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Azerbaijan's Vogts: Anything is possible for Scotland

Azerbaijan national team coach Berti Vogts is of the belief that Scotland will be able to match it with his native Germany in Euro2016 qualifying.

Gordon Strachan's Scotland have been drawn alongside Joachim Low's die Mannschaft in Group D of qualifying for the France tournament in a match which attracts plenty of Vogts interest.

The 67-year old German was in charge of Scotland when they took on his compatriots in Euro2004 qualifiers and believes this current day side is also capable of producing positive displays against their more-fancied opponents.

"We did it at home when we got a 1-1 draw with Germany at Hampden in 2003," said ex-Germany, Bayer Leverkusen, Kuwait and Nigeria manager Vogts from Sunday's draw in Nice.

"We also played very well against Germany in Dortmund a few months later. We lost 2-1, but the Germans' winner was a penalty. It was not a penalty, so it should have been two draws for Scotland against Germany.

"It's 90 minutes of football, 11 against 11, and especially with Scotland, anything is possible. Listen, your boys need to fight, fight, fight for the country and maybe the Germans will have some problems.

"Scotland need to play with high speed and put them under pressure, that's what's most important. I spoke with Gordon Strachan when I met here in Nice.

"He told me the players had been doing well for him since he took over. He is looking for other good players but it's not about just working hard for two years, it's about longer term progress. Scotland has new players and a new team but when they play Germany they cannot be nervous."

Scotland kick off their qualifying campaign for Euro2016 with an away match against Germany on September 14 before hosting Georgia at a yet-to-determined venue on October 11.

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