World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Scotland cannot rating sufficient

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s observe: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a special reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Scotland’s battle with the Netherlands.

It says loads about Scotland’s star-crossed historical past on the worldwide stage that its biggest World Cup purpose wasn’t sufficient to ship them to the second spherical in 1978.

It was a factor of magnificence nonetheless.

Needing an unlikely three-goal win over the Netherlands — the runner-up on the earlier two tournaments — the Scots scored three targets, together with the unimaginable solo effort by Archie Gemmill. Following a fast give-and-go with Kenny Dalglish, Gemmill lower one defender so laborious he fell over, then toppled one other with a nutmeg earlier than ending into the far nook along with his left foot. The strike — nonetheless thought to be top-of-the-line ever in a World Cup — made it 3-1, sufficient to have the Tartan Military dreaming of the knockout stage. 

Sadly for them, it shortly grew to become a nightmare. The Oranje obtained the subsequent purpose three minutes later, and the upstart Scots have been eradicated regardless of a 3-2 victory. 

Gemmill’s purpose not sufficient for Scotland

Archie Gemmill scored top-of-the-line solo targets in World Cup historical past.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a workers author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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