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Scotland survive scare to set up Auld Enemy semi-final clash

Scotland 2

Hardie 33, 65

Indonesia 1

Saghara 24
  • Tuesday, 06 June 2017
  • Stade Ladoumegue, France
  • Under 20´s
  • Toulon Tournament
Gregor Kerr

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Scotland went into their last group stage game of the Toulon Tournament knowing that a win against a solid Indonesia side would all but secure entry into the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time since 1994. Despite the underdogs taking the lead through Hanis Saghara Putra, Archie Gemmill’s side found two goals courtesy of Rangers striker Ryan Hardie to set up a semi-final clash against arch rivals England.

Scotland controlled the early proceedings of the game, as expected, and were inches way from a dream start in the 8th minute. After a lovely through ball, Aiden Nesbitt found himself through on goal with just Muahammad Riyandi in the Indonesian goal to beat, but his effort struck the post and was cleared.

Craig Wighton was next to come close for the favourites midway through the first half after he was able to round Riyandi and find an angle to shoot, unfortunately for him though, the angle was too tight and he could only find the side netting.

The first goal only looked like a matter of Scotland, but in the 24th minute, it didn’t come the way they were expecting.

After some questionable defending where Scotland failed to clear their lines, Putra Saghara was onto the loose ball in a flash and managed to steer a low shot beyond the grasp of Jack Ruddy to put Scotland’s chances of group qualification in peril. A real shock was on the cards.

Hardie came close to levelling the scores instantly as he got past Riyandi, but his strike was placed wide of the post.

In the 33rd minute Hardie – who had a loan spell at Raith Rovers lasts season – went one better. On the edge of the box, it seemed as if a shooting chance was unlikely, but Hardie thought otherwise, as he curled an effort right into the top corner well beyond the reach of Riyandi to level the scoring. Despite being slightly shocked by the goal, Scotland were able to hit back with the perfect response.

The score could have swung in the Scots favour barely a minute before half-time as Wighton did his best to imitate his striker partner and curled a decent effort from just outside the box, but Riyandi – not for the first time – was alert to produce an acrobatic save, before parrying away a solid shot from Adam Frizzell.

  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 1-1
  • Indonesia

Indonesia had perhaps surprised Scotland with their strong first-half showing, and they could have taken the lead minutes after the restart when Nurrokhim Adha raced through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he lost his composure and fired a powerful shot well over the bar when he looked more likely to hit the target.

Substitute Jordan Holsgrove fancied his luck in the 56th minute when he attempted a close range free kick, but the strike never dipped in time and it flew just over the bar.

Scotland were seeing most of the possession in the second-half, but rarely did they produce a clear-cut opening to test the Indonesia goalkeeper. Their chances of qualifying looked to be slipping away until Anthony Ralston was brought down inside the box in the 65th minute and Ryan Hardie – already riding on a wave after his first goal – didn’t hesitate to place the ball on the spot. He tucked away the resulting penalty for his second and Scotland’s second, and qualification to the semi-finals looked a real possibility at this stage.

Wighton had a great opportunity to wrap up the game and seal a semi-final spot on 67 minutes when Frizzell whipped in an accurate cross for the back post for the Dundee striker to head in, but his header was straight into the arms of Riyandi and Indonesia held on.

Despite some late pressure towards the end, Scott Gemmill’s side were able to see out the game, and thanks to Brazil’s goalless draw against Czech Republic later that night, sealed their semi-final game against England on Thursday. The two old rivals will face off at the Stade Parsemaine, with a spot in Saturday’s final at stake. 

  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 2-1
  • Indonesia

Lineups

Scotland
Indonesia
1. Jack Ruddy
2. Anthony Ralston
3. Greg Taylor
4. Alex Iacovitti
5. Jamie McCart
6. Zak Jules
7. Oliver Burke
8. Kyle Magennis
9. Ryan Hardie
10. Scott Wright
11. Adam Frizzell
12. Ross Doohan
13. Iain Wilson
14. Aidan Nesbitt
15. Joseph Thomson
17. Ruben Sammut
18. Craig Wighton
19. Jordan Holsgrove
20. Ross McCrorie
1. Muhammad Riyandi
3. Julyano Pratama Nono
5. Nurhidayat Haji Haris
6. Muhammad Iqbal
7. Muhammad Baharsyah
8. Witan Sulaeman
10. Egy Vikri
12. Muhammad Marasabessy
13. Rachmat Irianto
14. Feby Eka Putra
16. Teuu Noer Fadhil
18. Irsan Rahman Lestalhulu
19. Hanis Seghara Putra
21. Gianluca Pagliuca Rossy
22. Dedi Tri Maulana
24. Resky Fandi Witnawan
27. Aulia Hidayat
28. Renaldi Felathiza Yulhan
29. Firza Andika
Star Player
Scotland
Indonesia
Ryan Hardie was instrumental in Scotland's win, grabbing both goals which made the difference.
Muhammad Riyandi was called into action numerous times in goals, and he did an excellent job of keeping the score down.
Magic Moment
Scotland
Indonesia
Ryan Hardie's first goal was a brilliant strike from nothing, and it came as a crucial time for Scotland.
Indonesia's goal came as a surprise and had left Scotland somewhat shocked for a period, it was also an excellent guided strike from Saghara.
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