Scotland 0-2 Belgium

World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

Fri 6th September 2013
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 36,000

Group A
(6 Sep 2013)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Belgium
8
7
1
0
15
2
22
Croatia
8
5
2
1
11
5
17
Serbia
8
2
2
4
10
10
8
Macedonia
7
2
1
4
5
8
7
Wales
7
2
0
5
7
16
6
SCOTLAND
8
1
2
5
4
11
5
6 September 2013
Serbia 1-1 Croatia
Macedonia 2-1 Wales
Scotland 0-2 Belgium
Scotland

D Marshall
A Hutton
S Whittaker
R Martin
G Hanley
C Mulgrew
S Maloney
S Brown(C)
R Snodgrass (I Anya 59)
J Forrest (R McCormack 86)
L Griffiths (J Rhodes 68)

 

Manager:
Gordon Strachan

 

FIFA Ranking: 50

Belgium

Defour(37)

Mirallas(88)


T Courtois
T Alderweireld
Van Buyten
N Lombaerts (S Pocognoli 76)
J Vertonghen
A Witsel
M Fellaini (K Mirallas 68)
S Defour (M Dembele 87)
K De Bruyne
C Benteke
N Chadli

 

FIFA Ranking: 10

 
Scotland
Belgium
Shots At Goal
6
12
Shots On Target
0
7
Possession
43%
57%
Fouls
6
13
Corners
1
9
Offsides
0
2
Saves
5
0
Yellow Cards
1
2
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 David Marshall (Cardiff City) (7 Caps) Age: 28
2 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) (34 Caps) Age: 28
3 Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) (20 Caps) Age: 29
4 Russell Martin (Norwich City) (7 Caps) Age: 27
5 Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) (9 Caps) Age: 21
6 Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) (30 Caps) Age: 30
7 Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) (8 Caps) Age: 27
8 Scott Brown (Celtic) Captain (32 Caps) Age: 28
9 Leigh Griffiths (Wolves) (4 Caps) Age: 23
10 Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) (12 Caps) Age: 25
11 James Forrest (Celtic) (9 Caps) Age: 22
 
17 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) (11 Caps) Age: 23
(Replaced Leigh Griffiths 68 min)
20 Ross McCormack (Leeds Utd) (9 Caps) Age: 27
(Replaced James Forrest 86 min)
22 Ikechi Anya (Watford) (1 Cap) Age: 25
(Replaced Robert Snodgrass 59 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-4-1-1)
David Marshall
Alan Hutton
Russell Martin
Grant Hanley
Steven Whittaker
James Forrest
Scott Brown
Charlie Mulgrew
Robert Snodgrass
Shaun Maloney
Leigh Griffiths

1 David Marshall

World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

Fri 6th September 2013
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 36,000

Group A
(6 Sep 2013)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Belgium
8
7
1
0
15
2
22
Croatia
8
5
2
1
11
5
17
Serbia
8
2
2
4
10
10
8
Macedonia
7
2
1
4
5
8
7
Wales
7
2
0
5
7
16
6
SCOTLAND
8
1
2
5
4
11
5
6 September 2013
Serbia 1-1 Croatia
Macedonia 2-1 Wales
Scotland 0-2 Belgium

The big news on the build up to the Belgium match was that Kenny Miller was retiring from international duty after 12 years, 69 caps and 18 goals.  Gordon Strachan therefore had to find someone to take his place in the side and it was Leigh Griffiths who got the nod.

Belgium almost got off to a grest start when Fellaini headed just wide in the first ten minutes.  Scotland's first real chance came after half an hour when Scott Brown hit a thunderous shot from outside the penalty area, that went just past the post. Five minutes later Belgium took the lead when De Bruyne recieved a pass from Fellaini out wide, and he pulled the ball back for Defour in the penalty area who slotted the ball past Marshall.  Just past the hour mark, substitute Ikechi Anya made an impact in the Scotland team and he made a great run down the wing before he crossed for Maloney, who shot just over the bar.  With less that ten minutes remaining, Marshall had to make a finger tip save over the bar from a De Bruyne free kick.  Belgium made sure of the points when they made it 2-0 with two minutes remaining.  Benteke played a defence splitting pass through to Mirallas, who timed his run well before slotting the ball past Marshall.  That added some gloss to the scoreline, in a match where Scotland were always going to be second best against one of the best in the World.