Scotland 1-0 Lithuania

Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Tue 6th September 2011
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 34,071

Group I
(6 Sep 2011)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Spain
6
6
0
0
21
5
18
Czech Rep.
6
3
1
2
8
5
10
SCOTLAND
6
2
2
2
7
7
8
Lithuania
7
1
2
4
3
9
5
Liechtenstein
7
1
1
5
3
16
4
6 September 2011
Spain 6-0 Liechtenstein
Scotland 1-0 Lithuania
Scotland

Naismith(50)


A McGregor
S Whittaker
G Caldwell
C Berra
P Bardsley (S Crainey 70)
D Fletcher(C)
B Bannen (R Snodgrass 84)
D Cowie
J Morrison (G Dorrans 79)
S Naismith
D Goodwillie

 

Manager:
Craig Levein

 

FIFA Ranking: 55

Lithuania

Z Karcemarskas
D Semberas
R Radavicius
T Kijanskas (T Danilevicius 61)
M Zaliukas
D Sernas
S Mikoliunas (R Beniusis 77)
L Pilibaitis
A Klimavicius
D Cesnauskis
T Labukas (A Novikovas 46)

 

FIFA Ranking: 56

 
Scotland
Lithuania
Shots At Goal
16
12
Shots On Target
5
5
Possession
59%
41%
Fouls
13
14
Corners
9
2
Offsides
2
2
Saves
4
10
Yellow Cards
1
2
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Allan McGregor (Rangers) (16 Caps) Age: 29
2 Steven Whittaker (Rangers) (13 Caps) Age: 27
3 Phil Bardsley (Sunderland) (8 Caps) Age: 26
4 Christophe Berra (Wolves) (15 Caps) Age: 26
5 Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) (43 Caps) Age: 29
6 Don Cowie (Cardiff City) (6 Caps) Age: 28
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) Captain (55 Caps) Age: 27
8 Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) (7 Caps) Age: 21
9 David Goodwillie (Blackburn Rovers) (2 Caps) Age: 22
10 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (16 Caps) Age: 25
11 Steven Naismith (Rangers) (13 Caps) Age: 24
 
13 Steven Crainey (Blackpool) (11 Caps) Age: 30
(Replaced Phil Bardsley 70 min)
17 Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) (7 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced James Morrison 79 min)
18 Robert Snodgrass (Leeds Utd) (4 Caps) Age: 23
(Replaced Barry Bannan 84 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-1-4-1)
Allan McGregor
Steven Whittaker
Gary Caldwell
Christophe Berra
Phil Bardsley
Darren Fletcher
Barry Bannan
Don Cowie
James Morrison
Steven Naismith
David Goodwillie

4 Christophe Berra

Scotland went into the Lithuania match with a weakened team as Miller and Brown were both suspended and Hutton was not fit enough. The big dilemma was who would play up front, and Levein chose David Goodwillie to win his second cap.

Scotland started the game well on top of Lithuania and after only 15 minutes a Bannan corner was headed on to Berra, but he scooped the ball over the bar. A couple of minutes later Don Cowie blazed a shot over the bar after some good build up play from Scotland. With only seven minutes left of the half, Fletcher went on a run on the left that ended in him checking in and unleashing a shot at the near post that was saved. A Bannan corner was then headed just over by Naismith. A minute before half time a Bannan free kick was floated into the box only for it to be handled by the defender. This time the referee pointed to the spot. As both Miller and Adam were missing up stepped Fletcher, but he had a poor penalty saved by the keeper. Five minutes into the second half Scotland took the lead. Bannan played a great ball into the box for Naismith to time his run brilliantly and put the ball in off the post on the half volley. With 15 minutes left on the clock Scotland should have had another penalty when Lithuania again handled the ball in the penalty area. With the loose ball Naismith could have doubled his goal tally but he headed another Bannan cross over the bar. A few minutes later Lithuania could have scored but a Danilevicius header went just wide. Scotland then just played down the clock to record a vital 1-0 win which left Scotland with a small chance of qualifying.