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Scotland 0 England 2
1996 European Championship Finals - Group A
Wembley Stadium, London, England - Saturday 15 June 1996


England began their second Group A game with the same team which started against Switzerland a week ago.

Play during the first 15 minutes was unsettled as both teams fought to take control. England strove to break through Scotland's midfield but initially they had no success. Scotland were the first to make a serious gaol attempt when a mistake by Adams invited Spencer to put the ball in England's net, but it went wide.

Scotland could have made qualification to progress in these Championships harder for England if Adams hadn't stopped Durie's run down the left, which could have resulted in the team north of the border taking the lead. However, shortly after this play, Sheringham almost had a goal at the other end when Southgate, playing in midfield, linked with him, but the ball was headed past the far post.

After 35 minutes of play Durie was carried off with a head injury from a collision with Southgate, but thankfully it wasn't serious and the Scotsman was back on the field minutes later.

Just five minutes of the first half were remaining when England found themselves with the ideal opportunity to take the lead, through a Shearer and Sheringham movement. Sheringham only a few yards from the goal-line, headed the ball towards the net but Goram was able to make an easy save. This was England's first serious attempt as danger had previously been averted by McAllister, Collins and McCall who were battling so well for Scotland.

With no score at half-time England made three changes, bringing on Redknapp for Pearce, Southgate returned to the defense where he had played in the Switzerland encounter, and Anderton and McManaman swapped wings.

These changes made a difference to England's play when McManaman's effort just went wide of Scotland's goal. McManaman's next play had the ending England coach Venables wanted, when he found Neville running forward. The Manchester United player made an excellent cross to Shearer, who unmarked, and so close to goal headed England into the lead with 52 minutes of the match gone.

Now with more confidence, England's game picked up as they pressured Scotland's defense. Anderton's shot went inches over the crossbar and then Sheringham forced Goram to save from his header.

Not being ones to lie down and face an on-slaught from the English, Scotland almost equalised but Seaman made a great save from Durie's header.

Scotland made a substitution, sending on McCoist for Spencer. McCoist's first impact on the game was when he tried to claim a penalty when he was tackled by Neville, but the referee waved play on. A penalty was award to the Scots shorty after, when Durie went down after a challenge by Adams. Seaman, to the delight of much of the crowd, managed to put McAllister's penalty kick over the bar.

Great play by Gascoigne followed when after receiving the ball from Anderton, he looped the ball over Hendry and then placed it in the net on the volley. With 11 minutes remaining England were leading the old enemy two goals to nil, and this was the final score.

Venables must be pleased with this result, with the exception of the injuries received by Gascoigne and Redknapp, as it now means that England require only a draw against Holland to win a place in the Quarter Finals next weekend.


Teams

SCOTLAND:
Goram, McKimmie, Boyd, Calderwood, Hendry, Spencer (McCoist 67 min), McCall, McAllister, Collins, T McKinlay (Burley 83 min), Durie (Jess 87 min).
Subs Not Used: Leighton, Whyte, B McKinlay, Gallacher, Jackson, Booth, Gemmill, Walker.

ENGLAND:
Seaman, G Neville, Pearce (Redknapp 45 mins), Ince (Stone 80 mins), Adams, Southgate, Gascoigne, Sheringham, Anderton, McManaman, Redknapp (Campbell 85 mins).
Subs Not Used: Platt, Flowers, Barmby, L Ferdinand, P Neville, Fowler, Walker.


Match Details

England Scorers: Shearer (53 mins), Gascoigne (76 mins)

Scotland cautions: Collins, Spencer, Hendry
England cautions: Ince, Shearer

Referee: Pierluigi Pairetto (Italy)

Attendance: 76,864