Wednesday November 14, 2012 Friendlies Finished Stade Josy Barthel

Luxembourg 1 - 2 Scotland

  • Gerson 47’
  • Rhodes 11’, 23’

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  1. Scottish Football - Rhodes double helps Scotland scrape win

    Scottish Football - Rhodes double helps Scotland scrape win

    Jordan Rhodes scored twice as Scotland began to pick up the pieces after the disastrous Craig Levein era with an unimpressive 2-1 friendly win in Luxembourg. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Luxembourg
    • Scotland
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle. A 2-1 win for Scotland. Not impressive in the second half, but they get the job done in this friendly.
    • 90+1' We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 89' Murray Davidson becomes the first St Johnstone player to represent Scotland for 80 years as he takes over from Rhodes.
    • 88' Gilks prevents the header from finding the net as Turpel rose in the box. No real power in the header.
    • 87' The Scots guilty of giving the ball away far too easily and conceding too many fouls in this second half.
    • 86' Scotland post not exactly the most appetising job to take on if you are watching this tonight.
    • 85' Luxembourg earn another free-kick here from 30 yards out. Dangerous moments these for Scotland. Hanley rises to make a solid header out. Bensi's strike is then blocked as the visitors survive.
    • 84' Miller harshly penalised for a late challenge on Mutsch.
    • 83' Bensi turns to fire a shot at goal from 25 yards out. Decent stop by Gilks who gets down low to make the save.
    • 82' Rhodes nods into the net from Kelly's hanging cross, but he is frustrated to see the offside flag go up. Frustration for Rhodes.
    • 81' Turpel fires a brilliant ball across the face of the Scotland goal. Super stuff from Luxembourg. But nobody there to convert.
    • 80' Bensi is then fouled late by Hanley. Now this is a real chance for the home side. Gerson this time hits the wall from where he scored earlier on.
    • 79' Bensi takes one in his face. A late challenge. Luxembourg will knock it long from the back.
    • 78' Ball breaks to Griffiths, but he snatches at the shot as the volley is wheeled over the bar.
    • 77' Billy Stark comes to his touchline to do a bit more directing of traffic. Remaining calm here, but this hasn't been the greatest performance in the second period.
    • 76' Gilks out of his goal to collect the cross from Da Mota. Better from Gilks.
    • 75' Leweck departs the scene to be replaced by Laterza. The Scots attempting to get themselves up the park.
    • 74' Blaise puts his foot through the ball to clear it away from Griffiths. Luxembourg sensing the prospect of a draw here.
    • 73' Gilks with an awful goalkick. Has to be bailed out by the pace of Hanley, who raced back to mop up at the back.
    • 72' Gilks does just enough to keep out the header from Bensi after a lovely ball by Mutsch. Scotland keeper Gilks so fortunate not to see that land in his own net.
    • 71' Miller with a hopeful shot after a Hanley header had come off a red shirt. Can't test Joubert.
    • 70' Bettmer makes way for Turpel, who arrives for his first international cap.
    • 69' Shinnie departs the scene to be replaced by Leigh Griffiths of Hibernian.
    • 68' Scotland failing to get the ball into wider areas to trouble the home team. A lack of composure in that Scotland side at the moment.
    • 67' Berra with the sort of listless ball that helped Wolves get relegated from the Premier League as he thumps a long hopeless ball into the arms of the content Joubert.
    • 66' All gone a bit quiet over there. Where are bagpipes? Subdued on the park, subdued around the park.
    • 65' Kelly and Naismith linking pretty well here for the Scots. Berra tries to take it out for a run from the back.
    • 64' Shinnie being fouled in the middle of the park. Dixon headers the ball on before Guy Blaise wallops it long out of his danger area.
    • 63' Bensi replaces Deville for the home side, who opt to shuffle their pack for a third time this evening.
    • 62' Peters with a cool piece of play knocking the ball back to his goalkeeper Joubert.
    • 61' Mutsch thumps an effort at the Scotland goal from 30 yards out. Always rising over the bar. Scots will take them all night long.
    • 60' Scotland haven't been in too much danger at the back apart from the home team's brilliant free-kick.
    • 59' Plenty of noise emanating from the home stands as Mutsch brings the ball up the park for Luxembourg. Scotland then look to break.
    • 58' Dixon decides to go for goal, but the red wall comes up quickly to charge down the effort. Should have been retaken, but nothing doing.
    • 57' Peters rams Naismith to the ground, and the Scots will have a free-kick of their own from 25 yards out.
    • 56' Fletcher throws in a decent looking free-kick, but the red shirts are on hand to wallop the ball out of their danger area.
    • 55' Da Mota only on the park a few seconds and seems to be caught late by Whittaker before Bukvic fouls Rhodes.
    • 54' Daniel Da Mota replaces Janisch for the home side. Luxembourg chasing a leveller in this contest.
    • 53' Bukvic knocks the ball away from Rhodes, and Scotland will have possession deep in the home half.
    • 52' Naismith becomes the latest man to be caught offside for wandering offside.
    • 51' Mutsch sends a cross spinning into the area, but Gilks is quickly off his line to clasp the ball.
    • 50' Offside flag goes up against Rhodes, who could do with finding another goal here to go with his other two for the night.
    • 49' GOAL! Gerson lifts the ball over the wall before it flies into the corner of the net. Gilks couldn't keep it out and the home side are right back in this contest. A 2-1 lead now.
    • 48' Kelly straight into the action with a late challenge on Mutsch. Free-kick chance for Luxembourg from 25 yards out.
    • 47' Liam Kelly has replaced Charlie Mulgrew for Scotland at the break.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period of this match.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for half-time. A 2-0 lead for Scotland in Luxembourg at the break.
    • 44' Won't be much time added to this first period.
    • 43' Scotland set to amble to the break with this 2-0 lead in their back pockets.
    • 42' Janisch guilty of a spot of foul play on Rhodes out wide. Luxembourg have time to relieve the pressure on themselves here.
    • 41' Leweck with a chance as he rampaged into the Scotland box, but he fires the shot straight down the throat of Gilks.
    • 40' Scotland caretaker manager Billy Stark certainly looking content enough with his lot in the visiting technical area.
    • 39' Dixon with an excellent cross into the middle, but a spot of pushing by Naismith halts that move in its tracks.
    • 38' Mulgrew with a floated corner, but Naismith can't get on the end of that delivery.
    • 37' Fletcher almost picking out Rhodes for a third goal. Think Schnell just got a touch on that delivery from the Manchester United captain.
    • 36' Another foul there as Deville is penalised for another late push on a white shirt. Scotland teasing that ball up the park.
    • 35' Bettmer fires in low trundler of a shot. All so easy for Gilks to make the save in the Scotland goal.
    • 34' Deville pushes Hanley on the back as those bagpipes continue to blare out from the stands.
    • 33' What do you know? We have the skirl of bagpipes now. Not yet party mood, but the Scotland fans certainly enjoying themselves.
    • 32' Bettmer unloads a shot from distance, but the ball is over the bar. And Gilks can fire this goalkick long.
    • 31' Scotland look like they can score here every time they move up the park.
    • 30' Rhodes turning on the edge of the home area quite superbly, but Luxembourg do enough to block the shot.
    • 29' Bukvic rises to head out the cross from Shinnie. Bukvic celebrating his 25th birthday today.
    • 28' Naismith and Miller cutting through the middle of that home defence before Miller is caught narrowly offside. Decent build-up play.
    • 27' Leweck clatters Dixon with a late challenge. Scotland pick up again at the back as they look to build from deep.
    • 26' Gilks off his line to collect a loose ball before rolling it out to Hanley.
    • 25' A few of those Scotland fans wearing kilts and no tops in the stands. And we are less than six weeks from Christmas.
    • 24' Mutsch sends the corner spinning into the area. Plenty of spin on that delivery, but superb stuff from Gilks to punch the loose ball clear under pressure.
    • 23' Whittaker with a tackle on Mutsch. Just does enough to win the ball, but the home side have a corner here.
    • 22' Scotland on their way to a few goals here it seems. Rhodes certainly seems to be in the mood for a few goals here this evening.
    • 21' GOAL! Rhodes adds the second of the night after Joubert had only palmed out the effort by Shinnie. A 2-0 lead for Scotland.
    • 20' Mistake by Berra, but Leweck thumps a shot well wide of goal. Pitch causing a few problems.
    • 19' Mulgrew whips a dangerous free-kick into the heart of the home area, but Joubert comes off his line to claim the loose ball.
    • 18' Dixon looking for Rhodes down a flank, but Blaise is well positioned to empty the ball into the stands.
    • 17' Scotland opt to go short with it rather than fire a shot in from distamce.
    • 16' Gerson penalised for a handball after Miller walloped if off his hand.
    • 15' Scotland again keeping the ball at the back. But home player Gerson trying to get in on the act before Mutsch swings a shot wide from 25 yards out.
    • 14' Miller tries to feed Rhodes, but Joubert is quickly off his line to clasp the loose ball.
    • 13' Mutsch with a header from Schnell's cross into the box. Lovely delivery, but Gilks was well positioned to make the stop.
    • 12' Ball out for a throw-in after Dixon challenged Leweck. All a bit quiet, but Scotland are not complaining about the scoreline.
    • 11' Leweck guilty of a late chop on Mulgrew. Scotland can look to build again here after Blaise fells Miller.
    • 10' Rhodes on the goal trail again with Scotland. His second for his country after he netted against Australia in a friendly.
    • 9' GOAL! Rhodes slides the ball into the net to give Scotland the lead. Ball broke kindly off a defender from Dixon's cross. Scotland lead 1-0.
    • 8' Hanley overhits a ball trying to pick out Naismith. The home team trying to steady themselves after that awful error by Blaise.
    • 7' Horrible mistake by Blaise, but Rhodes can't finish as he knocks ball wide with Joubert confronting him. Golden chance squandered by Rhodes.
    • 6' Charlie Mulgrew taking his place in the starting line-up this evening despite his heroics in the Champions League with Celtic.
    • 5' Dixon to Naismith, who in turns feeds Fletcher. Mutsch fouls Shinnie and Scotland will have the ball at the halfway line.
    • 4' Hanley goes for a low ball with his head before Gilks mops up by hammering clear from deep in his area.
    • 3' Kenny Miller playing just off Rhodes in this experiemental line-up. Scotland looking to pass the ball out from the back with some purpose.
    • 2' Scotland drew 0-0 on their last visit here in a European Championship qualifier some 25 years ago.
    • 1' The home side in red shirts. They get the action off and running.
    • 19.10 Teams on their way out. An 8,000-capacity stadium. But looks like there is less than 1,000 in the ground. The national anthems blare out. The visiting fans look like they are enjoying the occasion. Either that, or they are drunk.
    • 19.05 "It is always nice when you are linked with any job," says former Bolton manager Owen Coyle, who is among the leading candidates to replace Levein. "There has been no contact from the SFA at this point. But I'm always willing to speak to anybody and listen to what they have to say. I'm ready for the next challenge."
    • 19.00 "There is disappointment the way it ended," says former Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston. "Craig will bounce back. He is a top manager. You look at things during the course of the matches that you can't change (during the World Cup qualifiers). Luck went Scotland's way in the past. There has been things that have went against this. Craig Levein was really unlucky."
    • 18.55 Vancouver Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller is now the ninth most capped Scotsman of all time following his substitute appearance against Belgium, leaving him one short of Willie Miller’s 65-cap haul.
    • 18.50 Against Belgium, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany were the scorers while, against Wales, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale scored twice. Luxembourg are in a strong World Cup group competing alongside Russia, Israel and Portugal, as well as Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.
    • 18.45 Davie Cooper scored six goals for Scotland; his last two came against Luxembourg in November 1986. The last four goals conceded by Scotland were netted by players who feature in the Premier League.
    • 18.40 Scotland have played Luxembourg three times and have yet to concede a goal. Andy McLaren scored twice for Scotland against Luxembourg in 1947, two of four goals he scored in just four games for his country.
    • 18.35 Match odds ahead of this one: Luxembourg (9/2), Scotland (8/13), Draw (11/4)
    • 18.30 Caretaker manager Billy Stark has named both Kenny Miller and Jordan Rhodes in his starting line-up, suggesting he will break with sacked boss Craig Levein's recent convention and employ a 4-4-2 formation. Stark said: "Obviously, at this stage of the season, with players playing weekend and midweek, niggles and strains and withdrawals are to be expected. This match gives us an opportunity to look at players who maybe have not had experience of the international set-up."
    • 18.25 Andrew Shinnie becomes the first Inverness Caledonian Thistle to earn a Scotland cap. Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks also makes his first start. Norwich defender Steven Whittaker makes his first appearance since the 2-1 friendly win over Cyprus a year ago. Blackburn defender Grant Hanley make his first start since facing Republic of Ireland 18 months ago.
    • 18.20 Scotland team to face Luxembourg: Gilks, Whittaker, Hanley, Berra, Dixon, D Fletcher, Mulgrew, Shinnie, Naismith, Miller, Rhodes
    • 18.15 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Luxembourg against Scotland in this friendly match from the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg.
  • Summary

    • 81' Turpel fires a brilliant ball across the face of the Scotland goal. Super stuff from Luxembourg. But nobody there to convert.
    • 72' Gilks does just enough to keep out the header from Bensi after a lovely ball by Mutsch. Scotland keeper Gilks so fortunate not to see that land in his own net.
    • 49' GOAL! Gerson lifts the ball over the wall before it flies into the corner of the net. Gilks couldn't keep it out and the home side are right back in this contest. A 2-1 lead now.
    • 30' Rhodes turning on the edge of the home area quite superbly, but Luxembourg do enough to block the shot.
    • 21' GOAL! Rhodes adds the second of the night after Joubert had only palmed out the effort by Shinnie. A 2-0 lead for Scotland.
    • 13' Mutsch with a header from Schnell's cross into the box. Lovely delivery, but Gilks was well positioned to make the stop.
    • 9' GOAL! Rhodes slides the ball into the net to give Scotland the lead. Ball broke kindly off a defender from Dixon's cross. Scotland lead 1-0.
    • 7' Horrible mistake by Blaise, but Rhodes can't finish as he knocks ball wide with Joubert confronting him. Golden chance squandered by Rhodes.
    • 18.20 Scotland team to face Luxembourg: Gilks, Whittaker, Hanley, Berra, Dixon, D Fletcher, Mulgrew, Shinnie, Naismith, Miller, Rhodes

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Luxembourg

    Manager: Luc Holtz

  • Scotland

    Manager: Billy Stark

  • Line-up

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