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Faroe Islands v Scotland Live Commentary, 12/10/2021

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L. Dykes (86)
Tórsvøllur

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That's all from Torshavn today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Victory over Moldova next month will secure a shot at the playoff route for Scotland, while following today's results, Faroe Islands remain three points ahead of the Moldovans in their attempt to avoid bottom place in the group.
Scotland close in on a World Cup playoff place with a scarcely merited win in Torshavn today, as they establish a stranglehold on second spot in Group F behind Denmark. They made hard work of securing the three points, though, as their attacking play lacked verve and assurance, perhaps in part due to a plastic pitch. Nonetheless, the Tartan Army march on in their quest to reach Qatar, while Faroe Islands can be proud of a battling display which almost earned them a point.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: FAROE ISLANDS 0-1 SCOTLAND
K. Olsen
J. Edmundsson
Faroe Islands
90' + 5' Edmundsson caused some difficulties for the Scottish side today, but is now taken off and Andrasson Olsen is brought on in his place.
90' + 3' In seven minutes of stoppage time - predominantly due to two long VAR interventions - Scotland are keeping the ball at the back and in midfield. This could yet be a nervy climax to a troublesome game for the Scots.
J. Frederiksen
H. Hansson
Faroe Islands
90' + 1' Faroes skipper Hansson is the next man to be replaced for the home side, as Frederiksen is brought on.
B. Hendriksson
Yellow Card
Faroe Islands
90' For a foul on McTominay, Olsen is shown a yellow card by the referee.
S. McTominay
Yellow Card
Scotland
90' After a brief interchange with Olsen, following a foul by his opponent, McTominay is the latest man into the book. It has been a slightly fussy refereeing performance today.
L. Cooper
B. Gilmour
Scotland
89' Scotland are shutting up shop after taking the lead, as Gilmour is off and Cooper comes on to bolster the back line.
88' The VAR took a long, hard look at that goal by Dykes, scrutinising the final touch for a possible handball. Eventually, the goal is confirmed to the audible delight of the travelling Tartan Army!
L. Dykes
Goal
Scotland
86' AT LAST! For the fourth match in a row, Dykes hits the net, as the big striker deflects the ball home from an excellent Patterson right-wing cross. Finally, Scotland lead in Torshavn! Faroe Islands 0-1 Scotland.
84' McGinn's corner is another in a long line of set-piece failures for Scotland, and the Faroese defence can clear up the field. The clock is ticking now!
K. Nisbet
R. Christie
Scotland
83' A disappointing day for Christie comes to a premature end, and Nisbet is on to increase the Scottish presence up front.
N. Patterson
R. Fraser
Scotland
83' Despite having caused problems with his deliveries from the right, Fraser is now replaced by Patterson for the final few minutes.
77' ALMOST! McGinn spurns the best chance of the game so far, as he heads straight at Gestsson from another fine Fraser cross. The Aston Villa man could rue that miss at the final whistle!
74' NEARLY THE OPENER! Both Gilmour and Tierney fail to break the deadlock with a pair of quickfire chances, as Gestsson denies the former and then the latter fires well wide. Scotland are edging closer, but it is certainly not convincing.
72' Scotland are now ahead on goal attempts, with 10 to the Faroes' eight, but have still only struck the target on one occasion - McTominay's early shot which was saved.
70' It looks like McTominay has dropped back, so Scotland's formation remains relatively unchanged. They are penning their hosts into the final third now, but must find a way through the massed ranks of white shirts.
C. McGregor
J. Hendry
Scotland
68' Clarke finally decides to shift shape, as Hendry is removed from the defence and McGregor is thrown on to add more attacking threat.
L. Dykes
Yellow Card
Scotland
67' Faero is felled by a rugged Dykes challenge, and the Scotland striker is booked. He is another man who will be unavailable to meet Moldova next time out.
65' In one of the first Faroese forays into Scottish territory since the break, Hansson turns a shot from 20 yards just wide of the right post. It was slightly behind him, which restricted his backswing, but still constitutes a presentable chance.
63' Dykes tees up Gilmour following Tierney's sharp cutback, but the young midfield maestro cannot get a clean strike and the ball skims wide of Gestsson's left post. One of Scotland's better chances goes begging in a game of slim pickings.
61' A speculative right-footed effort from Tierney is well off target, with his team looking increasingly disjointed and lacking a clear idea of how to break the Faroese down.
H. Askham
H. Vatnsdal
Faroe Islands
59' Vatnsdal is coming off at the back for the home side, and Askham is his replacement.
P. Knudsen
V. Davidsen
Faroe Islands
59' Faroe Islands have opted to replace Davidsen with Knudsen coming into the final half-hour.
56' Clarke must be considering changes in the coming minutes, due to his team's inability to build up a head of steam in the final third. Too many loose touches and mishit passes are costing them dearly.
54' Once more, McTominay takes up a good position to receive Fraser's pass, but is wayward with his finishing and can only find the side-netting when others were probably better placed.
53' Moving the ball more quickly and purposefully, Scotland have upped the tempo, with another Fraser cross causing trouble.
51' Fraser fires in a swerving cross, but Dykes cannot connect with any accuracy as he makes a smart near-post run. The visitors are on top and it could be a long half for the Faroes.
49' By a matter of inches, Faroe Islands are reprieved, as Christie is judged offside and play continues with Scotland's penalty claims dismissed.
48' There is a check under way for a foul on Christie inside the area, which seems to hinge on whether he was offside in the build-up. Will Scotland have a penalty?
47' An inswinging corner by Gilmour is cleared away, but as the ball is recycled, the Norwich City loanee drops to the back post and plants a tame header straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
46' Amid increasingly misty conditions, we are back under way at Torsvollur.
1' Now Gilmour fires wide! The diminutive playmaker works some space in an advanced position, and hits a clean shot from just outside the area just past the left post, with Gestsson looking beaten. Surely it is just a matter of time now?
With a characteristically physical approach and compact shape, Faroe Islands have more than earned parity at the interval. They will also be encouraged by a series of long balls which have caused trouble for the uncertain Scottish back three - surely an upset couldn't be on the cards?
Scotland go in at half-time with the score goalless, but can consider themselves fortunate not to be behind in Torshavn, as their hosts have had the better chances to break the deadlock. The wave of glory from just a few days ago has diminished to a drizzle in the Faroese capital today, as the Scots have been careless in the final third and looked vulnerable at the back. In fact, Faroe Islands have had seven attempts on goal to their visitors six so far and have been particularly well organised in midfield.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: FAROE ISLANDS 0-0 SCOTLAND
45' + 1' On the verge of half-time, a neat reverse pass from Christie finds McTominay, who again fails to pick the right option inside the Faroese box and has his cutback cleared to safety.
44' Tierney and Dykes combine to play in McTominay, who opts to poke a quick shot at goal from just outside the box. However, his effort spirals harmlessly over the bar, summing up Scotland's lack of composure in and around the opposition area today.
42' Having conceded a soft free-kick for a foul by Hanley, a retreating Scotland must field a long-range strike by Olsen, which skips into Gordon's hands off the greasy surface.
40' JUST WIDE! McTominay gives the ball away 25 yards out from goal, allowing centre-back Faero to get a powerful shot off, which drifts just wide of Gordon's right post via a deflection.
R. Christie
Yellow Card
Scotland
38' From Gilmour's flat, driven corner, Christie inadvisedly uses an elbow in an aerial challenge and will now be suspended for the game against Moldova next month.
36' A terrific pass from Tierney finds Christie inside the area, on the left, but his cutback is blocked with authority by Vatnsdal.
34' Quick to react, Gestsson charges from his goal to deny Fraser, who just overruns the ball inside the area when cutting in from the right.
32' From a central free-kick just outside the area, McTominay fails to trouble the target. He got right underneath that attempt, and several other candidates to take it will fancy they could have done much better.
30' Faroe Islands captain Hansson loses balance at the critical moment, skewing his shot from 25 yards well over Gordon's bar and into the stands.
28' A frustrated McTominay gives away a needless free-kick for a late challenge on Jonssson in midfield.
26' Rolantsson concedes an unneccesary free-kick inside his defensive third, but McGinn's set-piece falls short. The, after several scrambled clearances and some desperate blocking, the Faroese are able to get the ball away to relative safety.
24' Scotland are caught out by another high ball into the box, as Olsen swings over a cross from the right touchline, but Nattestad heads wide. The hosts are warming to their task now.
22' SCOTLAND ESCAPE! Gordon comes to the rescue by keeping out a close-range attempt from Jonsson in the centre of the goal, with some panicky defending ensuing. Eventually, Scotland clear their lines - they should really be behind!
19' GOOD SAVE! A firm strike by McTominay from a tight angle, following a clever pass by McGinn, is saved low down at his near post by Gestsson. That was Scotland's clearest chance so far.
17' Coming into today's fixture - in which they have so far enjoyed more than two-thirds of the possession - Scotland had won nine of their last 12 qualifiers in all competitions, as their revival continues under the leadership of Steve Clarke.
15' Faroe Islands are sitting in at the moment, with five men at the back making life difficult for their visitors.
13' Gilmour effortlessly drifts through midfield, attempting to slip in McTominay, but the Manchester United man is stopped by a well-timed block when in an advantageous position.
11' Certainly underdogs today, Faroe Islands have lost five of their last six World Cup qualifying matches, beating Moldova 2-1 at home in the other last month.
9' Christie concedes a free-kick for a foul on Faero deep into the Faroes' half, breaking Scotland's positive momentum.
7' Both Dykes and Christie take loose touches inside the final third, as the ball bobbles away from them on the man-made pitch. This could be a feature of today's match, given the slippery surface.
5' Edmundsson spurns a good opportunity to trouble Gordon when he delays and then fluffs his attempt from deep inside the Scottish area. Something of a let-off for the away side.
4' Following the first corner of the game, the ball travels across to Christie, whose inswinging cross back into the area just evades McTominay's head and goes out for a goal kick.
2' Scotland have settled better on the artificial surface, with Dykes having a dangerous cross from the left blocked inside the area.
1' We are under way in Torshavn, with Scotland in their classic dark blue and the hosts wearing all white.
The players have observed the anthems and are ready to go!
Scotland coach Steve Clarke has brought in Ryan Christie up front, with Che Adams out injured. Meanwhile, Grant Hanley has been elevated to the first XI to add an experienced presence at the back; allowing Scot McTominay to slot back into midfield. The home side, meanwhile, name Joan Simun Edmundsson as their lone striker, as they seek just a second Group F win.
Ahead of tonight's match, Scotland have never lost in 10 previous meetings with the Faroe Islands (winning eight), and the Faroes haven’t scored in any of their last four matches against today's visitors - since a 1-1 draw in Euro 2004 qualifying. During the intervening period, they have conceded 17 without reply against the Scots!
SUBS: Jon McLaughlin, Callum McGregor, Nathan Patterson, Lewis Ferguson, Stephen O'Donnell, Stuart Armstrong, Liam Cooper, Scott McKenna, Liam Kelly, Kevin Nisbet, Kenny McLean, David Turnbull.
SCOTLAND (3-4-2-1): Craig Gordon; Grant Hanley, Jack Hendry, Kieran Tierney; Ryan Fraser, Billy Gilmour, Scott McTominay, Andrew Robertson; John McGinn, Ryan Christie; Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS: Petur Knudsen, Mattias Lamhauge, Hordur Askham, John Frederiksen, Solvi Vatnhamar, Gunnar Nielsen, Klaemint Olsen, Hannes Agnarsson, Joannes Danielsen, Joannes Bjartalid, Trondur Jensen.
FAROE ISLANDS (3-4-2-1): Teitur Gestsson; Sonni Ragnar Nattestad, Odmar Faero, Heini Vatnsdal; Viljormur Davidsen, Gunnar Vatnhamar, Brandur Hendriksson Olsen, Gilli Rolantsson; Ari Mohr Jonsson, Hallur Hansson; Joan Simun Edmundsson.
Today's home side lost to Austria on Saturday, conceding goals either side of half time, and have just four points from the qualifying process so far. They were also beaten by Scotland last time the two nations met: a 4-0 away defeat back in March.
Scotland made it three wins on the spin with Saturday's victory at a buoyant Hampden Park. Despite twice falling behind and also missing a penalty, they equalised again 10 minutes into the second half, before a 94th-minute winner from Scott McTominay sent the Tartan Army delirious in the stands.
As the European qualifiers for Qatar 2022 head towards their climax, Scotland sit second in Group F and therefore in a playoff position, following their dramatic win over Israel at the weekend. Meanwhile, their hosts have customarily fallen short of qualification once again, trailing the Scots by 10 points in the table.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the World Cup qualifying fixture between Faroe Islands and Scotland in Torshavn.