Andy Robertson and Oliver Burke strike to haul Scotland over Cyprus hill

When any win would do, Scotland delivered one the hard way. Steve Clarke’s tenure is off to the winning start that was necessary, even if his team were unconvincing for long spells of this encounter. Onwards to Belgium, where Clarke will hope for an increase in standards if his team are to pull off a shock.

Oliver Burke, a substitute, was the Scottish hero with an 89th-minute winner after Cyprus had threatened to spoil Clarke’s debut. Whether or not the hosts deserved the victory appeared immaterial amid the joy of the moment.

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