Scotland 0-0 Northern Ireland

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Wed 20th August 2008
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 28,072

Scotland

C Gordon (A McGregor 46)
G Alexander
G Naysmith
S McManus(C) (D Barr 46)
D Weir (C Berra 72)
K Thomson (B Robson 46)
D Fletcher (M Stewart 69)
S Brown
K Miller
J McFadden
J Morrison (K Commons 62)

 

Manager:
George Burley

 

FIFA Ranking: 16

Northern Ireland

M Taylor
G McAuley (M Duff 76)
R McGivern
J Evans
S Craigan
S Clingan (M O`Connor 58)
C Baird
S Davis
D Healy
M Paterson (D Shiels 46)
C Brunt (W Feeney 55)

 

FIFA Ranking: 32

 
Scotland
Northern Ireland
Shots At Goal
11
1
Shots On Target
6
0
Possession
51%
49%
Fouls
11
12
Corners
5
2
Offsides
1
2
Saves
1
4
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
1
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Sunderland) (32 Caps) Age: 25
2 Graham Alexander (Burnley) (34 Caps) Age: 36
3 Gary Naysmith (Sheffield Utd) (41 Caps) Age: 28
4 Stephen McManus (Celtic) Captain (14 Caps) Age: 25
5 David Weir (Rangers) (62 Caps) Age: 38
6 Kevin Thomson (Rangers) (1 Cap) Age: 23
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) (37 Caps) Age: 24
8 Scott Brown (Celtic) (10 Caps) Age: 23
9 Kenny Miller (Rangers) (38 Caps) Age: 28
10 James McFadden (Birmingham City) (38 Caps) Age: 25
11 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (2 Caps) Age: 22
 
12 Allan McGregor (Rangers) (2 Caps) Age: 26
(Replaced Craig Gordon 46 min)
14 Barry Robson (Celtic) (3 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Kevin Thomson 46 min)
15 Kris Commons (Derby County) (1 Cap) Age: 24
(Replaced James Morrison 62 min)
16 Christophe Berra (Hearts) (2 Caps) Age: 23
(Replaced David Weir 72 min)
17 Darren Barr (Falkirk) (1 Cap) Age: 23
(Replaced Stephen McManus 46 min)
20 Michael Stewart (Hearts) (4 Caps) Age: 27
(Replaced Darren Fletcher 69 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-4-2)
Craig Gordon
Graham Alexander
David Weir
Stephen McManus
Gary Naysmith
Scott Brown
Darren Fletcher
Kevin Thomson
James Morrison
James McFadden
Kenny Miller

Before the first international of the new season, both Scotland and Northern Ireland suffered many call offs. Scotland were able to replace these players while Northern Ireland couldn't. The Scotland squad included Rangers' Kevin Thomson and Steven Whittaker, Falkirk’s Darren Barr, plus Derby County's Kris Commons, who qualified through his grandparents. All were looking for their first cap.

In the first half, there was not much action. James McFadden came closest with two half chances. In the second half Scotland continued to dominate the possession, and things were not helped for Northern Ireland when McGivern was sent off for a second booking after 56 minutes. Not long after, it was the ten men who had the best chance of the game, when Scotland's substitute keeper Allan McGregor brought down Warren Feeney in the box. McGregor was lucky only to receive a yellow card. He then made amends, by diving to his right to save a David Healy penalty. Near the end McFadden almost snatched the winner, when a Robson corner was nodded on by Barr to McFadden who unleashed a powerful shot only to be denied by Taylor in the opposition goal. It was a game of two keepers.