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  • Date:03 Sep 2010
  • Kick-off:19:15
  • Venue:Zalgiris Stadium
Goal!

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92:15 +2.15

Alan Hutton fouled by Kestutis Ivaskevicius, the ref awards a free kick. Kestutis Ivaskevicius receives a caution. Darren Fletcher takes the free kick.

91:43 +1.43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee McCulloch on Tadas Kijanskas. Indirect free kick taken by Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

91:03 +1.03

Inswinging corner taken by James McFadden from the right by-line, Ramunas Radavicius manages to make a clearance.

88:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mindaugas Panka on Lee McCulloch. Lee McCulloch restarts play with the free kick. (Lithuania) makes a substitution, with Kestutis Ivaskevicius coming on for Tomas Danilevicius. Steven Whittaker goes off and Christophe Berra comes on.

86:52

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Edgaras Cesnauskis, clearance by David Weir.

86:17

Darren Fletcher challenges Vytautas Luksa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marius Stankevicius.

84:22

Foul by Stephen McManus on Robertas Poskus, free kick awarded. Tadas Kijanskas restarts play with the free kick.

80:51

James McFadden concedes a free kick for a foul on Zydrunas Karcemarskas. Zydrunas Karcemarskas restarts play with the free kick.

80:13

Effort on goal by James McFadden from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

79:00

Vytautas Luksa comes on in place of Darvydas Sernas.

78:01

A cross is delivered by James Morrison.

75:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Andrius Skerla. The free kick is delivered right-footed by James McFadden from left channel.

75:27

Tomas Danilevicius gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

75:00

(Scotland) makes a substitution, with James Morrison coming on for Scott Brown.

74:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Danilevicius by Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Mindaugas Panka.

72:22

Lee McCulloch challenges Edgaras Cesnauskis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee McCulloch receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Indirect free kick taken by Ramunas Radavicius.

71:50

Shot from just outside the area by Edgaras Cesnauskis misses to the left of the target.

69:57

Robertas Poskus comes on in place of Saulius Mikoliunas.

69:12

Steven Naismith fouled by Marius Stankevicius, the ref awards a free kick. Lee McCulloch takes the free kick.

68:13

Barry Robson leaves the field to be replaced by James McFadden.

67:12

Andrius Skerla challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrius Skerla receives a yellow card. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.

66:02

Unfair challenge on Tomas Danilevicius by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Marius Stankevicius takes the free kick.

65:29

Saulius Mikoliunas challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Weir takes the direct free kick.

63:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Saulius Mikoliunas. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

62:23

Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Ramunas Radavicius.

58:59

Alan Hutton produces a cross, Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save made by Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

56:55

Centre by Deividas Semberas, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.

56:16

David Weir handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marius Stankevicius, Alan Hutton gets a block in.

53:27

Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramunas Radavicius. Indirect free kick taken by Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

52:52

Foul by Scott Brown on Deividas Semberas, free kick awarded. Andrius Skerla restarts play with the free kick.

52:22

Foul by Andrius Skerla on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Lee McCulloch restarts play with the free kick.

48:54

Barry Robson crosses the ball, Kenny Miller takes a shot. Zydrunas Karcemarskas makes a comfortable save.

48:20

Unfair challenge on Edgaras Cesnauskis by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Deividas Semberas.

47:57

Shot by Edgaras Cesnauskis from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

47:18

Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ramunas Radavicius. Free kick taken by Ramunas Radavicius.

45:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Danilevicius on Barry Robson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Barry Robson, blocked by Andrius Skerla.

41:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Danilevicius by Scott Brown. Scott Brown goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Deividas Semberas restarts play with the free kick.

37:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Saulius Mikoliunas on Barry Robson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Barry Robson, Andrius Skerla makes a clearance.

37:39

Kenny Miller produces a cross.

36:45

The referee blows for offside against Barry Robson. Zydrunas Karcemarskas restarts play with the free kick.

36:18

Saulius Mikoliunas concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

33:42

Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Tomas Danilevicius results in a free kick. Darren Fletcher delivers the ball, Stephen McManus has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

31:25

Centre by Mindaugas Panka.

30:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramunas Radavicius by Lee McCulloch. Ramunas Radavicius takes the free kick.

29:57

Edgaras Cesnauskis concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McManus. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

28:33

The ball is sent over by Barry Robson, Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save by Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

25:37

Kenny Miller challenges Zydrunas Karcemarskas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

25:10

Steven Naismith challenges Andrius Skerla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Stankevicius takes the indirect free kick.

23:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Andrius Skerla. Shot comes in from Barry Robson from the free kick, save made by Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

18:39

Unfair challenge on Ramunas Radavicius by Scott Brown results in a free kick. Edgaras Cesnauskis takes the direct free kick.

17:26

Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Ramunas Radavicius results in a free kick. The referee shows Ramunas Radavicius a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.

16:01

Saulius Mikoliunas takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

15:38

Steven Naismith takes a shot. Zydrunas Karcemarskas makes a save.

15:01

Andrius Skerla challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.

14:47

Barry Robson fouled by Tadas Kijanskas, the ref awards a free kick. Tadas Kijanskas goes into the referee's book. Free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.

13:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line, save by Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

8:39

Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ramunas Radavicius. Edgaras Cesnauskis takes the direct free kick.

5:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Darvydas Sernas. Darren Fletcher takes the free kick.

4:01

Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Andrius Skerla results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.

2:49

Andrius Skerla gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.

1:13

Mindaugas Panka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.

The referee gets the game started.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The game restarts for the second half.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Scotland manager Craig Levein has promised the nation a much-improved display in his first competitive match.

Scotland's preparations for their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign suffered a blow last month when a weakened team lost 3-0 in Sweden.

But Levein will recall Kenny Miller and David Weir against Lithuania in Kaunas and the former Scotland defender is also able to call upon the services of experienced players such as Stephen McManus, Paul Hartley, Lee McCulloch, Scott Brown and Alan Hutton.

"I assure you we will be better than we were in Sweden," Levein said.

"I hesitate to go back too often to the Sweden game. There are lessons to be learned but there could be seven or eight players different in this match from the last one so it's probably not a fair comparison.

"We have learned lessons and the most important one is the manager has learned that friendlies are quite important.

"The tempo of training has improved enormously and I think it's because of the importance of the game.

"The team hasn't been named and all the players are wanting to be selected. We have some of the experienced players back in, guys who have done things properly throughout their career.

"They set the professionalism in training so it's no coincidence that the tempo has improved. I have been happy with what has happened this week, although sometimes that doesn't always manifest itself on the pitch."

Scotland kicked off their previous European Championship campaign with a 2-1 victory in Kaunas and went on to push Italy and France until the final moments of their qualifying group.

"We have had a chat already with some of the guys who have played against Lithuania at the stadium and against some of the players we are playing against," Levein said.

"It's helpful for any team not be fazed by the surroundings."

That victory four years ago allowed Scotland to push the then world champions, Italy, and runners-up France for qualification, and they again face the best team on the planet this time with Spain the clear favourites in a group that also contains the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein.

Despite realising the crucial nature of the opening game, Levein does not believe Scotland's chances of qualification hinge on a winning start.

"I don't know where the points are going to come from in the group," the former Hearts and Dundee United manager said.

"We might draw all our away games and win all the home games and go through. But I understand the importance of this game. There are only five teams in our group and eight games. "

Recent results in Scotland in European competition have put the onus on us to do well. We want to do our best for the country.

"But it's disrespectful to say we have to take points from any team. You have to earn them. I know how hard it is to be a football manager and to get things right.

"We have got good players, particularly if everyone in the squad is fit and available. The players understand the importance of this match.

"I think it will be evenly balanced. Lithuania are the home team and arguably because of that might be favourites. But I look at the players we have and I'm relaxed going into this game. I know we have got match-winners in the team."

Formation:442Manager: Raimondas Zutautas

Lithuania

Formation: 442Manager: Craig Levein

Scotland

  • Zydrunas Karcemarskas
  • Marius Stankevicius
  • Andrius Skerla
  • Ramunas Radavicius
  • Tadas Kijanskas
  • Deividas Semberas
  • Mindaugas Panka
  • Edgaras Cesnauskis
  • Saulius Mikoliunas
  • Tomas Danilevicius
  • Darvydas Sernas
  • SUBS
  • Giedrius Arlauskis
  • Robertas Poskus
  • Linas Pilibaitis
  • Vytautas Luksa
  • Kestutis Ivaskevicius
  • Ricardas Beniusis
  • Ignas Dedura

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Match Report

Scotland held in Kaunas Scotland failed to capitalise on their territorial advantage in their Euro 2012 opener in Lithuania as Craig Levein's competitive debut as manager ended 0-0. The Scots looked solid and comfortable in possession but they failed to find the breakthrough despite some decent opportunities. Barry Robson forced several saves from long range, Kenny Miller headed straight at the keeper from 12 yards and Steven Naismith lacked conviction when presented with a shooting chance on the edge of the box. Levein prompted some raised eyebrows when he named his team on the eve of the game with Naismith preferred to James McFadden in left midfield. The move was part of a plan to designed to give Scotland a more solid look following last month's 3-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. Levein certainly succeeded with that aim after making eight changes and bringing back experienced players such as Lee McCulloch, Stephen McManus and 40-year-old Davie Weir, who became Scotland's oldest capped player. But his team lacked a clinical edge despite dominating possession in Kaunas against a side who were missing injured Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas. Naismith had the first chance to deliver a telling ball after Steven Whittaker's pass inside the full-back. The Rangers player hesitated with the ball on his left foot but still found Scott Brown who mis-hit from inside the box. Scotland looked more competent in possession than their hosts from the early stages and Tada Kljanskas was booked for the latest in a number of heavy challenges on Robson. Miller got the first shot on target but Zydrunas Karcemarskas held his looping, deflected effort from long range. Allan McGregor soon made a more impressive stop from Saulius Mikoliunas in the 18th minute. The ball broke to the former Hearts midfielder after he had scythed down Weir with a dangerous high challenge but Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir waved play on and McGregor did well to beat away the powerful shot from 15 yards. The Lithuanians continued to give away fouls in their defensive third and Robson was given two chances to line up a shot from 25 yards. Both were on target but only the second troubled Zydrunas Karcemarkas, who dived to push the ball wide. Robson forced another save when his low drive from distance was pushed away and Scotland again came close in the 35th minute when Darren Fletcher whipped a free-kick to the back post. McManus shrugged off his marker before sending a first-time volley with his weaker foot just past the far post from 12 yards. Mikoliunas, who was banned for two games after diving to win a penalty during the last meeting between the nations, went down theatrically in the box as Brown tracked his breaking run but the Turkish referee rightly waved play on. The Celtic midfielder was then booked for a late tackle on Tomas Danilevicius as Lithuania comfortably held on until the break. Robson created a great chance four minutes after the break when he got away from his man and crossed with his right foot on to Miller's head, but the unmarked Rangers striker headed straight at the keeper from 12 yards. Scotland were otherwise struggling to find their attacking rhythm in the early stages of the second period but Naismith should have done better in the 59th minute after Brown broke up a Lithuanian counter-attack. Fletcher's long diagonal ball found Hutton, whose first-time pass fell invitingly for Naismith 20 yards out but his shot lacked power and direction and was easily held. Some desperate defending from McManus prevented Darvydas Sernas from getting a shot in as the game began to open up. Scotland needed some inspiration and McFadden replaced Robson in the 69th minute. The Birmingham winger immediately showed his skill with a mazy run that was halted inside the box but Levein decided on another change five minutes later when James Morrison replaced Brown and McFadden joined Miller up front. Scotland enjoyed some decent pressure in the closing stages but it was not to be Levein's night. Naismith hesitated when the ball fell for him 18 yards out, McFadden's cutback would not fall for a blue shirt and Miller headed well over from a difficult chance.

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