Albania 0-4 Scotland

Nations League 2018-2019
Group Stages

Sat 17th November 2018
20:45 (19:45 UK)

Loro Borici Stadium, Shkoder (A)
Att: 8,632

Group C1
(17 Nov 2018)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Israel
3
2
0
1
4
2
6
SCOTLAND
3
2
0
1
7
2
6
Albania
4
1
0
3
1
8
3
17 November 2018
Albania 0-4 Scotland
Scotland

Fraser(14)

S Fletcher(pen 45)

Forrest(55, 67)


A McGregor
C Paterson
D Bates
S McKenna
A Robertson(C)
S Armstrong (S McTominay 61)
J Forrest
R Christie
C McGregor
R Fraser (J Russell 72)
S Fletcher (M Phillips 68)

 

Manager:
Alex McLeish

 

FIFA Ranking: 40

Albania

Mavraj(22)


M Wolfli
M Mavraj
B Djimsiti (K Dermaku 52)
F Veseli
E Binaku
L Memushaj
T Xhaka
E Kace (A Ismajli 27)
M Uzuni
E Grezda
R Manaj (B Balaj 62)

 

FIFA Ranking: 60

Key: Goals Missed Penalty Red Card

 
Albania
Scotland
Shots At Goal
7
20
Shots On Target
0
6
Possession
58
42
Fouls
10
20
Corners
3
6
Offsides
2
3
Saves
2
0
Yellow Cards
3
4
Red Cards
1
0
Source: Sky Sports
1 Allan McGregor (Rangers) (41 Caps) Age: 36
2 Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) (10 Caps) Age: 24
3 Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) Captain (27 Caps) Age: 24
4 David Bates (Hamburg) (1 Cap) Age: 22
5 Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) (7 Caps) Age: 22
6 Callum McGregor (Celtic) (8 Caps) Age: 25
7 James Forrest (Celtic) (25 Caps) Age: 27
8 Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) (10 Caps) Age: 26
9 Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) (32 Caps) Age: 31
10 Ryan Christie (Celtic) (4 Caps) Age: 23
11 Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) (5 Caps) Age: 24
 
17 Scott McTominay (Manchester Utd) (4 Caps) Age: 21
(Replaced Stuart Armstrong 61 min)
18 Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) (13 Caps) Age: 27
(Replaced Steven Fletcher 68 min)
20 Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City) (9 Caps) Age: 28
(Replaced Ryan Fraser 72 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-2-3-1)
Allan McGregor
Callum Paterson
David Bates
Scott McKenna
Andrew Robertson
Callum McGregor
Stuart Armstrong
James Forrest
Ryan Christie
Ryan Fraser
Steven Fletcher

Nations League 2018-2019
Group Stages

Sat 17th November 2018
20:45 (19:45 UK)

Loro Borici Stadium, Shkoder (A)
Att: 8,632

Group C1
(17 Nov 2018)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Israel
3
2
0
1
4
2
6
SCOTLAND
3
2
0
1
7
2
6
Albania
4
1
0
3
1
8
3
17 November 2018
Albania 0-4 Scotland

Nations League 2018-2019
Group Stages

Sat 17th November 2018
20:45 (19:45 UK)

Loro Borici Stadium, Shkoder (A)
Att: 8,632

Group C1
(17 Nov 2018)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Israel
3
2
0
1
4
2
6
SCOTLAND
3
2
0
1
7
2
6
Albania
4
1
0
3
1
8
3
17 November 2018
Albania 0-4 Scotland

In the run up to the final round of games, the pressure was mounting on McLeish.  Along with injuries to Griffiths and Naismith, another 9 players, including Kieran Tierney, withdrew from the squad.  This lead to questions about McLeish's relationship with the players.  Ryan Fraser, who was bang on form in the Premiership, played from the start.  This payed off as after 14 minutes, he cut in from the left before hitting a low curling shot past the keeper to put Scotland 1-0 up.  Seven minutes later, Albania were reduced to 10 men after their captain was sent off for headbutting Ryan Christie.  Just before half-time Scotland were awarded a penalty after a free kick by Armstrong came off the hand of a player in the wall.  Up stepped Steven Fletcher to send the keeper the wrong way and put Scotland 2-0 up at the break.  Ten minutes into the second half, Ryan Christie played a great through ball to James Forrest.  The keeper got a hand to his shot but couldn't keep it out, as Forrest scored his first goal for Scotland and made it 3-0.  Just after the hour mark Scotland had the ball in the net again, but Forrest's shot was deflected in by David Bates, who was offside.  5 minutes later, Fraser made a great run down the wing and passed to Forrest in the box, who flicked it past the defender and volleyed in Scotland's fourth. With 12 minutes remaining substitute Scott McTominay almost got a 5th, but his shot hit the bar.  The game ended 4-0 meaning Scotland would avoid relegation, and needed victory over Israel to win the group.