Macedonia 1-0 Scotland

World Cup 2010 Qualifiers

Sat 6th September 2008
15:00 (14:00 UK)

Gradski Stadion, Skopje (A)
Att: 10,000

Group 9
(6 Sep 2008)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Macedonia
1
1
0
0
1
0
3
Iceland
1
0
1
0
2
2
1
Norway
1
0
1
0
2
2
1
Holland
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SCOTLAND
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
6 September 2008
Macedonia 1-0 Scotland
Norway 2-2 Iceland
Scotland

C Gordon
G Alexander
G Naysmith
S McManus(C)
G Caldwell
P Hartley (K Commons 65)
D Fletcher
S Brown
K Miller (K Boyd 80)
J McFadden
B Robson (S Maloney 76)

 

Manager:
George Burley

 

FIFA Ranking: 16

Macedonia

Naumoski (5)


P Milosevski
N Noveski
R Petrov (B Grncarov 78)
G Sedloski
I Mitreski
V Lazarevski
S Georgievski
V Shumulikoski
G Maznov
G Pandev (D Tasevski 82)
I Naumoski (V Trajanov 69)

 

FIFA Ranking: 56

 
Macedonia
Scotland
Shots At Goal
10
10
Shots On Target
7
6
Possession
48%
52%
Fouls
16
10
Corners
4
7
Offsides
1
2
Saves
11
5
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Sunderland) (33 Caps) Age: 25
2 Graham Alexander (Burnley) (35 Caps) Age: 36
3 Gary Naysmith (Sheffield Utd) (42 Caps) Age: 28
4 Stephen McManus (Celtic) Captain (15 Caps) Age: 25
5 Gary Caldwell (Celtic) (28 Caps) Age: 26
6 Paul Hartley (Celtic) (20 Caps) Age: 31
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) (38 Caps) Age: 24
8 Scott Brown (Celtic) (11 Caps) Age: 23
9 Kenny Miller (Rangers) (39 Caps) Age: 28
10 James McFadden (Birmingham City) (39 Caps) Age: 25
11 Barry Robson (Celtic) (4 Caps) Age: 29
 
13 Kris Boyd (Rangers) (15 Caps) Age: 25
(Replaced Kenny Miller 80 min)
15 Shaun Maloney (Celtic) (12 Caps) Age: 25
(Replaced Barry Robson 76 min)
16 Kris Commons (Derby County) (2 Caps) Age: 25
(Replaced Paul Hartley 65 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-4-2)
Craig Gordon
Graham Alexander
Gary Caldwell
Stephen McManus
Gary Naysmith
Scott Brown
Darren Fletcher
Paul Hartley
Barry Robson
James McFadden
Kenny Miller

World Cup 2010 Qualifiers

Sat 6th September 2008
15:00 (14:00 UK)

Gradski Stadion, Skopje (A)
Att: 10,000

Group 9
(6 Sep 2008)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Macedonia
1
1
0
0
1
0
3
Iceland
1
0
1
0
2
2
1
Norway
1
0
1
0
2
2
1
Holland
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SCOTLAND
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
6 September 2008
Macedonia 1-0 Scotland
Norway 2-2 Iceland

Before Burley's first competitive match, he created some controversy by deciding not to travel to Macedonia until 24 hours before before the match. Many people thought that they should have travelled earlier to acclimatise themselves with the warmer climate.

Scotland made a poor start to the match and after only 5 minutes, Macedonia took the lead. They were awarded a debatable free kick on the edge of the box, which was touched onto the post by Gordon. Naumoski was the first to react and put the ball into the back of the net. Scotland's best chance in the first half came from McFadden, who had his shot blocked after he went on a solo run. In the second half, Scotland continued to have most of the play, but had no finish. At the other end, Craig Gordon pulled off two great saves to keep Scotland in the game. Scotland then came close after a great run and cross by Naysmith was missed by Fletcher in the box. Controversy followed as Scotland were denied a stone-wall penalty when Miller and McFadden were both fouled in the box. A late drive from substitute Maloney caused their keeper to make a save. It was not enough though, and Scotland made a poor start to the qualifying campaign.