Aussie-born Dykes spot on in Scots' WCQ

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Australian-born striker Lyndon Dykes has scored from the penalty to give Scotland a 1-0 win over Austria in their World Cup qualifier.

The win lifted the Scots to second spot in Group F and boosted their hopes of qualifying for Qatar 2022.

A VAR review handed Scotland a 30th-minute spot kick after defender Martin Hinteregger manhandled Che Adams and Dykes drove his penalty down the middle for the game's only goal.

Austria were then furious they were not awarded a penalty just before the break when the ball struck Stephen O'Donnell's arm as he rose for a header with Christoph Baumgartner.

Scotland then defended superbly to hold onto the lead, with Steve Clarke's side moving to 11 points, a point ahead of Israel and four clear of the Austrians.

"We came here to win and we did that," Dykes, who plays for Queens Park Rangers in England's Championship, said after Scotland's second win in a week, after Saturday's victory over Moldova.

"With each game this week we got stronger and stronger - showing the togetherness that we have. We work hard for each other and the defending starts from the front."

Denmark lead the group on a perfect 18 points from six matches after their 5-0 thrashing of visitors Israel.

Yussuf Poulsen, captain Simon Kjaer, Andreas Skov Olsen, Thomas Delaney and Andreas Cornelius were the goal scorers from the Danes.

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann scored twice from Karim Benzema assists as France defeated Finland 2-0 to put the world champions champions in control of their qualifying group.

With his 39th and 40th goals for France, Griezmann matched Michel Platini for third place on the team's all-time list behind only Thierry Henry (51 goals) and Olivier Giroud (46).

France lead Group D with 12 points, seven points clear of Ukraine and Finland while Baktiyor Zainutdinov equalised five minutes into stoppage time for Kazakhstan in a 2-2 draw at Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Portugal did not miss the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo as they accounted for Azerbaijan 3-0 to go top of Group A.

Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Diogo Jota scored a goal each for the visitors.

Serbia had appeared on course to take the group lead before a late own goal from Nikola Milenkov negated an early score from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in a 1-1 draw in Ireland.

Portugal lead with 13 points ahead of Serbia (11), Luxembourg (6), Ireland (2) and Azerbaijan (1).

Memphis Depay's hat-trick led the Netherlands to a 6-1 rout of 10-man Turkey and top of Group G.

It was the first international treble for the 27-year-old striker as the Dutch posted an emphatic victory for the second time in four days to reach 13 points from six games.

Turkey slipped from first to third in the group as they stayed on 11 points with Norway moving second, behind the Dutch on goal difference, after they thrashed Gibraltar 5-1 courtesy of an Erling Haaland hat-trick.

Montenegro and Latvia drew 0-0 to remain fourth and fifth in the group.

Croatia leads Russia on goal difference in Group G after the 2018 World Cup finalists accounted for Slovenia 3-0 with Mark Livaja, Mario Pasalic and Nikola Vlasic on target.

Fedor Smolov and Zelimkhan Bakaev scored in Russia's 2-0 win over visiting Malta while Slovakia beat visitors Cyprus 2-0 to go third.

with AP

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