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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Scotland Men's National Soccer Team News

June 13, 2015 - Shaun Maloney kick leads to equalizing own goal in draw with Ireland
"Scotland salvaged a draw against the Republic of Ireland to maintain a two-point lead over their opponents in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. Shaun Maloney's deflected shot off John O'Shea just after half-time clawed the Scots back into a match they had barely been part of in the opening period. Jon Walters had given the Irish a deserved lead, tapping in from an offside position." - BBC

June 6, 2015 - Matt Ritchie scores in 1-0 win over Qatar
"Scotland warmed up for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland with a comfortable win over Qatar thanks to a Matt Ritchie strike. Ritchie's first international goal late in the first half proved to be the difference between the sides." - BBC

March 29, 2015 - Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in win over Gibraltar
"Scotland survived a brief scare against Gibraltar before Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped them to a comfortable 6-1 win in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier at Hampden Park. Gordon Strachan's men came into the game as strong favourites but became the first side to concede a competitive goal to Uefa's newest member nation when Lee Casciaro cancelled out Shaun Maloney's first-half penalty. Casciaro, a policeman back in his homeland, placed a low shot beyond the advancing David Marshall as Gibraltar's wait for a first goal in qualifying was ended. The visitors were level for less than 10 minutes, however, as Scotland found another gear and netted three times in quick succession before the interval. Fletcher scored his first international goal in almost six years with a scrappy header before Casciaro had a more humbling moment with a foul on Steven Naismith and Maloney successfully converted his second spot kick. Naismith got in on the act soon afterwards with a first-time finish as Scotland pulled further clear and Fletcher rounded off the scoring with two more goals in the second half as Strachan's side made it 10 points from five Group D games. " - Goal

March 25, 2015 - Christophe Berra scores in win over Northern Ireland
"A late header by substitute Christophe Berra gave Scotland a narrow but deserved 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in their meeting at Hampden Park. Visiting keeper Michael McGovern made several saves in the first half to keep an enterprising home side at bay, most notably from Steven Fletcher and Ikechi Anya. The Scots also had the best of a second half which was punctuated with substitutions but it looked like ending in a stalemate until the 85th minute when the Ipswich defender, these days down the pecking order but who had replaced Russell Martin, headed in a corner from debutant Matt Ritchie." - ESPN

November 14, 2014 - Shaun Maloney scores in win over Ireland
"Shaun Maloney’s stunning strike earned Scotland a battling 1-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park. In truth, there was more gusto than guile on show throughout a frantic encounter but Maloney’s decisive finish was enough to secure Scotland’s second win of the campaign.... The home side were almost in front from an unlikely source when Walters headed against his own crossbar. But Scotland took full advantage of the resulting corner as Maloney produced a sublime finish to cap off a delightful move from the hosts. Ikechi Anya and Maloney combined well from a short corner before Scott Brown’s creative flick was matched by a superb strike from the Wigan forward, who guided the ball past David Forde from 18 yards."

October 11, 2014 - own goal provides 1-0 win over Georgia
"Scotland kick-started their European Championship qualifying campaign with a deserved, if far from emphatic, win over Georgia at Ibrox. A powerful shot from Shaun Maloney was saved but then struck Akaki Khubutia to spin into the net for an own goal. Soon after, an effort from captain Scott Brown deflected narrowly wide. Georgia failed to test David Marshall but Scotland could not add to their lead, with Giorgi Loria saving from Steven Naismith and James Morrison." - BBC

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