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Scott McTominay scored an injury-time winner as Scotland came from behind to claim a crucial 3-2 victory over Israel in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, while England thrashed Andorra 5-0 to stay on track to reach next year’s global showpiece.

Meanwhile Sweden’s Alexander Isak scored a stunning solo goal in 3-0 win over Kosovo and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record-extending 112th international goal for Portugal in a 3-0 friendly win over Qatar.

The win takes Scotland four points clear of Israel in second place in Group F with three matches remaining as they bid to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Group winners qualify automatically for next year’s finals in Qatar, with the runners-up heading into the playoffs.

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Scotland trailed twice in the first half at Hampden Park to goals from PSV Eindhoven forward Eran Zahavi and Mu’nas Dabbur.

John McGinn levelled once, but home striker Lyndon Dykes missed a penalty on the stroke of halftime.

He made amends before the hour mark with an equaliser, awarded after a VAR review after the referee initially disallowed it for a high boot.

A point would have been a decent result for Steve Clarke’s men, but the hosts pushed for a winner which arrived in the 94th minute as Manchester United midfielder McTominay bundled in at the back post.

The Scots still hold a slim chance of topping the group, trailing leaders Denmark, who cruised past Moldova 4-0 in Chisinau, by seven points.

“We’ve got a few games left and we have to just remain focused. We wanted a win tonight and we got it,” Dykes told Sky Sports.

Scotland clinched a last-gasp win.
Scotland clinched a last-gasp win.Source: Getty Images

– Much-changed England score five –

England manager Gareth Southgate rested key players including Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling as his second string impressed in a 5-0 thumping of Andorra.

Ben Chilwell opened the scoring in the 17th minute, with the goal awarded by VAR after initially being disallowed for off-side against Jadon Sancho.

Bukayo Saka made the points safe before halftime and Roma striker Tammy Abraham made the most of a rare start by scoring in the 59th minute.

Jack Grealish came off the bench and won a penalty which James Ward-Prowse saw saved, before turning in the rebound.

Grealish rounded off the scoring with a fine individual effort for his first international goal after collecting goalkeeper Sam Johnstone’s long kick.

“It has been a long time coming and it’s about time that I scored because everyone has been saying it to me,” Grealish told the BBC.

“I think that is 16 games now. It was coming and I’m just delighted that I’ve got off the mark.” It was a busy night for Kateryna Monzul, the first female official to referee an England match, with five yellow cards as well as the penalty award.

England remain four points clear at the top of Group I after second-placed Albania won 1-0 against Hungary in Budapest.

Poland are a point further back in third after seeing off San Marino 5-0 and next face Albania in Tirana on Tuesday.

Jack Grealish said ‘it’s been a long time coming’ after his first England goal.Source: Getty Images

– Sweden maintain chase of Spain –

Sweden moved within a point of Group B leaders Spain thanks to a 3-0 win over Kosovo in Solna.

Alexander Isak scored a magnificent goal to cap a brilliant individual display, with Robin Quaison and Emil Forsberg also on the scoresheet.

Sweden also have a game in hand on Spain, who they visit in their final qualifier next month.

Greece kept their hopes of pushing into the top two themselves alive as two late goals secured a 2-0 win in Georgia.

The Greeks remain unbeaten and are three points behind Sweden and also have a game in hand on Spain.

Ronaldo took his tally to 112 international goals in a friendly for Portugal. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)Source: AFP

Switzerland remain close on the coat-tails of European champions Italy after edging out 10-man Northern Ireland 2-0 in Geneva.

The Swiss are three points behind Italy in Group C with a game in hand and lead third-placed Northern Ireland by six points.

Elsewhere, Serbia moved above Portugal to the top of Group A with a 1-0 win over Luxembourg.

Ukraine ended a run of five straight draws with a 2-1 victory in Finland to consolidate their grip on second place in Group D.

The Euro 2020 quarterfinalists are two points ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who beat Kazakhstan 2-0, and four points behind France

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Newcastle are expected to part company with manager Steve Bruce, who will “continue to give his best until told otherwise”.

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Premier League clubs have voted to temporarily block teams from striking lucrative deals with businesses that have links to their club’s owners after the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of Newcastle.

The Guardian newspaper reported 18 clubs voted in favour of the ban at an emergency meeting on Monday, with Newcastle voting against and Manchester City abstaining. It is understood that both questioned the legality of the move.

A temporary month-long ban on such deals will be put in place while the possibility of a permanent ban is under debate.

Many clubs in the English top-flight fear Newcastle’s wealthy Saudi owners could conclude agreements in the oil-rich kingdom that could give them an advantage.

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Last week, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani said Financial Fair Play rules must be enforced to ensure the 20 Premier League clubs are “playing the same game”.

Premier League champions City, who are owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group, have struck deals that are known as related party transactions, for example sponsorship from Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi government-owned carrier.

The Newcastle takeover was rubber-stamped by the Premier League earlier this month after it received legally binding assurances that the Saudi state would not control the club.

That was despite the fact that Saudi Arabia’s state sovereign wealth fund — the Public Investment Fund (PIF) — owns 80 per cent of the club and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is listed as the PIF board’s chairman.

PIF governor and new Newcastle chairman Yassir Al-Rumayyan was in attendance for the club’s first match since the takeover on Sunday, which they lost 3-2 to Tottenham.

Newcastle are currently second from bottom of the Premier League, without a win in their first eight games.

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Arsenal hero Ian Wright slams two Gunners stars after Crystal Palace struggles

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Arsenal and Crystal Palace played out a thrilling contest on Monday evening.

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