Luxembourg v Scotland as it happened

Interim manager Billy Stark's Scotland side defeat Luxembourg in a friendly.

14 November 2012 Last updated at 21:46

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As it happened

  1. 1841: 

    Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of Scotland's friendly in Luxembourg. It's interim manager Billy Stark's first match in charge of the national side - but will it be his only one? A good win may well put him in contention to succeed Craig Levein in the Hampden Park hotseat.

  2. 1843: 

    So, what do you think will happen as Scotland take on mighty Luxembourg? Are we in for a feast of football? And who would you like to see as the next Scotland manager?

    Get in touch via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @steviemillerbbc

    Or text 80295 with your contributions...

  3. 1846: 
    TEAM NEWS

    Scotland: Gilks, Dixon, Hanley, Berra, Whittaker, D Fletcher, Mulgrew, Shinnie, Naismith, Miller, Rhodes.

  4. 1847: 

    A first cap then for Andrew Shinnie, who becomes Inverness CT's first Scotland international. He's replacing Kris Commons who was forced to withdraw late from the Scotland line-up.

  5. 1850: 

    And no fears of a 4-6-0 formation, with Kenny Miller and Jordan Rhodes up front. It's without doubt an attacking formation - both Shinnie and Steven Naismith have played up front as well.

  6. 1855: 

    Now, there's a harsh tweet to start with from Graeme Gordon: "Scotland in with a chance tonight as Luxembourg's main goal threat, Gary Caldwell, is not playing."

    Ouch!

  7. 1859: 

    Big Mark in Fife texted in with a win-win situation for a suggested next Scotland manager: "If Strachan wants to get back into club football, then he may as well take the Scotland job, as everyone else that's had it has evidently used the national manager's job to springboard their club career."

  8. 1902: 

    Interim manager Billy Stark has hinted that we could well see more new faces coming off the bench tonight for Scotland.

    "I think you can make plans going into the game, but the game ultimately dictates what you do," he said.

  9. 1905: 

    Some more tweets coming in suggesting tonight could be the dawning of a new era. Ah, you've got to love an optimist...

    Steven Lawther says: "The Burley and Levein years were grim. Let's hope a more positive era starts tonight #SFA #bbcsportsound."

    Basses & aces gives a shout of encouragement: "‏Right Scotland, get it on!"

  10. 1907: 
    TEAM NEWS

    Luxembourg: Joubert, Mutsch, Bukvic, Deville, Schnell, Janisch, Blaise, Krogh Gerson, Payal, Bettmer, Leweck. Subs: Oberweis, Malget, Hoffmann, Peters, Da Mota Alves, Bensi, Laterza, Philipps, Jans, Turpel.

  11. 1908: 
    TEAM NEWS

    Scotland substitutes: Samson, Webster, Barr, Davidson, Kelly, Griffiths, Bell.

  12. 1909: 

    News from Luxembourg from BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont: "The Scotland fans outnumber the home fans inside Stade Josy Barthel as a local brass band takes to the field to play the anthems."

  13. 1912: 

    This is one of the odder renditions of Flower of Scotland...it appears to be played in some strange jazz time signature.

  14. 1913: 

    Greg Carr ‏tweets about the Scotland under-21's unlucky defeat to Portugal earlier today: "Talent in u21's, lost 3-2 to Portugal. Feruz with 2. Hope we can bring them through to the full squad."

  15. 1916: 
    KICK-OFF

    It's Luxembourg who get us underway...and immediately hoof the ball long and high up the pitch. They're maybe not so different from us.

  16. 1918: 

    "Great chance for Stark to put his name in the bag of management contenders. Get an emphatic win with these B team players and he will have every right to claim that position." So says Jay Sears, a Scot currently in Wales.

  17. 1920: 

    The idea of Billy Stark taking charge of Scotland is getting lots of support on Twitter:

    Steve Brown: "Decent looking line-up considering all the call-offs. Let's give the job to Billy Stark."

    Alan: "All the best to Billy Stark & his cobbled-together team. Always liked Billy Stark."

  18. 1921: 

    Five minutes gone in Luxembourg City, and it's fair to say it's not been end to end stuff. Pretty slow-paced so far.

  19. 1923: 
    STAT ALERT!

    Impress your friends by letting them know that Luxembourg are joint 144th in the FIFA rankings. Scotland are a whopping 70th at the moment.

  20. 1925: 

    A mistake from Luxembourg defender Blaise lets Jordan Rhodes through one-on-one with Joubert in the home goal. His shot is as off-kilter as the brass band that played the anthems however, and drifts well wide.

  21.  
    GOAL

    Luxembourg 0-1 Scotland

  22. 1927: 

    Paul Dixon crosses in from the left and Jordan Rhodes bundles the ball home from close range. The Stark era off to a good start.

  23. 1930: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Luxembourg:

    "The pitch here, which is also used for rugby matches, is cutting up and players are slipping on it quite regularly in the opening stages."

  24. 1931: 
    CLOSE!

    Uh-oh! Alarm bells ringing as Dixon is posted missing as Luxembourg break down our left flank. The cross is headed down by Mutsch but is saved by Gilks. Luxembourg camped outside the Scotland box.

  25. 1935: 

    Mario Mutsch has another pop from the edge of the box, but his shot curls wide of the post. Not how Scotland were hoping it would go.

  26. 1938: 

    Salt 'n' Sauce has a bone of contention with my timekeeping: "Re: 19.27: The Stark era? Did you really say that?"

    I did, but I'm making no guesses as to how long this particular era will last...

  27. 1938: 

    Scotland manage to carve out another chance as Kenny Miller collects the ball just outside the box. He tries to curl it into the top corner, but Joubert is left untroubled as it drifts harmlessly over.

  28.  
    GOAL

    Luxembourg 0-2 Scotland (Rhodes)

  29. 1940: 

    It's a fifth goal in the Stade Josy Barthel for Jordan Rhodes. Andrew Shinnie shoots across the face of goal and Jonathan Joubert's parry is straight into the path of the Blackburn striker who lashes it into the net.

  30. 1945: 

    Lots of comments on Twitter about Craig Levein's reluctance to play Jordan Rhodes - it's fair to say I don't think that was his most popular decision with the Tartan Army.

    Iain Crawford: "Play Rhodes from the start and he scores."

    Bal: "Craig Levein ......if, buts and maybes."

    James Mackenzie@: He's not ready for international football. #leveinquotes

  31. 1947: 
    CLOSE!

    Kenny Miller is played through one-on-one with Jonathan Joubert by a fine through-ball by Steven Naismith...the Luxembourg keeper does really well to block his shot, and the striker is flagged offside in any case.

  32. 1949: 

    Cameron Foster has the opening pub quiz question of the night: "Who was the last person to get a double for Scotland?"

  33. 1952: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Luxembourg:

    "Kenny Miller, who admitted on Monday he'd been upset at losing his international place to Steven Fletcher, has looked very sharp tonight. He's linking superbly with Jordan Rhodes and Steven Naismith. Were those begging for Scotland to play two up front right, or is it simply paying off against weaker opposition?"

  34. 1953: 

    BBC Scotland's Willie Miller notices a tactical adjustment: "Billy Stark has switched his wide players, moving Steven Naismith to the right and Andrew Shinnie to the left. I'm totally surpsied the Luxembourg coach hasnt done anything about Kenny Miller's movement into a midfield area."

  35. 1956: 

    Ross Armour looks forward to prolific days up front for the national side: "Scotland strike force of the future: Rhodes and Fletcher #bbcsportsound."

    That's a pairing with plenty of promise, that's for sure.

  36. 1958: 

    Plenty of possession for the Scots, patient build-up, a couple of half-chances, but nothing clear-cut at the moment.

  37. 1959: 

    Clear-cut at the other end as Charles Leweck has a pop with a low right-footed shot which, thankfully, is straight at Matt Gilks.

  38.  
    HALF-TIME

    Luxembourg 0-2 Scotland

  39. 2002: 

    Well, it's going well for Scotland so far with two goals for Jordan Rhodes, the Boy Wonder of the national side...however, Luxembourg have had a few chances of their own, and you have to wonder what a side higher up the rankings would have done with them. All going well going forward though.

  40. 2007: 

    BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds: "They've kept the ball, got a couple of goals. Billy Stark will be delighted."

  41. 2009: 

    The brass band liven up half-time with a New Orleans-style blast at "Oh When The Saints." Is that for St Johnstone's Murray Davidson and St Mirren's Craig Samson on the Scotland bench? Is this what perhaps passes for a rave in the legendarily douce Duchy?

  42. 2014: 

    Ross Fairlie tweets another suggestion for the Scotland forward line: "re 19.49: Islam Feruz :)"

    After his two-goal performance for the under-21 side in their 3-2 defeat by Portugal today, he's not done his prospects any harm.

  43. 2016: 
    KICK-OFF

    Scotland kick off the second half with both sides making one change. Scotland bring on Kilmarnock's Liam Kelly to make his debut, replacing Charlie Mulgrew, and Rene Peters replaces Ben Payal for Luxembourg.

  44.  
    GOAL

    Luxembourg 1-2 Scotland (Gerson)

  45. 2019: 

    A spectacular curling free-kick from Lars Gerson drifts past Matt Gilks and Lars Gerson, one of only two full-time players in the Luxembourg squad, gets his second international goal.

  46. 2021: 

    Not the best start to an international career for Liam Kelly as he concedes the free-kick from which Luxembourg score their first goal against Scotland in four matches.

  47. 2024: 

    Stripey Baz: ‏"Nice to see the #Scotland wall defend that free kick there. Stunning reactions."

    I think he might be being ironic.

  48. 2025: 

    Scotland looking rattled for the first time in the match, Luxembourg have clearly been lifted by that goal.

  49. 2026: 
    Ouch!

    Jordan Rhodes takes an arm across the face while jumping for a high ball. Scotland make nothing of the set-piece though.

  50. 2028: 

    A chance for Scotland as Steven Naismith is sent tumbling at the edge of the box by Rene Peters. Paul Dixon hovering over the free kick.

  51. 2029: 

    After all that build-up...Dixon's shot goes straight into the wall. Scotland look to have weathered a Luxembourg storm.

  52. 2031: 

    After two Jordan Rhodes goals in the first half it's no surprise BBC Scotland's Willie Miller singles out a Scotland striker for special praise. The surprise is it's not Rhodes he's praising:

    "Kenny Miller has ruled this game, it's a wonderful performance so far."

  53. 2034: 

    Tonight's attendance is 2521, with Scotland fans in the majority.

  54. 2036: 

    After such a promising first half, it's all gone a bit flat for Scotland. An awful lot of the second half is being played in the Scotland half...and Scotland are seeing an awful lot less of the ball too.

  55. 2039: 
    Ouch!

    The most entertaining point of the last few moments comes as a Luxembourg midfielder attempts to control a bouncing ball, misses, and falls flat on his backside. Yep, there's not much silky soccer on show at the moment.

  56. 2041: 

    Normal service has been resumed as far as some Scotland fans on Twitter seem to think.

    Ethu Crorie: "We are far from dominating against Luxembourg! This is the kind of performance that Levein would have got from this lot.

  57. 2043: 

    A flat-looking Scotland make their second change of the evening as Hibernian forward Leigh Griffiths, who has inspired the Easter Road club to the top of the SPL table, replaces Andrew Shinnie. A good opening period from Shinnie, but he's faded in the second half.

  58. 2044: 
    CLOSE!

    Luxembourg's best move of the night sees them outnumber the Scottish defence with Mario Mutsch released on the left. His deep cross is headed towards goal by Stefano Bensi and Matt Gilks saves it awkwardly. The Blackpool keeper hasn't looked confident tonight.

  59. 2047: 

    Mark Morrison has a radical suggestion for improving Scotland's national fortunes: "Oh dear, one goal better than a team of part timers. We don't need a new manager, we need to invade a nation with talent."

  60. 2049: 

    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod in Luxembourg: "Luxembourg are playing the better football - the team that are ranked 144th in the world!"

  61. 2051: 

    BBC Scotland's Willie Miller: "Scotland have been the team under pressure in the last ten minutes. They haven't dominated the game."

  62. 2053: 

    If Scotland hang on till full time this will be Scotland's second international win of 2012. Yes, I'm really having to question whether Scotland can hang on against Luxembourg.

  63. 2055: 
    CLOSE!

    Maurice Deville plays a fiendish low ball fizzing across the face of Scotland's goal. The merest of touches and it would have been a leveller.

  64. 2056: 
    CLOSE!

    Jordan Rhodes head the ball into the net! But the assistant referee's flag dispels any thoughts of a first Scotland hat-trick since the days of Colin Stein.

  65. 2057: 
    CLOSE!

    This game's suddenly got all exciting! Stefano Bensi tests Matt Gilks with a low shot to the bottom left corner of the net, but the Blackpool men gets down to collect the shot.

  66. 2059: 

    Scotland fans on Twitter are, unsurprisingly, unimpressed by the second-half performance in Luxembourg.

    Aaron Muir: "I don't think Billy Stark wanted this job when he named a 'same old' squad. The performance hasn't impressed."

    Scotbot: ‏"Luxembourg now pumping Scotland 1-2. The 2nd half tactics have been #StarkRavingBonkers. More than ever we need a good coach."

    Tristan MG Aitchison: "The worst Scotland performance I've seen since Belgium."

  67. 2102: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    We're now at the end of the 90 minutes, with two minutes of injury time. But, before that, Murray Davidson comes on to become the first St Johnstone player capped by Scotland since Willie Imrie in 1929. A proud moment for everyone at the Perth club.

  68.  
    FULL-TIME

    Luxembourg 1-2 Scotland

  69. 2105: 

    They huffed and they puffed throughout that second half, but Scotland hung on for the win. Perhaps significantly, the match ended with Murray Davidson playing a fine ball to release the more lively-looking Leigh Griffiths - perhaps more substitutions should have been made earlier?

  70. 2107: 

    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod: "The match ends a horrible year on a reasonably positive note for Scotland."

  71. 2109: 

    The second half may not have been brilliant, but Alan in Eyemouth is at least pleased about one part of the change in Scotland regime:

    "I think for the 1st time in about 18 months that we have made "progress"...Progress in that I've not heard the word "progress" being mentioned, so for me folks that is "PROGRESS"!!"

  72. 2112: 

    BBC Scotland's Willie Miller:

    "Luxembourg took the game to us in that second half; we were hanging on for the win in that second half to an extent. I didn't ever think we were going to lose it, but they were maybe a bit unlucky not to get a draw."

  73. 2116: 

    Well, some are getting in touch to caution against too much negativity - we did win the game after all.

    Dave in Balloch texted to say: "Usual negativity from some Scotland "fans". Let's wait and see what happens with a new coach and a full-strength team when Wales come calling."

    David Fulton tweeted support for Billy Stark: "Billy Stark should get a turn for #Scotland with the possibility of u21's manager if things don't go well."

  74. 2118: 
    STAT ALERT!

    One notable statistic that has popped up Scotland had seven shots on goal, Luxembourg had 11. And, to paraphrase the apocryphal Craig Brown comment, we drew with them on corners.

  75. 2120: 

    BBC Scotland's Willie Miller picks up on Grant Hanley's performance in the Scotland defence, which has been attracting a lot of comment on Twitter as well:

    "If you haven't got pace, you've got to have anticipation, and I'm afraid I didn't see that from him tonight.

  76. 2126: 

    Scotland interim manager Billy Stark: "It didn't pan out the way we wanted

    "We're a wee bit disappointed the way we played in that second half.

    "We dug in and saw the result out which was important, but certainly we didn't get flowing, it was patchy, and, in terms of attempts on goal, we'd want more than that.

  77. 2130: 

    Scotland interim manager Billy Stark on whether he is interested in the Scotland job full time:

    "I really wasn't thinking about that - if we'd won 6-0 I still wouldn't have been thinking about that.

    "We'll see what happens in the future."

  78. 2131: 

    However, BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds thinks that Stark will throw his hat into the ring:

    "Publically, he's saying all the right things, but I think privately he'll be thinking - I fancy this."

  79. 2131: 

    I'll leave the final word on Twitter to scotbot, whose sense of irony hasn't been too dampened by that second-half showing:

    "Scotland have held on for a famous victory here. Unbelievable scenes." LOL

  80. 2133: 

    Thanks very much for your company this evening, and please, just try and wipe that second half from your collective memories.

    Goodnight.

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