Scotland 1-1 Croatia

Friendly

Wed 26th March 2008
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 28,821

Scotland

Miller(30)


C Gordon
A Hutton
G Naysmith (J McEveley 62)
G Caldwell (R Anderson 70)
S McManus(C)
S Brown (G Teale 66)
D Fletcher (G Alexander 90)
P Hartley
K Miller
S Maloney (K Boyd 72)
S Fletcher (G Rae 46)

 

Manager:
George Burley

 

FIFA Ranking: 14

Croatia

Kranjcar(10)


S Pletikosa
R Kovac (D Knezevic 73)
V Corluka (D Simic 85)
J Simunic
D Srna (J Leko 63)
N Kovac (O Vukojevic 46)
L Modric
N Kranjcar
D Pranjic
M Petric (I Klasnic 58)
I Olic (I Budan 57)

 

FIFA Ranking: 12

 
Scotland
Croatia
Shots At Goal
5
10
Shots On Target
2
7
Possession
52%
48%
Fouls
13
15
Corners
7
6
Offsides
4
0
Saves
6
1
Yellow Cards
3
4
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Sunderland) (30 Caps) Age: 25
2 Alan Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur) (7 Caps) Age: 23
3 Gary Naysmith (Sheffield Utd) (39 Caps) Age: 28
4 Gary Caldwell (Celtic) (26 Caps) Age: 25
5 Stephen McManus (Celtic) Captain (12 Caps) Age: 25
6 Paul Hartley (Celtic) (18 Caps) Age: 31
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) (35 Caps) Age: 24
8 Scott Brown (Celtic) (9 Caps) Age: 22
9 Kenny Miller (Derby County) (36 Caps) Age: 28
10 Shaun Maloney (Aston Villa) (10 Caps) Age: 25
11 Steven Fletcher (Hibernian) (1 Cap) Age: 21
 
13 Gavin Rae (Cardiff City) (12 Caps) Age: 30
(Replaced Steven Fletcher 46 min)
14 Russell Anderson (Plymouth Argyle) (11 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Gary Caldwell 70 min)
16 Kris Boyd (Rangers) (14 Caps) Age: 25
(Replaced Shaun Maloney 72 min)
17 Gary Teale (Plymouth Argyle) (11 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Scott Brown 66 min)
18 Jay McEveley (Derby County) (3 Caps) Age: 23
(Replaced Gary Naysmith 62 min)
19 Graham Alexander (Burnley) (33 Caps) Age: 36
(Replaced Darren Fletcher 90 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-5-1)
Craig Gordon
Alan Hutton
Gary Caldwell
Stephen McManus
Gary Naysmith
Steven Fletcher
Darren Fletcher
Scott Brown
Paul Hartley
Shaun Maloney
Kenny Miller

10 Shaun Maloney

Friendly

Wed 26th March 2008
20:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 28,821

Controversy preceded George Burley's first match as Scotland manager, as four out of five of the Rangers players pulled out of the squad leaving Boyd the only Ger in the squad. McFadden also had to withdraw as he had undergone surgery on an ankle injury at Birmingham City. Burley picked a 4-5-1 formation with Kenny Miller the sole striker. Celtic captain Stephen McManus was given the captain's armband in the absence of Barry Ferguson.

On a night of torrential rain, the game did not start well for Scotland, as only 10 minutes had passed when Croatia took the lead. Niko Kranjcar collected the ball on the edge of the Scotland penalty area, turned and unleashed a powerful shot that deceived Gordon. On the half hour mark Steven Fletcher played a long pass from inside the Scotland half down the left wing, and a slip from Robert Kovac let Kenny Miller through on goal. A shot from a tight angle was deflected past Pletikosa in the Croatia goal to give Scotland an equaliser. In the second half a Kenny Miller header from a Shaun Maloney corner was headed off the line. Following this, a long rang shot from Kranjcar was parried by Gordon, and Gary Caldwell made an excellent point blank tackle to prevent Croatia from scoring a second. At the other end substitute Kris Boyd had a shot well saved by Pletikosa, meaning that the game would finish 1-1.