2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Finals
Russia 2-0 Scotland
Wednedsay, 13th May 2015, kick-off 5pm (local time)
Sliven, Bulgaria

Denisov 52, Pletnev 65

Two second-half goals condemned Scotland to their third Group C defeat at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship Finals as Russia ran out 2-0 winners.

The result meant Scotland finished bottom of the group with France and Russia, who ended the match with ten men, advancing to the quarter-finals and Greece coming third.

This was only Scotland’s third appearance at the tournament and followed on from the success of last year’s under-17 squad, who reached the semi-finals last summer under coach Scot Gemmill.

Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan made his first appearance at the finals, replacing Rangers’ Robby McCrorie who bowed out having amassed the Scottish record of 15 UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances.

McCrorie’s club mate Liam Burt, was suspended for the match, after being sent off against Greece on Sunday.

Scotland started the match brightly, just as they did against Greece three days ago.

Reading defender Tom McIntyre headed over the bar after four minutes from a Mark Hill free-kick and Regan Hendry went close moments later when he dragged a shot wide of the post.

Doohan had to stretch to deny Lomovitski on the half hour mark whilst Kilmarnock’s Ian Wilson performed admirably in midfield to break up Russian attacks.

Scotland had the ball in the back of the net when Daniel Harvie tapped home just after half time but the assistant referee flagged for offside.

The Aberdeen left back had to go off the pitch with blood on his shirt and Russia made the additional man count.

Lomovitski broke free on the right and cut the ball back for Denisov who slammed the ball beyond Doohan from close range.

Russia were reduced to ten men 22 minutes left on the clock when Lomovitski was sent off for his second caution of the match.

Scotland should have equalised five minutes later when Hill found the head of Frank Ross at the back post but the Aberdeen youngster could only head at the Russian goalkeeper.

Russia doubled their lead a minute later following a good counter-attacking move.

Doohan stopped Plentev’s initial shot but the Russian forwarded reacted quickly to squeeze the ball home and secure the victory.

France struck late on against Greece in the other match in the group and that was enough to send Russia through as runners-up.

SCOTLAND | Doohan, Finlayson, McCrorie (C), McIntyre, Harvie, Hendry, Hill, Wilson, Ross, Middleton, Miller.

Subs not used | Robby McCrorie (GK), Higgins, Souttar, Morrison, Aitchison, Rudden