Dykes helps Scotland win WC qualifier

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Australian-born No.9 Lyndon Dykes has had an eventful outing in Scotland's much needed 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Israel - scoring once after having a penalty saved.

Scott McTominay headed home from a John McGinn corner deep in stoppage time as the hosts came from behind to keep alive hopes of a first World Cup finals appearance since 1998.

Israel had twice led through goals from Eran Zahavi and Munas Dabbur only for McGinn and Dykes to reply.

Scotland trailed 2-1 at halftime after Dykes' squandered penalty, which he fired straight down the middle to be kicked away by Israel goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.

However, Dykes made up for the miss in the 57th minute, his goal awarded after the referee went to the VAR monitor and overruled his own decision to initially disallow the attempt at a wet Hampden Park.

Scotland are in second place in Group F on 14 points, four clear of third-placed Israel and Austria - who were 2-0 winners over the Faroe Islands.

Denmark lead the group with a 100 per cent record after six games - their latest win 4-0 over Moldova ensuring they can't finish outside the top two.

Elsewhere, England moved another step closer to qualification for Qatar 2022 as Gareth Southgate marked five years in the dugout with a predictably comfortable 5-0 victory against minnows Andorra.

The goals shared between Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and substitute Jack Grealish.

England top Group I on 19 points, four more than Albania - who won 1-0 at Hungary - and five more than Poland - who thrashed minnows San Marino 5-0.

Striker Alexander Isak scored a world-class goal to add to an Emil Forsberg penalty and a superb solo effort by Robin Quaison as Sweden cruised to a 3-0 win over Kosovo.

Spain top Group B on 13 points, one clear of Sweden who have a game in hand, while Greece - who accounted for Georgia 2-0 with two goals after the 90th minute - are third on nine points.

First-half goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk gave Ukraine a 2-1 win over Finland to be second in Group D, behind group leaders France with Bosnia and Herzegovina third after their 2-0 defeat of Kazakhstan.

Steven Zuber and Christian Fassnacht scored as Switzerland defeated 10-man Northern Ireland 2-0 - after the visitors had defender Jamal Lewis bizarrely sent-off in the first half for time wasting.

Italy lead Group C from Switzerland while last-placed Lithuania got their first points by beating Bulgaria 3-1.

Serbia boosted their qualification hopes after a moment of individual skill from striker Dusan Vlahovic gave them a 1-0 win at Luxembourg

The result lifted Serbia to the top of Group A on 14 points, one more than Portugal who have a game in hand against third-placed Luxembourg.

Ireland celebrated the first win of the campaign with a 3-0 away rout of bottom team Azerbaijan.

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