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Scotland held to 0-0 draw by Northern Ireland

Scotland held to 0-0 draw by Northern Ireland

Scotland was held to a 0-0 draw Wednesday by 10-man Northern Ireland, which missed a second-half penalty in the friendly.
The result leaves George Burley still without a win since taking charge of Scotland in January, with the team going into World Cup qualifying next month.
The Scots couldn't muster their first friendly victory at Hampden Park in 12 years despite 18-year-old defender Ryan McGivern being sent off on his Northern Ireland debut in the 56th minute for a second booking, after hauling down Celtic midfielder Scott Brown just outside the box.
Three minutes later, Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor was penalized for fouling Warren Feeney in the area, but dived correctly to his right to thwart David Healy's penalty kick.
Scotland pressed for a winner, but couldn't exploit its man advantage.
James McFadden came closest in the 81st with a close-range strike that was blocked by a sublime save from Birmingham teammate Maik Taylor.
"We played well at times _ we just couldn't get the ball in the back of the net," McFadden said. "We played a lot better than them and that's why they're maybe happy with a draw."
Northern Ireland coach Nigel Worthington was delighted with a solid performance.
"We set our stall out with the shape to try to get something from the game to look forward to the World Cup campaign," Worthington said. "The performance and results for Northern Ireland for many years away from home haven't been particularly good.
"I've had a blueprint tonight of how to try to nick points away from home."
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Lineups:
Scotland: Craig Gordon (Allan McGregor, 46), Graham Alexander, Stephen McManus (Darren Barr, 46), David Weir (Christophe Berra, 72), Gary Naysmith, Scott Brown, Kevin Thomson (Barry Robson, 46), Darren Fletcher (Michael Stewart, 69), James Morrison (Kris Commons, 62), Kenny Miller, James McFadden.
Northern Ireland: Maik Taylor, Gareth McAuley (Michael Duff, 76), Jonny Evans, Stephen Craigan, Ryan McGivern, Chris Baird, Sammy Clingan (Michael O'Connor, 58), Steven Davis, Chris Brunt (Warren Feeney, 55), David Healy, Martin Paterson (Dean Shiels, 46).


Updated : 2021-04-13 07:24 GMT+08:00