It wasn’t quite a full-blown miracle of Estadio Azteca but it was a minor one. Somehow, against all the odds, Scotland left this intimidating venue with dignity intact and their future prospects looking perhaps a little brighter.
In a way, 1966 was a good year for Scots: Estadio Azteca opened. This set in motion a chain of events that led to Diego Armando Maradona scoring twice against England in a World Cup quarter-final twenty years later.
John McGinn has discovered the perfect solution to another bout of draining transfer speculation; hitch a ride on a tour to the other side of the world and help make some Hibernian FC history in the process.
What is it about South America that induces Scotland to self-destruct? Alex McLeish’s side might not be going to the World Cup but they were edging towards a major achievement here in Lima by silencing the passionate, jubilant home fans.
When the observation is put to him that he is among the most influential people in Scottish football over the last 20 years, if not the most influential, Bryan Jackson coughs, splutters, then accepts the compliment with good grace.
A bright harvest moon hung in the sky as Scotland reaped the rewards for having patience. But even the most fervent Tartan Army members were making alternative plans for next summer by the time their brave team secured victory over their dogged, ten-man opponents.
When making his last poignant entrance, he did so to the Theme From Z-Cars. It was as Alex Young had done so many times in his pomp for Everton, including 50 years ago to the very day when emerging from the tunnel at Goodison Park for a famous FA Cup quarter-final victory over Liverpool in 1967.
“What do they say about magic? The more you look, the less you see. This is the opposite.” So says John Robertson while pointing out another rich detail of a much-loved main stand that Hearts are preparing to bid farewell to.