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Christie's good night in Vienna


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Ryan Christie came off the bench to play his part in Scotland’s crucial 1-0 win over Austria in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

Christie replaced goalscorer Lyndon Dykes in the 71st minute as victory revived Scotland’s hopes of reaching the finals in Qatar in 2022.

It was the former Celtic midfielder’s 23rd senior cap having featured against Denmark and Moldova during the international break.

QPR striker Dykes confidentially despatched his spot-kick after Che Adams had gone to ground while grappling with Martin Hinteregger in the 30th minute.

Although appeals from Scotland players were muted, a lengthy VAR check confirmed Hinteregger had grabbed Adams’s shirt and Dykes fired his penalty down the middle.

Steve Clarke’s team stood firm amid intense second-half pressure to collect a potentially-vital three points in Vienna.

Victory moved Scotland up two places to second in Group F, a point clear of Israel who visit Hampden Park next month.

Goalkeeper Orjan Nyland made his first appearance for Norway in almost two years as they crushed Gibraltar 5-1 in World Cup qualifying in Oslo.

Nyland, who joined AFC Bournemouth during the summer transfer window, last featured for his country in a 2-1 win in Malta in a Euro qualifier in November 2019.

The 30-year-old won his 29th senior cap as Erling Braut Haaland maintained his phenomenal goalscoring form with a hat-trick as Norway eased to victory.

Kristian Thorstvedt opened the scoring before providing the assist for Haaland to make it 2-0.

Haaland added his second and Norway’s third before Nyland was beaten by Reece Styche’s lob on the stroke of half-time.

Alexander Sorloth restored Norway’s three-goal lead in the second half and Haaland tapped in his third in injury time, the Borussia Dortmund striker making it 11 goals in eight games for club and country this season.

Gavin Kilkenny started as Republic of Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw by Luxembourg in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier at Stade Jos Nosbaum.

Ireland's Tyreik Wright saw his first-half penalty saved before they opened the scoring on 70 minutes through Colm Whelan.

However, the hosts battled back to earn a penalty with six minutes left and Dylan Kuete sent goalkeeper Brian Maher the wrong way.

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