Cyprus 1-2 Scotland

Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, 11/11/11

This looked pretty uninspiring in the first half with Cyprus getting in amongst our back four too often for comfort and only a great tip onto the bar by Allan McGregor preventing us going behind. That was before Kenny Miller struck with a goal that, had it been struck by a Brazilian or a Spaniard we would never hear the end of. Just after, Cyprus hit the woodwork again.

Jamie Mackie looked lively but tended to take wrong options until he wormed his way into the box in the second half and scored a beautifully engineered and taken individual goal. Shortly thereafter the defensive frailties showed themselves again as poor covering by Phil Bardsley allowed Christofi in to pull one back.

Scotland missed Darren Fletcher when he was substituted. The play wasn’t as fluid after he went off; but we seem to have a lot of options up front now.

And an away win is nothing to sneeze at.

Mind you, Cyprus are 120th in the FIFA rankings; 69 below us.

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