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McCoist magic not enough for Scotland

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.10CET
Scotland 1-0 Switzerland
Ally McCoist ensured the Scots upheld their side of the bargain, but Craig Brown's side nevertheless narrowly missed out on second spot in Group A.
McCoist magic not enough for Scotland
Ally McCoist scored the only goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ScotlandSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.10CET

McCoist magic not enough for Scotland

Scotland 1-0 Switzerland
Ally McCoist ensured the Scots upheld their side of the bargain, but Craig Brown's side nevertheless narrowly missed out on second spot in Group A.

Scotland upheld their side of the bargain and came within a whisker of an unlikely quarter-final berth, only to be denied by events elsewhere in Group A.

With a solitary point to their name heading into their final fixture in the section, Scotland knew victory and a sizeable shift in goal difference was required for them to progress at the Netherlands' expense. While Ally McCoist's 36th-minute strike set them on their way for the triumph they required, the Auld Enemy, England, had taken a 4-0 lead against the Dutch – Craig Brown's side were, remarkably, second in the group with time running out. Patrick Kluivert scuppered their hopes, though, earning the Dutch a late consolation which ensured they squeezed through to the last eight on goals scored.

The Scots could have found themselves in an even rosier position prior to Kluivert's effort had McCoist not spurned two presentable opportunities prior to his goal. It was a case of third time lucky, however, the Rangers FC striker beating goalkeeper Marco Pascolo with a rasping first-time drive from outside the penalty area.

Gary McAllister and Stuart McCall were an assertive force in midfield and though Switzerland rarely looked like working their way back into contention, the Scots were unable to add the second which would have put them through on goal difference.

Last updated: 23/01/12 12.15CET

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Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Switzerland

Switzerland

12
GoramAndy Goram
1
PascoloMarco Pascolo
3
BoydTom Boyd
2
HottigerMarc Hottiger
4
CalderwoodColin Calderwood
Yellow Card23
3
QuentinYvan Quentin
Substitution81
5
HendryColin Hendry
4
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
8
McCallStuart McCall
Yellow Card28
10
SforzaCiriaco Sforza (C)
9
McCoistAlly McCoist
Goal36
Substitution84
11
ChapuisatStéphane Chapuisat
Substitution46
10
McAllisterGary McAllister (C)
14
TürkyilmazKübilay Türkyilmaz
11
CollinsJohn Collins
Yellow Card42
15
VegaRamon Vega
Yellow Card23
13
McKinlayTosh McKinlay
Substitution60
16
KollerMarcel Koller
Substitution46
14
DurieGordon Durie
17
VogelJohann Vogel
Yellow Card53
16
BurleyCraig Burley
21
BonvinChristophe Bonvin

Substitutes

1
LeightonJim Leighton
5
GeigerAlain Geiger
2
McKimmieStewart McKimmie
6
WickyRaphael Wicky
Substitution46
Yellow Card55
6
WhyteDerek Whyte
7
FournierSébastien Fournier
Substitution46
Yellow Card63
7
SpencerJohn Spencer
Substitution84
8
SylvestrePatrick Sylvestre
15
JessEoin Jess
12
LehmannStephan Lehmann
17
McKinlayBilly McKinlay
13
JeanneretSébastien Jeanneret
18
GallacherKevin Gallacher
18
RothenbühlerRégis Rothenbühler
19
JacksonDarren Jackson
19
SesaDavid Sesa
20
BoothScott Booth
Substitution60
20
ComisettiAlexandre Comisetti
Substitution81
21
GemmillScot Gemmill
22
CorminboeufJoël Corminboeuf
22
WalkerNicky Walker

Coach

Craig Brown (SCO) Artur Jorge Melo Teixeira (POR)

Referee

Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

Assistant referees

Milan Brabec (CZE), Otakar Drastik (CZE)

Fourth official

Jiri Ulrich (CZE)

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