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Faroe Islands 0-2 Scotland



GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Andrew McKenzie

1903: FULL-TIME Faroe Is 0-2 Scotland
Scotland pick up the mandatory three points but it is anything but easy. After an efficient first half they are comfortably second best after the break.

1900: They are not finished yet. Andrew Flotum beats a couple of lazy Scotland challenges and finds himself clean through on goal with only the crossbar denying the Faroes the goal they deserve.

1858: With less than three minutes of normal time remaining it looks like the Faroes might have shot their bolt. Their tempo has dropped and the Scots look like seeing the game out now.

1857: Scotland are close to a third as David Weir's glancing header is just kept out by a defender on the line and Steven Naismith is just unable to pounce.

1855: Steven Naismith gets behind the Faroes' backline but his passage to goal is halted by the linesman's flag.

1853: A second change for the Scots as Kilmarnock's Steven Naismith comes on for his full debut in place of Kris Boyd.

1851: The patient play we saw from the Scots in the first half has all but disappeared as the game heads into the final 10 minutes.

1848: Gary Teale gets his first chance to stretch his legs down the right side but he then overhits his cross.

1847: Less than a quarter of an hour to go at the Toftir Stadium and it looks like it could be a nervy 15 minutes. A goal for the Faroes would make it very interesting.

1845: Barry Ferguson picks up a needless booking for a clumsy challenge and he will now miss the home game against Lithuania.

1843: It is only a brief respite as the outstanding Suni Olsen starts another Faroes attack with a delightful turn that sees him skip past two Scotland midfielders.

1842: The Scots are finally spurred into action and Paul Hartley gets a sight on goal but his left-foot effort is just off target.

1840: The Scots ride their luck as the Faroes hit the post from a deep free-kick and the ball rebounds kindly into the arms of Craig Gordon.

1839: Scotland make a change with Darren Fletcher replaced by Derby midfielder Gary Teale.

1837: Scotland enjoy a spell in the Faroes' half for the first time in about quarter of an hour, but it comes to nothing.

1836: Scotland manager Alex McLeish is preparing to make his first change. His side could certainly benefit from a change at the moment.

1834: The Faroes are opening up the Scotland backline at will at the moment. Their saving grace is that the Faroes cannot finish - Jakup Borg is the latest guilty party as he runs through on goal but fires weakly at Craig Gordon.

1833: Garry O'Connor takes a knock on his leg as he tumbles to the floor. He gets up gingerly.

1831: There is only one team looking likely to score at the moment and it is the team from the North Atlantic. Rogvi Jacobsen tries to pick out his namesake Christian, who is unmarked in front of goal, but the cross is too weak and Craig Gordon gathers.

1829: More pressure on the Scotland goal and this time it is Mikkjal Thomassen that has a go, with his effort just flying past Craig Gordon's left-hand upright.

1825: The home fans are making themselves heard and Suni Olsen almost gives them something to shout about as his free-kick and then follow-up effort provides a couple of tests for Craig Gordon.

1823: Some sloppy defensive work from Scotland hands the Faroes another glorious chance. This time it is Christian Lamhauge Holst who cannot finish off after some good play.

1821: Some great skills from Rogvi Jacobsen takes him into the box and he crosses for Jakuo Borg who lashes his volley well off target.

1819: The Scots are continuing with their patient build-up. They almost get an early look at goal as Paul Hartley's cross looks set for Shaun Maloney but Darren Fletcher's header denies him as he steadies himself for an ambitious attempt.

1816: The Faroes get the second half under way, with neither side making any changes.

1815: The players and officials are heading out the tunnel for the second half.

1801: That's the half-time whistle with the Scots leading 2-0. A professional display so far against their mainly part-time opponents.

1800: The Faroes enjoy a wee spell of pressure on the Scots goal as we head into one minute of injury time.

1758: The Scotland fans who have made the trip are making themselves heard as Flower of Scotland gets a quick blast from the stands.

1755: France are in action later on tonight, with a home game against Georgia. Second-placed Italy are away to Lithuania in the only other Group B tie.

1753: The Faroes have only managed two goals in their previous seven qualifiers so the Scots look handily placed for the three points. They will be looking to boost their goal difference which was seven behind group leaders France going into this game.

1750: Oli Johannesen has failed to fully recover and he is replaced by Marni Djurhuus.

1750: Faroe Is 0-2 Scotland
The Scots get a second as Paul Hartley and Darren Ferguson combine to set up Garry O'Connor to tap in after his initial point-blank header was saved.

1748: A bit of a scare for Scotland as Barry Ferguson gives the ball away on the halfway line, but the skipper makes amends by breaking up a dangerous attack.

1746: GOAL Faroe Is 0-1 Scotland
A great time for Shaun Maloney to score his first international goal. He strikes a low effort through the goal that leaves Jakup Mikkelsen stranded in the Faroes' goal.

1746: Kris Boyd is brought down as he heads for goal, giving the Scots a free-kick on the edge of the box in a dangerous position.

1744: A good chance for Kris Boyd as he gets in behind the Faroe backline but he lashes at his volley and it is ugly and wide.

1743: The Faroes look decent on the counter attack and Mikkjal Thomassen finds a bit of space on the edge of the box, but he doesn't get a clean strike on goal.

1741: Patient stuff from the Scots with Barry Ferguson and Darren Fletcher seeing plenty of the ball.

1738: Almost the breakthrough as Kris Boyd and Garry O'Connor link up well before the latter strikes a left-foot shot that Jakup Mikkelsen manages to push onto the post.

1735: Suni Olsen has a crack at goal from long-range but it is high and wide. It might not take much to clear the ground in this stadium so hopefully there are plenty of spare balls.

1734: The Faroes throw a long ball forward for Rogvi Jacobsen but Craig Gordon comes out to collect bravely. Jacobsen is one big unit and looks like he could be a real handful for the Scotland defence.

1732: The home side get their first real possession in the Scotland half but it ends with a quite appalling throw in.

1731: Oli Johannesen is back on for the Faroes so we are back to 11 versus 11.

1729: Scotland managed a 2-2 draw in that game, cancelling out John Petersen's two early goals. Petersen is on the Faroe bench this evening in his role as assistant coach.

1728: No goals for the Scots as yet but things are certainly going a lot better than their last visit to this ground. At this stage in 2002 they were 2-0 down.

1727: Kris Boyd is looking lively up front for Scotland but he is penalised on the edge of the Faroes' box.

1725: Scotland are pushing further forward but a bit of a scare for Graham Alexander who has needed some stitches in a facial wound.

1722: Johannesen goes off on a stretcher for some more treatment so the Faroes are down to 10 men. Scotland fail to take advantage as the corner is cleared.

1721: The game is held up as Oli Johannesen is down getting treatment after taking a blow from his team-mate.

1719: The first sniff of goal for Scotland as Darren Fletcher swings in a cross that finds Shaun Maloney at the back post and he earns a corner.

1718: It is a tight start to the game with the Faroes getting plenty of men behind the ball.

1715: The game gets under way.

1712: Plenty of Scots in the crowd at the Toftir Stadium. It looks an absolute beauty of a stadium, slap bang in the middle of the hills. There are a fair few fellas dressed in comedy viking outfits as well. At least I think they are meant to be comedy.

1710: What score do you fancy tonight? If you are checking this out on the BBC website let us know your views on 606.

1707: If you don't know your Faroe Islands from your Falkland Islands then check out the BBC's handy guide:

1703: The teams are just being read out over the tannoy at the Toftir Stadium. Not sure what language it is but I'm pretty sure it is the line-ups he is talking about. The two main languages in the Faroe Islands are apparently Faroese and Danish and I'm a bit rusty on both.

1648: So that is manager Alex McLeish's side, but who would you have selected in your team?

TEAM NEWS: Scotland receive a boost with the news captain Barry Ferguson has shaken off the calf injury he picked up in the 1-0 win against Austria to start.

The Scots go for an attacking line-up with Lokomotiv Moscow striker Garry O'Connor leading the line alongside Rangers' prolific hitman Kris Boyd.

Shaun Maloney starts an international for just the second time with Lee McCulloch forced out with an ankle injury.

Scotland: Craig Gordon, Graham Alexander, David Weir, Stephen McManus, Gary Naysmith, Paul Hartley, Darren Fletcher, Barry Ferguson, Shaun Maloney, Garry O'Connor, Kris Boyd



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