Scotland 2-1 Georgia

Euro 2008 Qualifiers

Sat 24th March 2007
15:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 50,850

Group B
(24 Mar 2007)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
SCOTLAND
5
4
0
1
11
4
12
France
5
4
0
1
12
2
12
Ukraine
4
3
0
1
7
4
9
Italy
4
2
1
1
7
5
7
Lithuania
4
1
1
2
3
4
4
Georgia
5
1
0
4
10
11
3
Faroe Is.
5
0
0
5
0
20
0
24 March 2007
Scotland 2-1 Georgia
Faroe Islands 0-2 Ukraine
Lithuania 0-1 France
Scotland

Boyd(11)

Beattie(89)


C Gordon
G Alexander
G Naysmith
D Weir
S McManus
B Ferguson(C)
G Teale (S Brown 60)
P Hartley
K Miller (S Maloney 90)
K Boyd (C Beattie 76)
L McCulloch

 

Manager:
Alex McLeish

 

FIFA Ranking: 16

Georgia

Arveladze(41)


G Lomaia
G Shashiashvili
Z Khizanishvili
L Salukvadze
Z Eliava
V Burduli (D Siradze 57)
L Tskitishvili (D Mujiri 90)
Z Menteshashvili (G Gogua 46)
L Kobiashvili
G Demetradze
S Arveladze

 

FIFA Ranking: 85

 
Scotland
Georgia
Shots At Goal
12
8
Shots On Target
7
5
Possession
49%
51%
Fouls
19
17
Corners
3
9
Offsides
0
2
Saves
2
5
Yellow Cards
1
3
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Hearts) (20 Caps) Age: 24
2 Graham Alexander (Preston North End) (27 Caps) Age: 35
3 Gary Naysmith (Everton) (33 Caps) Age: 27
4 David Weir (Rangers) (53 Caps) Age: 36
5 Stephen McManus (Celtic) (2 Caps) Age: 24
6 Barry Ferguson (Rangers) Captain (36 Caps) Age: 29
7 Gary Teale (Derby County) (6 Caps) Age: 28
8 Paul Hartley (Celtic) (12 Caps) Age: 30
9 Kenny Miller (Celtic) (30 Caps) Age: 27
10 Kris Boyd (Rangers) (6 Caps) Age: 24
11 Lee McCulloch (Wigan Athletic) (9 Caps) Age: 28
 
16 Craig Beattie (Celtic) (3 Caps) Age: 23
(Replaced Kris Boyd 76 min)
17 Shaun Maloney (Aston Villa) (3 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Kenny Miller 90 min)
18 Scott Brown (Hibernian) (2 Caps) Age: 21
(Replaced Gary Teale 60 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-4-2)
Craig Gordon
Graham Alexander
David Weir
Stephen McManus
Gary Naysmith
Gary Teale
Barry Ferguson
Paul Hartley
Lee McCulloch
Kenny Miller
Kris Boyd

Euro 2008 Qualifiers

Sat 24th March 2007
15:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 50,850

Group B
(24 Mar 2007)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
SCOTLAND
5
4
0
1
11
4
12
France
5
4
0
1
12
2
12
Ukraine
4
3
0
1
7
4
9
Italy
4
2
1
1
7
5
7
Lithuania
4
1
1
2
3
4
4
Georgia
5
1
0
4
10
11
3
Faroe Is.
5
0
0
5
0
20
0
24 March 2007
Scotland 2-1 Georgia
Faroe Islands 0-2 Ukraine
Lithuania 0-1 France

Alex McLeish's first game in charge was at home to Georgia, and the McLeish era got off to a flyer, when after only 11 minutes Scotland took the lead. Teale collected the ball down the left, before he crossed the ball into the middle for Boyd to score a low header into the bottom corner. Scotland had chances to double their lead firstly from Teale and then from Miller. Georgia came into the game towards the end of the half and had a Demetradze volley saved, before Khizanishvilli hit the bar. Georgia got a deserved equaliser 4 minutes before the interval when Demetradze beat Weir on the left to cross the ball into the middle for ex Rangers striker Shota Arveladze to score a diving header. With 20 minutes remaining Miller laid the ball on to Boyd who hit the bar. Boyd was replaced by Beattie with less than 15 minutes remaining, and in the 89th minute Naysmith headed the ball into the box to Miller, who in turn headed the ball into Beattie's path. Beattie hit the ball with what appeared to be his left shin and the keeper got a hand to the ball but couldn't keep it out. It was a vital goal to give Scotland a 2-1 win in McLeish's first match. It put Scotland top of Group B and kept their qualification hopes alive.