Fraser Hornby led the line for Scotland Under-21s as Scot Gemmill’s side secured a brilliant 1-0 victory against hosts France in the Toulon Tournament on Wednesday night.
Captain Oliver Burke’s 35th-minute strike proved decisive at the Stade D’Honneur in Salon, with Hornby playing a key role in the winning goal.
After a long punt forward from Scotland keeper Robby McCorie, the 18-year-old’s physical presence caused panic in the France defence and the ball fell to Burke who instantly controlled before rifling home.
The victory followed up the Scots’ 1-1 draw with Togo in their Group B opener – in which Hornby got on the scoresheet – and puts them in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.
Scotland round off their group matches when they take on South Korea on Saturday at the Stade Parsemain in Fos-sur-Mer (kick-off 2pm).
Hornby was excellent throughout against a talented France outfit. As the focal point of his nation's attack, he held the ball up, linked play impressively and carried a constant goal threat.
The Everton Under-23 frontman also proved a vital asset at the other end of the pitch – heading clear threatening corner deliveries from the French.
McCorie was required to pull off an outstanding save from substitute Steve Ambri late on – diving one-handed to turn away the striker’s header – but the Scots held out to secure an excellent victory.