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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

St Mirren Park (ATT 3,058) 10th October 2011 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: A Vucemilovic

Scotland U21 Scotland U21 vs Austria U21 Austria U21

Scotland U21 2

J Rhodes (37, 64)

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Austria U21 2

A Weimann (15)
D Alar (42)

Rhodes double not enough

Scotland's youngsters held on home soil

Last Updated: 11/10/11 10:07am

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Jordan Rhodes: Bagged a double for Scotland's youngsters as they drew with Austria

Jordan Rhodes: Bagged a double for Scotland's youngsters as they drew with Austria

Jordan Rhodes continued his impressive goalscoring form for Scotland Under 21s but his double was not enough to earn victory over Austria in Monday's European Championship qualifier.

The Huddersfield striker - who netted a hat-trick in a 5-1 win in Luxembourg on Thursday - twice levelled to cancel out goals from Andreas Weimann and Deni Alar but the Scots had to settle for a share of the points.

Despite the emphatic win on the road, Billy Stark's side have now drawn both their home games following a goalless stalemate against Bulgaria in last month's opener.

The young Scots had an early opportunity to pile the pressure on their visitors in Paisley when Rhodes was tripped just outside the box by Richard Windbichler.

Scott Allan stepped up for the resultant free-kick and forced an impressive save from goalkeeper Heinz Lindner with a curling low effort.

The Dundee United midfielder then picked up the first booking of the game for diving after going to ground under pressure from Florian Hart.

Push forward

The home side continued to push forward in search of the opener and Rhodes rifled a decent chance over, before seeing another effort flash across the face of goal and past the post.

The breakthrough came after 15 minutes but, despite Scotland's early pressure, it was the Austrians who took the lead.

The defence stood off as Weimann unleashed from 25 yards and goalkeeper Grant Adam appeared to be caught by surprise and failed to react as the swerving shot from distance nestled in the back of the net.

Rhodes could have had a penalty when he took a tumble in the box following a challenge from Christopher Dibon but the claim was waved away by the Croatian referee.

Austria had a decent chance to double their advantage when Weimann picked out Alar for the header but the effort was blocked on the line by Ryan Jack.

Scotland hauled themselves back onto level terms when Gregg Wylde raced past Hart down the left flank before finding Rhodes at the back post to nod past Lindner with 37 minutes gone.

Restored

But Austria restored their lead three minutes before half-time when Windbichler supplied the cross for Alar and, on this occasion, his header did find the back of the net.

The Scots made a change at the interval when Allan was withdrawn for the introduction of Alex MacDonald, who was on the scoresheet in Luxembourg, before Peter Pawlett was thrown into the action for Johnny Russell after 62 minutes.

The home side levelled the scores for the second time in the game just two minutes later. Pawlett's header in front of goal was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper but Rhodes reacted quickly to nod home the rebound.

The Scots then claimed that Windbichler handled a Jack cross in the box but, again, the referee declined to point to the penalty spot.

A cross from Wylde clipped the crossbar, before the ball dropped for Pawlett and he lashed past the upright as Stark's men pushed for the winner.

However, Scotland had to settle for a point, albeit the result keeps them above Austria in second place in Group 10 for now.

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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England U21 10 28
2 Finland U21 10 16
3 Moldova U21 10 16
4 Wales U21 10 12
5 Lithuania U21 10 8
6 San Marino U21 10 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 10 26
2 Russia U21 10 22
3 Slovenia U21 10 17
4 Bulgaria U21 10 9
5 Estonia U21 10 9
6 Andorra U21 10 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia U21 8 17
2 Holland U21 8 16
3 Georgia U21 8 11
4 Scotland U21 8 11
5 Luxembourg U21 8 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 6 18
2 Austria U21 6 12
3 Hungary U21 6 6
4 Bosnia U21 6 6
5 Albania U21 8 6

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia U21 8 19
2 Ukraine U21 8 19
3 Switzerland U21 8 15
4 Latvia U21 8 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 8 20
2 Romania U21 8 12
3 Montenegro U21 8 11
4 Rep of Ireland U21 8 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 8 16
2 Greece U21 8 15
3 Poland U21 8 15
4 Turkey U21 8 13
5 Malta U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 8 24
2 Israel U21 8 15
3 Norway U21 8 9
4 Azerbaijan U21 8 7
5 Macedonia U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 8 18
2 Serbia U21 8 16
3 Belgium U21 8 16
4 Cyprus U21 8 6
5 N Ireland U21 8 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 8 22
2 Iceland U21 8 16
3 Kazakhstan U21 8 9
4 Armenia U21 8 9
5 Belarus U21 8 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 2 6
2 Denmark U21 2 3
3 Macedonia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bulgaria U21 2 6
2 Ukraine U21 2 3
3 Croatia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel U21 2 4
2 Turkey U21 2 2
3 Wales U21 2 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 2 6
2 Slovenia U21 2 3
3 Scotland U21 2 0

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