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Youthful Ireland ultimately beaten by composure of Scotland in dramatic Nations League clash

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Ireland's Jason Knight clashes with Scotland's Scott McTominay during the UEFA Nations League clash at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Ireland's Jason Knight clashes with Scotland's Scott McTominay during the UEFA Nations League clash at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland's Jack Hendry (left) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Nations League match at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland's Jack Hendry (left) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Nations League match at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Ireland's John Egan celebrates scoring their first goal in the Nations League clash against Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Ireland's John Egan celebrates scoring their first goal in the Nations League clash against Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland's John McGinn in action against Ireland's Dara O'Shea during their Nations League clash at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland's John McGinn in action against Ireland's Dara O'Shea during their Nations League clash at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Ireland supporters, at George's Square in Glasgow, before UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland supporters, at George's Square in Glasgow, before UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Ireland's Jason Knight clashes with Scotland's Scott McTominay during the UEFA Nations League clash at Hampden Park, Glasgow

This was absorbing but not rewarding from an Irish perspective, a Celtic derby full of bite where a young Irish side allowed a lead to slip from their grasp in a frenetic second half where Scotland showed more composure when it mattered.

Stephen Kenny and his staff will travel home with a journey packed with what ifs, particularly a horrible miss from Troy Parrott when this game was level and then the anguish of conceding a penalty to a routine set piece with Alan Browne penalised for handball in an aerial challenge.


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