FOOTBALL: HUGH WHAT A SCORCHER; Super Stephen is Scotland's saviour; SCOTLAND U21 .. 3 LITHUANIA U21 .. 2.
Byline: ANTHONY HAGGERTY
RANGERS midfielder Stephen Hughes Stephen Hughes is the name of:
McDiarmid Park is the home of St. Johnstone Football Club from Perth, Scotland. It has an all-seated capacity of 10,673. last night.
Hughes levelled with a header and then fired in a last-gasp shot which kept Rainer Bonhof's babes' dreams of qualifying for Euro 2004 alive.
The battling Scots rallied from 2-0 down to miraculously clinch a Euro 2004 play-off place.
A goal in each half by Lithuania looked to have killed off hopes of qualifying for the European Championships for the first time since 1996.
But Steven Hammell Steven Hammell (born 18 February 1982 in Rutherglen) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for Southend United.
Hammell, a Left-back, joined Southend United in July 2006 on a free transfer from Motherwell after his contract had expired - turning down more and Hughes produced the classic smash-and-grab act as never-say-die Scotland topped the group to qualify for the play-offs Lithuania had been the only side to defeat Scotland in the group stages so far and the Scots were still smarting from a 2-1 defeat in Kaunas.
The visitors showed they meant business by drafting in three full internationals in the shape of Marius Stankevicius, Deividas Cesnauskis and Zydrunas Karcemarksas.
However, the Scots babes got off to a howling start after just five minutes when defender Marius Stankevicius ran unchallenged and cracked home a speculative 35-yarder that appeared to bounced over Dundee's on-loan Brechin City keeper Derek Soutar Derek Soutar (born June 4, 1981 in Dundee) is a Scottish professional football goalkeeper currently playing for Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen.
He previously played for Dundee and had loan spells with Brechin City and Alloa Athletic. He joined Aberdeen in July 2006. .
The goal stunned the Scots crowd into silence and moments later Gary Caldwell Gary Caldwell, (born April 12 1982, in Stirling), is a Scotland international football player who currently plays for Scottish Premier League team Celtic.
Primarily considered a central defender, Caldwell proved extremely versatile and had been deployed as a right-back, had to make a tremendous blocking tackle when Savenas got set to pull the trigger. However, the Scots missed a golden opportunity to draw level after 13 minutes when Simon Lynch won a penalty kick.
Lynch committed Egidijus Majus into a rash sliding tacle and referee Emil Bozinovski from Macedonia adjudged him to have handled.
But Lithuanian goalkeeper Karcemarksas threw himself to his right to expertly beat away Lynch's spot-kick.
Cesnauskis had his name taken for a foul on Hammell after 25 minutes and Karcemarksas was booked for timewasting four minutes later.
Shaun Maloney then showed some neat skill toforce Karcemarksas into a tip over the bar after 31 minutes.
The Scots almost got off to the perfect start in the second half when Maloney wriggled free on the left and his centre was met by Gareth Williams but he scooped the ball well over the bar.
David McCracken was booked for atrip a·trip
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Adj. 1. atrip - (of an anchor) just clear of the bottom
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor on Cesnauskis after 50 minutes. Arunas Klimavicius then has his name taken for a bodycheck on Michael Stewart and the same player was lucky not to receive his marching orders for a similar offence minutes later on the Manchester United midfielder.
Hughes came on for Williams with half an hour to go as Bonhof tried to inject some urgency into the midfield.
Maloney was then stupidly booked for kicking the ball out of the keeper's hands.
Hibs' Tam McManus then replaced Kilmarnock's Peter Canero as Bonhof went for broke with 21 minutes to go.
However, disaster struck for Scotland after 70 minutes when Lithuania scored from the spot.
Hammell upended Cesnauskis after a tremendous solo run and Aurimas Kucys rammed home the penalty.
Hammell threw the home side a lifeline with 11 minutes to go when he scored from a tight angle following McManus' cross from the right.
Paul Gallagher flashed an effort across the face of goal as the Scots desperately tried to save their skins in the closing stages.
And in injury time their persistence was rewarded when Hughes superbly headed home a McManus cross from the right after a magnificent ball from Gallagher.
Somehow Bonhof's men conjured up a winner in added-on time when Hughes wheeled in the box to fire home the winner and spark absolute mayhem and delirium delirium
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DOUBLE TEAM: Striker Shaun Maloney bursts through the Lithuanian defence last night to set up another attack as the young Scots stage a remarkable fightback