Italy 2-0 Scotland

Euro 2008 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Wed 28th March 2007
20:50 (19:50 UK)

Stadio San Nicola, Bari (A)
Att: 37,500

Group B
(28 Mar 2007)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Ukraine
5
4
0
1
8
4
12
SCOTLAND
6
4
0
2
11
6
12
France
5
4
0
1
12
2
12
Italy
5
3
1
1
9
5
10
Georgia
6
2
0
4
13
12
6
Lithuania
5
1
1
3
3
5
4
Faroe Is.
6
0
0
6
1
23
0
28 March 2007
Ukraine 1-0 Lithuania
Georgia 3-1 Faroe Islands
Italy 2-0 Scotland
Scotland

C Gordon
G Alexander
G Naysmith
D Weir
S McManus
B Ferguson(C)
G Teale (S Maloney 66)
P Hartley
K Miller
S Brown (C Beattie 86)
L McCulloch (K Boyd 81)

 

Manager:
Alex McLeish

 

FIFA Ranking: 16

Italy

Toni(12, 70)


G Buffon
M Oddo
F Cannavaro
M Materazzi
G Zambrotta
R Gattusso
D De Rossi
M Camoranesi
S Perrotta (A Pirlo 77)
A Di Natale (A Del Piero 66)
L Toni (F Quagliarella 87)

 

FIFA Ranking: 2

Key: Goals Missed Penalty Red Card

 
Italy
Scotland
Shots At Goal
12
4
Shots On Target
8
2
Possession
55
45
Fouls
13
20
Corners
3
4
Offsides
6
4
Saves
4
9
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Source: ESPN
1 Craig Gordon (Hearts) (21 Caps) Age: 24
2 Graham Alexander (Preston North End) (28 Caps) Age: 35
3 Gary Naysmith (Everton) (34 Caps) Age: 27
4 David Weir (Rangers) (54 Caps) Age: 36
5 Stephen McManus (Celtic) (3 Caps) Age: 24
6 Barry Ferguson (Rangers) Captain (37 Caps) Age: 29
7 Gary Teale (Derby County) (7 Caps) Age: 28
8 Paul Hartley (Celtic) (13 Caps) Age: 30
9 Kenny Miller (Celtic) (31 Caps) Age: 27
10 Scott Brown (Hibernian) (3 Caps) Age: 21
11 Lee McCulloch (Wigan Athletic) (10 Caps) Age: 28
 
15 Kris Boyd (Rangers) (7 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Lee McCulloch 81 min)
16 Craig Beattie (Celtic) (4 Caps) Age: 23
(Replaced Scott Brown 86 min)
17 Shaun Maloney (Aston Villa) (4 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Gary Teale 66 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-5-1)
Craig Gordon
Graham Alexander
Stephen McManus
David Weir
Gary Naysmith
Gary Teale
Scott Brown
Barry Ferguson
Paul Hartley
Lee McCulloch
Kenny Miller

Euro 2008 Qualifiers
Group Stages

Wed 28th March 2007
20:50 (19:50 UK)

Stadio San Nicola, Bari (A)
Att: 37,500

Group B
(28 Mar 2007)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Ukraine
5
4
0
1
8
4
12
SCOTLAND
6
4
0
2
11
6
12
France
5
4
0
1
12
2
12
Italy
5
3
1
1
9
5
10
Georgia
6
2
0
4
13
12
6
Lithuania
5
1
1
3
3
5
4
Faroe Is.
6
0
0
6
1
23
0
28 March 2007
Ukraine 1-0 Lithuania
Georgia 3-1 Faroe Islands
Italy 2-0 Scotland

With Scotland top of Group B, they now faced their toughest task away to the World Champions. At the start of the game Scotland struggled to hold on to possession, and therefore it was not a surprise when Italy took the lead after 12 minutes. Oddo floated a free kick on the right into the box to the head of Luca Toni, who headed it past Gordon. Italy controlled the first half, but Scotland had some chances. The closest was a dipping shot by McCulloch that was saved by Buffon. In the second half Gordon made two saves from Di Natale, the first was a shot from an angle that Gordon saved with his hand; while the second was saved by his leg. Gordon also saved a deflected shot from Camoranesi. With 20 minutes left on the clock, slack passing from Scotland let the Italians get the ball to Camoranesi on the right. He crossed the ball to the back post where Toni escaped from his marker to head in Italy's second. McLeish threw on both Boyd and Beattie in the last ten minutes to play three up front. It was to no avail though as the Italians ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.