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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 October, 2003, 20:48 GMT 21:48 UK
Future Scots fail to shine
Scotland Future 0-1 Germany Future

Scotland found the Germans difficult to break down
A late goal by substitute Markus Daun gave the Germany Future side victory over their Scots counterparts at Pittodrie.

A crowd of just 2,417 looked on as few players did much to impress national coach Berti Vogts in a tedious match.

Bradford City striker Andy Gray had a couple of chances to score for the home side and Blackburn Rovers youngster Paul Gallagher looked lively in the second half.

However, Scotland were sunk 10 minutes from time when Daun drove a powerful shot from 18 yards past Cardiff City keeper Neil Alexander.

"It was an unlucky result, but I saw a lot of good combinations out there," said Vogts.

"Germany were the favourites, and we were the underdogs. But I saw a lot of positive things, especially up front, and that's great for us."

Scotland had the opportunity to go in front two minutes from the interval when a Barry Nicholson cross from the left found Gray at the back post but his header went straight at German keeper Simon Jentzsch from close range.

Three minutes after the restart, Scotland substitute Gallagher, on for Garry O'Connor, did well on the left hand side and his cut back was waiting to be put into the net by Gray almost on the line when the ball was cleared.

In the 75th minute Germany substitute Daun came close when his angled shot from 16 yards was saved by Alexander.

Then Gray's cross from the right hand side nearly found Gallagher at the back post but the teenage striker was thwarted by Germany defender Sven Muller.

In the 80th minute, somewhat out of the blue, the Germans took the lead with a fine goal.

Daun spun on the edge of the box and drove a low shot past the helpless Alexander and into the corner of the net.


Scotland Future: Neil Alexander, Stockdale, McAllister, Nicholson, Anderson, Wilkie, Kerr, Gray, Ian Murray, McManus, O'Connor. Subs: Stillie, Gallagher, Boyd, O'Brien, McGovern, McGuire, Wilson, Soutar.

Germany Future: Jentzsch, Korzynietz, Bonig, Hertzsch, Maltritz, Borowski, Dabrowski, Ernst, Schroth, Engelhardt, Bierofka. Subs: Weidenfeller, Fahrenhorst, Schlicke, Kringe, Muller, Benschneider, Daun.

Referee: Miroslav Liba (Czech Republic)







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