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Late goals keep Scotland soaring

Published: Saturday 8 September 2007, 23.30CET
Scotland 3-1 Lithuania Stephen McManus and substitute James McFadden struck late in the game to keep Scotland in firm Group B contention.
Late goals keep Scotland soaring
Kris Boyd (left) is congratulated after his opener for Scotland ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ScotlandLithuania

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target0
3
Corners6
 
4
Fouls committed29
 
22
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 8 September 2007, 23.30CET

Late goals keep Scotland soaring

Scotland 3-1 Lithuania Stephen McManus and substitute James McFadden struck late in the game to keep Scotland in firm Group B contention.

Stephen McManus and James McFadden struck in the last 15 minutes to give Scotland a priceless UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group B win against Lithuania.

In contention
Kris Boyd had put Scotland ahead in the first half but Tomas Danilevičius equalised from the penalty spot. However, McManus and McFadden delighted the home fans with late goals to keep Scotland in a strong position ahead of Wednesday's trip to France.

Reaction saves
The first chance had gone to Lithuania's Mindaugas Kalonas on 18 minutes but his shot went wide and Scotland soon took control. It seemed that the hosts would score in the 23rd minute but Žydrunas Karčemarskas produced superb reaction saves from consecutive headers by Boyd and Lee McCulloch.

Scotland ahead
Boyd made amends just past the half-hour. Darren Fletcher delivered a quickly taken free-kick from the right and the Rangers FC striker escaped his marker and dived to head the ball inside the far post. Karčemarskas made two further stops from Boyd late in the half.

Penalty equaliser
It was a fairly quiet start to the second period but soon after the hour, the scores were level. Saulius Mikoliunas broke into the Scotland box and went down after a challenge from Fletcher; Danilevičius struck the penalty straight into the middle of goal as Craig Gordon guessed left.

Winner
Scotland were determined to restore their lead and Karčemarskas was called into action to deny Stephen McManus's header from Fletcher's free-kick. But with 13 minutes left Shaun Maloney, who had just come on, crossed to the far post after Fletcher's short corner to the edge of the area. McManus's knee connected with the ball, enough to send it emphatically past Karčemarskas. Substitute McFadden secured the victory soon after with a flying long-range finish after being teed up by Boyd.

Last updated: 09/09/07 17.48CET

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Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Lithuania

Lithuania

1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
1
KarčemarskasŽydrūnas Karčemarskas (GK)
Yellow Card40
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
Yellow Card77
4
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
Yellow Card35
Substitution56
5
WeirDavid Weir
5
SkerlaAndrius Skerla
4
McManusStephen McManus
Goal77
6
ŽvirgždauskasTomas Žvirgždauskas
Yellow Card57
3
McEveleyJames McEveley
15
KlimavičiusArūnas Klimavičius
11
TealeGary Stewart Teale
Substitution69
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
6
BrownScott Brown
10
KalonasMindaugas Kalonas
7
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher (C)
Yellow Card87
18
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
8
McCullochLee McCulloch
Substitution76
14
MorinasIgoris Morinas
Substitution47
9
BoydKris Boyd
Goal31
9
DanilevičiusTomas Danilevičius (C)
Goal61
10
O'ConnorGarry O'Connor
Yellow Card42
Substitution76
21
VeličkaAndrius Velička
Yellow Card21
Substitution47

Substitutes

12
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
12
GrybauskasPaulius Grybauskas (GK)
13
G. AlexanderGraham Alexander
8
BeniušisRičardas Beniušis
14
McFaddenJames McFadden
Substitution69
Goal85
11
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliunas
Substitution47
15
BeattieCraig Beattie
Substitution76
13
PaulauskasGediminas Paulauskas
16
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution76
16
JankauskasEdgaras Jankauskas
Substitution56
17
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
17
ZelmikasIrmantas Zelmikas
18
HartleyPaul Hartley
23
KšanavičiusAudrius Kšanavičius
Substitution47
Yellow Card64

Coach

Alexander Mcleish (SCO) Algimantas Liubinskas (LTU)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Robert Krajnc (SVN)

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