Match Report World Cup qualifying: Scotland 1 Lithuania 1

James McArthur's late equaliser spared Scotland's blushes as they drew 1-1 with Lithuania in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

James McArthur's late equaliser spared Scotland's blushes as they drew 1-1 with Lithuania in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

The Scots were out to build on their 5-1 hammering of Malta on matchday one, but they spurned several opportunities and failed to heed previous warnings from Lithuania, falling behind through a clever goal from Fiodor Cernych.

Captain Cernych capped off a well-worked Lithuania move in clinical fashion 59 minutes in to stun the hosts.

Scotland remained persistent and desperately poured men forward towards the end, but it looked as if they were going to slip to a shock defeat at Hampden Park.

But Crystal Palace midfielder McArthur popped up in the 89th minute to salvage a share of the spoils with a header after Lithuania failed to deal with a long throw into the box.

There was still time left on the clock for Scotland to complete the turnaround, but Lithuania clung on to take another point to add to their commendable 2-2 draw with Slovenia last time out in Group F.

Lithuania started in encouraging fashion and looked capable of causing Scotland some problems, particularly through the lively Arvydas Novikovas.

But Scotland were the bigger threat and went close in the 13th minute – Chris Martin meeting Robert Snodgrass' free-kick delivery with a glancing header that went just wide of the right-hand post.

Another Snodgrass set-piece had Lithuania panicking shortly after, as he tried for goal from 30 yards and narrowly missed the bottom-right corner.

Lithuania struggled to craft opportunities when in the ascendancy, while Scotland missed another chance 26 minutes in – Martin directing Snodgrass' cross agonisingly past the post as he was being manhandled by Georgas Freidgeimas.

Darren Fletcher, collecting his 75th cap, was withdrawn for McArthur at half-time, but the change did little to shore things up for the hosts, as Lithuania nearly took the lead within two minutes – Novikovas getting loose in the area and forcing David Marshall into a crucial stop.

That let-off seemed to jolt Scotland into life and they began to exert control – Martin rounding off a clever move up the left by nodding Andrew Robertson's cross just off target.

Lithuania made them pay for their profligacy, however, as Cernych flicked the ball to Vykintas Slivka and then received a return pass into the area before blasting past Marshall to finish a fine move.

Scotland threw men forward without much regard for their defensive stability and that tactic almost backfired spectacularly in the 73rd minute - Cernych racing on to a lofted pass behind the defence and sending a half-volley within a couple of yards of the bottom-right corner.

Lithuania's defensive resistance failed to hold up, though, as Callum Paterson's long throw was flicked on by Grant Hanley and McArthur nodded in from close range, snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat with a minute to go.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email:

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Let Me Die! How Countryman Songo mourned KABA in the middle of the...bullet
2 Ghana or Newcastle? Who’s to blame for Christian Atsu’s injury?...bullet
3 Black Stars Divorce from my wife made me stronger – John Mensahbullet
4 Business-Minded Players Asamoah Gyan and 6 other Ghanaian players...bullet
5 Ghana Premier League Kwame Kizito begs Hearts of Oak to let him...bullet
6 Ghanaian Players Abroad Asamoah Gyan- I was a major transfer...bullet
7 Legendary 5 great football players who retired in 2017bullet
8 Ghanaian Players Abroad Asamoah Gyan regrets his decision...bullet
9 World Cup 2018 Nigerian players reject bonus structure...bullet
10 Ghanaian Players Abroad Goalkeeper Razak Brimah...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Andre Ayew’s screamer wins Premier League Goal for Octoberbullet
2 Asamoah Gyan Gyan to Real Madridbullet
3 Video Highlights of former Ghana and Ajax midfielder who passed awaybullet
4 Video This sumptuous Ayew’s goal nominated for goal of the month awardbullet
5 John Mensah Divorce from my wife made me stronger - John Mensahbullet
6 Video Ghanaians will forever love Junior Agogo for this goalbullet
7 Video Ex-Manchester United defender shown red for kicking fanbullet
8 Video Watch how France whipped Ghana 8-0 on Mondaybullet
9 Messi Lionel Messi's hat-trick sends Argentina to Russiabullet
10 Video Watch Thomas Partey's goal against Elchebullet