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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

O'Connor Hits Winner On His Scotland Return

VIENNA -- Lokomotiv and Scotland striker Garry O'Connor celebrated his return from international exile Wednesday by scoring the only goal in his side's 1-0 win in a friendly in Austria.

The forward, dropped from the Scotland squad after failing to show up for last October's Euro 2008 qualifier against Ukraine, sent the visitors ahead with a low, left-footed strike after turning two Austrian defenders in the 59th minute after a knock-down from Kris Boyd off a corner.

"I'm absolutely delighted," said the 25-year-old following his third Scotland goal in 10 appearances. "I've been given a second chance and that's payback."

Scotland manager Alex McLeish had to do without six injured players, including regulars Kenny Miller, James McFadden and Craig Beattie.

The Scots dominated the first half, but created few chances. Boyd came closest with a volley that went just wide in the 15th minute.

Austria appeared more fluid in the second half and captain Andreas Ivanschitz had two chances -- both saved by Craig Gordon, who replaced Allan McGregor. Markus Katzer also hit the crossbar with a header in injury time.

"In this game, it's the players who get back up after being knocked down who go on to have great careers," Scotland manager Alex McLeish said. "I think that will be the case with Garry. There had been pressure on him tonight but he handled things perfectly."