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Solid Scotland back in contention

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.10CET
Faroe Islands 0-2 Scotland First-half strikes from Shaun Maloney and Garry O'Connor helped to secure the visitors an essential victory in Group B.
Solid Scotland back in contention
Scotland's Garry O'Connor was on target in the Faroe Islands ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Faroe IslandsScotland

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners1
 
10
Fouls committed6
 
6
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.10CET

Solid Scotland back in contention

Faroe Islands 0-2 Scotland First-half strikes from Shaun Maloney and Garry O'Connor helped to secure the visitors an essential victory in Group B.

Scotland revived their hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008™ as two goals in five first-half minutes proved enough for a victory in the Faroe Islands that moved them back into contention in Group B.

Decisive spell
Alex McLeish's side lost their previous fixture to Italy and Saturday's results had left them fourth in the section. Three points were therefore essential against a well-organised Faroe Islands defence and Scotland's patient approach paid dividends with two goals late in the first half. Shaun Maloney broke the deadlock in the 31st minute with a perfectly executed free-kick on his second international appearance, and Garry O'Connor clinched the points four minutes later.

Maloney breakthrough
The home team were at a disadvantage early on as defender Óli Johannesen sustained a head injury and spent the next ten minutes off the pitch receiving treatment. Scotland, however, failed to turn their numerical and territorial supremacy into clear chances, although O'Connor did fire in a shot that Jákup Mikkelsen blocked. The breakthrough was not long in coming, however, Kris Boyd winning a free-kick that Maloney expertly curled beyond the helpless goalkeeper.

O'Connor on target
A second strike followed four minutes later, Paul Hartley finding Darren Fletcher for a right-wing cross that was met by O'Connor and, although Mikkelsen parried his header, the loose ball fell kindly for the forward to turn in. The Faroes rallied in the second period, Christian Lamhauge Holst coming closest in the 69th minute by touching a long free-kick beyond Craig Gordon only for the ball to bounce back off the right-hand post and into the arms of the grateful Scotland custodian.

Ferguson ban
Scotland suffered a more significant setback when captain Barry Ferguson picked up a booking that will rule him out of their next game, at home to Lithuania on 8 September. The Faroes travel to the same opponents four days later. There was one last opportunity for Jógvan Martin Olsen's men to rue, Andrew Fløtum wriggling through two challenges but striking the crossbar with a fierce attempt.

Last updated: 07/06/07 0.40CET

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Lineups

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Scotland

Scotland

1
J. MikkelsenJákup Mikkelsen (GK)
1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
4
DanielsenAtli Danielsen
2
G. AlexanderGraham Alexander
5
J. JacobsenJón Jacobsen
5
WeirDavid Weir
13
JohannesenÓli Johannesen (C)
Yellow Card30
Substitution36
4
McManusStephen McManus
7
BenjaminsenFródi Benjaminsen
3
NaysmithGary Naysmith
Yellow Card28
8
ThomassenMikkjal Thomassen
8
HartleyPaul Hartley
9
BorgJákup Borg
Substitution82
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card74
19
S. OlsenSúni Olsen
7
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Substitution68
6
Róg. JacobsenRógvi Jacobsen
11
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Goal31
Substitution77
10
C. JacobsenChristian Jacobsen
10
O'ConnorGarry O'Connor
Goal35
14
HolstChristian Holst
9
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution83

Substitutes

16
M. JoensenMeinhardt Joensen (GK)
12
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
2
P.HansenPauli Hansen
13
AdamCharlie Adam
Substitution77
3
DjurhuusMarni Djurhuus
Substitution36
Substitution77
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
Substitution83
11
FløtumAndrew Fløtum
Substitution82
15
HuttonAlan Hutton
12
ElttørHjalgrím Elttør
16
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
17
HørgMortan úr Hørg
17
TealeGary Stewart Teale
Substitution68
15
SamuelsenSímun Samuelsen
Substitution77
18
DaillyChristian Dailly

Coach

Jógvan Martin Olsen (FRO) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Christos Gennaios (GRE), Dimitrios Papadopoulos (GRE)

Fourth official

Mechalis Germanakos (GRE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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