BELGRADE: Goalkeeper David Marshall was Scotland’s penalty shootout hero against Serbia, ending their 22-year wait to reach a major tournament.
Ryan Christie’s goal had Scotland moments away from sealing their place when Luka Jovic headed home a 90th-minute equaliser to send the game to extra-time.
With no more goals through 30 torturous minutes of extra time, the Scots were faced with another penalty shoot-out – just as they were against Israel in the previous qualifying round last month.
And Marshall made himself the hero again as he turned away Aleksandar Mitrovic’s final kick to end more than two decades of pain and send Steve Clarke’s men to the Euros.
Northern Ireland will not be at next summer’s delayed Euro 2020 after suffering an extra-time 2-1 defeat at home to Slovakia in Belfast.
After giving themselves a mountain to climb following a 17th-minute mix-up between George Saville and Jonny Evans, which allowed Juraj Kucka to run in and score, the home side forced extra time when Milan Skriniar turned into his own net with just three minutes to play.
Kyle Lafferty then fired against the post as Northern Ireland sought an unlikely winner in normal time.
Just as the momentum seemed to be with Ian Baraclough’s team in extra time, Michal Duris fired past Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the 110th minute.