Gary Lineker left with egg on his face after Euro 2024 comment as Scotland crash out

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Gary Lineker and Micah Richards' hopes for Scotland to make it through to the Euro 2024 knockout stages were dashed after a gut-wrenching defeat to Hungary.

The Tartan Army's dreams were shattered on Sunday when Hungary snatched a last-gasp victory, knocking Scotland out of Euro 2024, reports the Mirror.

Kevin Csoboth was the heartbreaker with his 100th-minute goal, condemning Scotland to finish bottom of Group A and marking their 12th consecutive failure to advance past the group stage in a major tournament.

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Before the tournament kicked off in Germany, the Match of the Day duo had confidently tipped Scotland to defy the odds on The Rest is Football podcast. Micah Richards had praised Scotland's qualifying performance, saying: "In terms of qualifying they were really good, they go defensive when they need to [and] counter-attack when they need to.

"They've got some good individual players so I think it will be difficult for them to get out of the group but something tells me they've just got enough team spirit to maybe get out of that group."

Lineker echoed Richards' sentiment, predicting: "I think Scotland will get through, I think it might be in third but that still counts as going through." Meanwhile, Alan Shearer was putting his faith in Switzerland to join Germany in the last-16.

Scott McTominay and Steve Clarke
Scotland were left heart-broken after their crushing exit from Euro 2024 -Credit:Getty Images

Scotland's squad will be heading home with just a single point from their three matches, having only managed to net twice throughout the tournament. Their goal tally included an own goal by Germany's Antonio Rudiger in their heavy 5-1 loss to the hosts in their first match.

Hungary, on the other hand, have put themselves in a strong position to advance from the group as one of the best third-placed teams, thanks to their three points. However, their progression is still hanging in the balance.

The game was overshadowed by a distressing injury to Hungary's Barnabas Vargas, which resulted in a lengthy pause as he received medical attention following a clash with Angus Gunn.

The Hungarian Football Federation later confirmed that Vargas is now stable, saying: "Barnabas Varga's condition is stable. The Ferencvaros player is currently in one of the hospitals in Stuttgart. We will inform you immediately if there is any news about his status."