2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier
Scotland 0 - 1 Denmark
Thursday, 7 October 2021, kick-off 7.05pm
Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh

A spirited Scotland Under-21 side suffered a narrow defeat against Denmark at Tynecastle in their second group stage European Qualifier.

A first half strike from Gustav Isaksen was enough for the visiting side to secure all three points in the capital, with a strong, top-seeded Danish side edging Scot Gemmill's side. 

As it happened 

The manager named four changes from his side’s 1-1 draw in Turkey, with Cieran Slicker, Harrison Ashby, Lewis Fiorini and Jack Burroughs coming in to the starting eleven.

It was West Ham defender Ashby who went closest to opening the scoring for either side, latching on to a loose Danish ball following an intense spell of pressure from the front for the young Scots. Upon picking up possession, Ashby struck a powerful effort towards goal, only for it to rise over the crossbar.

The strong visitors quickly made their mark on the game though Isaksen, who struck a curling, low effort from outside the box past the dive of Slicker to open the scoring. 

A perfectly weighted ball down the left flank slid the rampaging Lindstrom through on Scotland’s goal soon after, but the midfielder was denied by an excellent Slicker save low to his right.

Scotland enjoyed good spells of possession for large spells of the first half, but were met by a dogged and organised Danish defence. 

Early in the second half, Glenn Middleton tested Hermansen in the Danish goal with a fizzing strike from the edge of the area, but the keeper did well to palm the danger away. 

Almost immediately down the other end, Lindstrom managed to evade the offside trap and found himself one-on-one with Slicker. With just the Scotland stopper to beat, the Dane dinked the ball delicately over Slicker, but narrowly missed the target. 

Gemmill made his first change of the evening when he brought on Dapo Mebude to replace Adam Montgomery, with the Young Team searching for an equalising goal under the floodlights in Gorgie. 

Substitute Mebude gave the Denmark defence a major headache when introduced, with his pace and trickery forcing a foul just yards outside the box. 

From the resulting freekick, Middleton whipped a left-footed effort round the wall, but narrowly wide of the goal. 

As the Fourth Official raised his board to indicate five minutes of added time, Scotland were so close to a leveller. Scott Banks sent a long range effort on target, before Mebude nearly dispatched on the rebound to pull level, but the visitors managed to scramble clear. 

As the clock ticked on, the youngsters pushed and probed for a leveller, but it was not forthcoming at a floodlit Tynecastle Park, as the Danes held on for a narrow victory. 

How the Scots lined up

Scotland: Slicker, Ashby, Welsh, Mayo, Doig (Banks, 72'), Burroughs, Kelly (High, 76'), Williamson (Leonard, 72'), Fiorini, Montgomery (Mebude, 56'), Middleton

Unused subs: Sinclair, Clayton, Scott, Stretton, Kennedy

Up next 

Scotland face Kazakhstan at Tannadice next month in their third fixture in the group. 

The match will be live on BBC iPlayer.