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Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

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Highlights: Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

Marco Urena scored the only goal as Costa Rica ruined Alex McLeish's return as Scotland manager.

In the first friendly of McLeish's second stint in charge, Urena finished smartly on 14 minutes after a fine cutback by Bryan Oviedo.

Bryan Ruiz hit the bar after the break for the visitors, having been afforded too much space on the left.

Matt Ritchie drew a fine stop from Keylor Navas with the hosts' best chance of the match.

The Scots face Hungary away on Tuesday night, while Costa Rica take on Tunisia as the Central Americans continue their preparations for the World Cup in Russia.

Matt Ritchie shoots
Ritchie was denied by Navas in Scotland's best attack

For the hosts at Hampden, there were international debuts for Scott McKenna, Scott McTominay, Oli McBurnie and Kevin McDonald in a new look, experimental Scotland side.

As McLeish tries to build momentum, this was the first of a series of friendlies before the Uefa Nations League matches in September.

Despite a freshness in manager and squad, the crowd was low.

The hosts made a disappointing start, something they struggled to shake off for the most part.

They lacked tempo and an experienced Costa Rican side looked comfortable on the ball, exploiting space effectively.

The visitors were allowed to settle quickly and promptly used that to their advantage.

Scotland were brutally exposed on their right-hand side as Callum Paterson was beaten and Urena easily slotted home from Oviedo's centre.

Marcos Urena scores
Urena cleverly guided the ball into the corner for Costa Rica's goal

McLeish's side tried to respond immediately when Ritchie swung in a corner and Paterson showed his real strength, in attack. He met the cross with a header but misdirected past the upright.

McBurnie then showed a glimpse of what he has to offer, driving toward goal after a pass from Andrew Robertson, but he was denied by Navas.

Robertson again squared for McBurnie and the striker went down under Oscar Duarte's challenge but appeals for a spot-kick were waved away.

The Costa Ricans consistently seemed to carry threat when they advanced, although that dissipated as the match wore on.

Daniel Colindres tried his luck with a volley that Robertson blocked on its way to goal.

The first half was not the swaggering performance that manager McLeish had asked for pre-match.

Oli McBurnie
McBurnie, on loan at Barnsley from Swansea, was one of Scotland's better performers

After the restart, though, Scotland appeared to have more intent with Costa Rica having to defend their goal with increasing regularity. They did so adequately for the most part.

Indeed they almost added a second when Ruiz got on the wrong side of Robertson, who completely misjudged his run. Ruiz turned toward goal and cracked a shot off the crossbar, to the relief of keeper Allan McGregor.

The best Scotland chance fell to Ritchie, who surged towards Navas but saw his drive palmed over by the Real Madrid man.

Paterson almost created the breakthrough for the marauding Robertson but Liverpool's left-back nodded his back-post header beyond the upright.

It was a friendly match and an opportunity to test some uncapped players and integrate new faces. Of those, McTominay and McBurnie did the most to suggest they have something to offer.

However, McLeish will surely demand more as he looks to remodel this national side and generate belief among players and supporters that a major finals can be reached for the first time since 1998.

The boos at full-time suggest there is much work to be done.

Scotland manager Alex McLeish and his assistant Peter Grant
Alex McLeish and assistant Peter Grant endured a disappointing night in Glasgow

Line-ups

Scotland

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Paterson
  • 4Hanley
  • 5MulgrewSubstituted forMcGinnat 82'minutes
  • 6McKenna
  • 3Robertson
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forMurphyat 87'minutes
  • 7McTominaySubstituted forArmstrongat 58'minutes
  • 8McDonald
  • 10CairneySubstituted forMcGregorat 58'minutes
  • 9McBurnieSubstituted forPhillipsat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Archer
  • 13Christie
  • 14Forrest
  • 15McGinn
  • 16Phillips
  • 17McGregor
  • 18Armstrong
  • 19Douglas
  • 20Murphy
  • 21McLaughlin
  • 22Cummings
  • 23McLean
  • 24Fraser
  • 25Hendry

Costa Rica

  • 1Navas
  • 16GamboaSubstituted forSmithat 75'minutes
  • 2Acosta
  • 3González
  • 6Duarte
  • 8OviedoSubstituted forCalvoat 78'minutes
  • 10Ruiz
  • 5Borges
  • 20GuzmánBooked at 23minsSubstituted forTejedaat 56'minutes
  • 12ColindresSubstituted forWallaceat 64'minutes
  • 21UreñaSubstituted forRuizat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Smith
  • 7Segura
  • 9Ruiz
  • 11Mitchell
  • 13Wallace
  • 14Azofeifa
  • 15Calvo
  • 17Tejeda
  • 18Briceño
  • 19Waston
  • 22Gutiérrez
  • 23Moreira
Referee:
Tobias Stieler
Attendance:
20,488

Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamCosta Rica
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Scotland 0, Costa Rica 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scotland 0, Costa Rica 1.

Foul by John McGinn (Scotland).

Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Paterson.

Offside, Costa Rica. Óscar Duarte tries a through ball, but Yendrick Ruiz is caught offside.

Foul by John McGinn (Scotland).

Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Scotland).

Yendrick Ruiz (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Scotland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Paterson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Jamie Murphy replaces Matt Ritchie.

Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Scotland).

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. John McGinn replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.

Foul by Matt Phillips (Scotland).

Yendrick Ruiz (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Francisco Calvo.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Francisco Calvo replaces Bryan Oviedo.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Matt Phillips replaces Oliver McBurnie.

Yendrick Ruiz (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Scotland).

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Ian Smith replaces Cristian Gamboa.

Johnny Acosta (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Scotland).

Yendrick Ruiz (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Scotland).

Offside, Scotland. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Oliver McBurnie is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Yendrick Ruiz replaces Marco Ureña.

Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Scotland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Rodney Wallace replaces Daniel Colindres.

Attempt missed. Daniel Colindres (Costa Rica) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Giancarlo González.

Corner, Costa Rica. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Johnny Acosta.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Callum McGregor replaces Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Stuart Armstrong replaces Scott McTominay.

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