Scotland 1 Togo 1
Sunday, 27 May 2018, kick off 4.30pm (UK time)
Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Scotland: Fraser Hornby (18); Togo: Thomas Wogodo (3)
Fraser Hornby’s headed equaliser earned Scotland a share of the spoils with Togo as Scot Gemmill’s side kicked off their Toulon campaign.
Leading the line with maturity beyond his years on what was his debut for the Under-21s, the Everton front-man cancelled out Thomas Wogodo’s early opener in a match the Scots could, and probably should, have won given the late flurry of chances.
Scotland started off on the front foot, with captain Oliver Burke denied what looked like a strong case for a penalty after a powerful run into the Togolese box was ended abruptly.
Instead they found themselves a goal down within three minutes as a defensive slip-up allowed Wogodo to turn the ball in from close range.
Scotland rallied, with Hornby providing a focal point in attack.
Disappointed to only get a point from our first game of the Toulon tournament with a 1-1 draw, but happy to get a goal on my 21’s debut🏴— Fraser Hornby (@fraser_hornby) May 27, 2018
The 18-year-old – who featured for The Toffees in the Europa League last term – met Michael Johnstone’s free-kick delivery perfectly with an unstoppable header to restore parity.
Scotland pushed for a second, with Togo keeper Yorgan Agblemagnon called into action twice in quick succession to deny Scott Wright and Burke.
They upped the ante again after the interval, with a low Johnston strike turned round the post by Agblemagnon.
From the subsequent corner, Burke came within an inch of nodding Scotland into the lead after another pinpoint delivery from Greg Taylor.
Togo were reduced to 10 men in injury time as Victor Mensah was dismissed for a second yellow card for a late lunge on Anthony Ralston.
Still the Scots pressed, with substitute Glenn Middleton a menace on the left flank but there were no takers for either of his dangerous drives across goal.
Next up for the Scots is a showdown with hosts France on Wednesday.
Scotland: Doohan, Ralston, Kerr, Porteous, Taylor, Wilson, Campbell, Burke (Wighton), Wright (Burt), Johnston (Middleton), Hornby (St Clair). Unused substitutes: McCrorie, Harvie, Watt, Gilmour, Hamilton.
Ross Doohan (Celtic)
Robby McCrorie (Rangers)
Daniel Harvie (Aberdeen)
Jason Kerr (St Johnstone)
Chris Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Anthony Ralston (Celtic)
Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock)
Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock)
Liam Burt (Rangers)
Allan Campbell (Motherwell)
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Glenn Middleton (Rangers)
Harvey St Clair (Chelsea)
Elliot Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion)
Michael Johnston (Celtic)
Craig Wighton (Dundee)
Scott Wright (Aberdeen)
Group A: China, England, Mexico, Qatar
Group B: France, Scotland, South Korea, Togo
Group C: Canada, Japan, Portugal, Turkey
Scotland 1 Togo 1, Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Scotland v France, Wednesday 30 May, kick-off 6.30pm (UK time), Stade D’Honneur, Salon
Scotland v South Korea, Saturday 2 June, kick-off 2pm (UK time), Stade Parsemain, Fos-Sur-Mer (Live on Free Sports UK)
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