UEFA Under-21s European Championship Qualifier, Group 4
Lithuania 0-1 Scotland
Tuesday, 8 September 2020, kick-off 4.30pm (UK time)
LFF Stadionas, Vilnius
Scotland: Allan Campbell (80’)
In a feisty encounter in Vilnius Scotland emerged as 1-0 victors against Lithuania with Allan Campbell the match winner.
In an entertaining, physical game Scotland were the better side in the first half and in the second period Lithuania looked to frustrate Scot Gemmill’s side with some tough defending but it wasn’t to deter the Scots.
Scotland showed great resilience and patience to secure the win with Campbell’s first goal for the under-21s putting the side on a high as they look forward to their four remaining group games.
Scotland are now four points behind league leaders Czech Republic, with a game in hand.
Fresh from his move to Celtic, David Turnbull operated just behind Fraser Hornby.
Lewis Ferguson began in midfield alongside Allan Campbell with captain Ross McCrorie at right back.
Scottish FA Performance School graduate Nathan Patterson made his 21s debut. He was one of five graduates from the programme in the 21s squad for this match.
As it happened
With seven minutes gone, Ross Doohan was called into action requiring to palm a header from a crossed ball onto the bar before gathering.
Scotland were presented with their first chance of the game after 19 minutes but Fraser Hornby directed his header over the bar.
Glenn Middleton played on the left of midfield and had claims for winning a penalty in the first half but was booked for diving, much to the disbelief of the Scotland player.
Fraser Hornby was agonisingly close to giving Scotland the lead before the break with a curling free-kick at the edge of the box but his shot was impressively saved by the goalkeeper, Titas Krapikas
Krapikas captained the Lithuanians and he was called into action before the break when Turnbull thought his shot was goal bound, but the goalkeeper managed to touch it wide of the target.
Debutant Nathan Patterson was also presented with an opportunity moments before the full-time whistle but his header from six yards out flew over the crossbar.
At the break, the scores were level despite Scotland’s dominance in the latter part of the half.
At the start of the second period it was Ross Doohan who was the busier of the two keepers and he was called into action when a long distance shot was unleashed but he gathered well to his left.
The game became a tempestuous encounter and Doohan was called on again after 70 minutes but he pulled off a great save to keep the scores level.
At the other end moments later substitute James Scott fired a low shot in the box and the Lithuanian goalkeeper was again able to make the stop.
Alan Campbell then went close with 12 minutes to go and two minutes later he was to get on the scoresheet and notch the winner.
A Nathan Patterson cross was half cleared, falling to Allan Campbell who found the net from the edge of the box sparking scenes of Scottish celebrations.
It was then nearly 2-0 but James Scott slashed at his shot at the back post and saw it crash against the advertising hoardings.
Scotland are back in action next month, taking on Czech Republic at home on 9 October before playing San Marino away from home on 13 October.
The group will then be rounded off with games against Croatia and Greece.
Scotland Under-21s head coach Scot Gemmill said: This game was always going to be feisty, in eastern europe, on this type of surface.
"We had to stand up, be counted and find a way to win which we did.
"We're delighted for Allan (Campbell) who deserved his goal. We think he's got the fitness and game awareness to get up with play and score goals so for him to do that tonight and get the winner is great.
"This team has shown they can execute game plans and they have the intelligence to play the way they've been coached.
"They deserve that reward for the work they've put in this week."
Lithuania: Titas Krapikas (GK)(C), Ernestas Stočkūnas (Deivdas Malžinskas, 30), Gytis Paulauskas, Eligijus Jankauskas, Edgaras Utkus, Karolis Uzėla, Renatas Banevičius, Pijus Širvys, Edvinas Kloniūnas, Deividas Šešplaukis (Benas Anisas,, 24), Linas Mėgelaitis
Unused substitutes: Ovidijus Šiaulys, Dziugas Raudonius, Vilius Armalas, Nauris Petkevicius, Ignas Kružikas, Matas Ramanauskas, Martynas Vasiliauskas
Scotland: Ross Doohan (GK), Daniel Harvie, Ryan Porteous, George Johnston, Allan Campbell, Lewis Ferguson, Ross McCrorie, Nathan Patterson (Connor McLennan, 85), Glenn Middleton (Lewis Mayo, 80), David Turnbull (James Scott, 60), Fraser Hornby,
Unused substitutes: Kieran Wright (GK), Lewis Fiorini, Stephen Kelly, Tom McIntyre, Dean Campbell, Liam McCarron