Rugby Park Report
Updated Friday, 6th June 2003
Scotland's youngsters were not overawed by the Germans ahead of the crutial Group 5 game.
Scotland started brightly with Simon Lynch almost turning Peter Canero's cross home in the fifth minute. However, Benjamin Auer wasted a good chance for the visitors before Germany took the lead in the tenth minute. Derek Soutar did well to parry Thomas Hitzlsperger's powerful header but Benjamin Lauth was on hand to blast home the rebound. Kevin Kyle was brought into the Under 21s to strengthen the side and he almost scored as he fired wide as Scotland responded well to the Germans taking the lead. Scotland deservedly equalised in the 15th minute when Lynch profited from some more good wing play by Canero. Bonhof's side continued to attack and they took the lead ten minutes later when Gary Caldwell bundled Stephen Crainey's corner over the line.
However, as the first half continued to fizzle, Germany equalised just three minutes later when Hanno Balitsch blasted the ball home from close range after Soutar had again made a fine save. The Scotland keeper continued to impress as he made another fine save to stop Hitzlsperger's 25-yard free-kick while at the other end Stephen Pearson fired wide.
Germany U21: Starke, Preuss, Madlung, Tiffert, Lapaczinski, Gemiti, Feulner, Balitsch, Auer, Hitzlsperger, Laugh.
Referee: L Tantelejo (Spain)