A goal from captain John Egan put Stephen Kenny’s men ahead at half-time, but two goals for the homeside after the break means the Republic are out of contention for the second seed spot in the Euro 2024 qualifiers.
The visitors seemed off to a good start when Troy Parrott left a trail of Scotland defenders in his wake in the 11th minute and fired high past Craig Gordon. However, the celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.
In front of the sell-out crowd at Hampden Park, Egan later made breakthrough in the 18th minute, firing home a low shot after a James McClean corner broke to him eight yards out.
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Despite the strong opening, the second half was all Scotland’s.
The leveller came from Jack Hendry in th 49th minute, while Ryan Christie sealed the deal in the 81st minute, converting a penalty in after Alan Browne handled in the box while trying to defend a corner.