Gordon bemoans luck

Gordon rues controversial free-kick which led to Italy's late winner

Gordon: Bemoaned luck

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Scotland's goalkeeper Craig Gordon was left to bemoan his country's bad luck following Saturday's heartbreak against Italy.

The World Champions ended Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifying hopes with a 2-1 victory at Hampden Park after Christian Panucci headed home from Andrea Pirlo's injury-time free-kick.

But the Scots feel the free-kick should have been awarded the other way by Spanish referee Manuel Gonzalez after Alan Hutton was barged over next to the touchline by Giorgio Chiellini.

Gordon believes this decision was just one of several that have gone against the Scots in the final games of the qualifying campaign.

The Sunderland goalkeeper said: "It was difficult for me to see, the ball was on the other side of the two guys when they clashed but the rest reckoned it was a foul to us rather than a foul to Italy.

"And if that's the case it makes it even harder to take.

Recurring

"It seems to be a recurring theme, towards the end of the campaign certainly.

"People say in football things tend to even themselves out but it's difficult to see that from a Scotland point of view."

Scotland fell behind in the crucial qualifier after just 70 seconds when Luca Toni fired Italy ahead.

The Scots then fought back and deservedly leveled through Barry Ferguson in the 65th minute, but Panucci scored the winner at the death.

"To lose a goal in the first minute and a goal in the last minute is very difficult to take," reflected Gordon.

"In between times we were probably the better team and looked like going on to win the game. But we somehow managed to lose."

But Gordon praised his team-mates for their efforts in the game, saying: "Everybody was great out there.

Everything

"We gave it our best shot, it wasn't good enough in the end but there were no failures. Everybody gave everything they had for the supporters and for the whole country.

"In the next wee while we will look back and take the positives out the campaign.

"At the moment we are very disappointed and that is the only emotion I am feeling."