16 November 2010:
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen:
Scotland - Faroe Islands 3-0 (3-0)
1-0 Danny Wilson ('24)
2-0 Owngoal)('31) (Scots claim Kris Commons scored)
3-0 Jamie Mackie ('45)
The Faroe Islands made a great start to the game and so nearly took the lead in the 8th minute with a free kick from 25 metres, but the ball bounced off the crossbar. – It would have been a cracking goal.
But those who thought that the early burst from the Faroes was the start of something great will have been disappointed as the Faroes were trailing 3-0 at half time – and all three goals coming from very sloppy defending in connection with corners.
After the opening 10 minutes, Scotland gradually took control of the match, but failed to create clear-cut scoring opportunities.
But after 23 minutes Darren Fletcher’s shot from the distance forced Faroese goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen to block the ball for a corner. - A corner that proved to be faithful!
Charlie Adam swung the ball in front of goal where debutant Danny Wilson stuck his leg in front of his marker Jóan Símun Edmundsson and volleyed the ball into the back of the net. - It often goes wrong when forwards(Edmundsson) defend.
Scotland doubled their lead on the half-hour mark, and again it was after a corner. The initial corner was unconvincingly dealt with by the Faroese defence and headed straight back to Wilson who made another cross into the goal area where in the end it was left back Erling Jacobsen who turned the cross into his own goal. (The Scots, and most match reports, claim that Kris Commons got a flick on the ball and that it wasn't an owngoal).
Scotland threatened again just a couple of minutes later, but Barry Bannan’s low drive hit the post.
The Faroe Islands then had a rare opportunity again from a free kick in a great position, but this time Jann Ingi Petersen's effort was off target.
A minute from the end of first half’s normal time, Scotland made it 3-0 from yet another corner, reminiscent of the previous goal. Again it was Wilson who swung in the corner, but with a poor headed clearance the ball ended back in the corner area where Barry Bannan made another cross to the back post where Wilson headed the ball back across the goal for Jamie Mackie to make it 3-0.
After Stephen Crainey's powerful shot in the third minute of the second which Nielsen fisted to safety, the second half proved to be a very tame affair with almost nothing worth writing home about.
The Faroes had one decent effort in the latter stages, however, when forward Jóan Símun Edmundson's shot from the edge of the penalty area tested Scottish goalkeeper Cameron Bell who blocked the ball.
The Faroe Islands gave debut to two players this evening; Pól Jóhannus Justinussen (midfielder/defender) who came on with 5 minutes left and goalkeeper Tórður Thomsen who replaced Gunnar Nielsen with 10 minutes to go.
Correction 18 April 2013!: Tórður Thomsen never came on, despite some reports saying so, and to this date, he still has not made his debut for the Faroe Islands.
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