European Championship Qualifying - Group D
Germany2Scotland1

Germany 2-1 Scotland

Thomas Muller scores for Germany against Scotland
Muller twice capitalised on poor defending to put Germany in front
  • Muller double gives world champions win
  • Spirited visitors had levelled through Anya
  • Scotland's first defeat in a year

Scotland's opening Euro 2016 qualifier ended in defeat by world champions Germany thanks to two goals from Thomas Muller.

He headed the opener in a first half completely dominated by the hosts.

The Scots rode their luck in the first half but lifted their game after the break and levelled through Ikechi Anya.

But poor defending allowed Muller to fire in from close range to seal a narrow win, with Charlie Mulgrew sent off in stoppage time for the visitors.

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We played without fear - Strachan

The result is no disgrace and nor was the Scots' performance after half-time, when they seemed to find a belief that they could hurt their illustrious opponents.

And so they did when Sunderland's Steven Fletcher came off the bench and released winger Anya with a wonderful pass.

The Watford player, racing from the halfway line, still had plenty to do but as he approached Manuel Neuer's goal he showed terrific composure to slide the ball into the net.

That cancelled out Muller's early opener, which arrived despite two earlier warnings.

The German forward had twice got his head to dangerous crosses - the first a bad miss, the second cleared to safety - before the third landed in David Marshall's net.

Anya - not for the first time - afforded midfielder Sebastian Rudy far too much time and space on the German right and his measured cross found Muller climbing between Alan Hutton and Russell Martin to loop a header over the keeper.

Thomas Muller celebrates after scoring for Germany against Scotland
Muller found a gap in the Scotland defence to head the opener

If the Scots defended that one poorly, the loss of the second was calamitous. A corner from the right was not cleared and the ball fell kindly to Muller who gleefully popped the ball past the Scotland number one after 18 minutes.

Marshall had kept his side in the game with a string of terrific saves, with Marco Reus a particular goal threat.

Germany's front four - Reus, Muller, Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze - were irresistible at times, combining seemingly effortlessly and leaving the Scots defenders bamboozled by their movement.

Nonetheless, there were occasional glimpses of Neuer's goal for the visitors, Barry Bannan seeing an early shot deflected just wide and Anya passing up two good opportunities, one when Neuer was yards out of his penalty area but the winger took a heavy touch and the chance was gone.

Scotland might have had an equaliser in the opening moments of the second period at the end of a superb, penetrating run down the right by Alan Hutton.

He picked out Steven Naismith, who drifted away from two defenders before unleashing a low shot past Neuer but agonisingly a matter of inches wide of the post.

Marshall was twice made to work by Gotze either side of Muller's second and there could have been a hat-trick for Muller himself, only for the post to deny him just after Mulgrew was red carded for a second bookable offence - kicking the ball away.

And though the outcome was a fair one on the balance of play, Scotland did cause numerous problems for a shaky German defence and can take confidence from the way they matched the World Cup winners after the interval.

Steven Fletcher has a headed attempt for Scotland against Germany
The introduction of Steven Fletcher gave Scotland more attacking impetus
Ikechi Anya scores for Scotland against Germany
Anya showed pace and composure to level
Scotland players celebrating
Scotland players temporarily dreamed of a famous result
Scotland midfielder Charlie Mulgrew
Mulgrew will miss Scotland's next match after receving two bookings

Line-ups

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 7Rudy
  • 17Boateng
  • 4Höwedes
  • 15DurmBooked at 71mins
  • 20Kramer
  • 18Kroos
  • 13MüllerBooked at 90mins
  • 21ReusSubstituted forGinterat 90+2'minutes
  • 9SchürrleSubstituted forPodolskiat 84'minutes
  • 19Götze

Substitutes

  • 2Großkreutz
  • 3Ginter
  • 10Podolski
  • 11Sam
  • 12Zieler
  • 16Rüdiger
  • 22Weidenfeller
  • 23Gomez

Scotland

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Hutton
  • 4Martin
  • 5HanleyBooked at 50mins
  • 3Whittaker
  • 10BannanSubstituted forFletcherat 58'minutes
  • 7FletcherSubstituted forMcArthurat 58'minutes
  • 8MulgrewBooked at 90mins
  • 11Anya
  • 6MorrisonBooked at 75mins
  • 9NaismithSubstituted forMaloneyat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McGregor
  • 13Greer
  • 14Maloney
  • 15Fletcher
  • 16Bryson
  • 17McDonald
  • 18Burke
  • 19Reynolds
  • 20McArthur
  • 21Gordon
  • 22Forsyth
  • 23Martin
Referee:
Svein Oddvar Moen
Attendance:
60,209

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamScotland
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home26
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Germany 2, Scotland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Germany 2, Scotland 1.

Booking

Thomas Müller (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

Shaun Maloney (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Thomas Müller (Germany) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Christoph Kramer with a headed pass.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

Jerome Boateng (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Scotland).

Foul by Erik Durm (Germany).

James McArthur (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Matthias Ginter replaces Marco Reus because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marco Reus (Germany) because of an injury.

Booking

Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marco Reus (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

Attempt missed. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Shaun Maloney.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Erik Durm (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Maloney (Scotland).

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Maloney (Scotland).

Foul by Christoph Kramer (Germany).

Steven Fletcher (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerome Boateng.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Lukas Podolski replaces André Schürrle.

Attempt missed. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. James McArthur (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Shaun Maloney replaces Steven Naismith.

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Marco Reus (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

Offside, Scotland. Steven Whittaker tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Booking

James Morrison (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Morrison (Scotland).

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