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Youthful Georgia hurt Scotland hopes

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.30CET
Georgia 2-0 Scotland
Georgia put a dent in Scotland's qualifying bid as a team with three teenagers beat the Group B leaders.
Youthful Georgia hurt Scotland hopes
Klaus Toppmöller's young side gained victory ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

GeorgiaScotland

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target1
 
10
Corners3
 
4
Fouls committed7
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.30CET

Youthful Georgia hurt Scotland hopes

Georgia 2-0 Scotland
Georgia put a dent in Scotland's qualifying bid as a team with three teenagers beat the Group B leaders.

Georgia put a dent in Scotland's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying hopes as a young home side secured an impressive win in Tbilisi against the Group B leaders.

Scotland denied
Scotland knew victory would leave them needing only a point at home to Italy next month to qualify. Instead they may now have to beat the world champions after goals from Levan Mchedlidze and David Siradze boosted the team lying sixth in the pool.

Teenager strikes
Home coach Klaus Toppmöller fielded a lineup with three teenagers, including 17-year-old debutant goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze, and the hosts looked impressive from the off. Their pressure paid off on 16 minutes when Zurab Menteshashvili's incisive corner was headed past Craig Gordon at the near post by another man aged 17, Mchedlidze, winning only his second cap. The visitors tried to respond and Stephen McManus nodded over a James McFadden corner, before the goalscoring hero in France last month nearly claimed another himself with a long-range volley just over.

Second goal
But Georgia were holding out and they continued to do so after the break, before doubling their lead in the 64th minute. David Kvirkvelia took on Graeme Murty down the left before cutting the ball back for Siradze, who touched in from close range. Scotland pushed forward but chances were few and far between for Alex McLeish's men, as Georgia sealed a victory to add to their two against the Faroe Islands in this group.

Last updated: 17/10/07 23.58CET

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Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

Scotland

Scotland

90
MakaridzeGiorgi Makaridze (GK)
1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
37
ShashiashviliGiorgi Shashiashvili
2
MurtyGreame Murty
16
AsatianiMalkhaz Asatiani
Yellow Card90+5
4
McManusStephen McManus
Yellow Card61
23
SalukvadzeLasha Salukvadze
5
WeirDavid Weir
13
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili (C)
3
G. AlexanderGraham Alexander
22
KankavaJaba Kankava
Yellow Card61
7
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
18
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
77
KeniaLevan Kenia
Substitution79
8
PearsonStephen Pearson
Substitution66
5
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
10
MaloneyShaun Maloney
43
SiradzeDavit Siradze
Goal64
Substitution89
9
MillerKenny Miller
Substitution66
99
MchedlidzeLevan Mchedlidze
Goal16
Substitution85
11
McFaddenJames McFadden

Substitutes

78
SturuaZviad Sturua (GK)
12
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
15
JakobiaLasha Jakobia
Substitution89
13
McEveleyJames McEveley
35
KandelakiIlia Kandelaki
Substitution79
14
DaillyChristian Dailly
46
TatanashviliDimitri Tatanashvili
15
RobsonBarry Robson
47
KvakhadzeAlexandre Kvakhadze
Substitution85
16
TealeGary Stewart Teale
48
BolkvadzeDavid Bolkvadze
17
BeattieCraig Beattie
Substitution66
Yellow Card72
51
DolidzeGrigol Dolidze
18
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution66

Coach

Klaus Toppmöller (GER) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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