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Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
Lucky Scots scrape draw in Faroes
John Petersen puts the Faroes ahead
John Petersen puts the Faroes ahead
Faroe Islands 2-2 Scotland

Scotland piled renewed pressure on coach Berti Vogts as they scraped an embarrassing draw against the Faroe Islands in this European Championship qualifier.

The part-timers looked superior to the Scots for long periods and quickly took a two-goal lead through John Petersen.

The Scots improved slightly after half-time and got back into the game after a deflected Paul Lambert goal.

Barry Ferguson grabbed an equaliser with eight minutes to go but that could not disguise the ineptitude of the Scots' performance.

Knudsen came under pressure for the first time in the sixth minute after good work by Crainey, but Dobie was penalised for a push on the keeper.

From the free-kick, the Faroes promptly went up the park and took the lead.

Jakob Borg was given too much room to cross on the right and his ball in was met by the unmarked Petersen who headed beyond Douglas.

John Petersen celebrates putting the Faroes ahead
Petersen celebrates putting the Faroes ahead

Incredibly, the Faroes made it two in 12 minutes when Petersen got on the end of a similar cross from Borg and finished comprehensively with Maurice Ross and Davie Weir marking fresh air.

Scotland were certainly having most of the possession, but their first decent effort on goal came in the 28th minute when Kevin Kyle flashed a header over the bar.

Allan Johnston ought to have pulled a goal back for the Scots five minutes before the interval, but his sidefooted volley ended the wrong side of the post after a good knock-down by Kyle.

Christian Dailly also had a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit, but his touch was awful when he only had to lob Knudsen.

A Kyle header that went well wide was Scotland's last effort before half time, and the Sunderland striker should have done better after the break than to head tamely past the post.

Petersen should have had a hat-trick after 54 minutes when he got on the end of precise cutback, but the ball bobbled as he struck it and flew over the bar.

Kyle struck the top of the bar as Scotland desperately pressed for a goal, but it finally came in highly fortunate circumstances.

A long throw eventually fell to Lambert and though his shot was heading wide it took two deflections before ending up in the back of the net.

The Faroes almost restored their two-goal lead immediately as they cut the Scottish defence open, but the final shot was comfortably held by Douglas.

But the chances were coming for Scotland and Stevie Crawford and then Scott Dobie should have done better from good positions.

Johnston was guilty of a dreadful piece of decision-making when the ball fell to him in space at the back post. Rather than taking a touch, the winger blasted the ball high and wide to the relief of Knudsen.

The Faroes should have made sure of the three points with 10 minutes left after more inept defending from the Scots but the final shot went just wide.

Two minutes later, Scotland were level as Ferguson latched on to a through ball to calmly lob Knudsen.

But still the Faroes had chances to win the game, firstly Flotum passing up a glorious chance and then Douglas foiling Elttor.


Faroe Islands: Knudsen, Johannesen, Jens Kristian Hansen, Thorsteinsson, Jon Roi Jacobsen, Elttor, Benjaminsen, Julian Johnsson, Borg, John Petersen, Christian Hogni Jacobsen.

Substitutes: Rogvi Jacobsen, Lakjuni, Hans Frodi Hansen, Johannus Joensen, Mikkelsen, Flotum.

Scotland: Douglas, Ross, Crainey, Dailly, Weir, Dickov, Ferguson, Lambert, Johnston, Kyle, Dobie.

Substitutes: Gallacher, McNaughton, Thompson, Wilkie, Alexander, Williams, Crawford.

Referee: J Granat (Poland).

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 ON THIS STORY
BBC Scotland's David Begg
"There'll be a long inquest"
Scotland manager Berti Vogts
"I can't understand what's happened"
Scotland's Barry Ferguson
"Disappointing - we have more quality than them"
Faroes boss Henrik Larsen
"I'm very pleased with our performance"

BBC Sport's Alan Hansen gives his view on a weekend of international footall
Scotland's new low

 VOTE RESULTS
Should Berti Vogts quit Scotland job?

Yes
 64.30% 

No
 35.70% 

5476 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

Scotland 3-1 Canada

Iceland 0-2 Scotland

Faroes 2-2 Scotland

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26 Aug 02 | Scotland
21 Aug 02 | Scotland
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07 Sep 02 | England
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