Positive ending despite rout by Mexicans for Scotland at IFA World Cup

Scotland ended the group stage with defeat to Mexico.

Scotland finished off the group stages of the IFA World Cup on a positive note – despite being crushed 8-2 by Mexico in China.

The Scots missed out on progression to the semi-finals as Mexico joined Australia in going through but can look back at their opening victory over India with pleasure.

They completed the main part of the competition – the bottom teams in the two groups go into a Plate competition over the weekend – with a record-breaking strike from young Louie Anderson.

At just 16 years and 313 days, the Dundee Futsal Club player scored the last match of the contest in Jiangmen, becoming the youngster-ever scorer in the IFA World Cup, with a superb turn and finish.

However, it was a small positive on another tough day for the Scots as Anderson’s Dundee team-mate and Scotland skipper Gavin Ogilvie saw red late on for clashing with his opposite number, with both getting second bookings and being sent to the stands.

By that point the result was inevitable after the Mexicans dominating the entire contest.

They were three ahead before Scotland breached their defence with Martin McCann on the spot to follow up a goalkeeper’s save to poke into the net.

Mexico, consistently finding free men at the far post to tap in, led 5-1 at the break and moved on to 8-1 before Anderson’s late reply.

Scotland face New Zealand in the Plate semi-final on Saturday, kick off 7.30am UK time. You can watch a stream here on the International Futsal Alliance Facebook page.