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Scotland's Mackail-Smith sinks Liechtenstein

Published: Saturday 8 October 2011, 21.30CET
Liechtenstein 0-1 Scotland
Craig Mackail-Smith's first international goal earned Scotland a precious win in Liechtenstein that moved them up to second place in Group I.
Scotland's Mackail-Smith sinks Liechtenstein
Craig Levein watches on as his Scotland side cling on for a win in Liechtenstein ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiechtensteinScotland

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts4
 
20
Attempts on target4
 
9
Attempts off target0
10
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
8
Offsides2
 
7
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
13
Fouls suffered11
 
15

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 8 October 2011, 21.30CET

Scotland's Mackail-Smith sinks Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein 0-1 Scotland
Craig Mackail-Smith's first international goal earned Scotland a precious win in Liechtenstein that moved them up to second place in Group I.

Craig Mackail-Smith's first international goal secured a slender but crucial victory for Scotland against Liechtenstein which moved them up to second place in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group I.

The Brighton and Hove Albion FC forward struck with just over half an hour gone in a match made all the more tense for the visitors' inability to translate their dominance into further goals.

The victory means the Scots travel to Spain for their final game on Tuesday needing to at least match the result of the third-placed Czech Republic, who play in Lithuania, to secure a play-off berth.

Scotland had not won away from home in qualifying before today but were immediately on the front foot. Rangers FC wide man Naismith could have bagged a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes, heading crosses from Charlie Adam and Barry Bannan off target, before rounding Peter Jehle in the home goal only to fire wide from a tight angle.

Liechtenstein were not without threat, Thomas Beck surging forward from the halfway line and forcing Allan McGregor to athletically tip over his powerful 25-metre effort. But Mackail-Smith got the goal that the visitors had been threatening when he sneaked in front of central defender Daniel Kaufmann on 32 minutes to head Phil Bardsley's chipped ball over the keeper.

Beck and Liverpool FC's Adam both went close with free-kicks and Bardsley headed over a corner after the break. Craig Levein's side continued to press, though Nicolas Hasler kept McGregor on his toes, forcing the keeper into a sharp low save to keep his country's UEFA EURO 2012 dream alive.

Last updated: 09/10/11 1.30CET

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Lineups

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Scotland

Scotland

1
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
4
RechsteinerMartin Rechsteiner
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
6
StocklasaMartin Stocklasa
Yellow Card64
3
BardsleyPhil Bardsley
9
BeckThomas Beck
Yellow Card85
4
BerraChristophe Berra
10
M. FrickMario Frick (C)
5
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
13
M. BüchelMartin Büchel
Substitution71
6
AdamCharlie Adam
Substitution76
17
HanselmannRony Hanselmann
Substitution75
7
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher (C)
18
N. HaslerNicolas Hasler
8
BannanBarry Bannan
Substitution73
21
RitzbergerMarco Ritzberger
9
Mackail-SmithCraig Mackail-Smith
Goal32
Yellow Card33
22
KaufmannDaniel Kaufmann
10
MorrisonJames Morrison
23
PolverinoMichele Polverino
Yellow Card43
11
S. NaismithSteven Naismith

Substitutes

12
B. BüchelBenjamin Büchel (GK)
12
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
2
L. EberleLucas Eberle
Substitution75
13
GoodwillieDavid Goodwillie
3
Mic. StocklasaMichael Stocklasa
14
RobsonBarry Robson
7
Val. FlatzValentin Flatz
15
Cowie Don Cowie
Substitution76
8
KieberNiklas Kieber
16
WallaceLee Wallace
14
W. KieberWolfgang Kieber
Substitution71
17
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
19
BiçerCengiz Biçer (GK)
18
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution73

Coach

Hans-Peter Zaugg (SUI) Craig Levein (SCO)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Magnus Lundberg (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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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