Scotland 1-2 Italy

Euro 2008 Qualifiers

Sat 17th November 2007
17:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 51,301

Group B
(17 Nov 2007)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Italy
11
8
2
1
19
8
26
France
11
8
1
2
23
3
25
SCOTLAND
12
8
0
4
21
12
24
Ukraine
11
5
1
5
16
14
16
Lithuania
11
4
1
6
9
13
13
Georgia
11
3
1
7
16
17
10
Faroe Is.
11
0
0
11
3
40
0
17 November 2007
Scotland 1-2 Italy
Lithuania 2-0 Ukraine
Scotland

Ferguson(65)


C Gordon
A Hutton
G Naysmith
S McManus
D Weir
B Ferguson(C)
D Fletcher
L McCulloch (K Boyd 90)
J McFadden
P Hartley
S Brown (K Miller 74)

 

Manager:
Alex McLeish

 

FIFA Ranking: 13

Italy

Toni(2)

Panucci(90)


G Buffon
C Panucci
F Cannavaro
A Barzagli
G Zambrotta
A Pirlo
M Ambrosini
M Camoranesi (G Chiellini 83)
R Gattuso (D De Rossi 87)
A Di Natale (V Iaquinta 68)
L Toni

 

FIFA Ranking: 3

 
Scotland
Italy
Shots At Goal
13
17
Shots On Target
7
10
Possession
50%
50%
Fouls
27
18
Corners
6
4
Offsides
4
3
Saves
9
4
Yellow Cards
2
1
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Sunderland) (29 Caps) Age: 24
2 Alan Hutton (Rangers) (6 Caps) Age: 22
3 Gary Naysmith (Sheffield Utd) (38 Caps) Age: 28
4 Stephen McManus (Celtic) (11 Caps) Age: 25
5 David Weir (Rangers) (61 Caps) Age: 37
6 Barry Ferguson (Rangers) Captain (43 Caps) Age: 29
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) (34 Caps) Age: 23
8 Lee McCulloch (Rangers) (15 Caps) Age: 29
9 James McFadden (Everton) (37 Caps) Age: 24
10 Paul Hartley (Celtic) (17 Caps) Age: 31
11 Scott Brown (Celtic) (8 Caps) Age: 22
 
17 Kris Boyd (Rangers) (13 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Lee McCulloch 90 min)
18 Kenny Miller (Derby County) (35 Caps) Age: 27
(Replaced Scott Brown 74 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-1-4-1)
Craig Gordon
Alan Hutton
David Weir
Stephen McManus
Gary Naysmith
Paul Hartley
Darren Fletcher
Scott Brown
Barry Ferguson
Lee McCulloch
James McFadden

Euro 2008 Qualifiers

Sat 17th November 2007
17:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 51,301

Group B
(17 Nov 2007)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Italy
11
8
2
1
19
8
26
France
11
8
1
2
23
3
25
SCOTLAND
12
8
0
4
21
12
24
Ukraine
11
5
1
5
16
14
16
Lithuania
11
4
1
6
9
13
13
Georgia
11
3
1
7
16
17
10
Faroe Is.
11
0
0
11
3
40
0
17 November 2007
Scotland 1-2 Italy
Lithuania 2-0 Ukraine

Following the defeat to Georgia, Scotland had to beat Italy at Hampden in their final game to qualify. A draw would mean that Scotland would need the Ukraine to defeat France in Kiev. The Italy game was built-up to be possibly the biggest match in Scotland's history, with most of the Scotland fans positive that Scotland would get at least a draw. The weather was torrential rain, which probably suited Scotland more than Italy.

The match did not get off to a good start as Italy took the lead after only 70 seconds. An Italian throw in on the left near the touchline went to Di Natale, who passed the ball into the middle for Luca Toni to stab the ball home. Fifteen minutes later a shot by McCulloch played Zambrotta's arm in the penalty area, but the referee waved play on. In first half injury time, a David Weir header was headed off the line by Pirlo. In the 65th minute, a free kick on the edge of the penalty area by McFadden, took a deflection off a defender and fell to McCulloch, whose shot was parried by Buffon. Barry Ferguson prodded home the rebound to give Scotland a deserved equaliser. Scotland were looking for a winner and with ten minutes remaining, McFadden played the one-two with Miller and missed an open goal at the back post, which he was stretching to get. It looked like it was going to finish 1-1 when in injury-time Hutton was barged off the ball near the corner flag, and bizarrely the referee gave the free-kick Italy's way. From the resulting free-kick the ball was crossed into the box for Panucci to chest the ball over Gordon and into the net to give Italy an undeserving 2-1 win, and end Scotland's qualification hopes.