• Internationals
  • 14 November 2012, 7:15pm
  • Josy-Barthel
  • Gerson, 47
  • Rhodes, 11
  • Rhodes, 23

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92 mins:FULL-TIME: LUXEMBOURG 1-2 SCOTLAND: Scotland record their second win of 2012 but it was not as straightforward as many had hoped.

91 mins:There are two minutes of injury time for Scotland to see out.

90 mins:The goalscorer Rhodes is replaced by Murray Davidson.

89 mins:Mario Mutsch delivers a teasing ball into the area but Turpel's header is straight at Gilks.

88 mins:It's a good ball in from Peters but is eventually cleared.

87 mins:Luxembourg win another free-kick in a dangerous area and the coach urges his players forward.

85 mins:Bensi forces a smart save from Gilks.

84 mins:Jordan Rhodes thinks he has his hat-trick as he heads the ball into the net but he's flagged offside.

83 mins:David Turpel fires the ball across the face of goal but there's no team-mate there to knock it home.

82 mins:Gerson takes the free-kick but it's into the wall and Scotland can clear.

81 mins:The pressure mounts on Scotland as they concede a needless free-kick in a similar position to the first goal.

79 mins:Scotland win a couple of corners in quick succession but can't make the most of them.

77 mins:The corner is cleared, but Scotland are looking far from convincing.

76 mins:Da Mota wins another corner as Tom Laterza comes on for Charles Leweck.

74 mins:The Scotland fans are far from happy as Gilks makes a hash of a clearance and almost presents Luxembourg with another opportunity.

73 mins:Scotland are stretched as Mutsch's cross is headed goalwards by Stefano Bensi and Gilks just about manages to pull off a save.

72 mins:The ball falls to Miller in the area but his effort is blocked.

71 mins:David Turpel makes his debut in place of Gilles Bettmer.

70 mins:Shinnie's evening is over as he is replaced by Leigh Griffiths.

69 mins:Gilles Bettmer goes down clutching his face after catching a flailing elbow from Kelly and needs some treatment.

68 mins:Luxembourg are pressing Scotland well, while the visitors have gone a little flat.

67 mins:Berra tries to find Rhodes with a long ball but it's caught by Joubert.

66 mins:There are just 2521 fans inside the stadium, which holds around 8000.

64 mins:Charles Leweck goes down in the area when surrounded by Scotland defender but his appeals for a penalty are rightly waved away by the referee.

63 mins:Luxembourg make another change with Stefano Bensi coming on for Maurice Deville.

62 mins:Mario Mutsch tries his luck from distance but fires the ball way over the bar.

61 mins:Da Mota looks a tricky player and beats a couple of Scotland players with some skilful play.

59 mins:The game has got a little scrappy but Scotland are dominating possession.

57 mins:Paul Dixon takes the free-kick but smacks it straight into the wall.

56 mins:Steven Naismith wins a free-kick just outside the area, the Luxembourg defence are not happy about that award.

55 mins:Da Mota looks okay to continue.

54 mins:Da Mota is down clutching his ankle, just seconds after coming on.

52 mins:Another change for Luxembourg as Mathias Jšnisch is replaced by Daniel Da Mota.

50 mins:Rhodes is flagged offside as Scotland took to restore their two-goal advantage.

49 mins:Scotland have been stunned by that strike, so soon after half-time.

48 mins:It's game on now - no clean sheet for Billy Stark's side.

47 mins:GOAL: LUXEMBOURG 1-2 SCOTLAND: Luxembourg are awarded a free-kick just outside the area and it's curled beautifully into the net by Lars Gerson.

46 mins:Rene Peters has come on for Ben Payal.

46 mins:Liam Kelly replaced Charlie Mulgrew at the break.

46 mins:Scotland kick off the second half with more goals looking a certainty.

45 mins:HALF-TIME: LUXEMBOURG 0-2 SCOTLAND: Rhodes' brace gives Scotland a convincing half-time lead.

43 mins:Great chance for Mutsch in the area but his tame effort is straight at Gilks.

42 mins:Kenny Miller has looked very sharp this evening and is linking up well with his fellow frontmen.

40 mins:The ball falls to Steven Naismith whose effort doesn't trouble Joubert.

39 mins:A long ball takes a nick off a Luxembourg defender and Scotland have a corner.

37 mins:The hosts are looking to get forward more quickly with less than 10 minutes to go before the break.

35 mins:The sound of bagpipes is ringing out around the stadium as the fans enjoy their lead.

33 mins:Shinnie does well to keep the ball in by the byline and it's all hands to the pump for the Luxembourg defence as shots from Rhodes and Miller are blocked.

31 mins:Miller strides through the Luxembourg defence and forces a save from Joubert but is flagged offside.

29 mins:Scotland have settled well in this game, Luxembourg have been disappointing.

27 mins:The ball is curled towards Mutsch but Gilks just does enough and Scotland have a goal-kick.

26 mins:Risky challenge from Whittaker in the area results in the first corner of the game for Luxembourg.

25 mins:This could be an important confidence booster for Scotland as they look to rebuild.

23 mins:GOAL: LUXEMBOURG 0-2 SCOTLAND: Rhodes gets his second - Shinnie's effort is pushed back out by Joubert and Rhodes is there to slot the ball home.

22 mins:Christophe Berra slips and Charles Leweck sees an opening but his strike is high and wide.

21 mins:Charlie Mulgrew sends in an inviting cross but it's a little too high and is claimed by Joubert.

20 mins:The pitch is cutting up a little and some of the players are having trouble staying on their feet.

19 mins:Half a chance for the home side as Mutsch curls the ball just wide.

17 mins:Rhodes almost beats a Luxembourg to the ball but Jonathan Joubert slides out to smother the ball.

15 mins:Tom Schnell delivers a teasing cross which is met by Mario Mutsch, but claimed well by Matthew Gilks.

14 mins:The goal may have been a little scrappy but the travelling support won't care!

12 mins:A good start for Scotland, and a great start for Billy Stark.

11 mins:GOAL: LUXEMBOURG 0-1 SCOTLAND: The home defence fail to clear Paul Dixon's cross and it's headed into the net by Jordan Rhodes.

9 mins:Jordan Rhodes is through on goal but can't direct his effort on target.

8 mins:Ante Bukvic sends a long ball towards Charles Leweck but Scotland see it out for a goal-kick.

6 mins:Kenny Miller forays forward but is thwarted by strong defence from Tom Schnell.

4 mins:The ball bobbles around the Scotland penalty area but they eventually hoof it clear.

3 mins:Scotland are seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages.

2 mins:The Scotland fans outnumber their Luxembourg counterparts inside Stade Josy Barthel.

1 mins:Luxembourg get the game underway.

Andrew Shinnie makes his debut and becomes Inverness CT's first Scotland cap.

Billy Stark takes charge of Scotland for the first time this evening in Luxembourg and will hope to impress his potential employers with a win.

  • Internationals
  • 14 November 2012, 7:15pm
  • Josy-Barthel
  • Gerson, 47
  • Rhodes, 11
  • Rhodes, 23

match report

Jordan Rhodes scored twice for Scotland as they secured a confidence-boosting 2-1 international friendly success over Luxembourg.

The 22-year-old marksman scored in the 11th and 24th minute for the visitors while Luxembourg replied in the 46th minute though Lars Krogh Gerson's pin-point free-kick.

The match was their first since the departure of Craig Levein with interim manager Billy Stark, promoted from the Under-21s, guiding the team to a much-needed win.

Rhodes could have opened the scoring in the eighth minute following a mistake by defender Guy Blaise, but he shot wide with only keeper Jonathan Joubert to beat from the edge of the penalty area.

The Blackburn striker did find the back of the net two minutes later when Ante Bukvic failed to deal with Paul Dixon's cross, giving Rhodes the simple task of heading home from close range.

Luxembourg had chances. Firstly Matthew Gilks saved Mario Mutsch's back post header while Charles Leweck's shot after Christophe Berra's slip was poor and well off target.

Scotland doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Andrew Shinnie was allowed the cross in the box. Joubert could only parry the effort which fell kindly for Rhodes to slot home.

Gilks was again called into action before half time. The Blackpool shot-stopper easily saved Gilles Bettmer's effort from distance before blocking Leweck's drive.

Luxembourg pulled a goal back two minutes after the interval. The home side made the most of a foul by substitute Liam Kelly for Gerson to curl the resulting free-kick beyond Gilks.

The teams made a host of changes in the second half and it was substitute Stafano Bensi who came close to equalising in the 71st minute. He connected with Mutsch's cross, but Gilks, albeit unconvincingly, scrambled the ball to safety.

For a second Rhodes thought he had secured his hat-trick in the 83rd minute when he guided a header into the net, but the offside flag was already raised.

team line-up

1Jonathan Joubert
15Ante Bukvic
5Tom Schnell
19Mathias Jšnisch53
3Guy Blaise
8Gilles Bettmer71
22Lars Gerson
10Ben Payal45
17Mario Mutsch
21Maurice Deville64
7Charles Leweck76


4Eric Hoffmann
16Chris Philipps
12Marc Oberweis
2Kevin Malget
20David Turpel71
14Tom Laterza76
9Daniel Da Mota53
18Laurent Jans
6Renť Peters45
11Stefano Bensi64


Cyril Zimmerman

team line-up

1Matthew Gilks
2Steven Whittaker
3Paul Dixon
5Grant Hanley
4Christophe Berra
7Darren Fletcher
9Kenny Miller
16Andrew Shinnie70
6Charlie Mulgrew45
11Steven Naismith
10Jordan Rhodes91


18Liam Kelly45
12Craig Samson
17Murray Davidson91
19Leigh Griffiths70
15Andy Webster
14Darren Barr
13Cameron Bell


Cyril Zimmerman

match stats

possession %4257
shots on target73
shots off target44
tackles won127