Slovenia 2-2 Scotland

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Sun 8th October 2017
18:00 (17:00 UK)

Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana (A)
Att: 5,000

Group F
(8 Oct 2017)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
England
10
8
2
0
18
3
26
Slovakia
10
6
0
4
17
7
18
SCOTLAND
10
5
3
2
17
12
18
Slovenia
10
4
3
3
12
7
15
Lithuania
10
1
3
6
7
20
6
Malta
10
0
1
9
3
25
1
8 October 2017
Lithuania 0-1 England
Slovakia 3-0 Malta
Slovenia 2-2 Scotland
Scotland

Griffiths(32)

Snodgrass(88)


C Gordon
K Tierney (S Fletcher 80)
C Berra
C Mulgrew
A Robertson
M Phillips
J McArthur (R Snodgrass 79)
D Fletcher(C)
B Bannan
C Martin (I Anya 52)
L Griffiths

 

Manager:
Gordon Strachan

 

FIFA Ranking: 43

Slovenia

Bezjak(52,72)

Cesar(92)


J Oblak
A Struna (N Skubic 46)
M Mevlja
B Cesar
B Jokic
J Repas (R Bezjak 46)
J Kurtic
R Rotman
B Verbic
J Ilicic
T Matavz (A Vetrih 89)

 

FIFA Ranking: 55

Penalty Shoot-out (Scotland First)

Griffiths Slovenia 0-1 Scotland

 

Fletcher Slovenia 0-2 Scotland

 

Snodgrass Slovenia 1-3 Scotland

 

Martin Slovenia 2-3 Scotland

 

Bannan Slovenia 2-4 Scotland

 

 

Cesar Slovenia 0-1 Scotland

 

Ilicic Slovenia 1-2 Scotland

 

Kurtic Slovenia 2-3 Scotland

 

Verbic Slovenia 2-3 Scotland

 

Key: Goals Missed Penalty Red Card

 
Slovenia
Scotland
Shots At Goal
20
13
Shots On Target
8
5
Possession
67
33
Fouls
18
7
Corners
10
4
Offsides
1
3
Saves
3
6
Yellow Cards
3
4
Red Cards
1
0
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Celtic) (51 Caps) Age: 34
2 Kieran Tierney (Celtic) (8 Caps) Age: 20
3 Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) (19 Caps) Age: 23
4 Christophe Berra (Hearts) (40 Caps) Age: 32
5 Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) (31 Caps) Age: 31
6 Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) (27 Caps) Age: 27
7 James McArthur (Crystal Palace) (32 Caps) Age: 30
8 Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) Captain (80 Caps) Age: 33
9 Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) (17 Caps) Age: 27
10 Chris Martin (Derby County) (17 Caps) Age: 28
11 Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) (8 Caps) Age: 26
 
13 Ikechi Anya (Derby County) (29 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Chris Martin 52 min)
15 Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) (25 Caps) Age: 30
(Replaced James McArthur 79 min)
17 Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) (31 Caps) Age: 30
(Replaced Kieran Tierney 80 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-4-2)
Craig Gordon
Kieran Tierney
Christophe Berra
Charlie Mulgrew
Andrew Robertson
Matt Phillips
Darren Fletcher
James McArthur
Barry Bannan
Chris Martin
Leigh Griffiths

11 Matt Phillips

Interesting Fact
This was the first time Scotland went 7 games unbeaten since 1997.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Sun 8th October 2017
18:00 (17:00 UK)

Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana (A)
Att: 5,000

Group F
(8 Oct 2017)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
England
10
8
2
0
18
3
26
Slovakia
10
6
0
4
17
7
18
SCOTLAND
10
5
3
2
17
12
18
Slovenia
10
4
3
3
12
7
15
Lithuania
10
1
3
6
7
20
6
Malta
10
0
1
9
3
25
1
8 October 2017
Lithuania 0-1 England
Slovakia 3-0 Malta
Slovenia 2-2 Scotland

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Sun 8th October 2017
18:00 (17:00 UK)

Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana (A)
Att: 5,000

Group F
(8 Oct 2017)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
England
10
8
2
0
18
3
26
Slovakia
10
6
0
4
17
7
18
SCOTLAND
10
5
3
2
17
12
18
Slovenia
10
4
3
3
12
7
15
Lithuania
10
1
3
6
7
20
6
Malta
10
0
1
9
3
25
1
8 October 2017
Lithuania 0-1 England
Slovakia 3-0 Malta
Slovenia 2-2 Scotland

Following Belgium's defeat of Bosnia the previous day, Scotland knew that victory over Slovenia would guarantee a play-off place.  Strachan started with a 4-4-2, which raised some eyebrows, with Chris Martin assisting Leigh Griffiths up front.  After only 6 minutes, Gordon had to pull off a save from Ilicic to prevent Slovenia from taking the lead.  At the other end Chris Martin had a low shot saved after 17 minutes.  Just after the half hour mark, Scotland took the lead.  McArthur headed the ball into the box, into the path of Griffiths who shot a half volley from a tight angle to beat the keeper at the far corner.  Six minutes into the second half, some poor defending from a dubious free-kick, allowed Slovenia to equalise with a downward header at the back post from the substitute Bezjak.  Slovenia were now on top, as Scotland were being pushed further back into their own half. A few minutes later, Gordon had to pull off a save from a deflected shot from Bezjak.  With just under 20 minutes remaining, Scotland's hopes started to fade, when Slovenia and Bezjak got a second. Again, some poor defending at a corner let Ilicic roll the ball back to Bezjak, who picked his spot in the goal, while in a crowded box.  With 77 minutes on the clock, Scotland had a great chance to equalise when McArthur layed the ball off to Fletcher who shot over from only 10 yards out.  With only 2 minutes remaining, Fletcher played a great ball into the box, for substitute Snodgrass to chest down and beat the keeper, to make it 2-2. This put some life into a previously deflated Scotland side, and less than a minute later, Phillips played a low ball into the box, that was deflected off a defender and almost beat the keeper at the near post.  Slovenia then went up the other end and called Craig Gordon into action with a great one-handed save.  A minute into injury time, Cesar was shown a red card for violent conduct.  Right at the death Snodgrass had a chance to get a winner, but his header was saved by Oblak.  When the full time whistle went the Scotland players fell to the floor, as they had lost out on goal difference, as Slovakia beat Malta 3-0.  It would now be more than 20 years since Scotland qualified for the finals of a tournament.