UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifier
Croatia 1 - 2 Scotland
Tuesday 10 September, kick-off 8pm (local time)
Stadion Subicevac, Sibenik, Croatia
Sandro Kulenović (10); Connor McLennan (81, 89)
Scotland Under-21s came back from a goal down to beat top seeded Croatia 2-1 in Sibenik in what could be a huge night for the youngsters in their bid for European Qualification.
#SCO21s FULL TIME | Croatia 1-2 Scotland.— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 10, 2019
A late @mclennan_connor brace seals the victory for Scotland Under-21s in Sibenik. That's two wins from two in our @UEFAUnder21 qualifying campaign.
Well done, lads!#YoungTeam pic.twitter.com/7wEHWUqRdA
Scot Gemmill made four changes from the side who got the group stages off to a winning start, opting for Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie, Ryan Porteous and Fraser Hornby in place of Robby McCrorie, Billy Gilmour, Glenn Middleton and Connor McLennan.
The hosts took the lead inside ten minutes when Nikola Moro plucked the ball out of the air and whipped in a stunning cross for Sandro Kulenovic to nod low past Doohan.
A moment of magic nearly brought about the equaliser for Scot Gemmill's side, when the returning Hornby produced a delightful touch to lift the ball over Bosko Sutalo's head before being denied a shot on goal by the recovering Branimir Kalaica.
Croatia enjoyed a prolonged spell of possession midway through the opening half but were met by a formidable Scotland side who were well organised.
Breaking down the other end, Kyle Magennis fired a fizzing low effort on goal, only to see it deflect narrowly wide of the post.
20 minutes in to the second half, Luka Hujber cynically brought down Patrick Reading, who dangerously burst down the left flank to latch on to a ball over the Croatian defence. Referee Michal Ocenas did not hesitate to show the yellow card and award a freekick. Lewis Ferguson's fizzed delivery failed to beat the wall as Scotland continued to push for an equaliser.
The game truly burst to life when Hornby was denied by the feet of Adrian Semper before the home side broke away on the counter attack, only for Kulenovic to find his effort almost identically stopped by Doohan.
Gemmill made two changes in the 76th minute when he introduced McLennan and Middleton for Reading and Ferguson as the youngsters searched for an equaliser.
The changes could not have had a better impact, as the two combined brilliantly just three minutes later to find a brilliant equaliser.
Robbing the ball back with dogged determination, Middleton burst down the left flank, hurdling a lunging challenge and cutting the ball back for McLennan who cut on to his right foot and struck a low effort beyond Semper in to the bottom right corner.
The manager made his third change in the 83rd minute, bringing on Barry Maguire for Jordan Holsgrove.
Substitute Antonio Marin tested Doohan with a low strike from the edge of the area in the dying minutes, but it never troubled the young keeper who smothered the ball comfortably.
In a stunning turnaround, Scotland completed a brilliant comeback in the 88th minute when Ross McCrorie's cross was headed home by McLennan for his second of what is sure to be a memorable night for the Under-21s in Sibenik.
Scotland: Doohan; Reading (Middleton, 78), Harvie, Porteous, Johnston (Maguire, 84), McCrorie, Campbell, Magennis, Holsgrove, Ferguson (McLennan, 78), Hornby