard remind me a bit of Wales 6 or 7 years ago with Bale and Ramsey. A bunch of journeymen with two world class stars. They've had a poor start could get back into it if they manage to beat Scotland. Hopefully they won't.

Paul Kossoff
10 Posted 29/03/2023 at 15:41:11
We still haven't found Waldo, but a more important question is where is DLC? Surely he's still not injured, how many games since he got his mysterious hamstring injury?
Roger Helm
11 Posted 29/03/2023 at 18:08:46
With all these international players, how come we are struggling near the foot of the table?
Neil Halliwell
12 Posted 29/03/2023 at 18:12:34
A friend of mine is an excellent physio. Says he has played against Dyche in his youth as a pro footballer and is on first name terms. Has written to him saying he knows what is wrong with DCL and can fix him. Says this overall strength improvement approach is wrong. He is sure if DCL come on against Spurs he will break down again. I understand loyalty to existing physio teams but it isn't working is it? Give him a chance Sean.
Joe McMahon
13 Posted 29/03/2023 at 18:14:09
Roger, the only thing I can think of is non of our internationals are goalscorers - midfielders or strikers. It always defenders and keepers. We are such a joy to watch.

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