UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier
Czech Republic 0 - 0 Scotland
Monday, 14 September, kick-off 5pm
Mestsky Fotbalovy Stadion Miroslava Valenty, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic

Scotland produced an excellent performance on the road to move to the top of their European Championship qualifying group after a hard-fought goalless draw against Czech Republic.

Scot Gemmill's side missed a couple of great chances in the Czech Republic with Fraser Hornby and Ross McCrorie both going close. The young Scots can take plenty of consolation from a point which leaves them at the group summit having gone unbeaten in four games.

Gemmill made two changes from the side that faced Lithuania last week at Tynecastle, bringing in Robby McCrorie to replace Ross Doohan, while Middlesbrough's Patrick Reading was preferred to Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson.

Scotland started positively and they were nearly gifted a 15th minute lead when Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour's inswinging corner caused all kinds of problems for Czech Keeper Martin Jedilicka when he fluffed a punch and the ball spun just wide of the target.

But the hosts were only denied the opener by a superb block by Portsmouth's on-loan from Rangers kid Ross McCrorie to deny Ondfej Sasinka right on his own goal line. Then his brother Robby came to Scotland's rescue with a fine save from Jan Matousek as the Czechs suddenly sprang into life.

After an encouraging start, Scotland were suddenly being swamped in midfield and Gemmill switched formations to a 4-4-2 to try and combat the stem of attacks towards the Scots goal. It almost paid off immediately when they missed a golden chance to take the lead in the 32nd minute when a well-worked free kick saw Ryan Porteous nod Gilmour's dinked free kick into the path of McCrorie, who headed over from point blank range.

However, the Czechs restarted after the break in determined fashion and McCrorie had to look sharp to get down quickly to keep out a low drive from Adam Hiozek. At the other end, Fraser Hornby just failed to touch Reading's drive across goal in at the back post when he slid in.

Hornby missed a far better opportunity in the 63rd minute when he looked certain to convert Daniel Harvie's excellent cross from the left wing, but the striker got the ball caught under his feet and it trickled straight through to Jedilicka.

The Kortrijk striker on loan from Everton was denied again by the Czech goalkeeper when he tipped his powerful header from another Harvie cross over the bar. From the resulting corner, Harvie stabbed the ball into the net, but the ball was in the hands of Jedilicka and it was disallowed.

The Czechs went all out for a winner as the clock ticked down, but Scotland - superbly marshalled by central defensive partnership George Johnston and Ryan Porteous - held firm.