Scotland Under 21s Win Against Germany

Last updated : 09 September 2003 By Meganjack
A Shaun Maloney goal midway through the second half handed Scotland Under-21s a memorable 1-0 win over Germany in Ahlen, keeping alive their hopes of reaching the European championships in the process. It was not an easy victory. Coach Rainer Bonhof had six players with full caps in his starting line up, but found his team pushed back from the first minute of the game. Markus Feulner was close to giving the hosts the lead in the first minute with a 25-yard free-kick, before visiting keeper Derek Soutar made the first of a series of first-half saves from Christian Tiffert. The best chance of the opening period came after just seven minutes when Sascha Riether found Mimoun Azaouagh with a throughball, only for Soutar to produce a spectacular reflex save to deny the Mainz star.

The Scots' best chance of the half came when Stephen Pearson collected the ball on the left wing and cut inside before unleashing a powerful shot across the face of goal. However, Tiffert and Alexander Madlung were a constant threat for the Germans, but Soutar continued his impressive performance and the sides entered the break goalless.

The second half began in the same manner with Madlung and Feulner going close, but it was Scotland who opened the scoring. Bonhof introduced Darren Fletcher and Maloney off the bench after the break and in the 62nd minute the Manchester United man flicked on an Ian Murray pass to the Celtic striker who coolly slotted the ball under the keeper. The Germans had the chance to equalise almost immediately when Azaouagh crashed a shot against the post. Stephen Crainey just managed to steer the ball to safety under pressure from Benjamin Auer. The Scottish defence was severely tested in the closing stages, but with Soutar continuing to defy the hosts they held on to take all three points. 

Germany U21: Wiese, Franz, Kling, Riether, Madlung, Gemiti, Azaouagh, Tiffert, Auer, Feulner, Hanke.
Subs: Starke, Abel, Marx, Jones, Kringe.

Scotland U21: Soutar, Duff, Caldwell, McCracken, Crainey, Murray, Williams, Stewart, Pearson, Kyle, Lynch.
Subs: McGregor, Dowie, Montgomery, Hammell, McManus, Maloney, Fletcher.

Referee: Georgios Douros (Greece)

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