Scotland 2-0 Croatia

World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

Tue 15th October 2013
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 30,172

Group A
(15 Oct 2013)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Belgium
10
8
2
0
18
4
26
Croatia
10
5
2
3
12
9
17
Serbia
10
4
2
4
18
11
14
SCOTLAND
10
3
2
5
8
12
11
Wales
10
3
1
6
9
20
10
Macedonia
10
2
1
7
7
16
7
15 October 2013
Scotland 2-0 Croatia
Belgium 1-1 Wales
Serbia 5-1 Macedonia
Scotland

Snodgrass(28)

Naismith(73)


A McGregor
A Hutton
R Martin
G Hanley
C Mulgrew
B Bannan (C Burke 89)
S Brown(C)
J Morrison
I Anya (G Dorrans 77)
R Snodgrass (J McArthur 81)
S Naismith

 

Manager:
Gordon Strachan

 

FIFA Ranking: 63

Croatia

S Pletikosa
D Vida
V Corluka
D Lovren
I Strinic
D Srna
O Vukojevic
L Modric
N Kranjcar (I Perisic 68)
M Mandzukic (N Jelavic 80)
N Kalinic (Eduardo 58)

 

FIFA Ranking: 10

 
Scotland
Croatia
Shots At Goal
10
16
Shots On Target
4
3
Possession
42%
58%
Fouls
18
12
Corners
1
4
Offsides
5
2
Saves
3
2
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Allan McGregor (Hull City) (31 Caps) Age: 31
2 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) (36 Caps) Age: 28
3 Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) (10 Caps) Age: 27
4 Russell Martin (Norwich City) (9 Caps) Age: 27
5 Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) (11 Caps) Age: 21
6 Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) (14 Caps) Age: 23
7 Scott Brown (Celtic) Captain (34 Caps) Age: 28
8 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (29 Caps) Age: 27
9 Steven Naismith (Everton) (25 Caps) Age: 27
10 Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) (13 Caps) Age: 26
11 Ikechi Anya (Watford) (3 Caps) Age: 25
 
14 James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) (14 Caps) Age: 26
(Replaced Robert Snodgrass 81 min)
15 Chris Burke (Birmingham City) (6 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Barry Bannan 89 min)
17 Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) (10 Caps) Age: 26
(Replaced Ikechi Anya 77 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-4-1-1)
Allan McGregor
Alan Hutton
Russell Martin
Grant Hanley
Charlie Mulgrew
Barry Bannan
Scott Brown
James Morrison
Ikechi Anya
Robert Snodgrass
Steven Naismith

8 James Morrison

World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

Tue 15th October 2013
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 30,172

Group A
(15 Oct 2013)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Belgium
10
8
2
0
18
4
26
Croatia
10
5
2
3
12
9
17
Serbia
10
4
2
4
18
11
14
SCOTLAND
10
3
2
5
8
12
11
Wales
10
3
1
6
9
20
10
Macedonia
10
2
1
7
7
16
7
15 October 2013
Scotland 2-0 Croatia
Belgium 1-1 Wales
Serbia 5-1 Macedonia

Going into Scotland's final qualifier, they were without an injured Maloney and a suspended Whittaker.  Jordan Rhodes also withdrew from the squad with injury.

Scotland made a great start to the game with them controlling the match and passing the ball well.  It was just before the half hour mark that this payed off.  Naismith collected the ball down the left wing and passed to Mulgrew on the overlap, who crossed in to the back post for Snodgrass to head past Pletikosa and give Scotland a deserved lead. A couple of minutes later Snodgrass almost got his and Scotland's second.  A well worked move with intricate passes ended with Morrison passing to Snodgrass, who played a one-two with Brown, before unleashing a low shot that Pletikosa touched onto the post.  In the second half, Croatia upped their game and came close to equalising when Eduardo rounded McGregor but could only find the side netting. With 20 minutes remaining Anya was upended in the penalty area and the referee pointed straight to the spot.  Up stepped Barry Bannan and his penalty was well saved, but Naismith was quick off the blocks to slot home the rebound and make it 2-0.  Scotland saw out the rest of the match to end a disappointing campaign on a high and fill the Tartan Army full of hope for the Euro 2016 campaign.