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Scots warm to Iceland task

Published: Saturday 12 October 2002, 22.58CET
Iceland 0-2 Scotland
Scotland kick-start their EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign.

Match statistics

IcelandScotland

Goals scored0
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 12 October 2002, 22.58CET

Scots warm to Iceland task

Iceland 0-2 Scotland
Scotland kick-start their EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign.

Scotland kick-started their EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign with a deserved 2-0 win over Group 5 rivals Iceland in Reykjavik.

Double fillip
Goals either side of half-time from Christian Dailly and Gary Naysmith gave the visitors three vital points - and ended a run of six winless games under coach Berti Vogts. Defeat would have represented an all-time low for Vogts following the 2-2 draw in the Faroe Islands in Scotland's first competitive match under the German's guidance.

Dailly header
The subsequent withdrawal from the squad of Everton FC defender David Weir had been a further blow to the besieged manager - yet Scottish worries lifted the moment Dailly looped a header over goalkeeper Árni Gautur Arason from Naysmith's right-wing cross after only seven minutes.

Faroes debacle
The West Ham United FC man, who like Weir had been criticised for his part in the Faroes debacle, profited from an early spell of pressure from the visitors. His new central defensive partner, Stephen Pressley, almost doubled the lead from an identical position but headed over.

Gudjohnsen strike
Despite the injection of confidence, the Scottish defence looked fragile when Iceland's star man, Eidur Gudjohnsen, swapped passes with Helgi Sigurdsson before flashing a shot against Rab Douglas's crossbar on 20 minutes. A better chance fell to the Chelsea FC man two minutes later following Haukur Gudnason's break down the right, but the finish was wayward.

Sheer perspiration
Gudjohnsen continued to offer inspiration to Iceland, yet it was Scotland's front two of Steven Crawford and Steven Thompson who threatened to conjure the second goal through sheer perspiration. Thompson was close to connecting to Crawford's flick-on on the half-hour, and the pair then harried Arnar Vidarsson into presenting the visitors with another good chance shortly before the break.

Goal of rare quality
After the restart, though, Atli Edvaldsson's men began to press home their advantage as hosts. Gudjohnsen released Bjarni Thorsteinsson into the Scottish area with a cute pass and it took a desperate Lee Wilkie block to keep out his goalbound shot. But just when Scotland looked to be wobbling, Naysmith struck a goal of rare quality, controlling Maurice Ross's cross from a position just inside the penalty area before turning and firing a half-volley into Arason's top right-hand corner.

Greater threat
Thereafter Scotland carried the greater threat. Crawford, who had wasted a good opening moments after the break, went close to making amends with a header that flew centimetres wide from another Ross centre on 70 minutes.

Slice of good fortune
Iceland, meanwhile, controlled possession but lacked impetus in attack. Only a shot from Gudnason that dropped into the grateful hands of Douglas, and a half-chance abandoned by Larus Sigurdsson following a corner, were causes of concern to Vogts, who had arguably earned his slice of good fortune.

Last updated: 12/10/02 23.37CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Scotland

Scotland

1
ArasonÁrni Arason
1
DouglasRobert Douglas
2
ThorsteinssonBjarni Thorsteinsson
2
RossMaurice Ross
Yellow Card23
3
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
Substitution66
3
WilkieLee Wilkie
4
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
4
PressleySteven Pressley
5
Larus SigurdssonLarus Sigurdsson
5
DaillyChristian Dailly
Goal6
6
KristinssonRunar Kristinsson (C)
Yellow Card32
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
7
McNamaraJackie McNamara
Substitution34
8
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
8
CrawfordSteven Crawford
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
9
ThompsonSteven Thompson
Yellow Card41
Substitution85
10
H. SigurdssonHelgi Sigurdsson
Substitution46
10
LambertPaul Lambert (C)
11
GudnasonHaukur Ingi Gudnason
Substitution88
11
NaysmithGary Naysmith
Goal63
Substitution89

Substitutes

12
KristinssonBirkir Kristinsson
12
GallacherPaul Gallacher
16
H. HelgusonHeidar Helguson
Substitution46
13
DavidsonCallum Davidson
Substitution34
Yellow Card72
17
B. GudjónssonBjarni Gudjónsson
Substitution88
15
AndersonRussell Anderson
Substitution89
18
BaldvinssonMarel Baldvinsson
Substitution66
18
SeverinScott Severin
Substitution85
13
Gylfi EinarssonGylfi Einarsson
14
McFaddenJames McFadden
14
StígssonÓlafur Stígsson
16
GemmillScot Gemmill
15
GudjonssonJohannes Gudjonsson
17
DevlinPaul Devlin

Coach

Berti Vogts (GER)

Referee

Alain Sars (FRA)

Assistant referees

Patrick Reinbold (FRA), Bruno Faye (FRA)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

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