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Scotland squander two-goal lead against Finland in Euro 2024 send-off

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Finland striker Benjamin Kallman (centre) celebrates his goal against Scotland (ANDY BUCHANAN)

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Scotland’s Euro 2024 farewell party turned flat on Friday as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Finland at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.

After a dull first 45 minutes of a warm-up game that lacked intensity, Andy Robertson’s cut-back was turned into his own net by Finnish defender Arttu Hoskonen in the 54th minute.

Striker Lawrence Shankland headed in a second four minutes later to put Steve Clarke’s men in charge.

But Finland substitute Benjamin Kallman reduced the deficit with a header in the 72nd minute before fellow substitute Oliver Antman levelled from the spot after veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon conceded the spot-kick with a challenge on Tomas Galvez.

Scotland travel to Germany this weekend for the opening match of the European Championship against the host nation next Friday before they take on Switzerland and Hungary.

They are aiming to reach the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time.

Scotland’s opening goal came when Kieran Tierney sent Robertson racing down the left and his pass into the centre was intercepted by Hoskonen, with the ball speeding past goalkeeper Viljami Sinisalo.

Then Robertson’s cross to the back post was brilliantly headed in by the off-balance Shankland.

In the 69th minute Gordon replaced Angus Gunn and the 41-year-old was given a rousing reception before silence accompanied Kellman’s header from Antman’s cross.

Then Gordon took out Galvez in his attempt to cut out a cross and Antman slotted in the penalty to dampen the home fans’ spirits.

“It was good, a little bit disappointing towards the end,” Clarke told the BBC.

“The game gets a little bit disjointed when you make subs. It’s no reflection of the boys on the pitch, you just lose a little bit of concentration. Up until then I thought we controlled the game.”

He added: “We are a good team, we’ve proved that over the last couple of years. We’re looking forward to the tournament now.”

Clarke confirmed that Gordon and defender John Souttar had not made the final cut for the 26-man squad.

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Finland striker Benjamin Kallman centre celebrates his goal against Scotland AN
Finland striker Benjamin Kallman (centre) celebrates his goal against Scotland (ANDY BUCHANAN)

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