Scotland fail to break 70-year curse as late Hungary defeat confirms Euro 2024 exit | Football | Sport

Scotland have suffered their latest group-stage exit at a major tournament after falling to a last-gasp 1-0 defeat against Hungary on Sunday night. Steve Clarke’s side needed to avoid a loss to have any hope of progressing to the last 16, but Kevin Csoboth’s 100th-minute dagger drew all-too-familiar pain.

The major talking point in Stuttgart was Barnabas Varga’s sickening second-half collision with Angus Gunn, which knocked the Hungary striker unconscious before he was stretchered off the pitch.

Express Sport runs through the top talking points on a disappointing night for Scotland, whose long wait for European Championships joy continued in devastating fashion.

Scotland’s 70 years of hurt continues

Euro 2024 was Scotland’s 12th major tournament, the first of which came in 1954. And 70 years on, their wait to progress into the knockout stages continues.

Scotland would’ve been all but guaranteed a spot in the last 16 with a victory, and a draw would’ve offered a glimmer of hope. But defeat has condemned the Tartan Army to an early exit.

The nation hasn’t won a European Championships game since 1996, winning just two of their last 12 matches in the competition.

Scott McTominay’s heroics unrewarded

Scott McTominay spearheaded Scotland’s charge to Euro 2024 by scoring seven goals in qualifying. Only Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane netted more times.

The qualification campaign included a memorable victory against Spain, but Scotland have once again failed to deliver on the big stage.

Even if they progressed to the last 16, McTominay faced heartbreak after receiving his second yellow of the group stage, meaning he would’ve been suspended for the next outing.

Barnabas Varga latest

Varga was stretchered off after being knocked unconscious from a collision with Gunn, leaving some players in tears before play resumed.

According to Hungarian media, the 29-year-old is now conscious and is being transported to hospital for further checks.

It’s a positive update following a worrying incident, from which the reality made the tension of the game’s stakes seem irrelevant.

Scotland penalty controversy

Scotland’s exit has intensified the outrage after Stuart Armstrong looked to have drawn a stonewall penalty in the latter stages of the match.

Armstrong was clean through on goal before being taken out from behind, prompting a mass expectation that Scotland deserved a spot kick.

However, the referee and VAR waved away pleas, potentially due to the Scottish winger being in an offside position.

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