| In front of the watching Performance Director, Malky Mackay, Aberdeen’s Dean Campbell – playing in midfield – scored both of Scotland’s goals from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win over their Spanish hosts in the second of three friendlies over the course of this week.
Scotland: Mair, Patterson, Gordon, O’Connor, Ross, Hamilton, Erhahon, Campbell, Semple, Leonard, Mebude. Subs: Mullen, Taylor, Wilson, Pressley, McBride, Armer, McPake, Fitzpatrick.
The squad, coached by Brian McLaughlin, features 14 Scottish FA JD Performance School participants – the first batch to have come right through the programme. McLaughlin said: "We are obviously over here to test ourselves against the best in Poland, Spain and France. That’s why we took on these challenging games. So to come out here and play possession football against Spain, on their own pitch, and win gives the boys a terrific boost going into the Elite Round. It gives them added belief in the way they are playing."
This result comes on the back of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Poland – who are ranked seventh in the world at this age level. Motherwell’s Jamie Semple scored the only goal of that game. Scotland round off the week with a game against France on Thursday, with a much-changed line-up expected.
This trip is part of the build-up to the Euros Elite Round stage. The squad reached this point on the back of an unbeaten trip to Estonia – with wins over the hosts and Andorra alongside a draw with Denmark. The final qualification hurdle for a place in the England-based finals lies in wait in March, with Germany, hosts Greece and Norway providing the opposition.
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