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6 February 2013
• Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: C. Turpin
• Attendance: 16102
C. Mulgrew 39'
Times will get tougher for the new Scotland boss but the team looked to gel well today and got the crucial win.
FT: Scotland 1-0 Estonia: A decent win for Strachan, poor second half performance but the team picks up the points.
Three minutes of stoppage time.
Rhodes has a brief chance but isn't able to get his feet right in the box. Probably the last chance of the match.
Commons strikes from outside the box but it doesn't reach the goal. The last ten minutes have been dreadful.
Chance for Estonia to draw level. Purji volleys wide after Berra couldn't deal with a lofted cross.
Yellow Card Andy Webster
Nothing really happening here, both teams seem content with the scoreline. Jordan Rhodes makes another touch too heavy and the attack yet again breaks down.
The Norwich attacker can't keep it down and it sails over the bar.
Free-kick to Scotland about 30 yards out. Snodgrass is over it.
Game turned really stale now, hasn't been a single real chance in the second half. Hoping for a better last 15. Naismith is replaced by Kris Commons.
Mulgrew almost doubled his tally. The Scotland number three strikes a right ripper from 18 yards but the Estonia goalkeeper makes another clean save.
James Morrison has looked bright since coming on. Scotland seem happy to just sit on the one goal lead though, not much attacking force from either side.
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller is about to come on and earn his 66th cap for Scotland.
Great effort from Naismith he drops his man and hits a drive from just outside the box which just goes over.
Scotland now on the defensive and are starting to look a bit fragile at the back. Charlie Adam is now replaced by James McArthur. Scott Brown is also swapped for James Morrison.
Jordan Rhodes brings the ball down nicely and gets a decent shot off on the turn - the Blackburn man was unable to keep his strike down and it sails over the bar.
Yellow Card Tarmo Kink
Estonia starting to play the ball around nicely and almost beat Scotland's offside trap.
Nothing much happening in the game so here's a side note: The numbers on the back of the Estonia tops are pretty special. Crazy jagged lettering. Scotland's are your more standard font.
Snodgrass is found well by Naismith but the Norwich man's first touch is a little bit heavy and the ball runs away from him. Decent chance for the substitute.
Resulting free-kick comes to nothing as Adam fails to beat the first man.
Yellow Card Igor Morozov
Rhodes causing a bit more of a pacey threat up front for Scotland, wins a free-kick in a dangerous area for the Scots.
Quiet start to the second half, both teams giving away possession cheaply.
Snodgrass & Rhodes have replaced Burke & Maloney.
Back underway in Aberdeen...
Burke, Maloney and Fletcher have looked sharp and threatening going forward and the Scotland back four have stayed tight and organised.
Scotland have played very well and have dominated possession in the first half. A couple of scary shots from distance have been calmly dealt with by McGregor and the hosts will look to add to their lead in the second half.
HT - Scotland 1-0 Estonia: A perfect set piece off the training ground gives Scotland a deserved lead.
Stats have just shown Estonia have committed 14 fouls to Scotland's two. The traveling team certainly aren't afraid of leaving their foot in.
Scotland instantly look for another goal with Mallorca's Alan Hutton having his shot saved and Christophe Berra heading wide from the resulting corner.
Assist Charlie Adam
Goal Charles Mulgrew
GOAL!!! Mulgrew converts after a nicely worked free-kick from Charlie Adam. Straight from the training ground. Scotland lead 1-0
Scott Brown not in the game at all and with Charlie Adam alongside him, Scotland are criminally sluggish in midfield
The game has now become more even. Both sides pushing forward, Burke and Maloney the difference in quality.
Strachan knows a lot about Kink as he signed him for Middlesbrough.
Kink burst clear after a lovely ball over the top. McGregor makes a good save and catches the striker after. Scotland now under a bit of pressure.
The baby-faced Teniste has another pop from distance but it drifted harmlessly over the bar.
Estonia win a corner, a good dribble from the former derby player Ojamaa.
Naismith linking well with Fletcher as Scotland continue to press. A late challenge from Vassiljev gives Scotland another free-kick.
Maloney hits the target from just outside the area but again is denied by Pareiko. The Wigan man is playing well tonight.
Nice delivery from Burke onto the head of Fletcher but Sunderland's top goalscorer can't get over the ball enough and he heads just over.
Why is this game being played at Pittodrie? The pitch is cutting up badly.
Adam starting to take more control of the game although his final ball is poor. Scotland need to be looking for Burke more as the winger looks the most promising threat.
Scotland still pressing forward but the game has evened out a bit. Maloney at the heart of most attacks and Burke working well with Hutton down the right.
Christophe Berra is still looking a bit groggy after a nasty head collision, yet he's looked a bit groggy without a any injury for the last five years.
Estonia's Teniste has just had the best shot of the game, a drive from 30 yards forces a strong save from McGregor.
Adam hits a free-kick which would be familiar to Liverpool supporters. Miles over.
Hutton slides in Burke down the right flank again but his shot is blocked, the rebound falls to Charlie Adam whose shot is deflected for a corner.
Maloney hits the first shot at goal and forces a good save Pareiko. Decent chance for the Wigan man.
Scotland win a corner after some nice running on the flank from Chris Burke.
Scotland are the first to attempt to pass the ball around on a pretty awful quality pitch. Not doing too bad though, Estonia yet to the touch the ball.
We are underway...
Fletcher looked the most serious during the national anthems, his eyes scream 'hat-trick hero.
Minutes away from kick off. A new Scottish era begins in one minute.
We are 15 minutes away from kick off at the Pittodrie Stadium.
Subs to follow. Scotland with quite an attacking line up and Strachan clearly looking to get off to a quick winning start. Fletcher picked ahead of Miller and the dawn of a new era looks fairly promising.
Estonia First XI: Pareiko; Jääger, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste; Puri, Mošnikov, Vassiljev, Kink, Oper, Ojamaa
So the teams are in: Scotland First XI v Estonia: McGregor; Hutton, Mulgrew, Berra, Webster; Adam, Maloney, Brown, Burke, Naismith; Fletcher.
The former Celtic boss has a strong squad to choose from and he will hope that his players can overcome Tarmo Ruutli's experienced Estonia side.
I'm Matt Smith (@elasticochop) and I'll be taking you through the game this afternoon. The game marks Gordon Strachan's first match in charge of the Scottish national team and he will be hoping to get his reign off to a winning start.
Good evening ladies and gents and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the international friendly Scotland v Estonia.
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