Naismith fires Scots to victory
A Steven Naismith goal gave a new-look Scotland Under-21s an impressive victory over a strong Czech Republic side.
Last Updated: 21/08/07 9:46pm
Steven Naismith's superb 25-yard drive gave a new-look Scotland Under-21s an impressive victory over a strong Czech Republic side at Falkirk Stadium.
The Kilmarnock forward latched on to a loose pass and drove the ball into the bottom corner in the fourth minute.
The Czechs dominated possession in the first half but Scotland withstood the pressure and could have added to their lead in an encouraging second period.
Ondrej Kudela should have levelled when he lost his marker following Lukas Kuban's free-kick towards the penalty spot, but the Sparta Prague defender's first touch went straight into Jamie MacDonald's hands.
Czech half-time sub Marek Strestik forced a save from MacDonald from a tight angle after skilful play on the left wing.
Mark Reynolds then came to Scotland's rescue when he brushed Strestik off the ball as he bore down on goal.
The Scots sat deep in the closing stages but the tactics worked as they comfortably saw out the game.