France 0-1 Scotland

Euro 2008 Qualifiers

Wed 12th September 2007
21:00 (20:00 UK)

Parc des Princes, Paris (A)
Att: 48,712

Group B
(12 Sep 2007)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
SCOTLAND
9
7
0
2
17
7
21
Italy
9
6
2
1
15
7
20
France
9
6
1
2
15
3
19
Ukraine
8
4
1
3
10
9
13
Lithuania
9
3
1
5
7
11
10
Georgia
9
2
1
6
14
15
7
Faroe Is.
9
0
0
9
3
29
0
12 September 2007
Lithuania 2-1 Faroe Islands
France 0-1 Scotland
Ukraine 1-2 Italy
Scotland

McFadden(64)


C Gordon
A Hutton
G Alexander
S McManus
D Weir
B Ferguson(C)
D Fletcher (S Pearson 26)
L McCulloch
J McFadden (G O`Connor 76)
S Brown
P Hartley

 

Manager:
Alex McLeish

 

FIFA Ranking: 23

France

M Landreau
L Diarra
L Thuram
J Escude
E Abidal (K Benzema 77)
F Ribery
P Viera (S Nasri 69)
C Makalele
F Malouda
D Trezeguet
N Anelka

 

FIFA Ranking: 4

 
France
Scotland
Shots At Goal
15
2
Shots On Target
7
2
Possession
72%
28%
Fouls
11
14
Corners
16
3
Offsides
0
1
Saves
3
9
Yellow Cards
2
2
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Sunderland) (26 Caps) Age: 24
2 Alan Hutton (Rangers) (4 Caps) Age: 22
3 Graham Alexander (Burnley) (31 Caps) Age: 35
4 Stephen McManus (Celtic) (8 Caps) Age: 25
5 David Weir (Rangers) (58 Caps) Age: 37
6 Barry Ferguson (Rangers) Captain (40 Caps) Age: 29
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) (32 Caps) Age: 23
8 Lee McCulloch (Rangers) (13 Caps) Age: 29
9 James McFadden (Everton) (34 Caps) Age: 24
10 Scott Brown (Celtic) (6 Caps) Age: 22
11 Paul Hartley (Celtic) (16 Caps) Age: 30
 
16 Garry O`Connor (Birmingham City) (14 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced James McFadden 76 min)
18 Stephen Pearson (Derby County) (8 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Darren Fletcher 26 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-1-4-1)
Craig Gordon
Alan Hutton
David Weir
Stephen McManus
Graham Alexander
Paul Hartley
Scott Brown
Barry Ferguson
Darren Fletcher
Lee McCulloch
James McFadden

At the time of the France - Scotland match, the Rugby World cup was being played in the 80,000 capacity Stade de France. For this reason, the match was moved to France's old national stadium, the Parc des Princes which only holds 49,000. This was a benefit to Scotland who brought a large travelling support that was outsinging the French.

Scotland made a promising start, preventing the French from making any impact even although they had most of the possession. Midway through the first half there was a blow to Scotland, as Fletcher was taken off injured and replaced by Pearson. At the start of the second half, the French had two good chances. A great passing move ended with Ribery having a shot parried by Gordon, and Ribery shot the rebound over the bar. A minute later Gordon tipped a shot by Anelka over the bar. Just after the hour mark, the amazing happened and Scotland scored. It was route one football; a goal kick by Gordon was superbly brought down by McFadden midway inside the French half, before he turned and unleashed a great shot into the top corner. Landreau got a hand to the ball but couldn't keep out. It sent the whole of Scotland into a state of euphoria. For the remainder of the game France piled on the pressure, but they couldn't find a way through the Scotland rearguard. Scotland held on to record arguably the greatest result in their history.