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Scotland’s European Championship hopes have been dashed in a shocking and disappointing turn of events.

Scotland knocked out as Csoboth scores late Hungary winner...

After the final whistle, Scotland’s manager Steve Clarke stood frozen at the edge of the field, surveying the devastation. His team was in disarray, with players lying on the ground, bent over in despair, or standing motionless in shock. The 1-0 defeat to Hungary had eliminated Scotland from Euro 2024.

The Scottish team’s desperation was palpable as they struggled to hold off their opponents. Goalkeeper Angus Gunn was forced to retreat deep into his own box, while others were left frozen in place. The game had been a frustrating one, with Scotland’s hopes of advancing shattered by a single goal.

In the aftermath of the game, manager Steve Clarke was furious, but his criticism of the Argentine referee, Facundo Tello, was misguided and included unnecessary references to nationality. The video assistant referee was Spanish, and Clarke’s comments were widely criticized as unprofessional and cringeworthy.

Outcome the same, only year and city changes

Scotland needed that break because their overall play was inaccurate and unthreatening. Same old, same old.

We reached the 97th minute and at last they had a shot on target, although even it was questionable given there may have been an offside in the preamble.

Grant Hanley had that chance, a close-range curler that was slapped away by Peter Gulacsi in the Hungary goal.

A loose ball then broke to Callum McGregor, only a heroic block denied him a crack from close distance and you know the rest.

A late kick to the solar plexus. In Scotland’s monumental pursuit of a place in the knockouts of a major tournament, the outcome is always the same.

The only thing that changes is the year and the city in which the horror show unfolds.

Scotland was denied a clear penalty, with VAR controversially not intervening to review the decision.

The contentious incident occurred in the 79th minute with the deadlock still unbroken after Manchester United’s Scott McTominay sent Stuart Armstrong running through into the Hungary box, with Hungarian defender Willi Orban giving chase.

Orban then ran into the back of Armstrong, sending him tumbling to the turf, but Argentinian referee Facundo Tello refused Scotland’s cries for a spot kick and VAR did not intercede to overturn that decision. Hungary eventually won the game in the 100th minute through Kevin Csoboth’s strike at the end of a swift counter-attack. 

Former England striker Shearer said: “Clear penalty for me. I think the assistant just to the right of it had a great view of it also. “It’s one of the few occasions where Scotland actually penetrated the defence of Hungary, and I mean…it’s a terrible challenge. He gets caught up, Orban, and takes him out: his right knee onto his left calf, clearly. That for me is a clear, clear penalty.”

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