Scotland 2-0 Albania

Nations League 2018-2019
Group Stages

Mon 10th September 2018
19:45

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 17,500

Group C1
(10 Sep 2018)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
SCOTLAND
1
1
0
0
2
0
3
Albania
2
1
0
1
1
2
3
Israel
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
10 September 2018
Scotland 2-0 Albania
Scotland

Djimsiti(og 47)

Naismith(68)


A McGregor
J Souttar
C Mulgrew
K Tierney
S O'Donnell
J McGinn
K McDonald (S Armstrong 46)
C McGregor (S McTominay 79)
A Robertson(C)
J Russell (L Griffiths 70)
S Naismith

 

Manager:
Alex McLeish

 

FIFA Ranking: 40

Albania

T Strakosha
E Hysajs
F Veseli (E Mihaj 91)
B Djimsiti
E Binaku
S Lilaj
T Xhaka
L Memushaj
E Ndoj (R Manaj 66)
B Balaj
E Gavazaj (H Prenga 46)

 

FIFA Ranking: 58

Key: Goals Missed Penalty Red Card

 
Scotland
Albania
Shots At Goal
25
6
Shots On Target
6
2
Possession
52.9
47.1
Fouls
12
22
Corners
8
3
Offsides
3
2
Saves
2
5
Yellow Cards
2
3
Red Cards
0
0
Source: Sky Sports
1 Allan McGregor (Rangers) (39 Caps) Age: 36
2 Stephen O`Donnell (Kilmarnock) (4 Caps) Age: 26
3 Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) Captain (24 Caps) Age: 24
4 John Souttar (Hearts) (2 Caps) Age: 21
5 Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) (38 Caps) Age: 32
6 Kieran Tierney (Celtic) (11 Caps) Age: 21
7 John McGinn (Aston Villa) (11 Caps) Age: 23
8 Kevin McDonald (Fulham) (3 Caps) Age: 29
9 Steven Naismith (Hearts) (47 Caps) Age: 31
10 Callum McGregor (Celtic) (5 Caps) Age: 25
11 Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City) (7 Caps) Age: 28
 
14 Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) (19 Caps) Age: 28
(Replaced Johnny Russell 70 min)
17 Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) (8 Caps) Age: 26
(Replaced Kevin McDonald 46 min)
19 Scott McTominay (Manchester Utd) (3 Caps) Age: 21
(Replaced Callum McGregor 79 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(3-5-2)
Allan McGregor
John Souttar
Charlie Mulgrew
Kieran Tierney
Stephen O`Donnell
John McGinn
Kevin McDonald
Callum McGregor
Andrew Robertson
Johnny Russell
Steven Naismith

14 Leigh Griffiths

Nations League 2018-2019
Group Stages

Mon 10th September 2018
19:45

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 17,500

Group C1
(10 Sep 2018)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
SCOTLAND
1
1
0
0
2
0
3
Albania
2
1
0
1
1
2
3
Israel
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
10 September 2018
Scotland 2-0 Albania

Nations League 2018-2019
Group Stages

Mon 10th September 2018
19:45

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 17,500

Group C1
(10 Sep 2018)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
SCOTLAND
1
1
0
0
2
0
3
Albania
2
1
0
1
1
2
3
Israel
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
10 September 2018
Scotland 2-0 Albania

Scotland went into their first ever UEFA Nations League match on the back of 5 defeats in six games, and only scoring 1 goal in these games.  This meant that the pressure was on Alex McLeish to win this game.  Midway through the firsy half, Scotland should have taken the lead when a McGinn free kick was headed across goal by Mulgrew to Naismith, who headed against the inside of the post, when he should have scored. Just before half time, Naismith had the ball in the back of the net when he deflected a McGregor shot into the net, but he was offside.  Two minutes into the second half, Scotland took the lead.  Robertson crossed the ball to the back post to Naismith, who headed the ball in off the defender.  It was awarded as an own goal.  Midway through the second half, McGregor had to pull off a low save to keep Albania from equalising.  Two minutes later Scotland got a second.  A corner from Scotland was headed away by the defender, for Naismith to make contact and head a loose ball into the bottom corner.  Late on Scotland should have got a third, but McGregor's shot was blocked by two Albanian defenders.  The game finished 2-0 for Scotland to top their group.