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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005, 17:57 GMT
Scotland 1-1 USA
Darren Fletcher celebrates with Scotland scorer Andy Webster
Andy Webster's equaliser gave Scotland a morale-boosting but stuffy draw with World Cup qualifiers USA.

Josh Wolff gave the USA an early lead from the penalty spot after Christian Dailly pushed DaMarcus Beasley.

Webster headed in against the run of play after a Graham Alexander free-kick and the Scots came more into the game.

A Gary Caldwell drive flew just over for the home side, but Scotland's packed midfield and the USA's pressing game largely cancelled one another out.

Scotland boss Walter Smith had made two changes since the 3-0 victory in Slovenia in their final World Cup qualifier.

Garry O'Connor replaced the injured Kenny Miller up front, while Neil McCann came into an advanced midfield position, relegating James McFadden to the bench.

Only two of the 11 who started for the USA against Panama were on show due to injuries and club commitments.

But six European-based players started and the visitors, who have qualified again for the World Cup finals, began the more positively, took the lead after just eight minutes.

Wolff found Beasley running unmarked into the box and the winger was pushed from behind by Dailly.

Gordon was sent the wrong way from the penalty spot by Wolff but soon after prevented a second goal by superbly turning a curling Gregg Berhalter free-kick wide with his fingertips.

Dailly looked particularly awkward in a wide midfield role in an experimental 3-4-2-1 formation that was failing to penetrate a solid American defence.
Josh Wolff (right) celebrates his goal at Hampden
Josh Wolff (right) opened the scoring for the USA
The equaliser came out of the blue, when Alexander flighted in a free-kick that was headed into the far corner of the net by Webster from 15 yards.

O'Connor sent a header a few feet over and Wolff should have done better than drill wide at the other end after being picked out by Brian Ching 16 yards out.

Scotland were thankful for good interceptions by substitute Steven Caldwell and Fletcher after Beasley wriggled himself free in the box early after the break.

Hibernian midfielder Scott Brown made his Scotland debut for Nigel Quashie as the game started to open up after both sides made changes.

A couple of jinking runs by fellow sub McFadden started to cause problems for the American defence and Gary Caldwell sent a 25-yard drive just over the crossbar.

Brown volleyed the ball home following a McFadden through ball, but thoughts of a dream debut were thwarted by an offside flag.

Scotland: Gordon, Alexander, Weir, Pressley (Steven Caldwell 45), Webster, Dailly (Gary Caldwell 45), Fletcher, Hartley, Quashie (Maloney 74), O'Connor (Brown 74), McCann (McFadden 63).
Subs Not Used: Douglas, Anderson, Smith, Riordan, Esson, Murray.

Booked: Dailly, Steven Caldwell.

Goal: Webster 37.

USA: Keller, Spector, Bocanegra (Conrad 79), Cherundolo, Berhalter, Gaven (Quaranta 45), Carroll, Zavagnin (Olsen 45), Beasley (Heath Pearce 76), Ching, Wolff (Rolfe 58).
Subs Not Used: Howard, Feilhaber.

Goal: Wolff 9 pen.

Att: 26,708

Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

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