Germany run out winners against Scotland in Largs
12 June 2011
Scotland took on the might of Germany (world No.2) today in what was another huge test for coach Russell Garcia's men as they continue preparations for the upcoming summer challenges and the Germans proved to be too strong running out deserved 5-2 winners.
Scotland started brightly when HDM's Kenny Bain had a simple tap in following a Derek Salmond effort to give the home side an early lead. Germany were stung into action and Thilo Stralkowski levelled in the tenth minute.
What then followed was a long period of intense German pressure which led to a further three goals from Tobias Matania, a second for Stralkowski and Pilt Arnold before Inverleith's Adam McKenzie reduced the lead with a low drag flick just before the break.
Germany continued to enjoy the majority of possession in the second half but Scotland stuck to the task with keeper Mark Fulton producing several good saves. Florian Fuchs added a fifth for the Germans but Scotland continued to battle and just before the end East Grinstead's Niall Stott forced a save out of the German keeper with a reverse shot from a set piece.
Once again there were many aspects of this display which must have pleased coach Russell Garcia as he continues to prepare for the Champions Challenge in Lille and European Nations Trophy in the Ukraine.
Scotland finish the invitational tournament tomorrow with a game against the reigning European Champions England, who lost 3-1 to Spain today, at midday.