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Fletcher shoots Scotland to summit

Published: Thursday 4 September 2008, 18.30CET
Scotland 3-1 Slovenia
Two Steven Fletcher goals ensured Scotland boosted their hopes of a place in the Under-21 play-offs as they moved to the top of Group 6.
by Alex O'Henley
from Falkirk Stadium
Fletcher shoots Scotland to summit
Steven Fletcher's two goals improved Scotland's play-off hopes ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ScotlandSlovenia

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 6: DEN / SVN / LTU / FIN / SCO

PPts
Scotland Scotland716
Finland Finland615
Denmark Denmark613
Slovenia Slovenia74
Lithuania Lithuania81
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Thursday 4 September 2008, 18.30CET

Fletcher shoots Scotland to summit

Scotland 3-1 Slovenia
Two Steven Fletcher goals ensured Scotland boosted their hopes of a place in the Under-21 play-offs as they moved to the top of Group 6.

Scotland boosted their hopes of a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs as they moved to the top of Group 6 with victory against Slovenia.

Fletcher double
Two goals from captain Steven Fletcher and another by Garry Kenneth moved Scotland one point clear of Finland and three ahead of Denmark. That pair play on Friday in Turku and as long as Finland do not win and the visitors fail to prevail by four goals or more, Scotland will lead the group going into Tuesday's decisive trip to Denmark with only first place guaranteeing a play-off berth next month.

Early goal
With Scotland national coach George Burley watching in Falkirk, Billy Stark's side were ahead in the opening minute when Fletcher combined well with strike partner Ross McCormack before finishing low past the advancing Jan Koprivec. The Udinese Calcio goalkeeper was forced off just after the half hour with an arm injury and worse was to follow for the visitors when they conceded a second two minutes before the break.

Kenneth strikes
Slovenia playmaker Nejc Pečnik was off the pitch receiving treatment for a foot injury when Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick found Kenneth. His header hit the post and the Dundee United FC centre-back reacted quickest to prod the loose ball past substitute Matjaz Rozman.

Quick response
There was a lifeline for Slovenia nine minutes after the break when Kenneth lost possession and the ball was fed through to Tim Matavž. Slovenia's top scorer made no mistake with a low finish past Jamie McDonald. The goal encouraged Branko Zupan's side to push for an equaliser but they were caught on the counter on 64 minutes when Mulgrew swung in another high ball picking out Fletcher at the back post to cushion a header past Rozman.

Considine ban
Mulgrew's free-kick hit the post late on but he missed an even better chance to make it 4-1 when he struck his late penalty straight at Rozman after Calum Elliot was fouled in the box. More seriously for Scotland, a yellow card for Andrew Considine just before the end means the defender will be suspended for the trip to Aalborg, in which a victory would seem likely to take Scotland into the play-offs at last as one of the four best runners-up in the ten groups. Slovenia will end the group in fourth but could do Scotland a favour on Tuesday when Finland are the visitors to Velenje.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.29CET

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Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
McDonaldJamie McDonald (GK)
1
KoprivecJan Koprivec (GK)
Substitution32
2
CuthbertScott Cuthbert
2
SalkičErik Salkič
3
WallaceLee Wallace
3
ApatičTadej Apatič
4
ArfieldScott Arfield
4
ElsnerRok Elsner (C)
Yellow Card90
5
KennethGarry Kenneth
Goal43
5
RajčevićAleksander Rajčević
6
ConsidineAndrew Considine
Yellow Card90+4
6
KorunUros Korun
7
LennonSteven Lennon
Substitution78
7
MiheličRene Mihelič
8
McDonaldKevin McDonald
Substitution88
8
VilerMitja Viler
Substitution79
9
S. FletcherSteven Fletcher (C)
Goal1
Goal64
Substitution88
9
MatavžTim Matavž
Goal54
10
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
10
PečnikNejc Pečnik
11
McCormackRoss McCormack
11
VelikonjaEtien Velikonja
Substitution60

Substitutes

12
McleanEuan Mclean (GK)
12
RozmanMatjaž Rozman (GK)
Substitution32
13
StevensonLewis Stevenson
13
OmladičNik Omladič
14
ReynoldsMark Reynolds
14
TolimirNikola Tolimir
15
HamillJamie Hamill
Substitution78
15
MijatovičBoris Mijatovič
16
RobertsonDavid Robertson
Substitution88
16
TrifkovičDamjan Trifkovič
Substitution79
17
ElliotCalum Elliot
Substitution88
17
BezjakRoman Bezjak
18
CampbellRoss Campbell
18
PlutVito Plut
Substitution60

Coach

Billy Stark (SCO) Tomaž Kavčič (SVN)

Referee

Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Assistant referees

Jurijs Popovicenko (LVA), Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)

Fourth official

Alens Vinokurovs (LVA)

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