UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round

Scotland 1-1 Croatia

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, kick-off 12pm (UK time)

Lindabrunn Sportschule, Lindabrunn


Bašic 19; McBurnie 65


A 1-1 draw with Croatia was not enough to send unbeaten Scotland Under-19s to their first UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals in nine years.


Elite round hosts Austria, who Scotland beat in the opening match of the group, will take their place among the last eight of the competition after they defeated Italy 2-1 in their final match to steal first place at the death.


Scotland started the match brightly and Harry Cardwell had a glorious chance to open the scoring from a one-on-one situation but he pulled his shot wide of the post.


Josip Bašic handed Croatia the lead after 19 minutes with a great strike from the edge of the penalty area which flew past Liam Kelly in the Scotland goal and into the corner of the net.


Scotland should have had a penalty when Paul McMullan was hauled down just inside the area but the referee waved play on.


The young Scots hit back on 65 minutes when Oli McBurnie drilled the ball home after a great cutback by Liam Smith.


The team continued to dominate proceedings in the second half as they went in search of the goal that would send them to the finals.


Scott McKenna headed over and his Aberdeen team mate Scott Wright fired a low shot straight at the goalkeeper.


The goal would not come and as the final whistle blew, news drifted through that Austria had beaten Italy to deny Scotland a place at the finals in Greece.


The result meant Scotland finished in second place in Group 6, one point behind Austria and three ahead of Italy and Croatia.


Despite missing out on the finals, Scotland remained unbeaten throughout their six-match qualification campaign.


Scotland | Kelly, Waters, Souttar, McKenna (Cpt.), Smith, Storie, Henderson (S. Martin 89), Jones, McMullan (Brophy 87), Cardwell (Wright 46), McBurnie.


Subs not used: Hart (GK), L. Martin, Beith.