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Tuesday, 20 August, 2002, 20:25 GMT 21:25 UK
Canero earns young Scots draw
Peter Canero slots home the equalising goal for Scotland
Peter Canero's tenacity produced the equaliser
Scotland Under-21s 1-1 Denmark Under-21s

A superb solo effort from Kilmarnock's Peter Canero gave Scotland's Under-21s a heartening start to life under new coach Rainer Bonhof.

The young Danes took an early lead after a superb finish from Tommy Bechmann at Dunfermline Athletic's East End Park.

But Canero's persistence produced a deserved equaliser before half time in front of a disappointing crowd of 2,900 in the Kingdom of Fife.

It was former German international Bonhof's first game in charge of the young Scots and his reshaped side had little time to take in his new ideas.

Scotland Under-21 boss Rainer Bonhof
Rainer Bonhof was happy with a draw
But he concluded: "We played better than I had hoped and had many positive periods of play.

"But there is still much to do."

The Scots should have taken the lead after six minutes when Canero's cross was dummied by Garry O'Connor and Michael Stewart's low drive from 16 yards glanced the wrong side of the post.

While the Danes fielded seven new Under-21 caps, they meet once a week and that greater understanding showed in the early stages.

Debutant Dundee goalkeeper Derek Soutar produced a superb block after nine minutes when Jan Frederiksen broke clear and let fly from 20 yards.

It took the Danes only another six minutes to take the lead after Rangers defender Andrew Dowie misjudged the flight of a long ball.

His attempted clearance fell to Bechmann, who volleyed home superbly off the underside of the bar from 20 yards.

Rangers midfielder Stephen Hughes forced a couple of saves from Danish goalkeeper Stephan Andersen before Scotland's mounting dominance of possession finally told after 33 minutes.

Canero played a one-two with Shaun Maloney at the edge of the box and the Killie winger's tenacity and skill won him a couple of fortuitous ricochets off defender's shins before he poked the ball under the advancing goalkeeper from 12 yards.

The Scots deserved to be level and should have gone ahead four minutes after the break.

A strong run by Hughes was thwarted just inside the box.

But the ball fell to O'Connor and, with only goalkeeper Andersen to beat, the Hibernian striker curled his drive a couple of yards over the bar.

James McFadden had replaced Maloney at the break and the Motherwell forward's direct running and trickery posed some danger early on.

But, despite danger at a couple of set-pieces, it was Denmark who imposed themselves and created the best chance of the half.

Jamie McCunnie had to clear off the line following Sorensen's header at a corner.


Scotland U21: Soutar, McCunnie, Ian Murray, Dowie, Doig, Brian Kerr, Canero, Stephen Hughes, O'Connor, Michael Stewart, Maloney. Subs: McGregor, Kennedy, McCracken, Duff, Fletcher, Thomas McManus, McFadden, McLean, Lynch.

Denmark U21: Andersen, Hansen, Andreasen, Bischoff, Kristiansen, Wurtz, Traore, Frederiksen, Sorensen, Haakonsson, Bechmann. Subs: Pedersen, Krause, Kamper, Simon Elbaek Jensen, Simon Elbaek Jensen, Serensen.

Referee: David Malcolm (Northern Ireland).

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