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Scotland sucker punch downs Albania

Published: Saturday 28 March 2009, 18.15CET
Albania 0-1 Scotland
Substitute Chris Maguire scored a late penalty to settle matters in Group 10 after Albania had looked more threatening at the Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium.
Scotland sucker punch downs Albania
Scotland picked up a 1-0 win in Group 10 ©UEFA.com

Match statistics

AlbaniaScotland

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 14:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Saturday 28 March 2009, 18.15CET

Scotland sucker punch downs Albania

Albania 0-1 Scotland
Substitute Chris Maguire scored a late penalty to settle matters in Group 10 after Albania had looked more threatening at the Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium.

Substitute Chris Maguire dispatched a late penalty to settle matters in Group 10 after Albania had appeared more threatening at the Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium.

Perfect ending
Scotland, who only just failed to reach the play-offs for this summer's finals, resisted the first-half pressure from the home side before starting their campaign in perfect fashion when Maguire kept his cool from the penalty spot with just five minutes remaining.

Key substitution
Although there were few chances in the first 45 minutes, Albania held the upper hand with Ditmar Bici, Jahmir Hyka and Enco Malindi constantly testing the visiting defence, while David Goodwillie and James Murphy called goalkeeper Shpetim Mocka into action at the other end. Scotland provided more thrust after half-time, particularly following Maguire's introduction on 67 minutes, and took advantage by scoring from their best opportunity when the substitute was felled by Mocka and stepped up himself to confirm the victory.

Unfamiliar opponents
"I am very happy with the win," said Scotland coach Billy Stark. "It was the first match and we didn't know much about the Albanian side. They played well in the first half and had a few clear chances, as we did, but in the second half we played better – well enough to score one goal and win." Albania coach Artan Bushati said: "This is the best Albanian side we had and we put the best possible players on the pitch. We played well for the most part but lost sight of the game in the last few minutes and paid for it."

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.21CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Scotland

Scotland

1
MockaShpetim Mocka (GK)
1
MartinAlan Martin (GK)
6
ArberiPolizoi Arberi
2
CaddisPaul Caddis (C)
13
MalotaRenato Malota
Yellow Card25
3
ScobbieThomas Scobbie
3
BicajDitmar Bicaj
4
MitchellChristopher Mitchell
14
VeliuFranc Veliu
5
HanlonPaul Hanlon
8
LilajSabien Lilaj
Substitution75
6
ArfieldScott Arfield
7
MalindiEnco Malindi (C)
Substitution83
7
ShinnieAndrew Shinnie
11
KarabeciErando Karabeci
Substitution66
8
McDonaldKevin McDonald
17
VilaEmilian Vila
9
MurphyJamie Murphy
Substitution68
10
HykaJahmir Hyka
10
GoodwillieDavid Goodwillie
Yellow Card76
Substitution79
9
JanuziAhmed Januzi
11
BannanBarry Bannan
Substitution90+1

Substitutes

12
HoxmaSulejman Hoxma (GK)
12
GallacherScott Gallacher (GK)
4
ThanaJozef Thana
13
McAuslandMarc McAusland
5
FilipiBrio Filipi
Substitution66
Yellow Card90+2
14
GrayDavid Gray
2
ShehajArdit Shehaj
Substitution83
15
FleckJohn Fleck
Substitution79
15
HyshmeriRenato Hyshmeri
16
McGinnStephen McGinn
16
TragajBazjon Tragaj
17
MaguireChristopher Maguire
Substitution68
Goal85
18
CelaSermiran Cela
Substitution75
18
LoyRory Loy
Substitution90+1

Coach

Artan Bushati (ALB) Billy Stark (SCO)

Referee

Dumitru Aurelian Bogaciu (ROU)

Assistant referees

Ionel Popa (ROU), Cristian Orbulet (ROU)

Fourth official

Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

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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