Scottish Football

Young Scots fall in Portugal

Wednesday 14th November 2012 19:11

Islam Feruz: Chelsea striker scored twice as Scotland's youngsters lost in Portugal

Islam Feruz: Chelsea striker scored twice as Scotland's youngsters lost in Portugal

Chelsea striker Islam Feruz scored twice but it was not enough to prevent Scotland's Under-21s slipping to a 3-2 away defeat to Portugal in Setubal.

The visitors, coached by Under-19s boss Ricky Sbragia with regular U21 tactician Billy Stark taking control of Scotland against Luxembourg, opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

Somalia-born Feruz headed home from a corner and he netted again in the 21st minute to double Scotland's advantage.

The diminutive 17-year-old striker outran the Portugal defence to give the visitors a two-goal lead at half time.

However, they were unable to frustrate the hosts for long in the second half with central defender Paulo Oliveira pulling a goal back in the 53rd minute with a free header.

Guinea-Bissau-born Aldair equalised four minutes later despite Scotland's best efforts to clear the ball off the line.

Portugal were awarded a penalty when Lewis Toshney was adjudged to have handled in the box. Sergio Oliveira's ensuing spot-kick in the 69th minute proved the match-winning effort.

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