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1016 vs. Scotland
Saturday, 10 June 2017
2018 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group F qualification match


Scotland 2 England 2 [0-0]
 

The National Stadium, Hampden Park, Mount Annan Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow
Kick-off (BST): 5.03pm.

Attendance: 48,520
(sold-out);

94½ minutes 45:03 & 49:32 Adam Lallana kicked-off
   
 

[1-1] Leigh Griffiths free-kick 87 86:05

 27-yard powerful left-footed looping free-kick out of Hart's left reach.
 (Cahill fouled Fraser 84:40)
[2-1] Leigh Griffiths free-kick 90 89:03
 27-yard powerful left-footed free-kick just over the wall out of Hart's right reach
 (Livermore fouled Martin 87:56)
[0-0] Jake Livermore deflected shot hits the post 50:19
[0-1] Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 70 69:57
15-yard left-footed strike after a dribble into the box from the touchline




[2-2] Harry Kane 90+3 92:28
5-yard right-footed volley from a Raheem Sterling diagonal touchline cross
Scott Brown 3 2:31
Jake Livermore
44 43:43
  Eric Dier 60 59:15
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle & Kevin Gallacher
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville
 

Match Summary

Officials from Italy Scotland Squad

Type

England Squad
Referee (sky blue) - Paolo Tagliavento
44 (19 September 1972), Terni, FIFA-listed 2007.

Assistant Referees -
Matteo Passeri and Alessandro Costanzo
Fourth official - Paolo Valeri, 39 (16 May 1978), Roma, FIFA-listed 2011.
8 Goal Attempts 16
3 Attempts on Target 9
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
4 Corner Kicks Won 7
0 Offside Calls Against 0
a minute's silence was observed and black armbands were worn in respect of those who died in recent terror attacks in London and Manchester in the past month. 7 Fouls Conceded 9
39% Possession 61%

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (1 June 2017) 61st
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 49th to 44th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Navy blue tartan-shadowed v-necked jerseys with white sleeves and collar, navy Adidas sleeve trim, navy blue socks with white tops.
Capt: Scott Brown Manager: Gordon David Strachan OBE, 60 (9 February 1957), appointed manager 15 January 2013
36th match, W 16 - D 8 - L 12 - F 50 - A 42.
Scotland Lineup
1 Gordon, Craig A. 34
161 days
31 December 1982 G The Celtic FC 47 0
2 Tierney, Kieran 20
5 days
5 June 1997
in Douglas, Isle of Man
RB The Celtic FC 4 0
3 Robertson, Andrew 23
91 days
11 March 1994 LWB Hull City AFC, England 15 1
4 Berra, Christophe D. 32
130 days
31 January 1985 CD Heart of Midlothian FC 36 3
5 Mulgrew, Charles P. 31
96 days
6 March 1986 LB Blackburn Rovers FC, England 27 2
6 Morrison, James C., injured off 46th min. 31
16 days
25 May 1986
in Darlington, England
RM West Bromwich Albion FC, England 44 3
7 Armstrong, Stuart 25
72 days
30 March 1992 CM The Celtic FC 2 0
8 Brown, Scott 31
350 days
25 June 1985 CM The Celtic FC 53 4
third min. following a late foul from behind on Dele Alli on the halfway line.
     
9 Griffiths, Leigh 26
274 days
20 August 1990 CF The Celtic FC 13 2
10 Snodgrass, Robert, off 67th min. 29
276 days
7 September 1987 LM West Ham United FC, England 24 6
11 Anya, Ikechi, off 81st min. 29
158 days
3 January 1988 RWB Derby County FC, England 27 3
Scotland Substitutes
13 McArthur, James M., on 46th min. for Morrison 29
246 days
7 October 1987 RM Crystal Palace FC, England 28 3
20 Fraser, Ryan, on 67th min. (66:05) for Snodgrass 23
106 days
24 February 1994 LM AFC Bournemouth, England 1 0
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 1
19 Martin, Christopher H., on 81st min. (80:59) for Anya 28
218 days
4 November 1988
in Beccles, England
RF Derby County FC, England 13 3
result: Scotland 2 England 2
unused substitutes: 12-David Marshall, 14-Steven Naismith, 15-Barry Bannan, 16-Darren Fletcher, 17-James Forrest, 18-Russell Martin, 21-Jack Hamilton, 22-Tom Cairney, 23-Mark Reynolds,
records: Leigh Griffiths becomes only the second player, after Swiss' Barnetto in 2011, to score from two free-kicks in a single match. The 31st and 32nd free-kicks conceded overall. The eleventh and twelfth in competitive play (non-BC). The fifth time two free-kicks have been scored in a season.
It was the first goal England had conceded in 902 minutes of competive football.
Manager Gordon Strachan played four times against England, in 1980 and 1983-85.
 
5-4-1 Gordon -
Anya
(Martin), Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson -
Morrison
(McArthur), Brown, Armstrong, Snodgrass (Fraser) -
Griffiths
.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 252 days Appearances/Goals 26.5 2.0
 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (1 June 2017) =13th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 11th
Colours: The Nike 2016 away uniform - Red v-necked jerseys with crimson sleeves with royal blue collared trim/side stripe, red shorts with royal blue side trim, red socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
(first captaincy, 1)
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 46 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
seventh match, W 3 - D 3 - L 1 - F 11 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 30
68 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 71 47ᵍᵃ
concede's his fifth & sixth direct free-kick
2 Walker, Kyle A. 27
13 days
28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 26  0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 27
309 days
5 August 1989 LB Southampton FC 13 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E. 23
146 days
15 January 1994 RDM Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 2
60th min. for a foul on James McArthur outside the penalty area. SUSPENDED
     
5 Cahill, Gary J. 31
173 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 54  4
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 26
200 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 31 1
final app 2011-17
7 Rashford, Marcus, off 65th min. 19
270 days
31 October 1997 RAM Manchester United FC 9  1
8 Livermore, Jake C.L., off 90+2nd min. 27
208 days
14 November 1989 LDM
 
West Bromwich Albion FC
 
3
 
0
 
44th min. for a foul on the halfway line on Robert Snodgrass.
     
9 Kane, Harry E. 23
317 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 6
ends 575 minutes without scoring for England
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 84th min. 21
60 days
11 April 1996 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 2
11 Lallana, Adam D. 29
31 days
10 May 1988 LAM Liverpool FC 32 3
England Substitutes
20 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 65th min. (64:47) for Rashford 23
299 days
15 August 1993

CM
 

Arsenal FC

 
26

14 6

12
 
the 89th goal to be scored by a substitute  
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 1
19 Sterling, Raheem S., on 84th min (83:13) for Alli 22
184 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RAM Manchester City FC 31 24 2
7
scoreline: Scotland 2 England 1
18

 
Defoe, Jermain C., on 90+2nd min. (91:41) for Livermore 34
246 days
7 October 1982
 
 
CF
 
 
Sunderland AFC
 
 
57 22 20
35
record sub app
final app 2004-17
result: Scotland 2 England 2
unused substitutes: 12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Fraser Forster, 14-Jesse Lingard, 15-Ben Gibson, 16-John Stones, 17-Phil Jones, 21-Aaron Cresswell, 22-Tom Heaton, 23-Jack Butland.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England against Scotland in 1984
records: Thanks to an injury time goal, England preserve their 35 qualification matches unbeaten (W26 D9).
The nineteenth goal by a substitute at the new National Stadium. The 31st goal scored by a substitute in qualification history.
Manager Gareth Southgate played against Scotland during Euro '96. In the two-legged play-off matches for a place in the 2000 European Championship Finals, Southgate was an unused substitute in the first match and started and finished the second match.
 
4-5(2-3)-1 Hart -
Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand -
Dier, Livermore
(Defoe) -
Rashford
(Oxlade-Chamberlain), Alli (Sterling), Lallana -
Kane.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 93 days Appearances/Goals 26.6     1.6
   
    Match Report by Mike Payne

The day that all Scots had been waiting for finally arrived and the two teams were greeted by a pulsating atmosphere for this World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.  As it turned out, an explosive finish to the match would be what everyone would remember from an otherwise drab game.

Scotland set out their stall early on with ten players behind the ball, leaving Leigh Griffiths to plough a lone furrow on his own up front.  Meanwhile, England kept possession and tried to probe for the openings that would unlock the defence.  It did make for a poor spectacle at times with the ball being passed from side to side and hardly anything going forward or indeed going in to the Scottish penalty area.  The first incident of note was a booking for the Scotland skipper Scott Brown, for a reckless challenge on Deli Alli, a note of intent perhaps, to stop the in-form Spurs player.

Scotland did win a few corners in the opening quarter but nothing came from them apart from a shot from Griffiths which Joe Hart easily saved.  That was to be Scotland's only first-half effort on target, and it was England who created the game's first real chance in the 18th minute.  Alli's chipped pass was brilliantly brought down by Harry Kane, but his left-foot shot flew over as the Scottish defenders dived in.  Six minutes later and Adam Lallana made a good run down the left and managed to flick the ball across goal.  It just needed a firm touch but Kane couldn't get enough on the ball to oblige.

On 29 minutes another chance arrived for England.  A long ball forward saw the Scotland keeper, Craig Gordon, dash out of his area to head clear.  Unfortunately the ball went straight to Kane who promptly lobbed the ball towards goal.  Luckily for the keeper Charlie Mulgrew got back to head the ball off the line, but still the danger wasn't over.  The ball was not cleared properly and fell to Marcus Rashford, but his low shot was deflected just wide, much to the relief of Gordon.

England were well on top at this stage but the ball was not going into the Scottish penalty area quick enough, and when it did the defenders were back in numbers.  Gordon was already looking decidedly shaky which should have given England even more impetus to pepper the goal.  On 43 minutes good English possession ended with Jake Livermore being teed up for a firm shot which seemed an easy catch for Gordon.  But not for the first, or last time, the goalkeeper elected to fist the ball away.  He was very lucky that the ball deflected over the bar because he had little control over where the ball was going as he thrust his fists at it.  Livermore was booked for a silly foul before the break but the Scots were delighted that they had reached the break with the scores level.  Throughout the half, Rashford had been taking the corners and not once did England put Gordon under pressure from them.  What is it with England and corners lately?  Wayne Rooney wasn't the answer, Kane wasn't and nor was Rashford.  Surely there is someone who can take a decent corner?

The second half began in much the same fashion, with England forcing the issue and Scotland content to hold on to what they had.  Credit to Griffiths whose non-stop running and effort was continually keeping the England defenders on their toes.  In the 50th minute Livermore fired in a shot that deflected on to the left-hand post, and in the scramble that followed no England player could find a decisive shot with Gary Cahill's last effort being deflected for a corner.  Seven minutes later Scotland had a rare attack and Andy Robertson should have done better with a shot that flew over.  Griffiths went down in the box, as he had done after every slight touch, but the referee was not being duped.  On 65 minutes, after much repetition across the midfield, England made their first change, bringing on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the fading Rashford.  Almost immediately England created another chance.  This time Ryan Bertrand's cross found Kane and his header forced Gordon to once again pat the ball up into the air.  Ali followed up but this time Gordon caught the low cross.

Finally, in the 70th minute, England scored a deserved goal.  A throw-in on the right found Oxlade-Chamberlain and he nutmegged Brown before bursting into the area.  He side-stepped other defenders before firing in a left-foot shot.  Again it seemed an easy catch for the goalkeeper but again he tried to pat it away.  This time though his luck ran out as the shot was too strong and the ball flew into the net much to the delight of the England players.

Brown was very lucky not to be penalised again for another reckless challenge on Alli as England looked to increase their control, and after Dier headed over England should have put the game out of reach seconds later.  Oxlade-Chamberlain broke down the right and put over a pinpoint cross which saw Lallana running in to meet it.  Alas, the header was awful and the ball flew over.  It was a golden chance and one that should have wrapped up the game.

With five minutes left the fun started!  Cahill was somewhat harshly penalised just outside the penalty area and Griffiths lined up the free-kick.  The wall lined up but immediately it was obvious that Hart was offering too much of the goal to his left.  Griffiths said 'thank you very much' and promptly put the ball into acres of space left by the goalkeeper.  Defensively it was a poor goal, but credit to Griffiths who scored his first goal for his country in some style.  If that made the crowd deliriously happy, Livermore then gave away another free-kick in almost the same position and this time Griffiths scored in the other side of the goal!  Again it seemed that Hart had gone home.  Really poor goalkeeping in my opinion, although well executed by Griffiths again.

So, here we were, from a position of total control to a position of losing to the Scots in Scotland for the first time since goodness knows when.  Surely not?  Well, no actually, as it wasn't quite all over.  In the third minute of added time England won a free-kick of their own on the edge of Scotland's box.  Dier's shot was on target and Gordon once again elected to push the ball away instead of catching it.  Kyle Walker won the ball back, passed to Raheem Sterling on the left and for virtually the first time in the match a lovely cross came in and there was Kane, not to be denied in his first game as captain, to volley home brilliantly past the bemused Gordon.  Several of the Scotland players sank to their knees, as did many in the crowd if truth be told.


Phew, what a finish!  But really, England should never have found themselves in that position and should have wrapped up the game long before that late Scottish surge.  You could argue that all four goals could be put down to goalkeeping errors, and that is something that both managers will want to look at.  Meanwhile England still top the group and Scotland will have to find the same energy and passion in their next game as they did against the auld enemy.  I doubt whether that will happen though as beating England is the only thing they really want.  Once again though they didn't manage it.
  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
SFA.com
UEFA.com



Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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