Scotland 1-0 South Africa


Wed 22nd August 2007

Pittodrie, Aberdeen (H)
Att: 13,723



C Gordon
A Hutton
R Anderson
S McManus
J McEveley
S Brown (G Teale 72)
G Caldwell (B Robson 56)
D Fletcher(C)
J McFadden (S Pearson 45)
G O`Connor (C Beattie 68)
K Miller (K Boyd 68)


Alex McLeish


FIFA Ranking: 23

South Africa

R Fernandez
Nzama (Mere 83)
A Mokoena
B Mhlongo
B Carnell
S Pienaar (Modise 76)
M Sibaya
D Buckley (D Sheppard 76)
S Nkosi (T Fanteni 75)
S Zuma (S Nomvethe 14)


FIFA Ranking: 61

1 Craig Gordon (Sunderland) (24 Caps) Age: 24
2 Alan Hutton (Rangers) (2 Caps) Age: 22
3 Jay McEveley (Derby County) (1 Cap) Age: 22
4 Stephen McManus (Celtic) (6 Caps) Age: 24
5 Russell Anderson (Sunderland) (10 Caps) Age: 28
6 Gary Caldwell (Celtic) (25 Caps) Age: 25
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) Captain (30 Caps) Age: 23
8 Scott Brown (Celtic) (4 Caps) Age: 22
9 Kenny Miller (Celtic) (32 Caps) Age: 27
10 Garry O`Connor (Birmingham City) (12 Caps) Age: 24
11 James McFadden (Everton) (32 Caps) Age: 24
15 Stephen Pearson (Derby County) (7 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced James McFadden 45 min)
16 Barry Robson (Dundee Utd) (1 Cap) Age: 28
(Replaced Gary Caldwell 56 min)
17 Gary Teale (Derby County) (9 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Scott Brown 72 min)
18 Craig Beattie (West Bromwich Albion) (5 Caps) Age: 23
(Replaced Garry O`Connor 68 min)
19 Kris Boyd (Rangers) (10 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Kenny Miller 68 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
Craig Gordon
Alan Hutton
Russell Anderson
Stephen McManus
Jay McEveley
Scott Brown
Gary Caldwell
Darren Fletcher
James McFadden
Garry O`Connor
Kenny Miller

4 Stephen McManus

The first game of the season saw South Africa visiting Pittodrie. In the first half Scotland failed to create any good chances. After half an hour, South Africa came close when a cross by Carnell was headed over by Nomvethe. Scotland's only chance of the first half was when McFadden fired a free kick over the bar. With 22 minutes remaining, McLeish made a double change up front bringing on Boyd and Beattie for Miller and O'Connor. Three minutes later one of the substitutions paid off when Fletcher played a great ball over the top to Boyd, who timed his run well before he hit a half-volley into the keeper's left hand side of the net, to give Scotland the lead. With ten minutes remaining Robson clears a header off the line to keep Scotland ahead, and ultimately give Scotland a 1-0 victory.