FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifier
Faroe Islands 0-1 Scotland
Tuesday, 12 October, kick-off 7.45pm
Tórsvøllur – Torshavn
Live on Sky Sports
Scotland: Lyndon Dykes (86 minutes)
Scotland made it four wins in-a-row following a tough test in Torshavn against the Faroe Islands. The hosts tested Scotland in the first half but in the second period the visitors grew into the game and Lyndon Dykes was the hero on the night.
With four minutes remaining the striker bundled the ball in from close range, setting Scotland up nicely with just two games of the campaign remaining. A win against Moldova in November will now ensure a World Cup Play-Off Semi-Final place.
Steve Clarke made three changes to the side that secured a dramatic victory against Israel on Saturday. Che Adams, Callum McGregor and Nathan Patterson all made way for Ryan Christie, Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley.
How the action unfolded
Following a slow start to proceedings it was the Faroe Islands who were close to taking the lead after 22 minutes when a long ball found its way to Jonsson in the box who forced Craig Gordon into making a good save.
Moments later Hendriksson swung in a fantastic cross to Nattestad but the defender's diving header flew over the bar.
Scotland then began to edge their way back into the game and had an opportunity from the edge of the area through Saturday’s hero, Scott McTominay. The Manchester United midfielder attempted to side foot the ball into the net but the ball was struck over the target.
Ryan Christie also attempted to break the deadlock driving to the byline, and with space opening up, he tried to find Dykes in the box but it was cut out well by the Faroes defence.
Before the break Christie was booked which rules him out of the Moldova clash next month and Faero lined up a shot from the edge of the box which was deflected wide by Grant Hanley.
At the start of the second half Scott McTominay was released inside the box but his shot was rifled into the side netting.
During the second 45, Lyndon Dykes picked up a yellow card which rules him out of Scotland’s next match.
Faroe Islands were restricted to limited forays forward, allowing Scotland to create chances of their own. As the game came to a close, Scotland became the dominant side and were close to scoring when John McGinn’s head met a Ryan Fraser cross but the Aston Villa midfielder’s effort was directed straight at the goalkeeper.
Billy Gilmour was once again a bright spark for Scotland during the 90 minutes and in the closing stages he took a clever touch at the edge of the box to set him free before unleashing a fierce drive which whistled agonisingly by the post.
Steve Clarke looked to his bench for inspiration, bringing on Nathan Patterson and Kevin Nisbet. The Rangers right back immediately made an impact, swinging in a cross from the wing which was met by Lyndon Dykes who was able to prod the ball home. VAR made the Scotland fans sweat for a few nervy moments but the ball was adjudged to have hit his chest and the three points were secured.
Scotland will take on Moldova away from home on 12 November and then Denmark at Hampden three days later, knowing maximum points in the first match of the double header will be enough to ensure a play-off semi-final.
Faroe Islands: Gestsson, Faero, Vatnsdal (Askham, 59), Nattestad, Rolantsson, G Vatnhamar, Hendriksson, Davidsen (Knudsen, 59), Hansson (Frederiksen, 91), Edmundsson (Olsen, 91), Jonsson.
Unused substitutes: Nielsen, Lamhauge, Danielsen, Bjartalid, S Vatnhamar, Jensen, Agnarsson.
Scotland: Gordon, Hendry (McGregor, 68), Hanley, Tierney, Fraser (Patterson, 83), Gilmour (Cooper, 89), McTominay, Robertson, McGinn, Christie (Nisbet, 83), Dykes.
Unused substitutes: Kelly, McLaughlin, O'Donnell, Ferguson, McKenna, Armstrong, Turnbull, McLean.