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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 June, 2005, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Clockwatch: Scotland 2-0 Moldova
Scotland won their first home match under Walter Smith - and the first of their World Cup qualifying campaign - at a packed Hampden Park.

Moldova frustrated Scotland for long periods but Christian Dailly put the home team on their way shortly after the break, scoring from short range.

Substitute James McFadden made it safe close to the final whistle, his deflected shot beating Evgheni Hmaruc.

Vadim Boret and Ghenadie Olexici both went close for the visitors.


Goalflashes and major incidents:

1650: Full-time: Scotland 2-0 Moldova
Scotland win their first home game under Walter Smith - and if they beat Belarus on Wednesday will be back in with a chance of qualifying for the World Cup.

1648: GOAL: Scotland 2-0 Moldova
James McFadden
makes the valuable three points safe close to full-time. Kenny Miller slipped and the ball broke to McFadden, who wrong footed a Moldovan defender before slotting the ball home with the help of a deflection.

1641: Moldova threaten again through Ghenadie Olexici, who drills the ball into the side netting. There is a decidedly tense atmosphere inside Hampden as the watching public hope their team hold on.

1636: Moldova come within inches of equalising, Olexici stabbing the ball narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area.

1630: Scotland, without a win in seven games, are 20 minutes from victory, but Moldova are starting to look more threatening. Scotland introduce McFadden for Lee McCulloch.

1617: Paul Hartley is booked for a foul and misses the game in Belarus. Craig Gordon makes a good save to deny Serghei Rogaciov, who shot on the turn from the edge of the area.

1611: GOAL: Scotland 1-0 Moldova
Christian Dailly
stabs the ball home from short range after a mistake from keeper Hmaruc, who could only palm McCulloch's teasing cross towards his own goal.

1609: Scotland pour forward looking for the vital opening goal and win a free-kick in a dangerous area, but Kenny Miller heads Paul Hartley's free-kick wide.

1604: The second-half begins. Through the interval the Scotland fans sang with great passion and waved their flags - urging their team to push on and win their first game of the qualifying campaign.

1546: Half-time: Miller and Christian Dailly both try to head the same ball at the far post. Had one of them had a clean run at the ball he would surely have scored.
The sense of frustration around Hampden has mounted with every minute the game has remained goalless - though Scotland have finished the half strongly.

1538: The game has become increasing scrappy, with too many passes failing to find their intended target. This seems to suit Moldova more than Scotland, who have lost their early momentum.

1528: Vadim Boret finds space between Scotland's two central defenders and heads at goal - forcing a decent save from Gordon.

1526: Moldova enjoy a period of possession, testing the Scotland defence for the first time in the match. Injury forces Scotland to make a substitution, Dailly replacing Jackie McNamara.

1515: Lee McCulloch hooks the ball on to the roof of the net with an audacious lob from a tight angle 30 yards from goal. Scotland have made all the running so far.

1512: The ball breaks to Darren Fletcher on the edge of the Moldovan box but he cannot keep his strike on target.

1506: Miller forces the first save of the game, drilling the ball from 25 yards, but Hmaruc comfortably saves.

1505: It quickly becomes clear that Moldova are going to try and slow down the match whenever possible, wasting time and stroking the ball slowly through their midfield.

1500 BST: The match starts at Hampden with Scotland deploying a 3-5-2 formation.


Team line-ups:

Scotland: Gordon, Weir, Pressley, Webster, Alexander, Fletcher, Ferguson, Hartley, McNamara, Kenny Miller, McCulloch.
Subs: Esson, Steven Caldwell, Dailly, Lee Miller, Riordan, McFadden, Thompson.

Moldova: Hmaruc, Savinov, Olexici, Catinsus, Lascencov, Epureanu, Priganiuc, Ivanov, Boret, Dadu, Rogaciov.
Subs: Romanenco, Covalenco, Barisev, Covalciuc, Frunza, Cebotari.




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