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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 June, 2003, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Scotland hold Germany
Kenny Miller watches his shot head for the German net
Scotland 1-1 Germany

A second half strike from Kenny Miller earned Scotland a draw with Germany in the Euro 2004 qualifier at Hampden Park.

A Fredi Bobic header gave a very ordinary Germany the lead but the spirited Scots hit back to earn a deserved share of the spoils.

Scotland coach Berti Vogts was anxious to put on a good show against his countrymen and will be pleased with the point after a string of poor friendly performances.

Both sides are now tied on eight points at the top of Group Five, although Germany have played a game less.

Scotland made a bright start to the match and a high tempo, pressing approach knocked the visitors out of their stride in the opening 20 minutes.

However, neither goalkeeper was called into action in the early stages as the ball ricocheted around midfield at a high rate of knots and some fearsome tackles flew in.

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The Scottish defence has looked fragile throughout Vogts' reign and the Germans were allowed an all too easy route to goal with their first meaningful attack.

With 23 minutes gone, Torsten Frings swung in a cross from the right flank and, with Steven Pressley misjudging the flight of the ball and Maurice Ross making no more than a half-hearted challenge, Bobic thumped home a simple header from six yards.

Scotland had a chance to draw level on the half hour when Stevie Crawford found himself unmarked in the penalty area following a corner, but the striker dragged his shot wide.

Eight minutes later Bernd Schneider tried his luck with a swerving shot from 30 yards and Scotland keeper Rab Douglas was at full stretch to push it away.

Scotland keeper Rab Douglas made two impressive saves
Soon after, Tobias Rau found room in the Scotland penalty area after an impressive run from Jens Jeremies, but a lunging tackle from Paul Lambert denied the defender a clean shot at goal.

The noisy Hampden crowd were out of their seats three minutes after the interval when a nice bit if skill from Crawford enabled the Dunfermline striker to test Oliver Khan with a fierce shot.

The German keeper could only punch the ball back to Crawford, who cleverly headed it into the path of Colin Cameron, but the midfielder completely miscued his shot right in front of the posts.

Scotland were throwing men forward in search of an equaliser but struggled to find any space behind the physically imposing German defence.

The home side were rewarded for their endeavour after 69 minutes when a free kick was taken quickly by Cameron and, with the German defence napping, Miller was able slot an angled shot past Khan.

Scotland continued to press and Gary Naysmith sent a well-struck shot over the crossbar from 20 yards.

Douglas had to be at his best to tip away a free kick from Schneider in the 85th minute and Scotland were let off the hook seconds later when Christian Woerns slashed a shot high and wide from a great position.

Michael Ballack, who had a very quiet afternoon, then sent a looping header on to the roof of the Scotland net as the Germans finished strongly.

Scotland: Douglas, Ross (McNamara 75), Pressley, Webster, Naysmith, Devlin (Rae 60), Lambert, Cameron, Dailly, Crawford, Miller (Thompson 90).
Subs not used: G Alexander, N Alexander, Wilkie, Gray.


Germany: Kahn; Friedrich, Woerns, Ramelow, Tobias Rau (Freier 57), Schneider (Kehl 86), Jeremies, Ballack, Frings, Klose, Bobic.
Subs not used: Rost, Rehmer, Hinkel, Neuville, Kuranyi.

Referee: Domenico Messina (Italy)






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