Scotland Under-21s lose 4-0 against Holland on Thursday
Last Updated: September 5, 2013 10:32pm
Scotland: Suffered more disappointment
Scotland Under-21s suffered another heavy defeat as they lost 4-0 against Holland in their second 2015 European Under-21 Championship qualifier.
The Scots followed their 6-0 friendly thrashing by England with a disappointing second half in Nijmegen.
But the game could have been so different for Scotland if Tony Watt, Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Fraser had taken first-half chances as Scotland started brightly against a side they took four points from in the previous qualifying campaign.
Holland took the lead early in the second period through Tonny Trindade de Vilhena and the game ran away from Scotland midway through the half when they fell further behind moments after Stuart Findlay had headed against the post.
Billy Stark then looked on in horror as Luc Castaignos, Mike van der Hoorn and substitute Jesper Drost ensured the Dutch exacted revenge for their 2-1 defeat to the Scots in the same Goffertstadion less than two years ago.
Stark made four changes to the team that struggled so badly at Bramall Lane, half of them in defence where Hearts pair Kevin McHattie and Brad McKay dropped out.
Their replacements were both 17-year-olds making their debuts - another Hearts player, Jordan McGhee, and Celtic centre-back Findlay. The injured Stuart Bannigan missed out along with Islam Feruz, who was rested from the squad, with Jason Holt and Fraser coming in.
Scotland, who beat Luxembourg in their opening qualifier, were determined to atone for their embarrassment in Sheffield and Fraser twice came close in the opening 10 minutes. The Bournemouth winger first shot wide and then just failed to connect at the back post, with Dylan McGeouch involved in both moves.
Armstrong had a shot held before Watt forced a better save from Warner Hahn, with the rebound almost going in off a defender.
Jordan Archer made a decent save midway through the half but still Scotland came forward, with Armstrong failing to convert Findlay's header across goal.
Archer saved well from Quincy Promes before Armstrong had an even better chance to open the scoring when he burst through on goal, but the Dundee United midfielder fired over with only Hahn to beat.
Scotland were made to pay for their misses in the 52nd minute when Feyenoord midfielder Trindade de Vilhena lifted the ball over Archer following some Dutch pressure.
And the game turned firmly against them following a crucial passage of play midway through the half. Fraser had another chance when his former Aberdeen team-mate Ryan Jack played him through but his shot was blocked by the foot of Hahn.
Findlay soon crashed a header off the post from McGeouch's corner and Holland were two up within 120 seconds as Castaignos rifled past Archer in the 69th minute.
The goal sparked a collapse and five minutes later Ajax defender Van der Hoorn headed home from a corner.
Lewis MacLeod and Callum Paterson came on but Scotland fell further behind in the 78th minute when Castaignos set up Drost as Scotland conceded their 10th goal in two games.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Thu 5th Sep - Group Five
Latvia U210 - 2Switzerland U21
Thu 5th Sep - Group One
Lithuania U210 - 1Finland U21
England U211 - 0Moldova U21
Thu 5th Sep - Group Three
Lux'bourg U210 - 3Georgia U21
Holland U214 - 0Scotland U21
Thu 5th Sep - Group Four
Hungary U214 - 1Bosnia U21
Austria U212 - 6Spain U21
Thu 5th Sep - Group Seven
Turkey U214 - 0Malta U21
Thu 5th Sep - Group Nine
Serbia U212 - 1Cyprus U21
Italy U211 - 3Belgium U21
Thu 5th Sep - Group Ten
France U215 - 0Kaz'stan U21
Thu 5th Sep - Group Eight
Portugal U215 - 1Norway U21
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One
|6||San Marino U21||8||3|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six
|3||Rep of Ireland U21||6||8|
|5||Faroe Islands U21||6||1|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine
|5||N Ireland U21||6||3|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen