Liechtenstein 0-1 Scotland

Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Sat 8th October 2011
19:30 (18:30 UK)

Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (A)
Att: 5,636

Group I
(8 Oct 2011)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Spain
7
7
0
0
23
5
21
SCOTLAND
7
3
2
2
8
7
11
Czech Rep.
7
3
1
3
8
7
10
Lithuania
7
1
2
4
3
9
5
Liechtenstein
8
1
1
6
3
17
4
7 October 2011
Czech Republic 0-2 Spain
8 October 2011
Liechtenstein 0-1 Scotland
Scotland

Mackail-Smith(32)


A McGregor
A Hutton
G Caldwell
C Berra
P Bardsley
D Fletcher(C)
B Bannan (J Forrest 73)
J Morrison
C Adam (D Cowie 76)
S Naismith
C Mackail-Smith

 

Manager:
Craig Levein

 

FIFA Ranking: 52

Liechtenstein

P Jehle
M Stocklasa
M Ritzberger
D Kaufmann
M Buechel (W Kieber 71)
M Polverino
M Rechsteiner
R Hanselmann (L Eberle 75)
N Hasler
M Frick
T Beck

 

FIFA Ranking: 118

 
Liechtenstein
Scotland
Shots At Goal
5
19
Shots On Target
5
10
Possession
47%
53%
Fouls
14
14
Corners
1
8
Offsides
2
7
Saves
9
4
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Allan McGregor (Rangers) (17 Caps) Age: 29
2 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) (22 Caps) Age: 26
3 Phil Bardsley (Sunderland) (9 Caps) Age: 26
4 Christophe Berra (Wolves) (16 Caps) Age: 26
5 Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) (44 Caps) Age: 29
6 Charlie Adam (Liverpool) (14 Caps) Age: 25
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) Captain (56 Caps) Age: 27
8 Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) (8 Caps) Age: 21
9 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) (3 Caps) Age: 27
10 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (17 Caps) Age: 25
11 Steven Naismith (Rangers) (14 Caps) Age: 25
 
15 Don Cowie (Cardiff City) (7 Caps) Age: 28
(Replaced Charlie Adam 76 min)
18 James Forrest (Celtic) (3 Caps) Age: 20
(Replaced Barry Bannan 73 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-5-1)
Allan McGregor
Alan Hutton
Gary Caldwell
Christophe Berra
Phil Bardsley
Barry Bannan
James Morrison
Darren Fletcher
Charlie Adam
Steven Naismith
Craig Mackail-Smith

11 Steven Naismith

Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Sat 8th October 2011
19:30 (18:30 UK)

Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (A)
Att: 5,636

Group I
(8 Oct 2011)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Spain
7
7
0
0
23
5
21
SCOTLAND
7
3
2
2
8
7
11
Czech Rep.
7
3
1
3
8
7
10
Lithuania
7
1
2
4
3
9
5
Liechtenstein
8
1
1
6
3
17
4
7 October 2011
Czech Republic 0-2 Spain
8 October 2011
Liechtenstein 0-1 Scotland

In the build up to the double header against Liechtenstein and Spain, the big talking point was whether Kenny Miller and Darren Fletcher would take part. Miller picked up a thigh injury playing for Cardiff while Fletcher was suffering from tonsilitis. Both travelled but Miller was ruled out while Fletcher was given the green light. The night before, Spain did a big favour for Scotland by defeating the Czechs 2-0 in Prague, meaning a victory for Scotland would put them in second place.

After only five minutes, Scotland had a shout for a penalty when Mackail-Smith was pushed in the box, but the ref waved play on. Five minutes later Scotland came close when Naismith headed an Adam free-kick just past the post. McGregor was then called into action when he made a great save from a long range shot. In the next five minutes Scotland had three chances to take the lead, first a Naismith header from close range, followed by Naismith rounding the keeper but putting it wide, and then Bannen shot just past the post. Just after the half hour mark, all of Scotland's pressure payed off when they took the lead. Bardsley floated the ball into the box for Craig Mackail-Smith to head over the keeper, who was caught off his line, and into the net. In the second half, Bardsley came close when he headed just over the bar and Mackail-Smith had a low shot saved. With less than two minutes left on the clock, the Liechtenstein keeper pulled off a great save from a Naismith header to put it behind for a corner. From the resulting corner the keeper made another great save from a Berra downward header to keep the score at 1-0, which flattered Liechtenstein and kept Scotland's qualification hopes alive.