Friday September 3, 2010 Group Stage: Group I Finished S. Darius & S. Girenas SC

Lithuania 0 - 0 Scotland

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Scotland left frustrated by draw

    Euro 2012 qual. - Scotland left frustrated by draw

    Scotland were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Lithuania after dominating large spells of their opening Euro 2012 qualifier in Kaunas. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Lithuania
    • Scotland
    • 90+3' A booking for Poskus before the whistle goes and that is it. Scotland forced to settle for a 0-0 draw, but they should have had more.
    • 90+3' Three minutes to be added.
    • 89' Berra replaces Whittaker, who is injured. Kestutis Ivaskevicius is on for the home side.
    • 88' Chance for Scotland to mount one final decent attack.
    • 87' Poskus tried to get a shot away, but he is kept at bay.
    • 86' Lithuania walking over to take this corner, their first of the night. Comes to nothing and Scotland can attack.
    • 85' No sign of Kris Boyd for the Scots. A draw is not the start Scotland wanted, but defeat would be nothing short of a disaster.
    • 84' Fine defending by Whittaker to half that cross by Luksa before McGregor claims from a throw in.
    • 83' Lithuania have one man up front. Game being played in the home half. McFadden tries a cross, but McManus is penalised for a late tackle on Poskus.
    • 82' Scots really pushing for this goal. All one-way traffic.
    • 81' Fine ball across goal by Hutton, but that is cleared by the home defence.
    • 80' McFadden fouls Karcemarskas. Nine minutes left. Scotland running out of time.
    • 79' Whittaker picks out Miller, but he gets too much pace on that with his head and the ball flies over the bar.
    • 78' Vytautas Luksa replaces Sernas.
    • 77' Golden chance for Scotland. Fine ball by Morrison, but Naismith can't get his shot in from 15 yards. Should have pulled the trigger there. The home side are tiring out there.
    • 76' McCulloch tumbles in the box before the free-kick can be taken. McFadden swings it in, but McManus is offside as he tries to reach it at the back post.
    • 75' James Morrison replaces Brown for the Scots. Another free-kick for the visiting team. Seems to have been the theme of the night.
    • 74' McManus pushed by Danilevicius. Scotland have been dominant at the back.
    • 73' McFadden not had any real space yet, but there is time yet for the Scots to strike.
    • 72' McCulloch is the latest man into the book for a late challenge going for a header.
    • 71' Cesnauskis attempts a hopeful shot from distance. Always flying wide.
    • 70' Mikoliunas is replaced by Poskus. Lucky he never picked up a booking or two before he departed.
    • 69' Stankevicius fouls Naismith, but the Scots can't benefit from the free-kick as Fletcher's ball bounce harmlessly out.
    • 68' Robson's free-kick is poor. That has been a bit of a disappointment for the Scots and Robson is taken off to be replaced by Jim McFadden.
    • 67' Skerla is booked for hammering Miller. Crude challenge.
    • 66' Mikoliunas drives a cross in, but that is picked up easily by McGregor.
    • 65' Scotland lost a late goal here under Berti Vogts in losing 1-0 in 2003. Don't want a repeat tonight.
    • 64' Mikoliunas late again on Robson. Wonder how many tackles he has made tonight and how many have been legal.
    • 63' Still no sign of any changes on the Scotland bench. A draw not a disaster, but not really the result Scotland want.
    • 62' Mikoliunas must be sailing close to the wind. He is late on Robson. Seems to have been late all night.
    • 61' Robson got the nod ahead of Dorrans tonight. He has been full of willing, but has lack the proper delivery.
    • 60' An hour gone and no goals yet. Scotland will happily take any type of goal. They need to keep the door closed at the back. One goal will win this, you would think.
    • 59' Danilevicius almost rounded McGregor, but Whittaker gets back to clear the danger. First time Scotland have been opened up all night.
    • 58' Chance for Scotland. Naismith shot from 19 yards is saved by Karcemarskas. No real pace on it after Hutton was involved up the park.
    • 57' Scotland keeping possession without really going anywhere.
    • 56' Stankevicius free-kick is blocked by Fletcher. Was really travelling that free-kick.
    • 55' Danilevicius tracks Fletcher who can't really do anything as the ball falls behind. Scotland getting caught up in some niggly fouls.
    • 54' Weir has been strolling through this game at the back. Impressive stuff by the defender.
    • 53' Brown flying into the tackles. Silly play by the Celtic captain as he is penalised before Robson is pulled up for a foul on Radavicius.
    • 52' Miller tries to race at the heart of that home defence, but he is crowed out by bodies. Decent running by the Rangers striker, if nothing else.
    • 51' Hutton obstructed by Semberas. The home side have been totting up the fouls all night. Crime count must be pretty high for the Lithuanians.
    • 50' Miller almost in for the opener. Fine run and cross by Robson, but Miller can only direct a free header straight at Karcemarskas in the home goal. That was a decent chance for the visiting side.
    • 49' Game being disrupted by a series of fouls.
    • 48' Robson with a late tackle on Radavicius, before Edgaras Cesnauskis has a go from 25 yards.
    • 47' Skerla late on Miller. Free-kick to the Scots. Robson's free-kick is drilled straight into the wall. Poor, poor stuff.
    • 46' So Scotland get us under way for this second period.
    • Spain lead Liechtenstein 1-0 in the other group game of the evening. The Scots host Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
    • 45' There goes the whistle. Scotland have impressed without scoring. Need a goal in the second period.
    • 44' No added time in this half. Looks like it is going to be a goalless first half.
    • 43' Scotland just can't find a goal out there. Two minutes until the break. Be interesting to see whether or not Levein changes things.
    • 42' Robson's cross is headed out by Skerla. Another move bites the dust.
    • 41' Semberas takes the free-kick, but sloppy play by the home side. They can't get time to move forward as we head rapidly for the break.
    • 40' Brown booked for a foul on Danilevicius. Tackle from behind.
    • 39' Mikoliunas takes a tumble next to Brown in the box, but that is never a penalty. Referee wasn't fooled either.
    • 38' Miller has worked tirelessly up front for Scotland.
    • 37' Robson's free-kick is headed clear by the Lithuania defence before Miller knocks into the side-netting from McManus' knockdown.
    • 36' Hutton continues to bomb down that right flank. Mikoliunas commits another foul on Robson.
    • 35' Ten minutes left of the half. Scotland will be happy with how this has gone, apart from failing to turn their pressure into goals.
    • 34' ALMOST THE OPENER! Fletcher free-kick into the box, but McManus just failed to direct that towards goal. So close as the ball flies just wide of target.
    • 33' Kijanskas late on Miller. Another free-kick to Scotland. One of many they have had this half.
    • 32' Scotland pressing high up the park against what you would describe as a workmanlike team.
    • 31' Fletcher almost burst clear, but almost is not enough at this level. Scotland playing well without opening up this stubborn home side.
    • 30' That Scottish defence has looked fairly comfortable. Scotland have six Rangers players in their side this evening.
    • 29' Cesnauskis fouls McManus and Scotland have a free-kick.
    • 28' It was Stankevicius who tackled Naismith. Looked a bit dubious.
    • 27' Best effort of the night by Robson. He produces a sparkling shot from 25 yards, but the home keeper dives to save. Naismith tumbles going for the rebound, but no penalty.
    • 26' Scotland won here four years ago under Walter Smith. Looking for a repeat tonight.
    • 25' Miller is penalised for a late foul on Karcemarskas. Good play by Miller. Alert to all the possibilities.
    • 24' Robson's free-kick from distance is clawed wide by Karcemarskas. Decent effort by Robson, but not enough pace on it.
    • 23' A crunching late tackle by Skerla on Naismith. Some feisty challenges flying in from the home side.
    • 22' Cesnauskis drives dramatically under pressure from Whittaker. Never a penalty.
    • 21' Robson's delivery needs to be better than it has been. Can't keep hitting the first man or knocking it too deep.
    • 20' Hutton draws another free-kick out of Mikoliunas. Has become a feature of this match, even at this stage. Robson's free-kick is smashed clear by the home defence.
    • 19' Scotland enjoying the upper hand without carving out any clear-cut chances. Must be happy with such a solid start away from home.
    • 18' Robson's free-kick is on target, but straight at the keeper. Levein is not happy on the Scotland bench. Clearly concerned about that clear foul on Weir that almost led to Lithuania's opener.
    • 17' Hutton is taken out seconds later by Radavicius, who is booked.
    • 16' Bad decision by the referee. Weir clearly fouled before Mikoliunas produces a fine stop from McGregor.
    • 15' Robson almost broke through there. Good shot by Miller, but his deflected effort from distance is held by Karcemarskas. Encouraging start by the visiting side.
    • 14' Another free-kick to Scotland. Kijanskas booked for a late challenge on Robson. Chance for Scotland to apply some pressure.
    • 13' Poor corner by Robson. Too near the keeper and that is a comfortable take by Zydrunas Karcemarskas in the home goal.
    • 12' Robson earns a corner from Kijanskas's challenge.
    • 11' Decent burst forward by Hutton, but he just carried that too far. It was that sort of run that earned Hutton a £9million switch to Spurs a few years ago.
    • 10' The pitch looks in decent nick. Scotland seemed to have settled better than the home side. Whittaker fouled by Cesnauskis.
    • 9' Mikoliunas late on Hutton. Bit of needle between those two from the SPL.
    • 8' Decent move by the Scots. Enjoying some possession after snuffing out a foray forward by the home side.
    • 7' Scrappy stuff, but Scotland almost take the lead. Naismith supplies Brown, but the Celtic skipper misses the ball attempting a shot. Was a decent chance from 10 yards out or so.
    • 6' Mikoliunas, the former Hearts man, is penalised for a foul on Hutton.
    • 5' Skerla lucky to avoid a yellow card for a late one on Barry Robson. Really hefty tackle on the Middlesbrough midfielder. It is half past nine over in Lithuania. Late start for this one.
    • 4' Miller fouls Marius Stankevicius. Cesnauskis hammers in a shot, but that is blocked.
    • 3' Scotland on the ball. Tight little ground. Naismith tries to find Miller, but too much pace on that.
    • 2' David Weir becomes the oldest man to play for Scotland. He is 40, but the Rangers skipper is needed out there tonight. Alan Hutton in at right-back despite missing regular action with Spurs.
    • 1' Lithuania to get us under way. The home side in yellow shirts, Scotland in traditional dark blue.
    • 19.13 Remember you can keep up to date with all the scores from tonight's Euro 2012 qualifying games around Europe. Euro 2012 qualifiers: Live scores.
    • 19.10 The teams heading on to the pitch. Scotland have around half of the 8,000 fans in for this match.
    • 19.05 Scotland lost in Macedonia two years ago in their opening match of the World Cup qualifiers. They realise the importance of this match. Steven Naismith has been preferred to James McFadden to keep things tight.
    • 19.00 Lithuania have a couple of former Scottish Premier League players in their side. Former Dunfermline defender Andrius Skerla starts along with former Hearts man Saulius Mikoliunas. They will be a 4-4-2 with Scotland probably 4-5-1 with Lee McCulloch dropping a bit deeper to protect Weir and McManus at the back.
    • 18.55 Scotland are in Group I for this campaign with Spain, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Liechtenstein.
    • 18.50 Keep any intelligent comments coming and we'll try to get them up. "Come on Scotland. Try not to embarrass us tonight!," says Greg Magee.
    • 18.45 "It is important we work really hard tonight," says Levein. "We really want to win this match."
    • 18.45 The referee is Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey.
    • 18.35 Tonight's teams: Lithuania: Karcemarskas, Stankevicius, Skerla, Radavicius, Kijanskas, Semberas, Panka, Edgaras Cesnauskis, Mikoliunas, Danilevicius, Sernas Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Weir, McManus, Whittaker, Darren Fletcher, McCulloch, Brown, Robson, Miller, Naismith
    • 18.30 Scotland have not reached a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup finals in France. They last reached the European finals in England 14 years ago.
    • 18.25 “Davie is playing week in, week out at the highest level,” said Levein. “He is playing to such a standard that this type of football is something he can cope with easily.”
    • 18.20 Craig Levein is confident Rangers skipper Weir will be a key figure for his side as they chase an opening group win against the Lithuanians.
    • 18.15 Good evening and welcome to tonight's live coverage of Scotland's opening Euro 2012 qualifier with Lithuania in Kaunas.
  • Summary

    • 79' Whittaker picks out Miller, but he gets too much pace on that with his head and the ball flies over the bar.
    • 77' Golden chance for Scotland. Fine ball by Morrison, but Naismith can't get his shot in from 15 yards. Should have pulled the trigger there. The home side are tiring out there.
    • 59' Danilevicius almost rounded McGregor, but Whittaker gets back to clear the danger. First time Scotland have been opened up all night.
    • 58' Chance for Scotland. Naismith shot from 19 yards is saved by Karcemarskas. No real pace on it after Hutton was involved up the park.
    • 50' Miller almost in for the opener. Fine run and cross by Robson, but Miller can only direct a free header straight at Karcemarskas in the home goal. That was a decent chance for the visiting side.
    • 34' ALMOST THE OPENER! Fletcher free-kick into the box, but McManus just failed to direct that towards goal. So close as the ball flies just wide of target.
    • 27' Best effort of the night by Robson. He produces a sparkling shot from 25 yards, but the home keeper dives to save. Naismith tumbles going for the rebound, but no penalty.
    • 24' Robson's free-kick from distance is clawed wide by Karcemarskas. Decent effort by Robson, but not enough pace on it.
    • 16' Bad decision by the referee. Weir clearly fouled before Mikoliunas produces a fine stop from McGregor.
    • 7' Scrappy stuff, but Scotland almost take the lead. Naismith supplies Brown, but the Celtic skipper misses the ball attempting a shot. Was a decent chance from 10 yards out or so.

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  • Lithuania

    Manager: Raimondas Zutautas

  • Scotland

    Manager: Craig Levein

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