Scotland U17s 2-3 Denmark U17s
Sunday, 25 March 2012
UEFA Under-17 Championship Elite Round
Scotland 2-3 Denmark
Cappielow Park, Greenock
Kidd 27, Aird 67; Hojbjerg 24, Crone 63, Jensen 74
Both Scotland and Denmark miss out on a place at the UEFA Under-17 Championship finals after a thrillling match at Cappielow.
Iceland progress as Group 6 winners after a 4-0 win over Lithuania.
Scotland performed with a brightness befitting the sunny conditions in Greenock, but couldn't get the win they required.
Islam Feruz, a prodigious talent, has shown glimpses of it in all three elite round games.
His quality accompanied that of Charles Telfer’s – the pair showing vision and touch.
Scotland could count themselves unlucky within the first 20 minutes when a penalty claim was waved away after what appeared to be a handball in the box from Svenn Crone.
The Danes countered by taking the lead through a curling strike into the top right corner from Borussia Dortmund’s latest signing Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.
There is real character about this Scottish side and it showed two minutes later when Lewis Kidd - one of the team’s best performers this week - latched onto a shot from Fraser Aird to equalise rom four yards.
At the back, the two Stuarts – Urquhart and Findlay – played with their customary strength and composure.
Findlay showed great bravery to block a vicious strike from the Dane’s main threat Hojberg with his head. There was an anxious few moments as he lay dazed on the pitch, but quickly recovered.
Fearing their chances of making it to Slovenia were in jeopardy, Denmark dominated the first part of the second half.
Goalkeeper Ryan Crump, on the books at Liverpool, tipped a shot round the post to prevent Denmark taking the lead again.
Feruz provided respite from Danish attacks with a first touch which spun him on goal but his marker recovered to block the shot.
Denmark were ahead again just after the hour mark when a run from full-back Svenn Crone turned into a low blast which beat Crump’s efforts to block.
But again Scotland responded quickly.
Kidd’s low shot was parried away to the feet of Aird who slotted home from eight yards.
In what had become a thoroughly entertaining afternoon, the game was now of the end-to-end variety.
Unfortunately it was at the Scottish end where another goal was conceded.
Mikkel Jensen’s mazy run and shot produced the most impressive goal of the match in the 74th minute to claim the three points, but it was not enought to send the Danes to the finals in Slovenia this summer.
Crump, Hendrie, Urquhart (Cpt.), Findlay, Petrie, Smith (Johnstone, 55), Telfer(Ramsay, 53), Kidd, Aird, Feruz, Turnbull.
Subs: Hart, Johnstone, Sibbald, Ramsay, Lindsay, Murdoch.
Hagelskjær, Crone, Andersen (C), Nordam, Mathiasen, Wohlegemuth, Hjulsager, Mathiasen, Højbjerg, Jensen, Thomse.
Subs: Nybo (GK), Arrocha, Desler, Hansen, Larsen, Larsen