Wednesday 7 June
A choice of games for the tea time kick off. We watched Brazil v Spain on BBC which sadly was a dull 0-0 draw. Clearly Brazil were yet to kick off.
ITV had the only marginally more interesting Austria beating Sweden 1-0. This left Austria on six points and through to the next round! (I’ll say it again – whatever happened to Austria?) Brazil on two points and Sweden and Spain on one each.
An expectant nation gathered around their TV seats at 8.45pm (you had to – it was on both sides! I wonder what BBC2 put on) to see Scotland finally put their initial woes behind them - or so we thought.
What a struggle this game was! A comical own goal, with an Iranian defender forgetting whch way he was kicking, put Scotland ahead but that was about it. Iran bundled through to get a deserved equaliser, could even have won the game, and the Jocks were booed off by their own supporters. Quite rightly so. With Holland and Peru drawing 0-0, a quick check of fingers and toes meant that Scotland had to beat Holland in the final game by three goals! We all gave them no chance.
Three goals in four games – one of which was a penalty and another an own goal. A thoroughly disappointing day of footy.
Group 3: Brazil 0-0 Spain
Group 3: Austria 1-0 Sweden
Krankl (pen) 43
Group 4: Scotland 1-1 Iran
Eskandarian (og) 43 - Danaeifard 60
Group 4: Netherlands 0-0 Peru