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How Scotland can qualify for Euro 2024 knockouts with Hungary result as permutations explored

Scotland last night turned in a performance that was braver and more complete than the opening day hammering from Germany.

The draw with Switzerland means Steve Clarke's men go into the final day against Hungary with a fighting chance of reaching the last 16 of Euro 2024, and partially writing the wrongs of that sorrowful 5-1 thumping. Of course, there is still plenty room for improvement from Andy Robertson and co that will hopefully come against the Hungarians.

But what exactly do we need to do to ensure qualification? With Germany guaranteed qualification, Switzerland virtually the same and Hungary fighting more of a battle than us, there are still plenty of permutations that could unfold when we get to matchday three on Sunday.

So let's take a look at which ones could get us through, and which ones wouldn't.

How can Scotland qualify for Euro 2024 last-16?

From the point of view of our own game, we need to make sure we take the three points. But that might not necessarily be enough.

Because of our goal difference thanks to the opening day humiliation, getting second is going to prove very difficult, even if Switzerland lose to Germany. We'd be tied on four points with the Swiss and with head-to-head initially used to separate, our draw with them would mean it goes to goal difference. They are currently SIX goals better off than us, we we would have to hope the Germans can stick a few past Murat Yakin's team and that we can do our but with a few goals too to make up that six-goal swing.

Should Switzerland get anything at all from their own game, even just a point, that makes second place impossible for Clarke and his men, pinning our hopes on being one of the third placed sides that go through. With this one, it's the fourth best achieving that make it, so again the goal difference could prove to be a problem. That said, no team has EVER finished on four and not gone through since the current format came in.

We are currently in the top four of third-placed sides, sitting third, but Slovenia, but Slovenia, Poland Czech Republic and Belgium are yet to play their second game. A draw with Hungary would obviously keep us in third, but two points would be very unlikely to be enough, so Scotland need to win our game and hope things go our way elsewhere.