First Team

Defeat for Berra's Scotland

10th November 2017

Christophe Berra and Kyle Lafferty on losing sides in last night's international matches.

Christophe Berra’s Scotland suffered a 1-0 friendly defeat last night at the hands of the Netherlands.

Memphis Depay’s 40th minute close-range strike was enough to give the Dutch a victory in front of nearly 18,000 fans at Pittodrie.

Jambos skipper Christophe played the first 45 minutes before being replaced by Charlie Mulgrew at half time.

There was World Cup play-off agony for Northern Ireland, who lost 1-0 to Switzerland at Windsor Park.

Kyle Lafferty played 78 minutes but the hosts couldn’t find the back of the net and were sunk by a controversial 58th minute penalty after an apparent handball inside the box, and Ricardo Rodriguez dispatched beyond Michael McGovern in the Northern Ireland goal.

The return leg in Switzerland takes place on Sunday and boss Michael O’Neill will hope to have the services of Jam Tarts defender Aaron Hughes for the winner takes all clash.

Scotland U21s are in action this evening when they host Latvia in an European Championships qualifier.

Hearts stopper John Souttar forms part of coach Scot Gemmill’s side, along with on-loan full back Liam Smith, as the young Scots bid to carry on their impressive start to the qualifying campaign which has seen them take six points from nine.

Kick-off at McDiarmid Park is 7.30pm, entry is £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and Scotland Supporters Club members can enter for free.