Scotland 3-2 Israel: How the late drama unfolded as Scott McTominay seals dramatic win

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"Aw, c'mon! Listen to this place! It's absolutely brilliant. You know something? It's nothing less than what we deserve, absolutely incredible. It's simply magical! It's absolutely magical! It's McTominay. It's brilliant!"

Scotland's World Cup hopes wouldn't have suffered if it had drawn. Tell that to Scotland legend Ally McCoist, and the large crowd who crammed Hampden on Saturday for the helter-skelter matchup with Israel.

After having twice pulled themselves level, and missing a penalty, Scotland continued to hammer away at the visitors for the final half hour in desperate pursuit of a winner.

Kieran Tierney thought that he had it but the goal was not scored. John McGinn then had the goal in hand, but was stopped by Ofir Marciano's save.

But, Scott McTominay's hour is here.

McCoist was on Sky Sports' co-commentating duties and spoke on behalf of every Scotland fan as the ball crossed the line. Rarely is such a beautiful goal so simple.

Here's how McTominay ignited Hampden's roar...

Clarke, Sir Alex and punters go wild

Scotland was left with six minutes of injury time after 90 intense minutes. This was not a game to be ending early. The buses and trains could wait.

When Scotland won the corner on the right, the clock was ticking into the 94th minute. The crowd flooded forward in dark blue shirts. Fingernails were gnawed in the stands.

John McGinn ran over to the ball with precision and there was a collective breath. He then swung over a left foot inswinger. The story of what happened next will be immortalized in Scotland folklore.

Jack Hendry climbed above the two Israel players to catch the ball. It skidded off his forehead, and was drifting just a few yards wide. McTominay suddenly appeared at the backpost exactly where a nation needed.

It hit his foot? His chest? His knee? His thigh It was actually his stomach. But it doesn't matter if McTominay dribbled the ball into the net.

The Manchester United midfielder wasn't having a great match, it's fair. He was placed at centre-back and conceded the goal for Israel's second goal.

McTominay was able to redeem himself by scoring his first Scotland goal in front of Sir Alex Ferguson , his Manchester United mentor.

Hampden, which was full for the first time under Steve Clarke's tenure, erupted with an outpouring emotion.

So too did Clarke. Clarke, the Scotland coach, is not known for his exuberance. However, he embraced his exuberance and raced down the touchline with arms raised and a big smile across his face.

This scene was replicated in all the living rooms, pubs and stands across the country.

Full-time brought joy, cheers, and many renditions of Yes Sir I Can Boogie into the Glasgow air.

Clarke was clear in his conviction that Clarke deserved credit for the dramatic scenes: "When the six-minute mark went up, there was a loud roar inside the stadium which gave us an extra boost and enabled us to score a winning goal."