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Scotland humble France at home

Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.55CET
France 0-1 Scotland James McFadden's stunning strike midway through the second half in Paris took Scotland to the top of Group B.
Scotland humble France at home
James McFadden (centre) takes the congratulations after his goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceScotland

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
0
Corners16
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.55CET

Scotland humble France at home

France 0-1 Scotland James McFadden's stunning strike midway through the second half in Paris took Scotland to the top of Group B.

James McFadden's stunning strike midway through the second half gave Scotland a win in France that takes them top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group B.

Scotland hold out
The home side had the lion's share of the play but could not beat the stubborn visiting defence. And just as they had against France in Glasgow a year ago, Scotland scored a timely goal for a 1-0 victory – these results being the only qualifying defeats for Les Bleus, home or away, since 1999. Scotland are now top and a point above Italy, with France having fallen two places to third with three games left.

Stout defending
Having drawn in Italy on Saturday to stay in pole position, France were clearly keen for three points to lift them to within sight of the finals. But despite dominating possession and territory, they created little in the way of clear-cut chances in the first half, perhaps missing the suspended Thierry Henry. Florent Malouda did force Craig Gordon into a save while Claude Makelele volleyed over, but that was as close as France came before the break.

Gordon saves
A neat one-two with David Trezeguet on 55 minutes set up Franck Ribéry but the FC Bayern München forward's angled shot was well stopped by Gordon, as was his effort on the rebound. Soon after, Lassana Diarra and Ribéry combined to supply Nicolas Anelka near the penalty spot yet Gordon pushed the ball over the bar.

Dramatic strike
Then came the sucker punch. McFadden let fly from distance with such ferocity that Mickaël Landreau could only tip the ball into his own top right-hand corner. It was all France thereafter, but Scotland's rearguard remained unbreachable. On 13 October Scotland welcome Ukraine hoping to close in on their first final tournament since 1998 while France go to the Faroe Islands.

Last updated: 13/09/07 10.29CET

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Lineups

France

France

Scotland

Scotland

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
21
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
4
McManusStephen McManus
17
EscudéJulien Escudé
5
WeirDavid Weir
3
AbidalÉric Abidal
Substitution77
3
G. AlexanderGraham Alexander
22
RibéryFranck Ribéry
8
McCullochLee McCulloch
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
Yellow Card22
Substitution69
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
6
MakeleleClaude Makelele
7
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Yellow Card24
Substitution26
7
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
10
BrownScott Brown
20
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
11
HartleyPaul Hartley
Yellow Card58
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
9
McFaddenJames McFadden
Goal64
Substitution76

Substitutes

16
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
12
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
2
EvraPatrice Evra
13
McEveleyJames McEveley
8
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
14
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution77
15
BoydKris Boyd
11
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution69
Yellow Card74
16
O'ConnorGarry O'Connor
Substitution76
13
ClercFrançois Clerc
17
MaloneyShaun Maloney
14
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
18
PearsonStephen Pearson
Substitution26

Coach

Raymond Domenech (FRA) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Markus Mayr (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

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