Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland

Euro 2012 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Fri 8th October 2010
20:15 (19:15 UK)

Synot Tip Arena, Prague (A)
Att: 19,000

Group I
(8 Oct 2010)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Spain
2
2
0
0
7
1
6
SCOTLAND
3
1
1
1
2
2
4
Lithuania
3
1
1
1
2
3
4
Czech Rep.
2
1
0
1
1
1
3
Liechtenstein
2
0
0
2
1
6
0
8 October 2010
Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland
Spain 3-1 Lithuania
Scotland

A McGregor
A Hutton
S Whittaker
S McManus
D Weir
G Caldwell (K Miller 76)
D Fletcher(C)
J Mackie (C Iwelumo 76)
S Naismith
J Morrison (B Robson 84)
G Dorrans

 

Manager:
Craig Levein

 

FIFA Ranking: 47

Czech Republic

Hubnik(69)


P Cech
M Suchy
M Kadlec
R Hubnik
T Hubschman
Z Pospech
J Plasil (J Rajnoch 90)
J Polak
T Rosicky
L Magera (R Bednar 59)
T Necid (M Holek 84)

 

FIFA Ranking: 37

Key: Goals Missed Penalty Red Card

 
Czech Republic
Scotland
Shots At Goal
18
2
Shots On Target
7
0
Possession
64.1
35.9
Territorial Advantage
67.9
32.1
Fouls
8
21
Corners
12
0
Offsides
2
3
Yellow Cards
2
3
Red Cards
0
0
Source: Sky Sports
1 Allan McGregor (Rangers) (8 Caps) Age: 28
2 Alan Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur) (18 Caps) Age: 25
3 Steven Whittaker (Rangers) (8 Caps) Age: 26
4 Stephen McManus (Middlesbrough) (25 Caps) Age: 28
5 David Weir (Rangers) (68 Caps) Age: 40
6 Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) (38 Caps) Age: 28
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) Captain (51 Caps) Age: 26
8 Jamie Mackie (QPR) (1 Cap) Age: 25
9 Steven Naismith (Rangers) (6 Caps) Age: 24
10 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (9 Caps) Age: 24
11 Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) (4 Caps) Age: 23
 
14 Kenny Miller (Rangers) (50 Caps) Age: 30
(Replaced Gary Caldwell 76 min)
15 Barry Robson (Middlesbrough) (12 Caps) Age: 31
(Replaced James Morrison 84 min)
22 Chris Iwelumo (Burnley) (4 Caps) Age: 32
(Replaced Jamie Mackie 76 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-1-5-0)
Allan McGregor
Alan Hutton
David Weir
Stephen McManus
Steven Whittaker
Gary Caldwell
Jamie Mackie
James Morrison
Darren Fletcher
Graham Dorrans
Steven Naismith

22 Chris Iwelumo

Euro 2012 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Fri 8th October 2010
20:15 (19:15 UK)

Synot Tip Arena, Prague (A)
Att: 19,000

Group I
(8 Oct 2010)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Spain
2
2
0
0
7
1
6
SCOTLAND
3
1
1
1
2
2
4
Lithuania
3
1
1
1
2
3
4
Czech Rep.
2
1
0
1
1
1
3
Liechtenstein
2
0
0
2
1
6
0
8 October 2010
Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland
Spain 3-1 Lithuania

Euro 2012 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Fri 8th October 2010
20:15 (19:15 UK)

Synot Tip Arena, Prague (A)
Att: 19,000

Group I
(8 Oct 2010)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Spain
2
2
0
0
7
1
6
SCOTLAND
3
1
1
1
2
2
4
Lithuania
3
1
1
1
2
3
4
Czech Rep.
2
1
0
1
1
1
3
Liechtenstein
2
0
0
2
1
6
0
8 October 2010
Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland
Spain 3-1 Lithuania

The build up to the Czech Republic and Spain double header focused solely on team choice. Firstly McFadden suffered an injury in training for Birmingham City. Next Craig Levein made it known that he would not pick an out of form Kris Boyd. It was then reported by The Sun two days prior to the match in Prague, that in form striker Kenny Miller would be dropped from the starting lineup and replaced by debutant Jamie Mackie from QPR. More controversy followed before the match when Levein lined up with a 4-6-0 formation with no strikers.

The best chance of the first half fell to Thomas Rosicky who ran into the box before shooting wide. Scotland's best chance of the half came on the half hour mark when Hutton made a run down the right before crossing into the middle. Suchy made a mess of his clearance and only the face of an unsuspecting Petr Cech prevented Scotland from taking the lead. McGregor then made a low save to prevent Hubnik followed by another to prevent Necid. In the second half McGregor had to push a Kadlec header over ther bar. Midway through the second half McGregor made an astonishing save that Gordon Banks would have been proud of. A cross into the box by Rosicky was med by the head of Polak and McGregor dived low to his right to claw the ball out of the net. A few minutes later a corner from Rosicky was headed on by Bednar for Hubnik to sneak in and head past McGregor to give the Czechs the lead. Levein then brought on Miller and Iwelumo and switched to a 4-4-2 but it was too late as the Czechs gained their first victory of the campaign. Following the match Levein was slated for his tactics and formation that he played against a team that Scotland could have beaten.