Norwich City: McLean, Hanley and Gunn star in victory in Spain

A brace from Scott McTominay was enough to secure a second consecutive Euro 2024 qualifying win for Steve Clarke’s men. It was Scotland’s first victory over the 2010 world champions since 1984.

The Manchester United midfielder scored a second successive brace to leave Hampden Park rebounding as they raced to the top of their league table and became the only team in Group A to take maximum points from their opening two games.

Gunn faced a barrage of activity throughout the match, but made a fine save to avoid a free header from Joselu and shortly afterwards tapped Tottenham Hotspur right-back Pedro Porro’s shot over the bar.

After the break, he held off Rodri’s shot and was booked at minute 76 for wasting time. Gunn has now kept consecutive clean sheets in his first two matches as Scotland’s number one goalkeeper.

Grant Hanley played the entirety of the contest and received praise for his role in taking Joselu out of the contest. The City captain stood his ground as the Espanyol striker went for a second-half penalty.

Kenny McLean replaced Ryan Christie for the last 15 minutes as Clarke looked to inject some fresh energy into his team to clinch victory.

Elsewhere, Christos Tzolis scored a fine volley for the Greece Under-21s earlier in the day as they recorded a 1-1 draw with Belarus in their European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The City winger connected with Vasilios Sourlis from the right and guided the ball into the far end of the net to give his team the lead after 11 minutes.

Eastern Daily Press: Max Aarons was a second-half substitute for England Under-21s in their friendly loss to Croatia. Max Aarons was a second-half substitute for England’s Under-21s in their friendly loss to Croatia. (Image: PA Images)

Tzolis’s side fell behind in the second half when FC Minsk defender Maksim Kasarab equalized for the visitors. City will now return to Colney hoping to remain in David Wagner’s thoughts for Saturday’s visit to Sheffield United.

Max Aarons came off the bench but was unable to prevent England Under-21s from being beaten 2-1 against Croatia at Craven Cottage tonight.

In their final friendly before this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship, Aarons replaced Leicester left-back Luke Thomas in the 65th minute and operated at left-back for the last 30 minutes of the game.


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