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Tuesday, 17 December, 2002, 19:36 GMT
Scots hit by late leveller
Bob Malcolm gives Scotland the lead
Malcolm looked to have given Scotland a victory
Germany B 3-3 Scotland B

Scotland's future team fought back twice against their German counterparts in Mainz but a late goal foiled their hopes of victory.

Berti Vogts young side went behind to a Kevin Kuranyi goal after only 14 minutes.

But Kevin Kyle equalised just before half-time.

The Germans took the lead again on the hour mark but within a minute Stephen Hughes had restored parity.

And Rangers' defender Bob Malcolm scored what looked like being the winning goal for Scotland with four minutes to go.

However, Alexander Voigt snatched an injury-time equaliser.

We can take a lot of positives from the game

Berti Vogts

It was the Germans who enjoyed much of the possession in the opening spell of the game.

And although some frailties in their defence were exposed early on they enjoyed the first chance of the game.

A free-kick a few yards outside the corner of the 18 yard box allowed them to test the Scots and skipper Fabian Ernst was not far away when he fired just inches over the crossbar after five minutes.

Kevin Kyle pulled Scotland level just before half-time
Kyle pulled Scotland level just before half-time
Germany's best chances were coming from set-pieces and Nico Frommer tried his luck from 35 yards but he pulled the shot wide and the effort never troubled goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

Scotland had to wait 15 minutes for their first chance at goal when Dundee's Gavin Rae supplied the cross from the right wing and it was met by Kyle.

But the Sunderland striker nodded just wide.

Then the home side opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Markus Daun played the ball into the path of Kuranyi who slotted home from just outside the six yard box.

Germany were visibly boosted by the opening goal and they continued to put the Scots defence under pressure.

Kuranyi had the chance to add to his tally following a free-kick from Voigt but the effort was deflected and the opportunity was lost.

Ten minutes before the break, Daniel Bierofka was allowed to run unmarked into the box before unleashing a shot but the ball was easily held by Scotland goalkeeper Gallacher.

But just two minutes later, the Scots had a great chance to level the scoreline when Stephen Glass curled the ball into the path of Kyle who produced a great header.

But he was denied by an equally impressive save from goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch.

But Jentzsch was powerless to prevent Scotland drawing level after 43 minutes.

Alexander Voigt (left) scored Germany's late equaliser
Voigt (left) celebrates his late goal
Kyle's downward header was blocked by Christoph Preuss but he succeeded only in knocking the ball back into the path of the striker who shot home.

The Germans started the second half determined to reclaim the lead they had lost just before the interval and Daun could have netted five minutes after the restart but his effort was blocked by Gary Caldwell.

Minutes later Ernst tried to pick out Bierofka for a header at the back post but Caldwell again managed to clear.

And the German side took the lead after 58 minutes through Alexander Meier.

But the Scots refused to buckle and fought back again when substitute Hughes latched onto a knock down from Kyle to fire a left-foot shot past Jentsch.

Malcolm put Scotland into the lead for the first time in the 86th minute when a Hughes free-kick from the right broke to him in the German box and he stroked it home.

But Voigt popped up to spoil Scotland's party.

Germany B: Jentsch, Hinkel, Voigt, Preuss, Franz, Schindzielorz, Bierofka, Ernst, Daun, Kuranyi, Frommer.

Subs: Borel, Meier, Meyer, Borowski, Kringe.

Scotland B: Gallacher, Stephen Caldwell, Malcolm, Gary Caldwell, Crainey, Gavin Rae, Nicholson, Ian Murray, Glass, Miller, Kyle.

Subs: Alexander, Kennedy, Hughes, McGovern, Canero, Harper, Scott Murray, Arthur.

Referee: Laurent Duhamel (France)

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29 Nov 02 | Scotland
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