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Miller penalty can't save Scots campaign; STRONG FINISH: Not enough.

A KENNY MILLER penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time gave Scotland a 1-1 draw against Croatia but the goal was not enough to save their terminally-ill European Championship campaign.

The Scots had been chasing the game at Perth's McDiarmid Park, once they had conceded a goal to superb striker Mate Bilic four minutes after Stephen Caldwell had been dismissed for his second bookable offence.

But they did finish strongly after Jurica Vranjes had been dismissed for his second bookable offence and Miller's goal was their reward.

It looked a fortuitous award as a Miller cross had been wildly deflected on to the arm of Ivan Bosnjak, who could not believe it had been interpreted as deliberate.

Miller couldn't buy a goal for his club, Rangers, against Dundee on Sunday when he missed a succession of excellent chances, including one from three yards out.

But it was only the brilliance of Croatia goalkeeper Hrvoje Sunara that kept his name off the scoresheet before the break.

He saw two good efforts thwarted in stoppage time, the first a downward header from a Craig Easton cross and the second a snapshot in the area.

But Sunara was not the only goalkeeper on form as Dundee's Jamie Langfield had already made a string of stops by that point.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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