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11 September 2012
• Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: S. Karasev
• Attendance: 32430
K. Miller 43'
N. Noveski 11'
That's it from me folks. Thanks for joining me this evening.
Perhaps more disappointing than the result, is the fact that the Tartan Army never managed to assert their dominance over a supposedly weak Macedonian side.
The home side are greeted with a chorus of boo's at the final whistle. This draw just won't be enough to relieve the pressure on Craig Levein as his Scotland squad really have their work cut out now if they're to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
90' + 3'
FULL TIME. That's it. It's all over here at Hampden Park.
90' + 2'
The boo's start to ring around the stadium as this game draws to a close. The fans are making their feelings known to Craig Levein. Seconds remain...
Scotland flood forward now as the fourth official indicates a minimum of three minutes added time. The sense of desperation around Hampden Park is tangible. Can they nick it at the death?!
Macedonia, you sense, will happily take a point away from home now. It's been a while since they ventured into their opponents half and they are quite content to absorb the Scottish pressure.
The home side are desperate for the winner here. Once again, though, they are struggling to convert possession into clear-cut chances.
Ten vital minutes remain in this game. It could still go either way!
Yellow CardV. Sumulikoski
Final roll of the dice for Levein as Steven Naismith is introduced to the action. The Everton man comes on in place of Jamie Mackie, who's last contribution to the game is to swing a dangerous looking ball into the penalty area which Jordan Rhodes just fails to convert
The home side need to remain switched on at the back. So long as Pandev is on the pitch you can be sure that Macedonia pose a threat.
But it's the same story for Scotland at the other end of the pitch. Goran Pandev is finding it all too easy to pick out the runs from those ahead of him. This time he finds Ivanovski with far too much time and space in the penalty area but the striker is denied by a great save from Allan McGregor
The crowd, the team, heck... the whole nation seems to have been lifted by the introduction of Rhodes. The home side are pressing forward with purpose now.
Agonizingly close for Jordan Rhodes there! A quick free-kick by Scotland sets Adam away down the right hand side. His near post cross is met by Rhodes but the striker can't quite direct his header on target.
Cheers go up around Hampden Park as Jordan Rhodes prepares to enter the fray. Let's see what the Blackburn man can do.
Yellow CardCharlie Adam
It's the visitors who are now forcing the issue. Scotland have barely seen the ball in the past 5 minutes, a problem Levein has attempted to rectify by introducing Charlie Adam to the proceedings.
Macedonia hit the post! The substitute Hasani thunders an effort against the upright from 18 yards out as Scotland failed to adequately clear a corner.
It's that man Pandev again orchestrating the Macedonian attacks. It's his vision and craft that creates a good chance for Macedonia there, finding Ibraimi who in turn slips a through ball into the path of the advanced Macedonian right back but his effort is deflected behind for a corner.
Yellow CardGoran Pandev
Yellow CardNikola Gligorov
A needless handball from the Macedonian right-back Gligorov has gifted Scotland with a free-kick in a dangerous area. Shaun Maloney swings the ball into the centre and the visitors just about scramble the ball away.
Of the two sides, it's Scotland who have started the second period the brighter as they look to hurt the visitors with the pace they have in wide areas.
Macedonia are the team who get us started in this second half. It's worth mentioning that neither team have opted to make any half time substitutions.
For those of you who place a lot of faith in the FIFA World Rankings, it may interest you to know that Scotland are a whole 50 places above their opponents tonight! That explains why the pressure is still firmly on Craig Levein to deliver 3 points in this Group 1 World Cup Qualifier.
A frenetic last 5 minutes there which has totally changed the complexion of this game. Despite being well below par for much of the first half, the Scots are now right back in this and will be hoping they can press on in the second half.
45' + 3'
The referee blows his whistle here at Hampden Park and draws the first half to a close.
45' + 2'
It's all Scotland now. That goal has really lifted the home side and they're pressing relentlessly for a second goal before half time!
Just what the doctor ordered for Craig Levein and his Tartan Army. You can feel the relief around Hampden Park now.
GOAL!! Kenny Miller, the captain, levels for the home side! Terrible mistake at the back from Macedonia as they fail to deal with a simple through ball, leaving Mackie one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The midfield man selflessly squares the ball to Miller, though, who's left with the simplest of tap-ins.
James Forrest tries to inject some impetus into the Scotland side with a driving run but his cross is just over the head of Mackie.
Frustration is rife amongst the home crowd. Scotland are dominating possession but simply cannot penetrate their opposition.
Yellow CardFerhan Hasani
The visitors seem more than happy to sit back and protect their one goal advantage here at Hampden Park. When they do get the ball they instantly look to star-man Pandev to create for them.
Maloney with a powerful freekick from 25 yards. However, what the Wigan man gained in power he certainly lost in accuracy as his effort is fired straight at Bogatinov in the Macedonian goal.
With the home side looking to get an equaliser there's always the danger they'll concede on the break that very nearly just happened. Pandev with a delicious pass into the feet of Ibraimi, but the winger found his shot from 10 yards well saved by Allan McGregor.
If Scotland are going to penetrate this Macedonian back-line you feel that James Morrison will somehow be involved. That's twice now he's managed to open up the defence with a through ball.
A real Jekyll and Hyde performance from Scotland here. One minute they're struggling to deal with a simple ball into their box, the next minute they're attacking the opposing back four with purpose. They just can't seem to find that all important final ball, though!
Yellow CardAgim Ibraimi
Scotland fans finally have something to get excited about. Morrison plays an incisive pass down the right-hand side of the pitch to play in the onrushing Jamie Mackie. The QPR man's cross is just about dealt with by the Macedonian defence.
Macedonia come forward again. It's Pandev this time with a strong run from deep. The centre-forward then chooses to play in teammate Demiri who fluffs his shot hopelessly wide, much to the relief of the home crowd.
Disappointingly for Craig Levein, it's Macedonia who are looking to force this issue in this game as Ivanovski fires just wide from distance.
That early goal has taken the wind right out of Scotland's sails. The home side will argue the goal was offside but Macedonia certainly won't care! The home side need to regroup quickly if they are to get themselves back into this game.
GOAL! Well I did say that Scotland were looking dodgy at the back and Macedonia have certainly capitalised on that. Noveski is the man for the visitors who's got the goal. Poor defending from Scotland to allow Trickovski with time and space on the left to whip the ball across goal. Noveski stretches out a leg and prods it past the advancing goalkeeper.
If you're a Scotland fan you'll be pleased to know the home side are looking comfortable in possession. What won't please you is that they do look extremely fragile at the back.
6 minutes in and the first half-chance falls for the home side. An excellent run from the overlapping right-back Hutton who then squares inside to Kenny Miller who in return lays it off only for Gary Caldwell who blazes his effort high over the bar from 20 yards
Not much to report from the first few minutes of the game. With so few goals between these two sides, it was probably wrong to expect an explosive start to the match!
Scotland get us underway here at Hampden Park.
The danger man for Macedonia, meanwhile, is Napoli striker Goran Pandev. After only losing narrowly to Croatia last week, the visitors will probably feel more than capable of causing an upset tonight.
A few changes to the Scotland starting line-up then. Out go Charlie Adam, Robert Snodgrass and Steven Naismith. In come Jamie Mackie, Shaun Maloney and James Forrest. There's certainly more pace in wide areas for Scotland there. It will be interesting to see whether they can use it.
Macedonia: Bogatinov; Georgievski, Shikov, Noveski, Popov; Ibraimi, Demiri, Gligorov, Trichkovski; Pandev, Ivanovski Subs: Pachovski (GK) Naumovski (GK) Mojsov, Grncharov, Ristiko, Tasevski, Lazevski, Hasani, Gjorgiev, Shumulikoski
Scotland: McGregor; Hutton, Berra, Webster, Dixon; Caldwell, Morrison; Forrest, Mackie, Maloney; Miller Subs: Marshall (GK) Hanley, Rhodes, Adam, Snodgrass, Naismith, Cowie, Dorrans, McCormack, Samson (GK) Foster, Phillips
It's a big night for Craig Levein and his Tartan Army. The under pressure manager will be keen to ensure his side don't lose sight of the early front-runners in Group 1. Scotland looked toothless in front of goal against Serbia earlier this week so let's see how Levein has chosen to address this problem. Team news coming right up...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Macedonia. My name is James Vause and I'll be guiding you through all the action at Hampden Park this evening.
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