Glorious Sporting Failures: Scotland Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory
We know the drill Scotland, as a country we seem to be destined to be the perennial hard luck story.
Sadly it seems to be in our nature, perhaps its some cosmic law that forbids Scottish from triumph, who knows maybe it’s a psychological hinderance pre determined and built in to our nature. Forever convinced the curse will be lifted at the next attempt.
We bring you some of the most infamous incidents where we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Australia vs Scotland (35-34) : The Penalty (2015)
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Our most recent hard luck story, and what a kick in the teeth, after scoring what was presumed to be a decisive try and conversion in the dying moments of the match. Scotland looked to have booked their place in the Semi Finals. But fate kindly stepped in with referee Craig Joubert presenting Australia with a dodgy penalty in the 80th minute. Australia converted to break a nations heart. Joubert immediately blew for the final whistle and sprinted off the pitch, shaking not a single players hand.
Scotland vs Italy (1-2) : The Free Kick
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Although there were more than a couple contentious decisions during the match, Scotland looked to be on course for a qualification spot in a group that contained reigning world champions Italy and the French national team at their peak. We know the drill. With Scotland drawing 1-1 and safe in the knowledge a draw kept us in the fight. Italy were awarded a free kick in the 90th minute after Georgio Chiellini blatantly barged Alan Hutton off the ball in frustration. Free-kick God Andrea Pirlo crossed the ball into the box Christian Pannuci headed into the net. Scottish hearts were crushed again.
England vs Scotland 1999 (1-0, Finished 1-2 Agg) : The Save
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After being written off following a 2-0 defeat at Hampden, Scotland were set to face the Auld Enemy in the final game at Wembley before the old stadium was torn down. With an atmosphere many considered to be the best at an international match ever. Don Hutchison put the Scots ahead and the Scots went on the hunt for a second, and if not for David Seaman’s acrobatic, world class save, deep in the second half, it was easy to believe the Scots in the ascendancy would have dumped the English out, on their own turf. Alas it was not to be.
Scotland vs England (6-9) 1991 : The Miss
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The kick that must haunt Gavin Hastings dreams, a penalty dead on to the rugby posts, and if he converts, Scotland march into the final of the Rugby World Cup. Instead, he missed. Certainly a penalty that was harder to miss than convert. England then held on to claim a 9-6 victory.
Holland vs Scotland 1978 : The Goal
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Arguably the greatest goal scored by a Scot, and easily one of the greatest scored of all time. Archie Gemmill against Holland in 1978. Scotland needing to win by three goals went 3-1 up after his glorious solo effort, sadly it wasn’t to be with Holland scoring a spectacular long range strike. Scotland defeating the eventual finalists 3-2. But Scottish hearts were crushed once again.
Oh Scotland when will we see your likes again? (At least we’re not too bad at tennis and bowls)