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Scotland U21 1-4 Norway U21

Hearts striker Calum Elliot was sent off at Rugby Park
Elliot was dismissed after a reckless challenge

Hearts striker Calum Elliot was sent off as Scotland were brushed aside by Norway in a friendly at Rugby Park.

Per Ciljan Skjelbred shot the visitors ahead in the first half and Alexander Mathisen slid in a second before Elliot picked up his second yellow card.

Celtic defender Scott Cuthbert pulled one back for Billy Stark's side following an impressive surge forward.

Tarik Elyounossi and Christer Kleiven added to the Norwegian tally on a miserable night for the Scots.

Elliot, who skewed an angled shot from eight yards past the post in the early stages, picked up his second booking for an ugly two-footed tackle on Vadim Demidov.

Stark, who was without several regulars due to Thursday's SPL end-of-season finale, was looking for others to stake a claim.

And, with Steven Naismith ruled out for a year with cruciate ligament damage, the manager would have been hoping for better from his forwards.


Scotland U21: McLean (Fleming 46), Mitchell, Wallace, Cuthbert, Pearce (McAllister 87), Hamill (McCormack 76), Dorrans (Lennon 63), Arfield, Conroy (Snodgrass 59), Mulgrew, Elliot. Sent Off: Elliot (56).

Booked: Elliot.

Goal: Cuthbert 70.

Norway U21: Staw, Hagen, Reginiussen (Simonsen 87), Horn, Larsen (Kleiven 68), Demidov, Stromnes (Hanssen 46), Mathisen (Khalili 80), Skjelbred, Knudsen, Elyounossi. Subs Not Used: Lie, Gjestrumbakken, Nisja.

Goals: Skjelbred 27, Mathisen 55, Elyounossi 74, Kleiven 90.

Att: 3,036

Ref: Peter Vervecken (Belgium).




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