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Wednesday, April 28, 1999 Published at 23:07 GMT 00:07 UK


Sport: Football

Scotland catch Germans off guard

Oliver Neuville's trickery fails to inspire the Germans against the Scots

Germany 0-1 Scotland

Don Hutchison became the toast of Scotland after his sensational second half strike gave the Tartan Army a memorable victory over Germany.


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His goal arrived after Billy Dodds' brilliant pull back, and the Everton striker slotted home a right foot shot which squeezed into the corner of the net and sent the Scotland fans into delirium.

Scotland had more than contained a full strength Germany side in a first half which lived up to the billing of an international friendly.

Indeed, opportunities were created but too often spurned and the only real chances came from a Scott Gemmill blockbuster, which flew well over the bar and a late header from Oliver Bierhoff.

Bright start

Scotland began the game brightly looking to put their recent defeat against the Czech Republic firmly in the past.

Sunderland's Alan Johnston looked menacing in every attack and Neil Sullivan, who is improving in every international, made a fantastic save from Oliver Neuville who was a constant threat.


[ image: Thomas Strunz challenges for the ball in Germany's 1-0 defeat against Scotland]
Thomas Strunz challenges for the ball in Germany's 1-0 defeat against Scotland
Craig Brown looked on impressed as his side defended stoutly with Colin Hendry marshalling the main German threat in Oliver Bierhoff who had a relatively quiet first 45 minutes.

Just as the half looked to be ending, David Weir surged down the right flank on 40 minutes and hit a low cross which Billy Dodds did well to control.

Dodds caught the German defence in no mans land and a clever lay-off put Scot Gemmill through with a clear sight of goal.

Gemmil, who recently moved to Everton, blazed the ball over the bar wasting Scotland's best chance of the half.

Germany could have had a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Neuville went down but the referee, who was in a perfect position to see the incident, waved play on.

Furious opening

The second-half continued in the same vein as the first had ended.

The opportunities were being created but not converted and when Don Hutchison was put clear on goal just five yards out, his shooting boots suddenly deserted him and he fired wide of the goal.

Made amends

However Hutchison made amends minutes later when Billy Dodds found space down the left and delivered a telling pull back for the Everton striker to smash home a well place shot into the bottom corner of the German net.


[ image: Craig Brown masterminded a fantastic victory over the Germans]
Craig Brown masterminded a fantastic victory over the Germans
The hoards of fans who had travelled to Germany suddenly found their voices as they sensed a shock victory over the three times World Cup winners.

Indeed, German football might be experiencing a period of transition but the Scots clearly demonstrated their ability to frighten one of European football's greatest ever powers.

As the Germans poured forward in quest of a vital equaliser, midfielder Kirsten managed to connect with a whipped in Struntz cross but the ball crashed against the bar and ricocheted to safety.

Callum Davidson made one crucial last gasp tackle as the German onslaught continued but whatever was thrown at the brave Scottish defence was dealt with great assurance by their troops.

To Craig Brown's delight, Scotland held on to their lead causing one of 1999's biggest upsets in international football.

Germany: Lehmann, Nowotny, Heinrich, Worns, Strunz, Jeremies, Neuville, Hamann, Bierhoff, Matthaus, Heldt. Subs: Butt, Kirsten, Preetz, Rehmer, Ballack, Ramelow, Janker.

Scotland: Sullivan, Weir, Boyd, Lambert, Hendry, Davidson, Dodds, Gemmill, Durrant, Hutchison, Johnston. Subs: Main, Whyte, Ritchie, O'Neil, Jess, Cameron, Winters.

Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)



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