Wednesday February 29, 2012 Friendlies Finished SRC Bonifika

Slovenia 1 - 1 Scotland

  • Kirm 33’
  • Berra 40’

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  1. Berra earns Scotland draw in Slovenia

    Berra earns Scotland draw in Slovenia

    Scotland came away from Slovenia with a 1-1 draw courtesy of a Christophe Berra header. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Slovenia
    • Scotland
    • 90+3' That's it! A fairly entertaining friendly has ended 1-1 after Andraz Kirm's header was cancelled out by a Christophe Berra effort. See you next time.
    • 90+2' Matic fires an audacious effort well wide. He will not beat McGregor with that kind of shot.
    • 90+1' Bannan stretches to clear a cross from Vuckic.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 88' Nejc Pecnik comes on for the goalscorer Kirm.
    • 87' The ref has blown up because Berra is down injured after the ball slammed into his chest. The Wolves man is ok.
    • 86' Forrest makes way for Barry Robson as the changes come thick and fast.
    • 84' Darijan Matic replaces Krhin in another Slovenia change.
    • 83' Slovenia looking the more likely in these last few minutes.
    • 82' Dedic shoots just wide before being replaced by Ljubijankic.
    • 80' The tempo of this game has been high. Plenty of good possession play.
    • 79' Jamie Mackie glances just wide for Scotland! That was his last action as he is substituted by Kenny Miller.
    • 78' Vuckic takes on Mulgrew who gets a foot in and puts the ball out for a corner.
    • 76' Snodgrass does well to beat his man but the flag goes up for offside against him.
    • 75' McArthur puts the ball out for a corner that is guided away by Caldwell.
    • 74' Neither side look like finding a winner here.
    • 72' Forrest is brought down by a late challenge from Brecko who was lucky to escape the booking.
    • 71' Graham Dorrans comes on to replace his West Brom team-mate Morrison.
    • 70' Good play from Forrest but Martin's cross is poor and Slovenia have it back.
    • 69' Berra gets in the way of a Vuckic curling effort that may have been troubling McGregor.
    • 68' 50-50 possession so far in this match. It has been evenly contested.
    • 67' Lovely ball into the area for Jokic but there was no one to get on the end of it as Dare Vrsic replaces Illicic.
    • 65' No real chances of note in this half. it was a bright start from Slovenia but Scotland have edged back into the game.
    • 64' Mulgrew launches an aimless ball forward and Handanovic makes the clearance.
    • 63' Mulgrew's free-kick slams into the ball and then his cross drifts behind for a goal kick.
    • 62' McArthur is fouled on the edge of the area by Suler and this is dangerous.
    • 61' Vuckic comes on for Birsa in Slovenia's first change.
    • 60' Robert Snodgrass replaces Mackail-Smith for Scotland.
    • 59' Newcastle's Haris Vuckic is preparing to come on for his Slovenia debut.
    • 58' Scotland finally enjoying some sustained possession until Mugrew gives it away.
    • 56' Morrison tries to get around Suler but cannot keep the ball in and Handanovic will take the goal kick.
    • 55' Birsa finds Illicic who drives a shot over the bar. The ball was always rising.
    • 54' Slovenia appeal for handball in the area but the referee is having none of it.
    • 53' Bannan stings the hands of Handanovic after collecting the ball from Forrest on the edge of the area.
    • 52' Slovenia have started better in the second-half.
    • 51' Strong challenge from Mackie and Jokic will take the throw for Slovenia.
    • 50' Great long ball from the back for Morrison but the West Brom man blazes well over the bar.
    • 48' Birsa's inswinging cross is headed away by Caldwell.
    • 47' The impressive Adam has made way for Barry Bannan at the break after his Carling Cup exertions at the weekend.
    • 46' Slovenia get the second-half underway.
    • 45+1' Late pressure from Slovenia before the referee blows for half-time.
    • 45' Brecko crosses into the area but Dedic cannot quite control. Had he managed to, he would have had a clear shot on goal.
    • 43' Caldwell bares the brunt of a late challenge and wins a free-kick.
    • 42' Morrison plays the ball over the top for Craig Mackail-Smith but the chance is snuffed out.
    • 41' That was Berra's second goal for his country.
    • 40' It was an excellent header from the Wolves man who rose and squeezed the ball inside the near post.
    • 39' GOAL! SLOVENIA 1-1 SCOTLAND. Berra rises superbly to head in a corner from Adam!
    • 38' Jokic puts the ball out for Scotland's first corner of the game.
    • 37' The Slovenians have only won one of their last five internationals (including friendlies), losing three and drawing one.
    • 36' Adam is fouled in midfield as he gets the ball through to McCarthur.
    • 34' Slovenia well on top at the moment. How will Scotland react to this setback?
    • 33' It was a firm header from Kirm and a very staright forward goal.
    • 32' GOAL! SLOVENIA 1-0 SCOTLAND. Andraz Kirm heads the home side infront after Brecko escapes the attentions of Charlie Mulgrew and crosses into the area.
    • 30' Birsa puts another shot well wide.
    • 29' Birsa thumps a free-kick into the wall. It was Adam the ball hit. He seems to be everywhere at the moment.
    • 28' Caldwell finds Morrison with a good ball into the area and the West Brom man gets a shot away from a tight angle that Handanovic manages to hold.
    • 27' Chances at both ends within the space of a couple of minutes.
    • 26' A well struck left-footed free-kick from Birsa is turned away for a corner at the other end by McGregor.
    • 25' Adam dinks the ball into the area for Morrison who controls and fires a shot in from a tight angle that Samir Handanovic pushes against the post!
    • 23' Dedic gives away an unnecessary free-kick for a foul on Morrison in the centre of the park.
    • 22' Adam's lofted ball into the box is headed out by Suler.
    • 21' A fairly cagey opening, it's fair to say.
    • 20' The Scottish have only suffered one defeat in their last six games (including friendlies).
    • 18' Kirm cannot get past Martin who gives away a corner that comes to nothing.
    • 17' Kirm is unable to get on the end of a lofted ball and Scotland have a goal kick.
    • 16' Josip Ilicic volleys a wild shot well off target. He is still awaiting his first goal for Slovenia.
    • 15' 'Shall we sing a song for you' chant the Scotland fans.
    • 14' Scotland look the more threatening in the early exchanges, but Slovenia have had the best chance through Dedic.
    • 13' James McCarthur's low shot is cleared away after good play down the right from Forrest.
    • 11' Dedic hits a tame low effort wide of McGregor's right post.
    • 10' Adam is fouled by Aleksandar Radosavic in midfield and Scotland have the free-kick.
    • 9' The two nations have only met on two previous occasions, during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, with the sides drawing 0-0 in Glasgow but Scotland winning 3-0 in Celje.
    • 8' James Forrest crosses the ball in but it is cleared away by Suler.
    • 6' Good possession from Scotland as they look for an early breakthrough.
    • 5' Charlie Adam's free-kick into the box is well overhit and goes out for a goalkick.
    • 4' It was good goalkeeping to prevent Birsa scoring in that one-on-one. He came out and made himself big.
    • 3' Valter Birsa times his run perfectly to beat the offside trap but his shot is blocked by Alan McGregor!
    • 2' Christophe Berra puts the ball out for an early throw to Slovenia.
    • 1' We are off and underway in this friendly at the Bonifika Stadion!
    • 19:40 If you want to talk about the game on Twitter, I'll do my best to reply. @SCoggin_journo
    • 19:35 Craig Levein: "I look at Slovenia and their recent history and how they've done, the size of the country. And you could almost say it's a model for us, something we would like to copy and see if we can do as well as them."
    • 19:30 For both sides this match represents the start of preparations for September's 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
    • 19:25 Slovenia are missing Hull City's Robert Koren and Koln striker Milivoje Novakovic. Zlatko Dedic will plough a lone furrow up front supported by Josip Ilicic, Andraz Kirm and Valter Birsa as coach Slavisa Stojanovic opts for a 4-2-3-1 formation.
    • 19:20 Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew earns his first Scotland cap after being named in Craig Levein's starting line-up. Craig Mackail-Smith heads the attack, while Gary Caldwell leads his country out as captain for the first time in the absence of Darren Fletcher and Kenny Miller from the starting line-up.
    • 19:15 SLOVENIA: Handanovic, Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic, Krhin, Radosavljevic, Ilicic, Birsa, Kirm, Dedic. Subs: Jasmin Handanovic, Kelhar, Pecnik, Volas, Ljubijankic, Vuckic, Vrsic, Matic, Mavric, Belec. /// SCOTLAND: McGregor, Martin, Mulgrew, Caldwell, Berra, McArthur, Adam, Morrison, Forrest, Mackie, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Gilks, Dorrans, Bannan, Robson, Cowie, Goodwillie, Miller.
    • 19:10 Slovenia missed out on a place at Euro 2012, finishing fourth in the group behind Italy, Serbia and Estonia.
    • 19:05 Koper, a small Slovenian town on the Adriatic Coast is home to fewer than 50,000 residents. The Bonifika Stadion has only a 4,000 capacity.
    • 19:00 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Scotland’s trip to the Bonifika Stadion to face Slovenia.
  • Summary

    • 69' Berra gets in the way of a Vuckic curling effort that may have been troubling McGregor.
    • 55' Birsa finds Illicic who drives a shot over the bar. The ball was always rising.
    • 53' Bannan stings the hands of Handanovic after collecting the ball from Forrest on the edge of the area.
    • 45' Brecko crosses into the area but Dedic cannot quite control. Had he managed to, he would have had a clear shot on goal.
    • 39' GOAL! SLOVENIA 1-1 SCOTLAND. Berra rises superbly to head in a corner from Adam!
    • 32' GOAL! SLOVENIA 1-0 SCOTLAND. Andraz Kirm heads the home side infront after Brecko escapes the attentions of Charlie Mulgrew and crosses into the area.
    • 28' Caldwell finds Morrison with a good ball into the area and the West Brom man gets a shot away from a tight angle that Handanovic manages to hold.
    • 26' A well struck left-footed free-kick from Birsa is turned away for a corner at the other end by McGregor.
    • 25' Adam dinks the ball into the area for Morrison who controls and fires a shot in from a tight angle that Samir Handanovic pushes against the post!
    • 3' Valter Birsa times his run perfectly to beat the offside trap but his shot is blocked by Alan McGregor!
    • 19:15 SLOVENIA: Handanovic, Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic, Krhin, Radosavljevic, Ilicic, Birsa, Kirm, Dedic. Subs: Jasmin Handanovic, Kelhar, Pecnik, Volas, Ljubijankic, Vuckic, Vrsic, Matic, Mavric, Belec. /// SCOTLAND: McGregor, Martin, Mulgrew, Caldwell, Berra, McArthur, Adam, Morrison, Forrest, Mackie, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Gilks, Dorrans, Bannan, Robson, Cowie, Goodwillie, Miller.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Slovenia

    Manager: Slavisa Stojanovic

  • Scotland

    Manager: Craig Levein

  • Line-up

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