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March 5, 2014
• Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa
Referee: A. Bieri
• Attendance: 41652
S. Brown 77'
That's all from me, Harry Slavin. Thanks to all of you who joined me for the action this evening from Warsaw. Until next time, goodbye!
FULL-TIME: POLAND 0-1 SCOTLAND. Gordon Strachan delivers another morale-boosting away victory for Scotland as they pick up an impressive victory in Warsaw. They rarely threatened Wojciech Szczesny but Scott Brown came up with the goods when it mattered and the feel-good factor surrounding the Scottish national side continues to grow.
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Glik's header is collected by Marshall. That might just do it...
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Ikechi Anya, who has delivered another eye-catching display in a Scotland jersey, comes off for the final moments. Chris Burke is on in his place.
Into stoppage time we go then, Poland have a corner but the effort from Polanski is cleared away by Brown. We have three minutes to go here.
A double substitution from the home side as we enter the final minute of normal time. Not long left for the Scots to hold on.
Milik unleashes a thunderous effort from the edge of the box but Martin bravely gets in the way of the effort to diffuse any danger to Marshall's goal.
Yellow Card Steven Naismith
Steven Naismith is booked for a poor challenge on Krychowiak, coming through the back of the midfielder. It's an unnecessary one from the Everton forward.
'O Flower of Scotland' is belted out from the top tier behind Marshall's goal. The away fans are the only supporters making any noise inside the stadium at the moment and their only minutes away from witnessing another fantastic away victory under Strachan.
Poland make another sub as they try to claw their way back into the game. Klich is off and on comes Teadorczyk in his place. There isn't long for the hosts to salvage something here.
That goal has stunned the home support into silence. They maybe would have settled for the draw but I don't think any Poland fan would have been expecting much of a threat from Strachan's side tonight. The small band of the Tartan Army meanwhile are going barmy!
Goal Scott Brown
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! WHAT A HIT FROM BROWN!!! Out of nothing Scotland take the lead. They've rarely threatened this evening but when Anya's cross can only be cleared as far as the edge of the area, Scott Brown is there to meet the ball with a ferocious strike that send it into the roof of the net before Szczesny can even move.
Another substitution from Gordon Strachan as he takes off Ross McCormack and brings on Charlie Adam for the final 15 minutes.
Marcin Robak is on for Obraniak and Peszko is replaced by Polanski. It almost pays instant dividends as Robak finds Klich on the edge of the box, but the midfielder curls his effort wide.
Poland have used any of their substitutes yet, but it looks as if they are just about to make a couple of changes to freshen things up for the final 20 minutes.
Anya, who loves to break late from the midfield, attempts the same again. He tries to get on the end of McCormakc's ball but is just beaten to it by Szczesny.
A double substitution from Scotland. Young Andrew Robertson is on for his Scotland debut as he comes on for Barry Bannan. Alan Hutton is also off, with Phil Bardsley on in his place.
Milik is fed through inside the Scotland box but he can't bring down the ball quick enough and has to stab at the ball to send his effort goalwards, ultimately firing it over the crossbar.
Some neat footwork from Scott Brown sees the Celtic midfielder jink his way into the area, but Glik is cross to mop up the danger. This is a much more attack-minded Scotland in this half.
Hutton attempts to embark on a run down the right but he's stopped before he can really get going, brought down by Brzyski. A few players out there are just beginning to tire on either side.
We've arrived at the hour mark in what has been a much more open second-half in Warsaw. Poland are getting closer to that opening goal, but Strachan's side look a lot more lively in that final third since the introduction of Naismith.
Yellow Card Alan Hutton
Hutton is in the book after a foul on the edge of his own area. A great delivery finds Kamil Glik unmarked, but the centre-back can't find the target. That really should have seen Poland in the lead.
It's end to end now as those two Scotland changes at the break have opened the game up. Naismith finds McCormack but his shot is blocked and at the other end Peszko has a shot headed away by Hutton.
Naismith is found on the edge of the box and is able to turn and shoot. The effort gets stuck under the feet of McCormack but the Leeds United man is unable to bring the ball under control. There was an even better option on the wing with Anya free as well.
Poland's turn to come forward now as Sobata picks out Obraniak on the edge of the box. The Werder Bremen man is unable to find the target on this occasion though, sending his effort wide of Marshall's near post.
Anya finds a bit of space down the left, using his pace to get at the Polish backline. He still can;t find that pass in the final third though and the move breaks down when he can't pick out Naismith.
An early chance for the home side and again it falls to Piszcek. A cross from the left travels all the way to the back post where the full-back is unmarked, but he snatches at the chance and smashes his half-volley over the bar.
Away we go then in the second half. James Morrison and Steven Fletcher are the two players who made way at the break for Scotland.
The teams are back out and we do indeed have a change. Scotland welcome back Darren Fletcher to their midfield after a long absence. Steven Naismith is also on for the visitors.
It's been a encouraging display for the Scots in the first half then, but there was a lot of work put in to keep Poland at arms length. Strachan may be looking at a few changes at the break to keep thins fresh. Plus, there's still the return of Darren Fletcher to come.
HALF-TIME: POLAND 0-0 SCOTLAND. Chances have been at a premium in this first half but Gordon Strachan won't be concerned by that. His side have displayed an incredible work-rate to keep the home side at bay, and things could have been even better had Alan Hutton kept his composure in front of goal.
BIG CHANCE FOR SCOTLAND!!! Maybe Alan Hutton is a little bit rusty after all. The Villa man is clean through in the area but elects to shoot from a tight angle when he had plenty of team-mates to pick out in the six-yard-box.
Poland have a free kick in a wide are after a foul by Charlie Mulgrew, but it's a poor delivery from Obraniak and it's cleared by the first man in the Scotland defence.
Yellow Card Scott Brown
Yellow Card Slawomir Peszko
Flashpoint at the end of the first half! Scott Brown, who has plenty previous, goes head to head with Peszko after the two tangle in the midfield. The referee takes a lenient view and books the pair. If this wasn't a friendly, we could have been looking at a different colour.
Poland try to work the ball down the right hand side but there is just no space for them to work with. The blue wall of Scotland jerseys descends before Obraniak can even think about sending in a cross and the ball is swatted away to safety.
Scotland just beginning to enjoy their first spell of sustained pressure inside the Poland half. They've pushed up and are squeezing the home side back into their own territory. Can they create their first real opening?
Scotland have effectively moved into a 4-4-2 formation, with Anya partnering Fletcher up top, but the away side have yet to really make anything of it. It's been a determined display from the Scots, but not much to get excited about just yet.
Well this is a turn up! According to the official statistics, Scotland are just shading possession. They haven't been able to do much with it mind you, and Poland have just had another chance - Piszczek firing over from the edge of the area when Hutton's poor header fell to him.
Fantastic save from Marshall! The Scotland keeper is tested again from range, this time by Milik, and the Cardiff City keeper has to be on his toes to tip the effort round the post for Poland's second corner of the game.
Brzyski finds a bit of space down the left and has the chance to deliver a decent ball into the box. He doesn't, much to the frustration of the home fans, the ball floating over everyone and out for a throw in.
Poland are seeing the majority of the ball but Scotland's work-rate in midfield is proving a real problem for the hosts. They aren't getting any time and are struggling to make the possession count in the final third.
For someone who hasn't played a league game in months, Alan Hutton is looking pretty sharp The Aston Villa defender hasn't played for his club this season, with manager Paul Lambert admitting earlier this year that the side simply can't afford to play him.
We're almost at the halfway point in the half but still no real chance for either side. Anya has started to drift beyond Fletcher up top for the Scots to give the Sunderland man a bit more support.
Bannan floats in a free kick from the right-hand side but it's too close to Szczesny and the Polish no.1 is able to pluck the ball out of the sky. Bread and butter that for the Arsenal keeper.
Almost an opening for the Scots! Barry Bannan brings the ball forward in midfield and is inches away from playing in Ikecha Anya, only a vital interception from Szukala preventing the opportunity for the Watford winger.
Piszczek, who plays his football for Borussia Dortmund, has looked lively from right-back in the opening stages. He's been the driving force behind a lot of Poland's early counter-attacks and could prove a problem for Strachan's men this evening.
Poland have certainly settled the quicker in the National Stadium in Warsaw. They've been breaking in numbers and they aren't afraid to commit bodies forward.
First big chance of the night for Poland! Piszczek plays the ball inside to Obraniak and he shows a neat touch on the edge of the are to create some shooting room for himself, placing a curling effort towards goal that Marshall has to tip over the bar.
Poland try to work it down the right hand-side and Obraniak is able to pick the ball up out wide. Mulgrew is across quickly though and stubs out any danger to the Scotland goal.
A free kick inside the Poland half gives Anya the chance to launch a deep cross into the area, but it's easily cleared by the Polish backline.
A few long balls from either side are exchanged in the first five minutes but both defences are able to deal with any danger, Glik shepherding the ball out safely for a Poland goal kick with Fletcher breathing down his neck.
It seems ages ago since Craig Levein was trying out his earth-shattering 4-6-0 tactic. It's definitely a relief for all Scotland fans to see their side competing in matches again, and they certainly have a number of attack-minded players on show this evening.
A short blast on the whistle from the referee and we are underway!
The teams are out in Poland. The national anthems have been sung and Gordon Strachan takes his seat on the bench as we await the referees whistle!
Gordan Strachan is still able to send out a pretty strong line up. Darren Fletcher could be making his return for the national side this evening. If he does though, it will have to be from the bench. There's not much of a Premier League presence in the Poland side, with Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny the sole represenative.
SCOTLAND: (4-5-1) Marshall; Hutton, Martin, Greer, Mulgrew; McCormack, Brown, Morrison, Bannan, Anya; Fletcher.
POLAND: (4-5-1) Szczesny; Piszczek, Szukala, Glik, Brzyski; Sobota, Klich, Krychowiak, Peszko, Obraniak; Milik.
That's just a sample of players who won't be on display this evening. 'But who will be?' I hear you cry. Well let's get some team news ahead of kick off. We'll start with the hosts.
Of course, it wouldn't be an international friendly without a number of high-profile absentees and, unfortunately, tonight is no exception. Poland are missing Borussia Dortmund pair Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski through injury. Scotland's injury-list isn't quite as star-studded, but Grant Hanley's withdrawal leaves a gap at the back, while Robert Snodgrass's attacking threat will be missed.
I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be taking you through all the action as Gordon Strachan's men look to gain an early psychological edge over one of their Euro 2016 qualifcation rivals. Both teams were drawn in Group D, alongside Germany, and although the coaches have played down the significance of tonight's clash, it's an opportunity to gauge just what their opponents have to offer.
It's just 99 days until the start of the World Cup but neither Scotland nor Poland will be turning out in Brazil later this year. That doesn't mean there's nothing to play for though as these sides meet this evening at the National Stadium in Warsaw.
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