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Scotland v Czech Rep as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Colin Moffat


2200: I'm going to sign off now. The game might not live long in the memory but it's a winning start against a side seeded above us in our Euro 2012 qualifying group. Craig Gordon was solid as ever in goals, while Graham Dorrans caught the eye. Many thanks for your company and all of your contributions.

My Sport
From Blue Heaven On My Sport: "Nice to get a win in Craig's first game. Not a fantastic performance but maybe a wee morale boost."

My Sport
From 67myfavouriteposition On My Sport: "Well done boys. Pleased for Big Craig Levein. I think if we can be difficult to beat again we will win more than we will lose. We won't win many games by 3 or 4 goals but 1-0 scorelines will do me."

Full time
Full-time: Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic. Craig Levein makes a winning start to his career as Scotland manager thanks to Scott Brown's 62nd-minute strike.

2150: Steven Whittaker is denied a first goal for Scotland as Drobny makes a terrific save to keep out the Rangers player's shot from 12 yards.

2148: Three minutes of added time will be played. Nothing silly now, lads...

2146: Kris Boyd has the ball in the net but the striker had been flagged offside before popping a shot beyond an unconcerned Drobny from the edge of the penalty area.

2144: Craig Gordon is quickly off his line to smother as a free kick is flicked on through a ruck of players in the Scotland penalty box.

2140: Without Rosicky and Plasil, who has also been replaced, the Czechs don't look nearly as potent. Darren Fletcher goes off to allow Steven Whittaker a run out for the final eight minutes.

2137: Dorrans does well to pick out Boyd in the penalty area after a good headed knockdown from the striker but the sub's shot is quickly blocked by an alert defender.

2134: Czech sub Blazek won't want to see that again if he's tuning in to BBC One Scotland later. His shot swerves a good 20 metres wide of the goal, with Craig Gordon snaffling up a simple save from a later tame effort from Plasil.

2132: Can Scotland claim a first Hampden friendly win since 1996? We have 15 or so minutes to go at the national stadium. Remember, you can see highlights of the game on BBC One Scotland at 2245 GMT.

2129: A first taste of the action for Boyd, as he gets his head to a deep cross at the back post but can't direct the ball on target.

2125: Another cross from Wallace swerves all over the place, forcing Drobny to flap it away but it doesn't fall for a blue shirt. Blackpool's Charlie Adam is on for Barry Robson.

2121: During the goal celebrations, Kris Boyd comes on to replace Rangers team-mate Kenny Miller. There are a few boos but they are largely drowned out by an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd. The Czechs are planning a triple substitution, with Rosicky among those going off.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
How about that? After 340 minutes without a goal, Scotland find the net as Lee Wallace crosses for Barry Robson to nod into the path of Scott Brown, who lashes in a shot from 10 yards.

2119: GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic (Brown)

2117: Kris Boyd is getting his tracksuit off and receiving a few instructions from assistant manager Peter Houston. The Rangers man will be on soon.

2113: The Czechs pass up a golden chance as Kusnir flashes the ball across goal and a stretching Sverkos can only get a toe to it, directing it from the path of Necid inside the six yard area.

2110: Craig Gordon tips a shot from Sverkos over the crossbar after a cute cutback from Rosicky. The Czechs are menacing when moving forward, with their neat, quick passing.

2108: "The first thing to notice is that Paul Hartley is sitting deeper and that will allow Scott Brown and Darren Fletcher to move forward. Again, it is being a bit more adventurous but still being hard to beat," explains BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson.

2104: Hartley, with just a hint of a beard, appears to be tracking Rosicky, the main creative threat for the visitors. The Arsenal man fires in two corners in quick succession but Scotland survive.

2102: The changes won't alter the shape of the home team as the second half gets underway.

2058: Craig Levein's Jambo credentials are coming to the fore as word reaches us that Tynecastle old boys Paul Hartley and Christophe Berra are coming on to replace Kevin Thomson and Andy Webster.

My Sport
From Drunken Hobo On My Sport: "Only "home nation" not be be a goal down at half time. Not bad."

2055: A word on some of the other friendlies being played; Spain, who are in our Euro 2012 qualifying group along with the Czechs, are winning 1-0 in France, Northern Ireland are 1-0 down in Albania, Sweden are 1-0 up in Wales. Oh, and Egypt are in front at Wembley, also 1-0...

2050: Prior to kick off, Levein said he would not be tinkering too much, so don't expect too many changes at the interval. His counterpart has promised to use all six of his permitted substitutes.

Half time
2046: Half-time: Scotland 0-0 Czech Republic. After a sluggish start, Levein's side finished the half on the front foot. However, the Czechs look so much more comfortable on the ball and move with greater pace.

2045: Robson fizzes a curling strike round the defensive wall and towards the far post but Drobny looks lively to stick out a paw and push it away. That's more like it.

2044: Scotland win a free kick for a handball just outside the penalty box...

2042: A third corner for Scotland is worked short and fizzles out, much to the annoyance of the crowd. We don't really have an aerial threat for the old fashioned lump into the mixer, do we?

2040: Scotland are enjoying a decent spell but it's all a bit ponderous and Hertha Berlin keeper Jaroslav Drobny is yet to get mud on his gloves.

2037: Dorrans splits the Czechs with a fine pass for Robson but Miller can't get his head to the cross from the left under pressure from a defender and the goalkeeper. Another corner comes to nothing...

2034: Scotland win their first corner of the evening but the Czech defence deal comfortably with the delivery from Dorrans.

My Sport
From east-stirlingshire On My Sport: "Scotland looking very sloppy at the back, too much footering about. Why's Robson playing on the right?"

2031: Graham Dorrans is on hand to clear from his own goal-line as a dipping Rosicky corner causes the Scottish defence problems.

2030: "We've not had a cross into the box or a shot on goal. This is a system that would maybe work away from home, but we need to get the crowd behind us and get in about them and be more adventurous," BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson is growing impatient, along with the Hampden crowd.

2027: Alan Hutton and Barry Robson link up to give the former a sight of goal but the Middlesbrough midfielder's shot is quickly snuffed out by an opponent.

2026: It's early days but it looks like the same old problems for Scotland, with Kenny Miller cutting a forlorn and isolated figure up front. We didn't expect flamboyant attacking football but there's been a surprising lack of bite about the home side.

2023: Craig Gordon comes to Scotland's rescue with a good block from Sverkos after a poor pass from Darren Fletcher was intercepted.

2020: Another good free kick from the Czechs makes it way through to Michal Kadlec at the back post but the defender is not expecting the ball to reach him and a good chance goes to waste.

2018: An excellent delivery from Rosicky is flicked on in the penalty area and a lunging Vaclav Sverkos stabs the ball into the side-netting from a very tight angle.

2015: The Czechs continue to make most of the running, without threatening Craig Gordon's goal. Celtic skipper Scott Brown is lying deep, along with his good pal Kevin Thomson of Rangers, with captain Darren Fletcher trying to support lone striker Kenny Miller.

My Sport
From 23 years 7 months and counting On My Sport: "Well, after the worst rendition of FoS in living memory, the Levein era can only get better from here."

2012: Scotland are finding it hard to keep any meaningful possession. Perhaps they are still reeling from from Darius's jazz version of Flower of Scotland... From inside the six yard box, Plasil heads over from a dangerous free kick.

2010: Rosicky and Plasil are linking well for the visitors, tearing at the heart of the Scotland defence with some slick passing.

2007: Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil lets fly with a raking shot from distance but Craig Gordon is comfortable as it skids narrowly wide.

My Sport
From scotbot On My Sport: "Why do Scotland coaches never want us to be hard to defend against? Sounds better and is what the game is all about."

2005: The visitors apply some early pressure but Scotland respond well, hunting down their opponents in packs.

2003: Scotland are wearing a new kit, which is very similar to the French World Cup winning outfit from 1998. The shorts are way too long, though.

2000: And we're off. The Czechs, wearing all white, get the game started.

1957: The teams are out for the national anthems. Darius, of Pop Idol fame, is leading Flower of Scotland. Oh dear...

1955: "We are strong in the middle areas and we don't have a lot of width. So although Barry Robson and Graham Dorrans are in the side areas, you will probably find they are trying to pick spaces in front of their defence and a lot of width will come from the full-backs," Scotland manager Craig Levein explains his tactics on BBC Radio Scotland.

My Sport
From SPLs_Third_Force On My Sport: "A good formation choice if you ask me. We need to become hard to beat again and fight for a result. A 4-5-1 is perfect for that. A return to better days??"

1952: There are a lot of empty seats at Hampden. We might get around 25,000 punters, which isn't too bad for a cold Glasgow night in March.

1950: "I'm excited, a little bit nervous, but I've been waiting for three months for this and I'm glad it's finally here. It's really important that we get off to a good start. We've only got two matches between now and the qualifiers, so I can't afford to do too many experimental things. We've just got to get back to being competitive and hard to beat," Scotland manager Craig Levein tells BBC Radio Scotland.

1947: Not too many household names in the Czech line-up. Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky skippers the side and Bordeaux midfielder Jaroslav Plasil is not too shabby either. Rudi Skacel - remember him Hearts fans? - is among the replacements.

1943: "I've recovered quite quickly and I just missed out in the end, but hopefully I will get another shot at it. I was really desperate to get out there and take it on the chin, whatever kind of reaction I got and I hope big Boydy gets a good reception tonight." Midfielder Lee McCulloch also misses out through injury after following Boyd's lead and returning to the international fold.

1940: "I've got a little niggle in my groin. I came up willing and hopefully able, but it was the physios that decided in the end, not me," Scotland forward James McFadden explains his absence from the team to BBC Radio Scotland.

My Sport
From StingyRing On My Sport: "I can feel a first friendly win in 14 years at Hampden incoming "

1936: It's one up top for Scotland, with Kenny Miller leading the line. Kris Boyd is among the replacements after ending his self-imposed international exile. How will the Tartan Army react if the Rangers forward comes on? To boo or not to boo; that is the question.

1932: You can listen to BBC Radio Scotland's match coverage online and highlights will be on BBC One Scotland at 2245 GMT.

1930: TEAM NEWS FROM HAMPDEN
Scotland: Gordon, Hutton, Caldwell, Webster, Wallace, Dorrans, Darren Fletcher, Brown, Thomson, Robson, Miller. Subs: Marshall, Alexander, Iwelumo, Boyd, Kenneth, Whittaker, Adam, Hartley, Berra, Dixon.
Czech Republic: Drobny, Kusnir, Hubnik, Sivok, Kadlec, Plasil, Holek, Hubschman, Rosicky, Necid, Sverkos. Subs: Danek, Rajnoch, Papadopulos, Skacel, Pudil, Blazek, Moravek.

1928: And - sorry Dons fans - it should also be pointed out that mid-table Sigma Olomouc thrashed Aberdeen in the early season Europa League qualifiers.

1926: But before we get carried away, it's important to remember that Scotland have not won a Hampden friendly since 1996, which is truly remarkable! The Czech Republic have also come out in top in all three of our previous meetings.

1924: The visitors are going through a rebuilding process, having lost the generation of players that took them to the final of Euro 1996 and the semi-finals at Euro 2004. And Czech Republic boss Michal Bilek has not exactly set the heather on fire with defeats in his first two outings to United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan in November.

1920: Of course, this game is a dress rehearsal for our Euro 2012 qualifying tussles with the Czechs, which adds some extra spice.

My Sport
From licence007 On My Sport: "Not too bothered about the result tonight. A win would be ideal but I'd rather just see a marked improvement in performance from the Burley era."

1915: It's not the dissolution of the union by any means and you can follow broader coverage, including England, Northern Ireland and Wales over on the front page of the site.

1912: Now then, normally we would cover all of the home nations together but since it is Craig Levein's first game in charge of Scotland we thought we'd go it alone for the friendly at Hampden.

1910: Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Scotland v Czech Republic.



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