Dykes nets record-breaking strike to save Scots and send them one win from World Cup play-offs

LYNDON DYKES made history just as Scotland were staring shame in the face.

The battering-ram striker bagged a last-gasp winner to become the first Scot since Colin Stein in 1969 to net in four consecutive competitive games.

Lyndon Dykes bundles the ball home as Scotland narrowly beat the Faroe Islands 1-0


Lyndon Dykes bundles the ball home as Scotland narrowly beat the Faroe Islands 1-0Credit: Kenneth Ramsay
The QPR forward celebrates his latest crucial goal


The QPR forward celebrates his latest crucial goalCredit: AFP

But Dykes was also booked with Ryan Christie — and both will now be suspended for the visit to Moldova next month, where three points will seal a World Cup play-off place. On a nerve-shredding night, the 114th Fifa-ranked Faroes came so close to a famous result.

There’s grass on the roofs here and puffin pie on menus — and for the Scots in Torshavn a point for the Faroes would have been just as bewildering.

It is all about Chisinau now on November 12.

Scotland had come here four times before and endured two draws — but another slip-up was simply unthinkable in the context of keeping the Israelis and Austrians at arm’s length.

Indeed, boss Steve Clarke’s men could and probably should have been 2-0 down by half-time on a slick 4G pitch.

Clarke had warned them of keeper Teitur Gestsson’s ability to shell it and from one kick Gilli Sorensen squared in the box for Joan Edmundsson but the striker could not connect properly.


Woeful Scotland lacked conviction all over the park and the fired-up Faroes scented blood.

Sorensen glided the ball across the six-yard box for Ari Jonsson to shoot at point-blank range, only for Craig Gordon to parry.

Scott McTominay should have done better than shoot wide from close range in the 54th minute.

Scotland sought inspiration but the Faroes were brimming with belief.

With 20 minutes left it was tense and Scotland lived dangerously, at times kicking it anywhere.

But Billy Gilmour had to score in the 76th minute — Gestsson saved his close- range shot — and then John McGinn, six yards out, squandered an even better chance with a header.

It was absolute torture. But then massive relief with four minutes left.

Dykes somehow bundled home at the near post from a cross by sub Nathan  Patterson — but it went to VAR and the seconds looking for a possible handball felt like forever.

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