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Greece U21s 1 - 0 Scotland U21s RECAP: Disappointment as Gemmill's men fail to qualify for Euros

Scotland Under-21s go in search of the win which will see them qualify for the country’s first European Championships at that level since 1996.

Scotland 21s need to beat Greece to qualify for the European Championships next year. Picture: SNS
Scotland 21s need to beat Greece to qualify for the European Championships next year. Picture: SNS

To do so they need to beat Greece in Panathinaiko’s famous Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium. It would be the second Scottish success in less than a week following the senior team’s huge win in Serbia to qualify for Euro 2020 with two games to be held at Hampden Park.

The 21s tournament is being held in Slovenia and Hungary with the group stage taking place in March before the knockout stages begin at the end of May.

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It’s rubbish.

Unless you like watching a circle go round your screen or watching the same bit of action over and over again for four minutes or cutting away to rugby. 

All of the above it does. 

Show football? Not a fan.

It has to be said, the defending for the Greece goal was poor. Scotland allowed the striker to back into the box before turning and playing in the wing-back.

At the back post Ryan Porteous was sleeping to allow Christopoulos to score.

The back four was all over the place.

Disaster. Greece work the ball into the box, down the left side of the box. Cross from the wing-back is converted on the right-hand side of the box.

Scotland slip to third

Croatia are ahead against Lithuania which has seen Scotland slip to third in the table currently.

Croatia can’t win the group.

Lovely link-up play following a through ball presents Greece with a good opportunity but the shot was rushed and sent off target.

The positive Scotland start continues. Campbell intercepts the ball in midfield, drives forward and sends a lovely clip to Fraser Hornby.

The big striker sclaffed his finish however.

Allan Campbell steers a shot wide after a positive run from Connor McLennan.

The Aberdeen winger is starting after scoring the equaliser against Croatia off the bench.

How Scotland will set-up...

Scotland U21 expert Owen Brown details his thoughts…

Scotland gave themselves a chance of qualification when they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Croatia last week at Tynecastle.

it means they know a win will be enough to secure qualification to a tournament they haven’t played at since 1996. Three points means they will finish level on points with Czech Republic but finish top due to the head to head ruling.

The last time the teams met, Greece won 1-0.

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