Cyprus 1-2 Scotland

Friendly

Fri 11th November 2011
20:00 (18:00 UK)

Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca (A)
Att: 2,000

Scotland

Miller(24)

Mackie(56)


A McGregor
S Whittaker
G Caldwell
C Berra
P Bardsley (S Crainey 73)
B Robson (C Conway 80)
D Cowie
D Fletcher(C) (J McArthur 63)
J Morrison
J Mackie (J Rhodes 87)
K Miller (C Mackail-Smith 63)

 

Manager:
Craig Levein

 

FIFA Ranking: 51

Cyprus

Christofi(59)


A Georgallides (T Kissas 46)
G Merkis
N Alexandrou (A Katsis 69)
J Demetriou (V Sielis 46)
S Parpas (M Nicolaou 58)
M Satsias
S Dobrasinovic (G Vasilou 73)
A Solomou
A Avraam (N Mitidis 46)
D Christofi
G Efrem

 

FIFA Ranking: 120

 
Cyprus
Scotland
Shots At Goal
8
12
Shots On Target
5
6
Possession
43.2%
56.8%
Territorial Advantage
48.3
51.7
Fouls
9
10
Corners
1
5
Offsides
1
6
Yellow Cards
2
1
Red Cards
0
0
Source: Sky Sports
1 Allan McGregor (Rangers) (19 Caps) Age: 29
2 Steven Whittaker (Rangers) (14 Caps) Age: 27
3 Phil Bardsley (Sunderland) (11 Caps) Age: 26
4 Christophe Berra (Wolves) (18 Caps) Age: 26
5 Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) (46 Caps) Age: 29
6 Don Cowie (Cardiff City) (9 Caps) Age: 28
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) Captain (58 Caps) Age: 27
8 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (19 Caps) Age: 25
9 Kenny Miller (Cardiff City) (58 Caps) Age: 31
10 Jamie Mackie (QPR) (4 Caps) Age: 26
11 Barry Robson (Middlesbrough) (16 Caps) Age: 33
 
13 James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) (5 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Darren Fletcher 63 min)
15 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) (5 Caps) Age: 27
(Replaced Kenny Miller 63 min)
17 Steven Crainey (Blackpool) (12 Caps) Age: 30
(Replaced Phil Bardsley 73 min)
19 Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town) (1 Cap) Age: 21
(Replaced Jamie Mackie 87 min)
22 Craig Conway (Cardiff City) (3 Caps) Age: 26
(Replaced Barry Robson 80 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-5-1)
Allan McGregor
Steven Whittaker
Gary Caldwell
Christophe Berra
Phil Bardsley
Barry Robson
Don Cowie
Darren Fletcher
James Morrison
Jamie Mackie
Kenny Miller

4 Christophe Berra

The talking points about the squad that Craig Levein were that Barry Bannan had been left out due to the fact that he had been arrested for drink driving. The other main point was that Jordan Rhodes had been included in the squad. He qualified to play due to the fact that he was educated in Scotland for more than 5 years.

The first real chance of the match came after 20 minutes when McGregor touched a shot onto the crossbar. Five minutes later it was first blood to Scotland. Berra played a long pass to Miller from deep inside the Scotland half. Miller controlled the ball before hitting a looping ball over the keeper into the top corner. A few minutes later Cyprus come close to equalising when a rocketing shot comes back off McGregor's left hand post. Jamie Mackie then goes on an amazing run which ends in their keeper touching his shot over the bar. From the resulting corner, a Cypriot handled the ball in the box but the ref waved play on. Just before half time, James Morrison tries to chip the keeper, but his shot is tipped over. Ten minutes into the second half Mackie picks up the ball wide on the left before he weaves past the defenders and hits a low shot past the keeper to double Scotland's lead. Three minutes later Cyprus pull one back, when a low pass is played through the Scotland defence to Christofi on the right, who drilled a low shot past McGregor. With three minutes remaining, Rhodes came on for his debut, and had a shot saved. Scotland saw out the game to get a 2-1 victory to take back to Scotland.