Euro Under-21 Qualifying
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying: Scotland 0-0 Iceland

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at Pittodrie
Scotland's Lawrence Shankland and Stephen Kingsley look disappointed
Scotland also lost to France at the weekend

Scotland's chances of qualifying for the European Under-21 Championship finals suffered another blow when they were held to a draw by Iceland.

It took a series of excellent saves from visiting goalkeeper Frederik Schram to deny Ricky Sbragia's side.

The Scots were far more effective going forward against the group leaders than in defeat by France at the weekend.

But the draw leaves Scotland seven points adrift of Iceland, albeit having played two games fewer.

The truth is you cannot expect to qualify for the major tournaments if you only take one point from two home games and the visit of Ukraine to St Mirren Park next month looks like a win or bust occasion for the Scots.

Anyone looking for an indication as to whether or not Gordon Strachan is minded to stay on as Scotland manager would be interested in the director's box at Pittodrie rather than the playing surface as the teams lined up.

The former Aberdeen midfielder took his place there to cast his eyes over the emerging talent available in the current generation of under-21 players.

Sbragia made three changes from the side beaten 2-1 by France at the same venue on Saturday.

Iceland's Oliver Sigurjonsson and Scotland's Ryan Christie
Iceland's Oliver Sigurjonsson and Scotland's Ryan Christie were both prominent at Pittodrie

Craig Slater and Stuart Findlay dropped out along with Ryan Gauld following the Sporting Lisbon player's red card at the weekend, with Jay Fulton, Dominic Hyam and Billy King starting instead.

King got the Scots late consolation goal against France, but it was Hibs striker Jason Cummings who went close to giving them the lead after a promising opening 10 minutes.

Cummings curled a left foot shot from 22 yards that was reminiscent of Matt Ritchie's goal against Poland last week, but Schram pulled off an impressive save.

Scotland impressed with their movement and support play early on and captain John McGinn tested Schram with a couple of powerfully struck long-range efforts.

However, Iceland showed why they are top of the section with some neat play on the counterattack and they should have hit the front when Aron Thranderson steered his header wide from only six yards.

Scotland goalkeeper Jack Hamiton made a crucial block to deny Elias Omarsson after another slick move carved open the Scotland defence.

That was topped at the other end when Schram made a quite breathtaking instinctive save to prevent Ryan Chistie taking full advantage after Sam Nicholson's corner caused consternation.

The goalkeeper, who plays his football in Denmark for Vestsjaelland, was an imposing obstacle to Scotland's hopes as he proved again in 57 minutes when saving a full-bloodied Cummings volley.

Scotland looked more likely to score in the latter stages, but PSV Einhoven defender Hjortur Hermannsson and their captain, Oliver Sigurjonsson, in particular, made sure Iceland took their precious point.

Scotland U21: Hamilton, Paterson, McGhee, Hyam, Kingsley, Jay Fulton, McGinn, Christie, King, Nicholson, Cummings. Subs: Ryan Fulton, Findlay, Shankland, McManus, Marcus Fraser, Telfer, Love.

Iceland U21: Schram, Arnarson, Orri Sigurdur Omarsson, Hermannsson, Bodvar Bodvarsson, Hoskuldur Gunnlaugsson, Sigurjonsson, Bjornsson, Thrandarson, Vilhjalmsson, Elias Omarsson. Subs: Olafsson, Viktor Jonsson, Vidar Jonsson, Aegisson, Finnbogason, Gretarsson, Thorri Runarsson.

Referee: Istvan Kovacs (Romania)

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 13th October 2015

  • Scotland U21Scotland U210Iceland U21Iceland U210
  • England U21England U213Kazakhstan U21Kazakhstan U210
  • Armenia U21Armenia U211Luxembourg U21Luxembourg U211
  • Azerbaijan U21Azerbaijan U210Finland U21Finland U211
  • Cyprus U21Cyprus U210Belarus U21Belarus U211
  • Italy U21Italy U211R. of Ireland U21Republic of Ireland U210
  • Georgia U21Georgia U213Estonia U21Estonia U210
  • Lithuania U21Lithuania U210Serbia U21Serbia U212
  • Greece U21Greece U210Portugal U21Portugal U214
  • Czech Rep U21Czech Republic U213Montenegro U21Montenegro U213
  • Northern Ireland U21Northern Ireland U211Macedonia U21Macedonia U212
  • Andorra U21Andorra U210Slovenia U21Slovenia U215

As It Stood


1Belgium U2133006159
2Czech Rep U2131208535
3Montenegro U2141214405
4Malta U21512237-45
5Latvia U2141125504
6Moldova U21511326-44


1Italy U2133005059
2Serbia U213300120129
3Slovenia U21530212489
4R. of Ireland U2143016159
5Andorra U216105117-163
6Lithuania U215005014-140


1Iceland U21532083511
2France U2132016426
3Macedonia U21320134-16
4Scotland U2131113304
5Northern Ireland U21301235-21
6Ukraine U21300304-40


1Portugal U213300121119
2Albania U21412169-35
3Hungary U2131118444
4Israel U2121105144
5Greece U21210124-23
6Liechtenstein U214004014-140


1Bulgaria U2153028449
2Romania U2143017439
3Wales U2132106247
4Denmark U2121101014
5Armenia U21401339-61
6Luxembourg U21401328-61


1Croatia U2133008089
2Sweden U2132109187
3Spain U2132108357
4Georgia U2142028626
5San Marino U21401309-91
6Estonia U215014014-141


1Germany U213300130139
2Austria U213300133109
3Finland U2143016429
4Azerbaijan U215104113-123
5Football Union of Russia U21200236-30
6Faroe Islands U213003010-100


1Slovakia U2132015236
2Belarus U2132012206
3Netherlands U2132016336
4Turkey U2121012113
5Cyprus U21300307-70


1Switzerland U2132105237
2Norway U2142115327
3England U2122004046
4Kazakhstan U21410337-43
5Bosnia and Herzegovina U21300327-50
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