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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2006, 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK
Fans hail 'magnificent' victory
By Thomas McGuigan

Scotland fans leaving Hampden
Jacqui Earl (left) and Ritchie Smith praised Scotland after the shock win
Scotland fans were dancing out of the stadium into the night after watching the stunning 1-0 win over France.

Ritchie Smith, 25, from Montrose, said he was proud to be a Scot after watching the side nullify the French.

"Words can't describe how I feel at the moment," he said. "We were magnificent. Bring on England, in fact bring on Brazil - we can take anybody on."

Colin Wood, 34, from Aberdeen, said the game changed after Scotland took the lead and he praised the team's spirit.

"You always fear there could be a sting in the tail, especially when you're playing such a great side like France," he said leaving Hampden.

"It was a strange game, almost surreal. It was played at a walking pace at times, but Scotland dug in and got the result.

"I've been going to all of Scotland's games since 1997 and this is one of the best feelings after a game. Superb!"

John McAllister
John McAllister described the atmosphere as the "best ever"

Jacqui Earl, from Glenrothes, said she told colleagues earlier in the week she was confident Scotland could get a result, but added she had not gone to the bookies.

"Scotland were fantastic and deserve great credit for the way they defended before and after Caldwell's goal," the 31-year-old said.

"It's always great to beat the big boys."

Roy Greenock, 42, also from Glenrothes, said he hoped Scotland could use the result as a springboard for further success in the group.

"I'm on such a high. It would be great to get three points on Wednesday against Ukraine and if we play like that, why not?"

John McAllister, from Glasgow, said it was the best atmosphere he had ever experienced at Hampden.

"The crowd got us through to the end," the 37-year-old said.

"The back four were fantastic, Caldwell, Pressley - they were unbelievable.

"England drew too, even better!"

Another fan shouted over, "everybody's smiling apart from the French".

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