European Championship Qualifying

Germany 2-1 Scotland

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland's senior football reporter at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
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.

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



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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


  • 12McGregor
  • 13Greer
  • 14Maloney
  • 15Fletcher
  • 16Bryson
  • 17McDonald
  • 18Burke
  • 19Reynolds
  • 20McArthur
  • 21Gordon
  • 22Forsyth
  • 23Martin
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Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamScotland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Germany 2, Scotland 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Germany 2, Scotland 1.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Steven Fletcher (Scotland).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Erik Durm (Germany).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Shaun Maloney.

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