Here was Pamplona in reverse. The Spanish bulls on the run, chased from Glasgow by the fearless locals.
It could well be a charge that leads Scotland all the way to Germany for next summer’s European Championship after a famous night in which the outstanding Scott McTominay scored twice.
So much for holding midfielder, the Manchester United man took his tally to four goals inside an hour of international football following his late double in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Cyprus.
With third seeds Norway drawing in Georgia at tea-time, these back-to-back victories have put Steve Clarke’s side firmly in control of Group A.
It is a trip to Oslo next up in June, by which time Norway will hope to have Erling Haaland available.
Scott McTominay opened the scoring after just seven minutes for his third goal in two games
The Man United midfielder then made it two just after the break for a fourth in two outings
Rodri’s side lacked a clinical touch in attack and struggled to find a way through the banks of Scottish defence
Saying that, he is not even Manchester’s hottest marksman right now – that tag belongs to McTominay.
‘As a kid, I was an attacking midfielder – I like to get in the box. I’ve got to keep doing that, I know I can add more goals and assists to my game,’ said the 26-year-old amid the fervour of a raucous Hampden Park.
‘Look at this place – I’ve never seen anything like it, incredible. The manager said this is our chance to create legacies as Scotland players and these are the nights in 20, 30 years that people remember. We can’t thank the fans enough.’
Clarke had told his players to shed their underdog mentality against a Spain team unbeaten in 19 European qualifiers. It turns out the Scots have even more bite when on the prowl as top dogs.
And so it was that, for the first time since 2006 when defeating France, Scotland sunk their teeth into what would be considered one of the game’s leading nations, at least in historical terms.
Spain’s team-sheet used to read as a ‘Who’s Who’ of the world’s best footballers. ‘Who?’ would be more appropriate with this XI.
Only two of their starters had more than 20 caps and defender David Garcia, at 29, was making his debut. He best cherish that cap on this evidence, for he was awful.
There was also a first start for striker Joselu, three days on from scoring twice on his international bow.
Andy Robertson’s side go top of Euro 2024 Qualifying Group A after stunning the visitors
David Garcia won his first cap for Spain on Tuesday night but had a torrid evening in defence
Pedro Porro slipped to hand Robertson a crossing opportunity for the opener and was subbed at half-time
MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS
Scotland (3-5-1-1): Gunn 6.5; Porteous 7, Hanley 6.5, Tierney 8 (Cooper 76); Hickey 6.5 (Patterson 82), McTominay 8.5, McGregor 7, McGinn 7 (Ferguson 83), Robertson 7; Christie 7.5 (McLean 75); Dykes 7 (Shankland 89)
Scorers: McTominay 7 & 51
Bookings: Robertson, Dykes, McTominay
Manager: Steve Clarke 8
Spain (4-2-3-1): Kepa 5; Porro 4 (Carvajal 46, 5), Garcia 4.5, Martinez 5, Gaya 6; Rodrigo 7, Merino 6 (Aspas 57, 5); Pino 5.5, Ceballos 7 (Gavi 79), Oyarzabal 5 (Williams 46, 6); Joselu 6.5 (Borja 66, 5)
Bookings: Carvajal, Aspas
Manager: Luis de la Fuente 5
Ref: S Scharer (Sui) 6
The 33-year-old nabbed those goals inside three minutes which, for followers of former club Newcastle, would have been a surprise, given he scored the same number during the entirety of his final season in 2019.
The point of all of that is this – Spain are not the force of old. In fact, there was nothing forceful about them at all here.
McTominay had his first on seven minutes, and it was entirely in keeping with the early run of play.
Pedro Porro looked every inch the Tottenham defender in the moments before the goal, slipping to allow Andy Robertson to pull back for McTominay to turn in via a slight deflection.
It should have been two soon after when Ryan Christie ran through the middle and Spain’s defenders ran away.
He only had Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat but poked wide. Spain had chances – Joselu headed against the bar – but they hardly laid siege to the Scotland goal.
And the result felt as good as safe when McTominay steamed in to lash his second from 10 yards on 51 minutes.
That followed a brilliant surge down the left by Kieran Tierney and, when Garcia could only half clear the delivery, McTominay pounced.
Spain, by now, were running scared. They won’t fancy coming back here in a hurry.
Next up for Steve Clarke’s side is a trip to Norway in June, who drew 1-1 with Georgia on Tuesday
The 26-year-old had only scored once for his country before this month’s international break
Luis de la Fuente’s side had chances to score during the game but by the end were running scared
Kieran Tierney surged down the left on a marauding run to set up McTominay and Scotland’s second of the night