Rhodes double lifts Scotland

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

Last Updated: 15/11/12 at 09:46 Post Comment

Jordan Rhodes: Scored a first-half double in Scotland's 2-1 win over Luxembo

Jordan Rhodes: Scored a first-half double in Scotland's 2-1 win over Luxembo

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.

LuxembourgTeam StatisticsScotland
1Goals2
01st Half Goals2
7Shots on Target3
4Shots off Target4
2Blocked Shots4
3Corners3
22Fouls18
1Offsides4
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
79.7Passing Success83.4
14Tackles8
85.7Tackles Success87.5
42.1Possession57.9
48.8Territorial Advantage51.2
379Total Passes518
17Total Crosses21
138Lost Balls148
54Recoveries61
421st Half Poss.58
42.72nd Half Poss.57.3

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