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Battling Belarus edge five-goal thriller

Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 17.29CET
Scotland 2-3 Belarus Belarus overturned a two-goal deficit to edge a hard-fought encounter, which ended with three dismissals.
by Alex O’Henley
Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 17.29CET

Battling Belarus edge five-goal thriller

Scotland 2-3 Belarus Belarus overturned a two-goal deficit to edge a hard-fought encounter, which ended with three dismissals.

Belarus overturned a two-goal deficit to edge a thrilling encounter with nine-man Scotland, and remain firmly in the hunt for a berth in the UEFA Under-21 European Championship play-offs next month.

McCunnie own goal
After finding themselves two-goals down at the interval, the visitors appeared to be struggling for ideas until Jamie McCunnie scored an own goal 12 minutes after the restart. Both sides were reduced to ten men shortly afterwards after Christophe Berra and Sergei Kornilenko clashed, and Belarus made good use of the extra space, Leonid Kovel equalising before Mikhail Afanasiev scored what proved to be the winner with 19 minutes remaining.

Gallacher dismissed
By that stage Scotland were down to nine men after Blackburn Rovers FC striker Paul Gallacher was given a red card and the was no way back for Rainer Bonhof's side, who remain rooted to the foot of Group 5. The game ended on a far different note to the one it started on for the Scots, who found themselves in front after three minutes when Falkirk FC striker Darryl Duffy scored with a stunning volley.

Slovenia await
Gregor Robertson headed a second a minute before the interval and the home side looked to be well on their way to only their second win of the campaign before McCunnie put into his own net. Belarus went on to claim a hard-fought win to remain second, and should they beat Slovenia in Velenje on Tuesday, they will be assured of a play-off berth.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.04CET

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Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Belarus

Belarus

1
TurnerIain Turner (GK)
1
LeskoArtur Lesko (GK)
2
BerraChristophe Berra
Red Card58
2
TigorevYan Tigorev
3
RobertsonGregor Robertson
Goal45+1
3
StaschenyukAleksandr Staschenyuk
4
WattSteven Watt
4
LentsevichDmitri Lentsevich
5
CollinsNeil Collins
5
PlaskonnyPavel Plaskonny
6
M. WilsonMark Wilson (C)
Yellow Card39
6
MorozVladimir Moroz
Substitution30
7
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
Yellow Card63
7
ShkabaraOleg Shkabara (C)
8
McCunnieJamie McCunnie
Substitution69
8
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
Red Card58
9
DuffyDarryl Duffy
Goal3
Substitution79
9
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Substitution89
10
LawsonPaul Lawson
10
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Goal57
11
GallagherPaul Gallagher
Red Card69
11
KovelLeonid Kovel
Goal65

Substitutes

12
G. SmithGraeme Smith (GK)
12
LohvinavIhar Lohvinav (GK)
13
DiamondAlexander Diamond
Substitution69
13
MikhnyukSergei Mikhnyuk
14
QuinnPaul Quinn
14
AfanasievMikhail Afanasiev
Substitution70
Goal78
15
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
15
PopelOleg Popel
16
McCormackRoss McCormack
16
D. SchegrikovichDmitri Schegrikovich
17
BrightonTom Brighton
Substitution79
17
SkverniukAleksei Skverniuk
Substitution30
Yellow Card66
Substitution70
18
ClarksonDavid Clarkson
18
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Substitution89

Coach

Rainer Bonhof (GER) Yuri Puntus (BLR)

Referee

Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

Assistant referees

Arturas Pipiras (LTU), Saulius Dirda (LTU)

Fourth official

Deividas Kancelskis (LTU)

Legend:

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