Italy 1-0 Scotland


Sun 29th May 2016
20:45 (19:45 UK)

Ta` Qali Stadium, Valletta (N)
Att: 8,000


D Marshall
C Paterson (C Berra 46)
C Mulgrew
R Martin
G Hanley
M Phillips (O Burke 71)
D Fletcher(C)
J McArthur (C Bryson 83)
R McCormack (S Fletcher 46)
M Ritchie
I Anya (S Naismith 71)


Gordon Strachan


FIFA Ranking: 40



G Buffon
A Barzagli
L Bonucci
G Chiellini
A Florenzi
E Giaccherini (G Bonaventura 80)
D De Rossi (Jorginho 67)
M Darmian (F Bernarderschi 60)
A Candreva (V Mandziuk 62)
G Pellè (S Zaza 67)
Eder (L Insigne 59)


FIFA Ranking: 15

Shots At Goal
Shots On Target
Source: BBC
1 David Marshall (Cardiff City) (23 Caps) Age: 31
2 Callum Paterson (Hearts) (1 Cap) Age: 21
3 Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) (23 Caps) Age: 30
4 Russell Martin (Norwich City) (24 Caps) Age: 30
5 Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) (22 Caps) Age: 24
6 Matt Phillips (QPR) (4 Caps) Age: 25
7 Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) Captain (72 Caps) Age: 32
8 James McArthur (Crystal Palace) (23 Caps) Age: 28
9 Ross McCormack (Fulham) (13 Caps) Age: 29
10 Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) (9 Caps) Age: 26
11 Ikechi Anya (Watford) (20 Caps) Age: 28
14 Steven Naismith (Norwich City) (42 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Ikechi Anya 71 min)
15 Christophe Berra (Wolves) (33 Caps) Age: 31
(Replaced Callum Paterson 46 min)
16 Craig Bryson (Derby County) (3 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced James McArthur 83 min)
18 Steven Fletcher (Marseille) (27 Caps) Age: 29
(Replaced Ross McCormack 46 min)
20 Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest) (2 Caps) Age: 19
(Replaced Matt Phillips 71 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
David Marshall
Callum Paterson
Russell Martin
Grant Hanley
Charlie Mulgrew
Matt Phillips
Darren Fletcher
James McArthur
Ikechi Anya
Matt Ritchie
Ross McCormack

2 Callum Paterson

It was debated whether Scotland should be playing two tough frendlies at the end of a long season, and it was shown in this game, when an obviously tired Scotland team put in a poor performance against an Italian team building up for Euro 2016.  After only 6 minutes, David Marshall had to make a double save from Candreva and then Giaccherini.  Just before the half hour mark, Giaccherini should have put Italy ahead, but he put the ball wide. 10 minutes later, Florenzi also put the ball wide with a shot from outside the box. 10 minutes into the second half, Italy took the lead when De Rossi passed to Éder, who laid the ball off to Pellè, who curled a shot past Marshall into the right hand corner.  In the 77th minute, Scotland got their first shot at goal, when Steven Naismith passed to Matt Ritchie whose shot went past the left hand post.  It was the best that Scotland could give in a poor performance, where the 1-0 scoreline flattered Scotland.