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Scotland-Germany Match Ends in 1-1 Draw

Saturday's result leaves Group Five in European Cup qualifying still impossible to call, but Germany, with eight points from four games, is well on its way.

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Germany's Fredi Bobic celebrates scoring German's first goal against Scotland.

Scotland enjoyed their best result under German coach Berti Vogts as Kenny Miller's second-half equaliser earned them a 1-1 draw with World Cup finalists Germany in Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier.

Fredi Bobic gave the visitors the lead after 23 minutes but
Scotland -- managed by the man who led Germany to their third European championship success in 1996 -- never let their heads drop and Miller's equaliser 20 minutes from time ensured them a merited point.

The result leaves Group Five still impossible to call.
Germany, who visit the Faroe Islands on Wednesday, lead the way with eight points from four games. Scotland also have eight but from five games, while Lithuania, who host Iceland on Wednesday, have seven from five.

Passionate display

The pressure should also ease on Vogts after the memory of
some depressing defeats were swept away by a passionate display that handed Scotland their most impressive result in years.

They took the initiative from the start, not allowing the
visitors to settle as they snapped into the tackle. Germany looked tired and short of ideas. Their last three competitive results have been a a 2-1 home win over the Faroes, a 1-1 home draw with Lithuania and now this draw at Hampden.

Scotland, while lacking the necessary penetration, looked
likelier to find an opener but were undone by poor marking when Torsten Frings was given far too much room wide on the right and Bobic rose unmarked and to send a powerful header into the ground and over keeper Robert Douglas.

It was a poor goal to concede and perhaps underlined why
Scotland slipped to a lowly 64th in the FIFA standings earlier
this week.

They should have found the equaliser four minutes into the
second half when Cameron miskicked in front of goal after Oliver Kahn had blocked a fierce Steve Crawford shot.

Made amends

Cameron made amends in the 69th minute, however. Christian Woerns handled and Cameron's quickly-taken free kick saw his Wolverhampton Wanderers team mate Miller scamper clear and plant the ball low beyond Kahn.

The goal shook Germany into action and they could have
clinched the win after missing a succession of chances in the
closing moments as Bobic fired wide while Douglas was at full
stretch to turn away a Schneider free kick.

But Scotland held out to take a point and a deserved ovation
from most of the 46,000 fans.

"It was a great performance from my team and for Scottish
football," said Vogts, who has been widely criticised after a
series of poor showings in friendlies.

"The support was good, it was a great match, a great
equaliser. In the first half they had one chance, one goal - but we came back."

Vogts had special praise for impressive Celtic midfielder
Paul Lambert, who he persuaded to come out of international retirement to help in the qualifying campaign.

"I saw a big Scottish captain, He was the leader on the
pitch, worked hard, kept the ball very well and it was an
outstanding performance," said Vogts, who now has to try to
prize a few more months out of the 33-year-old.

Germany coach Rudi Voeller said. "We cannot be satisfied
with this.

"We didn't move well and gave away the ball far too often.
We couldn't stamp our authority on the game, especially in
midfield.

"In the last 20 minutes the players seemed to realise at
last that a draw was not enough. Scotland were getting tired and we had a few chances, but I think a German victory would not have been fair. Two points are missing and we absolutely must beat the Faroe Islands on Wednesday."

Bobic said his team they did not play their own game.

"Only after the equaliser did we start to play football,"
said the goalscorer.

"Before that we were just fighting. We should have used our
playing skills because that's what makes the difference between us and Scotland but we couldn't do that."

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