Bebo Beaut Not Enough For Scots U21s

By Stand Free Ed
Last updated : 11 October 2010

ABERDEEN striker Chris 'Bebo' Maguire scored a sensational goal from the half-way line, but it was not enough as Scotland Under-21s lost 2-1 to Iceland and bow out of the Euro qualifiers.

Maguire hit his stunning strike from the kick-off after £7m Iclander Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the away side the lead.

Another teriffic goal by Sigurdsson ended Billy Stark's young Scots' hopes of reaching the finals of the Under-21 European Championship.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg of the play-off, the Scots kids started the home leg at a great pace, and hit the post through Jamie Murphy after 15 minutes.

But it was Sigurdsson, who plies his trade in the Bundesliga for 1899 Hoffenheim and has two full Icelandic caps, scored the opener from 20 yards out midway through the second half.

Maguire, who has been the Scots' undoubted star in the Under-21 Euro qualifiers, scored his wonder goal before Sigurdsson rifled a second.

Scotland - who had 15 shots on goal during an excellent game - tried their best to get an equaliser, and had the ball in the net again just before the end, but the referee called play back for a free-kick to the young Scots.

While the Scots will be gutted, they gave as good as they got against a Icelandic squad with over 70 full international caps between them - many of whom were recalled from the senior squad to aid their qualification - and a £7m midfielder.

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