Columbia v Scotland Report

Columbia 1 - Scotland 0 (HT 0-0), Wed 29th May 1996, Att: 5,000, K.O. 20:30
Friendly Match at Orange Bowl Stadium, Miami, Florida

COLUMBIA: Mondragon, Bermudez, Ortiz (Herrera, 45), Moreno, Cassiani (Mendoza, 45), Rincon, Estrada (Alvarez, 45), Serna, Mafla (Carlos Valderrama, 45), Valencia (Aristizabal, 45), Valenciano (Asprilla, 45). Manager: Hernan Dario Gomez.
Scorer: Asprilla (82).

SCOTLAND: Goram, Boyd, Calderwood, Hendry (Burley 45), McKimmie, McKinlay, Collins, McAllister, McCall, McCoist (Gallagher, 61), Spencer (Jess, 70). Manager: Craig Brown

Referee: Raul Dominguez (U.S.).

Match Report

Newcastle Uniteds Faustino Asprilla waltzed through the Scots defence in 82 minutes to kill off the Scots after a brave and spirited performance. The Scots had put up a spirited display throughout the match and come close on several occasions. The last 10 minutes saw theam looking somewhat jaded and more open at the back. The mass Columbian substitutions at half team gave the team and new lease of lease and showed what depth in numbers they really have.

The weather was terrible with the Florida summer really showing its true colours. It didn't stop raining throughout the match which made life quite difficult for both teams. With the temperature still in the 80s, humidity was very high.

The 150 Scots fans supported the team to the end. The remainder of the 5000 or so attendance were made up of rabid Columbian fans almost to a man but the Empanadas were quite good in the parking lot after the match.

Goram looked class and made several quality saves throughout the match including one superb stretching dive from a thunderbolt from outside the box.

A superb opportunity fell to the Scots midway through the first half where (and this is where I still dont know) either Spencer or (as I think it was) McCoist in acres of time and space controlled the ball with only the keeper to beat directly in front of goal and slammed the ball into him. It should have been a goal for Scotland.

Scotlands warm up campaign has now seem them lose 4 of their 5 warm up matches to good opposition. Lets hope that Craig Brown has learned the lessons he wanted from these matches and will be able to field the side to produce the goods in the EURO Champs finals (Sadly, I remain unconvinced that we are anything like composed enough or have the depth of squad required to make an impression this time round).

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