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Wales - Scotland as it happened

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By Keir Murray

2147: Thanks very much for taking the time to join us on the BBC Sport website. We'll have the post-match interviews for you as soon as possible. Enjoy the rest of the evening.

2144: "We've been talking about this squad wanting to turn up, but they have to push themselves even further." BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod

2142: Not too bad a game after all, though the number of substitutions spoiled the latter stages.

2141: For Wales, you would fancy them to beat Northern Ireland on Friday if they bring back their top players.

2140: So Scotland and the Republic of Ireland will meet on Sunday with the winner claiming the Carling Nations Cup. Both sides have won two out of two.

2139: From Abdidjaq1 on Twitter: "Practising penalties I've heard of; practising substitutions is new on me. Is anyone keeping count? #bbcsportsound."


Full time
2138: FULL-TIME: Wales 1-3 Scotland

2136: Steven Naismith's head must be shaped like a sheriff's badge! The Scotland striker nods the ball six feet wide from close to the penalty spot. He had so much time to pick his spot. "I know you're not going to believe me but he is very good in the air," argues 5 live's Pat Nevin.

Twitter
2135: From welshdave1981 on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Gary Speed should be playing his strongest 11 and get them used to playing the style he wants - total waste of a game."

2134: Cardiff City defender Darcy Blake heads over the bar from a well-directed Aaron Ramsey free-kick.

2133: We're now in injury-time, of which there are three minutes. Come on, let's finish on a high, Wales.

2132: I'm dizzy! Craig Levein makes yet another substitution - it's like strip the willow at a Scottish wedding! James McArthur jogs on for a few touches, while Charlie Adam heads for the bench.

2131: Wey-hey! Some action at last. Wales captain Robert Earnshaw slices a shot over the bar from 20 yards. Decent power in the effort, though.

2130: From wrigs79, who is sticking the boot in on Twitter: "Hope those t-shirts are absorbent enough for Welsh tears #bbcsportsound." Low blow, wrigs79.

2128: You know the game is petering out when all you write about is the subs! Next to take to the luscious turf is 19-year-old Grant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers, on for Gary Caldwell.

2125: Martin and Bardsley represent Craig Levein's ethos of finding players in England with Scottish connections. Martin's and Bardsley's fathers are Scottish though the players themselves were born in England.

2124: Norwich right-back Russell Martin comes on to makes his debut for Scotland. Phil Bardsley makes a late appearance too. Stephen Crainey and Steven Whittaker saunter off.

Twitter
2123: From benjaminmaddox on Twitter: "Looks like the Scots are finally going to skirt the damp dandelion thrashings the Welsh have handed them the past 26 years #bbcsportsound."

2120: Wales will need to get a goal soon if they are to get something from this game. Eleven minutes to go.

2119: Craig Levein also does a bit of tinkering with his team. He takes Ross McCormack off as Aston Villa's Barry Bannan comes on, and Barry Robson replaces James Morrison.

2117: And more subs for Wales - Steve Morrison comes on for Sam Vokes and David Vaughan comes on to replace Owain Tudur Jones.

Twitter
2116: From LukeByron on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Wales now showing they really are playing with a second string side. You'd expect more from Scotland. Get Bellamy or Ramsey on."

2116: "Great goal from Berra - just look how they have turned things around - this is a different Scotland team altogether." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2114: An impeccable cross from the right by the impressive Steven Whittaker is met at the back post by Wolves defender Christophe Berra, who heads into the top corner of the net.

2113: GOAL! Wales 1-3 Scotland (Berra)

2112: Kenny Miller and Steven Naismith burst through the heart of the Welsh defence. Miller plays the ball out to Naismith who dilly-dallies instead of smacking a shot at goal and his eventual effort is blocked.

2110: That goal is Kenny Miller's 14th for his country. Earlier this week he received the Scottish Premier League's golden boot for scoring the most goals, even though he left Rangers for Bursaspor in January.

2109: "I cannot believe how much space there is in the midfield. It's now end to end! Scotland are playing without a holding midfielder." 5 live pundit Pat Nevin

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2107:Kenny Miller slams the ball into the net in front of the Scotland fans, taking James Morrison's pass in his stride. The Wales defence made a hash of the offside trap there.

2107: GOAL! Wales 1-2 Scotland (Miller)

2104: Gary Speed has seen enough. He makes a triple substitution - Andy Dorman, Neal Eardley and Andy King make way for David Cotterill, Adam Matthews and Aaron Ramsey.

2102: Wales just haven't got going in the second half. Scotland should have taken the lead through Ross McCormack but the Leeds United striker volleys over the bar from eight yards.

2101: Kenny Miller blasts wide from a difficult angle out on the right. Better from the Scots, and their efforts are acknowledged by the Tartan Army. There's a skirl of the pipes!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Charlie Adam finds James Morrison with a delightful clipped pass from midfield and the West Brom midfielder connects and sweeps the ball past the dejected Welsh goalie.

2059: GOAL! Wales 1-1 Scotland (Morrison)

2057: Charlie Adam tries a bit of South American free-kick magic. Wide on the right, he fires in a 35-yard free-kick with the outside of his left foot. However, Myhill makes a comfortable save.

2055: Every Welsh fan attending tonight's match and Friday's game against Northern Ireland has received a t-shirt as a thank you from the Football Association of Wales.

2054: A text from Rodney Miller on 80295: "Hello you probably won't believe me but I'm Kenny Miller's cousin! Like four years ago we raced with the rest of our family and he stormed it. He could burn Earnshaw anyday!" The 'like' in there convinced me, Rodney, why should I doubt you? I'd still like to see the race though!

2051: Scotland's Ross McCormack tries his luck from 20 yards but, as my colleague Paul notes, "he needed to get some welly behind it". To translate for our Welsh brethern - the shot lacked power.

2049: "It's the same formation and personnel for Scotland. Craig Levein has given every Scotland player a chance to redeem himself." BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith

2048: Wales make a sub - Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter is on for Neil Taylor.

2046: A win for Wales could lead to a boost in the number of their fans at their game against Northern Ireland on Friday. I think they have sold just a few hundred tickets or thereabouts so far.

2045: BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod hears a wee rumour that Phil Bardsley will be at left-back in place of Stephen Crainey for the match against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

2044: While JoshScott_1992 is on Twitter too and says: "#bbcsportsound expected this to be a dull encounter, and judging by the empty seats so did others! Pleasantly surprised."

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2043: From D_A_Roberts on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Getting beaten by Wales reserves is shocking, worse than playing with no strikers."

2040: It's an important 45 minutes for Wales coming up. If his team can hang on and win, or build on their lead, Gary Speed will feel that his managerial career is off and running.

2038: "That's a good half for us - I'll take that. I think we've grown as the game's gone on. For the first five to ten minutes I thought we were a little way off the pace. But once we got the confidence we started knocking it around." BBC Wales pundit Kevin Ratcliffe

2035: "We need two goals to make a real game of it at the weekend. I am so disappointed - we have a strong side playing." Former Scotland midfielder Murdo MacLeod

Twitter
2035: From JONESEY101 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "@GCChristie #bbcsportsound Wales haven't brought out a 1st team either. Only King and Earnie are regulars."

2034: I would love to see Robert Earnshaw and Kenny Miller in a 100m foot race.

2032: Scotland probably just shaded the opening half, forcing some good saves by Boaz Myhill, but they could not cope with Robert Earnshaw's blistering pace when he raced away from Stephen Crainey for the opener.

Half time
2031: HALF-TIME: Wales 1-0 Scotland

2031: Kenny Miller is judged to be offside as he scampers towards goal in injury time. That looks like a harsh decision.

2029: Dearie me. Charlie Adam is very late but not particularly vicious with a challenge on Wales midfielder Andy King.

2027: Three minutes until half-time. The Scotland players will already be dreading feeling Mr Levein's stare rest on them in the dressing room.

2027: From a disgruntled jmccallum on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "What happened to Levein's exciting #Scotland? Talk about an empty promise!"

2025: "What a captain!" Kevin Ratcliffe is clearly a fan of the Wales scorer Earnshaw.

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2024: GCChristie by Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Hardly near the full-strength Scottish team, Fletcher, McFadden, Gordon, Commons, Dorrans, etc."

2023: Ross McCormack brings out a decent save from Boaz Myhill, but the little striker just could not get enough purchase on his shot from close range.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2022: Robert Earnshaw scores the first goal of Gary Speed's reign, pouncing on a dreadful header by left-back Stephen Crainey to race through on goal and clip a delightful finish past Allan McGregor.

2021: GOAL! Wales 1-0 Scotland (Earnshaw)

2019: Kenny Miller sprays the ball out to the right to Steven Whittaker who whips in a low cross right across the six-yard line (or "the corridor of uncertainty" as I've heard it called, hideously). Miller is a fraction away from connecting to put Scotland ahead.

2018: Wales have won their last three game against Scotland.

2016: Just when Wales looked the more likely team to score, Scotland create a decent chance through some nice interplay by former Rangers team-mates Steven Naismith and Kenny Miller. As it turned out, Miller was dispossessed when he tried to get the ball on to his left foot, 10 yards from goal.

2015: From AndyBurkeBBC on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Why are the teams not in their home colours? Feel like I'm watching Poland v Sweden - although that may be better!"

2014: Shades of Mark Hughes there from Sam Vokes, who shields the ball well, spins and bullets a shot at goal. Unlike Hughes, though, the ball sails over the bar.

2012: That was a decent chance for Wales - Crystal Palace's Jermaine Easter, lurking at the back post, gets on the end of a cross and fires a shot into the side netting.

2011: "It's like one of those company days when the company hires out the stadium and you get the chance to play on the pitch." 5 live

2009: Charlie Adam's whipped corner from the right is tipped over the bar by Myhill. From the resultant second corner, Steven Whittaker heads down and wide with the goal at his mercy. Scotland are turning up the heat.

2007: "Scotland really need to pick up the pace of the game more than anything, if they are to give Wales more of a problem." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

2005: Nice play from Scotland. Charlie Adam fires a long ball towards Steven Whittaker, whose control of the ball with his right toe was reminiscent of the great Cafu. No, really. Ah, but the next bit wasn't so awesome - he curled the ball with his left foot right into Boaz Myhill's arms.

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2004: From markovanwatson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "2 of Scotland's previous tormentors in the Wales squad tonight. Let's hope the one on the bench stays there."

2003: "Scotland started really slowly with Wales taking the game to them. The Scots need to make more of the opportunities offered to them." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith on the opening stages of play

2001: The 2,500 Scotland fans behind Allan McGregor's goal belt out Flower of Scotland. The match is bogged down in midfield just now, with Scotland pressing the Welsh as soon as they get the ball.

2000: Scotland's Steven Naismith fires a low shot at goal from 12 yards - Boaz Myhill makes a solid save down to his right.

1959: A quick stat to make your jaw drop... Robert Earnshaw is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the English Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two (or their equivalent), as well as the League Cup, the FA Cup and at international level.

1957: Andy Dorman pings the corner into the six-yard box but the ball is cleared over Scotland goalie Allan McGregor's crossbar by Gary Caldwell. Wales' second corner comes to nothing.

1956: Wales have their first corner...

1955: Wolves forward Sam Vokes spins like an ice dancer away from Scotland defender Christophe Berra and is immediately hauled down by his club team-mate.

1953: Scotland striker Kenny Miller is caught a few yards offside. Interesting to hear his comments earlier in the week where he admitted to struggling to settle in Bursa.

1952: I wonder how much the perfect playing surface will inspire the players to turn on the style? Who knows - it may make up for the eerily quiet stadium.

1951: Scotland's Stephen Crainey makes an ambitious run down the left and into the box but his cross for Ross McCormack is deflected to safety by Wales.

1950: "I was down on the pitch earlier and it's the best I've ever walked on in all my years in football - so there's no excuses for the players tonight." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

1949: Leicester City's Andy King smacks a shot from 25 yards over the bar as Wales get off to a lively start.

1947: Gary Caldwell commits a foul, possibly not for the first time this evening - he'll have his work cut out against Earnshaw.

1946: Robert Earnshaw leads his country for the first time this evening. The Nottingham Forest has happy memories of playing Scotland, having scored a hat-trick against them in a 4-0 victory at the Millennium Stadium seven years ago.

Whistle
1945: James Morrison and Kenny Miller kick off the match for Scotland.

1944: The weather has been kind to us this evening. Lots of short-sleeved jerseys on show. Wales are in white, Scotland in yellow.

1943: In terms of the national anthems, it's Wales 1-0 Scotland. No contest. As a Scot, it hurts me to admit it.

1942: SCOTLAND TEAM: McGregor, Whittaker, Caldwell, Berra, Crainey, Naismith, Brown, Adam, Morrison, McCormack, Miller.

1942: WALES TEAM: Myhill, Eardley, Morgan, Blake, Taylor, Tudur Jones, Dorman, King, Vokes, Earnshaw, Easter. Subs: Hennessey, Gunter, Collins, Gabbidon, Vaughan, Ramsey, Matthews, Cotterill, Morison, Collison, Bellamy.

1940: My colleague Chris McLaughlin has just walked past. He was meant to be over in Dublin but was snookered by the volcanic ash cloud and is stuck in Glasgow. Certainly, there will be loads of Scotland fans in the same position but I don't think that accounts for the sparse crowd.

1938: Oh, heavens. It might be a case of the PA announcer introducing the fans to the players, and not the other way around. The place is empty!

1936: The teams are in the tunnel. Let's get ready for some Celtic (hard 'C') magic.

1935: Scotland manager Craig Levein names a near full-strength side. Steven Naismith and Ross McCormack are the only changes from the team that faced Brazil in March, replacing Alan Hutton and James McArthur. By contrast, Wales boss Gary Speed leaves out most of his Premier League players, handing first starts to Neil Taylor and Owain Tudur Jones.

1933: Spare a thought for defender Neil Taylor, who wins his second cap for Wales this evening. He should be with his club Swansea City preparing for the Championship Play-Off Final against Reading next Monday. However, suspension means he will miss the game at Wembley and is spending this week on international duty.

1931: "I think the best we'll get out of the game is maybe a draw. I can't see us winning with the team we've got out against the Scots. I think we've scored one goal in five games, so that tells you the story and it doesn't look as if we've got the firepower to get the goals." Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking on BBC Radio Wales

1929: As always, I will be delighted if you can send me your views, by text or using Twitter. Here's a text from Steve in Dundee: "I still can't understand why David Goodwillie and Craig Conway didn't make the Scotland squad. Both were flying this season."

1927: Wales would need to win tonight's game and beat Northern Ireland on Friday to draw level with the Republic, and hope that Scotland beat Giovanni Trapatonni's side on Sunday. For Scotland, they will lift the cup if they win their next two games.

1924: Northern Ireland were thrashed 5-0 by the Republic of Ireland last night, which puts the hosts on six points and leaves Nigel Worthington's men searching their first point.

1922: We could be looking at a crowd of about 5,000 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this evening. Let's hope for a cracking match tonight so that the tournament catches the imagination of the public.

1920: Gary Speed, the Wales boss, has named only two Premier League players in his starting 11 - Boaz Myhill of West Brom and Blackpool's Neal Eardley.

1918: Wales lost their first match of the tournament, a 3-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in February, while Scotland won by the same scoreline against Northern Ireland.

1916: Well, what sort of match do we have in store this evening? Low-key, low-tempo or an end-of-season blast?

1915: Welcome to the live commentary on this evening's Carling Nations Cup between Wales and Scotland.



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