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Holland 2-2 Scotland: Memphis Depay late strike spare Dutch’s blushes

Scotland players who did not make it to Portugal for this warm-up friendly were always going to overshadow their team-mates on the pitch, despite an admirable display as they lost a late lead to Holland.

Seven of Steve Clarke’s squad remained at their training base in Spain after Sheffield United’s John Fleck tested positive for Covid-19.

The boss made all the right noises about their absence being ‘precautionary’ and ‘ultra cautious’.

But after conceding that six players had been in ‘close proximity’ to Fleck, it leaves the fear that more cases could yet emerge.

The major concern is amplified given goalkeeper David Marshall, defenders Grant Hanley and Stephen O’Donnell, midfielder John McGinn and striker Che Adams are all likely starters for their opening game of Euro 2020 a week on Monday.

They have all tested negative in the past 48 hours, but Clarke will nonetheless be sweating on their wellbeing.

Scotland started like this actually was their Group D opener against Czech Republic, and it was no surprise when they led on 10 minutes.

Jack Hendry ambushed a pair of orange jerseys in midfield – such pressing was a recurring theme – and the latter strode forward before guiding his first international goal into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Holland soon equalised when Memphis Depay – the Manchester United flop who is now his country’s talisman – volleyed in from Georginio Wijnaldum’s cushioned header.

But Scotland were a constant threat on the break and one such counter was climaxed with a second on 62 minutes, skipper Andy Robertson sweeping across goal for substitute Kevin Nisebt to turn in.

Depay, though, slammed home a late free-kick to claim a barely deserved draw for the Dutch.

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