Scotland lose 2-1 to Germany in Dortmund

Plucky Scotland lost their opening Euro 2016 qualifying game as they went down 2-1 to Germany in Dortmund.

Germany, the World Cup winners, headed into the fixture on the back of a 4-2 home defeat to Argentina in the build up to the game.

However any sign of a repeat result disappeared quickly as Thomas Muller put the home side ahead inside of 18 minutes. While the Germans dominated proceedings in the first half they couldn’t find a second goal as the Scottish held on and they headed to the break at 1-0.

The second half was a much closer affair with Gordon Strachan’s side raising their game. They drew level on 66 minutes when Watford winger Ikechi Anya scored, the star later claiming to have done something he has failed to do in FIFA, score past Manuel Neuer.

The goal was a fabulous effort as the 26 year old raced on to a pass from substitute Steven Fletcher to finish coolly past Neuer.

Any hopes of a famous point were dashed however when Bayern star Muller scored his and Germany’s second of the game four minutes later.

Both the German goals owed to defensive lapses and were it not for the efforts of David Marshall the score-line could have been bigger.

The Cardiff keeper enhanced his reputation with a couple of fine saves as the German front four Marco Reus, Muller, Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze threatened frequently.

Scotland too had their chances with Steven Naismith going close at the start of the second half however in the end while they will leave Germany with plenty of optimism the result was a fair reflection of the game.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.