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WC Qualification Europe

  • October 15, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • Referee: O. Hațegan
  • • Attendance: 30172
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  • The Tartan Army can look forward to a new lease of life under Gordon Strachan and so can he.
  • Scotland were brilliant tonight. Fair enough, Croatia were already through to the play-offs, but they still fielded a strong side and were beaten comfortably. Strachan's men were up to the task of finishing their campaign strongly and ended up doing the double over Croatia.
  • Full-time: Scotland 2-0 Croatia
  • 90'
    Naismith meets a cross, but can only head over the bar. He has done well in the Kenny Miller role tonight.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionBarry Bannan Chris Burke
  • 88'
    Scott Brown has not stopped running tonight. If anyone deserves a goal, it is him.
  • 86'
    Vedran Corluka fancies his chances from range, but the ball goes over McGregor's bar.
  • 83'
    Nikica Jelavic rises highest in the box to meet Srna's cross, but can only head into the arms of Allan McGregor. The Hull City Tigers goalkeeper has had a fine game when called upon.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionRobert Snodgrass James McArthur
  • 80'
    SubstitutionMario Mandzukic Nikica Jelavic
  • 79'
    Flower of Scotland rings out around Hampden Park as the home fans finally have something to sing about this qualifying campaign. If things stay the way they are, this will be their first victory at home in this group.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionIkechi Graham Dorrans
  • 76'
    Dario Srna goes close as Croatia try and save face, but his shot goes wide.
  • 73'
    Missed Penalty Barry Bannan
  • 73'
    Penalty save Stipe Pletikosa
  • 73'
    Goal Steven Naismith
    Goal! Barry Bannan's penalty is well saved by Pletikosa, but Steven Naismith beats everyone to the rebound and smashes home.
  • 71'
    Penalty to Scotland. Anya is brought down in the box by Vida.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionNiko Kranjcar Ivan Perisic
  • 67'
    The game has got a bit scrappy again. Scotland look happy to sit back and defend their lead and try and catch Croatia on the counter.
  • 64'
    The Croatian supporters have set off smoke bombs in the ground, and that must have hid the goal from substitute Eduardo, as he rounded McGregor, but hit the side netting instead of scoring into an empty net.
  • 60'
    A free kick of Scotland's almost turns into a chance for James Morrison. The ball is worked out wide to Anya who dinks a cross towards the edge of the box. West Brom's Morrison tries a volley, but the ball comes of the side of his foot and out for a goal kick.
  • 59'
    SubstitutionNikola Kalinic Eduardo
  • 57'
    The past few minutes has been stop-start due to an accumulation of free kicks, mainly in favour of the visitors.
  • 55'
    Yellow Card James Morrison
  • 54'
    Croatia are starting to get a strangehold of the second half, Modric stinging the palms of McGregor from range.
  • 50'
    Niko Kranjcar has an attempt from outside the box, but it goes wide of McGregor's goal.
  • 47'
    Scotland are on the attack straight from the off, and Bannan tries a free kick from just outside the box narrowly flies over.
  • 46'
    Yellow Card Ognjen Vukojevic
  • 46'
    We're underway in the second half.
  • Gordon Strachan fully deserve the lead at half-time, and they go into the break in front through a Robert Snodgrass header. Croatia have huffed and puffed without threatening Allan McGregor in goal, as Scotland look to avoid finishing bottom of the group.
  • Half-time: Scotland 1-0 Croatia
  • 45'
    Croatia go close towards the end of the match, but the referee blows for half-time.
  • 40'
    Mario Mandzukic blazes Srna's cross high and wide as they look for a way back into the game.
  • 39'
    Ikechi Anya has proved to be a thorn in Croatia's side this half and he is involved again. This time Barry Bannan, Hutton, Brown all try and get on the end of an Anya cross, but they overcomplicate matters and the ball gets cleared.
  • 34'
    There is currently a drinks break as Luka Modric receives treatment on the pitch.
  • 30'
    Chance for Scotland and it is Snodgrass again. Strachan's men are on fire at the moment. Wonderful one-touch play and short passing around Croatia's defence sees the Norwich man play a one-two with Naismith and shoots first time. Croatia goalkeeper Pletikosa somehow gets an arm to his shot and palms it onto the post.
  • 28'
    Assist Charles Mulgrew
  • 28'
    Goal Robert Snodgrass
    Goal! Scotland take the lead and it is probably just about deserved. Charlie Mulgrew swings in a brilliant cross and Robert Snodgrass heads home.
  • 25'
    Domagoj Vida looks for Mandzukic in the box, but his cross only finds McGregor in goal.
  • 21'
    Scotland look the more threatening of the two. Alan Hutton is starting to get more into the game down the right-hand side, and his cross just failed to pick out an onrushing Naismith.
  • 17'
    The game has become scrappy all of a sudden. No real play happening, just a few late tackles flying in.
  • 13'
    Chances for Scotland. Strachan's men starting to make some of their possession pay. Scott Brown's storming run into the box ends with a blocked shot, with Naismith's follow up shot still rising over the bar.
  • 11'
    Half chance for Croatia. The ever-reliable Dario Srna pings a diagonal cross into the box, and Kalinic just could not quite reach it.
  • 8'
    Scotland are being very patient with the ball. Building play up from the back, but are being stifled by Croatia's back four.
  • 6'
    Naismith runs onto Allan McGregor's long kick up top, but the Everton striker is ruled offside.
  • 4'
    Nikola Kalinic goes close after good work from Mario Mandzukic. The Bayern Munich striker nipped the ball around James Morrison, set up his strike partner, but his shot just goes wide.
  • 2'
    Steven Naismith and Luka Modric are having handbags already. The Scot is playing as a lone man upfront tonight, so this battle could prove to be interesting.
  • 1'
    We're underway in Hampden Park.
  • Substitutes: Kresic, Vargic, Pivaric, Perisic, Jelavic, Schildenfeld, Ademi, Olic, Maloca, Eduardo
  • Croatia starting XI: Pletikosa, Vida, Corluka, Lovren, Strinic, Srna, Vukojevic, Modric, Kranjcar, Mandzukic, Kalinic
  • Substitutes: Marshall, Hammell, McArthur, Burke, Adam, Dorrans, Griffiths, McCormack, Boyd, Gilks, Greer, Bryson
  • Scotland starting XI: McGregor, Hutton, Martin, Hanley, Mulgrew, Bannan, Brown, Morrison, Anya, Snodgrass, Naismith.
  • Good evening and welcome to Scotland v Croatia at Hampden Park. Gordon Strachan's men could potentially finish bottom on Group A and have failed to win at home this qualifying campaign. Team news coming up.