Keeper Marshall takes Scotland to Euro

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Goalkeeper David Marshall was the hero as Scotland booked their spot at Euro 2020, the first major tournament they have reached in 23 years, by beating Serbia on penalties.

Elsewhere, Slovakia needed extra-time to defeat Northern Ireland 2-1 while Hungary completed a thrilling 2-1 comeback win over Iceland thanks to a late equaliser from Loic Nego and a stoppage-time winner by Dominik Szoboszlai.

Ryan Christie had put Steve Clarke's side ahead, but Luka Jovic headed in a 90th-minute equaliser for the Serbs.

Neither team could grab a winner in extra-time, with penalties needed to separate the two sides.

Marshall then stood up, saving Aleksandar Mitrovic's spot-kick to earn the Tartan Army a famous victory.

"You have to be so proud of the way the players responded to (the equaliser). That was a sore one. We were so close to where we wanted to be," Scotland boss Steve Clarke said.

"It's a magnificent night again for everybody in Scotland. We said we'd try to put a smile back on their faces and I hope they enjoyed the moment as much as we did here in Belgrade."

Slovakia did just enough to beat their opponents in Belfast. They looked to have sealed the victory through Juraj Kucka, but Milan Skriniar put the the ball into his net to force another 30 minutes.

Substitute Michal Duris netted what proved to be the winner with 10 minutes left on the clock to break Northern Irish hearts.

"There's not a great deal you can say, they gave us absolutely everything," Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough said.

"We couldn't have asked for any more effort.

"It went right to the end and it's tough to come up with any words of consolation."

Earlier, 37-year-old veteran Goran Pandev sent North Macedonia to their first major tournament, scoring the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory over Georgia.

Genoa's Pandev deftly finished off a neat passing move through the Georgia defence in the 56th minute in the single-game playoff to decide who would advance to the postponed Euro 2020 tournament.

The game was arguably the biggest in the history of two young soccer nations, but no fans were allowed into the 54,000-seat national stadium in Tbilisi because of coronavirus restrictions in Georgia.