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Scotland v Czech Rep as it happened


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By Keir Murray

1723: We'll have highlights of the match on the BBC Sport website later this evening, available to UK users. If you can get to a TV, don't miss Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 2215 BST. You'll be able to make up your own minds on those controversial decisions. Many thanks for logging on to the BBC this afternoon and for sending us your thoughts on the match. Bye.

1722: The dust has settled and Vladimir Smicer is probably right. A draw was just about right.

1720: "I think a draw is deserved but we wanted more. It's a pity because we had good chances." Czech Republic sport manager Vladimir Smicer

1717: "Kenny's a big blow. He lead the line well. We'll miss Scott too but we have a squad now and we have able replacements all over the pitch." Scotland captain Darren Fletcher is confident there are players who can come in to take the places of Kenny Miller and Scott Brown

1716: "If we didn't have bad luck, I don't think we'd have any luck at all. The match has been decided by the referee. It's up there with one of (Scotland's) biggest disappointments." Scotland captain Darren Fletcher

1714: Well, we'll need to see how Scotland respond. A small miracle is required: can Scotland beat the world champions in their final match or is it already all over?

1712: After the Champions League qualifying defeat for Rangers and Europa League exits for Rangers, Dundee United, Hearts and Celtic (though the latter have been reinstated on a technicality), today's result matches the sombre feeling pervading Scottish football these days.

1711: When you look at the whole game, a draw is probably a fair result. It's just the fashion in which we lost that second goal." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

From jmealba on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Didn't want to go to Poland anyway. Much prefer the idea of Brazil!"

1706: Craig Levein refuses to believe his team are out of Euro 2012 contention, pointing out that a win on Tuesday night takes the Scots to within two points of the Czechs, with Michal Bilek's side still to play Spain and Lithuania on 7 and 11 October respectively.

1705: "I've got to be careful what I say. What I can say is that we lost the game not through anything we did wrong. I lay the blame on the referee's shoulders. Two huge mistakes. Berra gets brought down and is booked for diving!" Scotland manager Craig Levein on BBC Radio Scotland

1703: "It's a travesty," claims former Scotland striker Billy Dodds on BBC Radio Scotland. He is of the opinion that Christophe Berra was quite right to fall in the box when the contact was made. I still don't think it was a penalty for Scotland.

From raymengl on Twitter: "Scotland: masters of the glorious failure. Fair play to the lads though - maybe next time... #bbcsportsound"

1700: It's not a pleasant image, but a collective sick bag needs to be passed round the Hampden stands as the fans slump away from the ground. What a cruel game.

1658: The maximum points Scotland can achieve is 14. To do that they would need to beat Lithuania at Hampden, then Liechtenstein and Spain away. (Yes, Spain away!) And Craig Levein will also need to hope that Spain beat the Czechs when they meet.

1656: Scotland have five points after five matches in Group I. The Czechs have 10 points and have played a game more.

1654: It's painful to admit, but it looks like Scotland's chances of making the Euro 2012 play-offs are over.

From Sw6Harry on Twitter: "If the first one was a penalty, then the second one is a stonewaller. #bbcsportsound."

1651: Oh, boy, we have not heard the end of those two penalty incidents. Jan Rezek conned the Dutch referee Kevin Blom, pure and simple; but for Berra's, there was at least contact, though I am not convinced Scotland should have had a penalty for that. I'd like to see it again. The ref was just a few yards away.

Full time
Full-time: Scotland 2-2 Czech Republic

1650: Agony for the Scots. Utter agony. That was surely not a penalty for the Czechs.

1649: At the other end, Scotland have a call for a penalty waved away. In fact, Christophe Berra is booked for diving. It did look as though he dragged his leg against the Czech player intentionally.

It's bedlam. Danny Wilson is penalised for a challenge on Rezek, who went down in the box without, apparently, any contact whatsoever from Wilson. Kadlec makes no mistake from the spot.

GOAL! Scotland 2-2 Czech Republic (Kadlec)

1644: Rezek and Hubnik pass the ball beautifully around the box and win a penalty!

1644: Two and a half minutes left... The fans roar Flower of Scotland. Powerful stuff.

1643: This is going to be unbearably tense. The Czechs are pushing Scotland back yet again.

1642: Barry Robson comes on for an exhausted Steven Naismith.

1641: Five minutes to go plus injury-time.

From Davros183 on Twitter: "That goal came from our two best players today. Miller and Fletcher have been fantastic. #bbcsportsound"

Woooo-hoooo! A wonderful pass across the penalty box by the lively Kenny Miller is met by captain Darren Fletcher who side-foots the ball home to send Hampden into raptures.

GOAL! Scotland 2-1 Czech Republic (Fletcher)

1638: Allan McGregor dives to his right to save from Milan Baros.

A body blow for the Scots as the visitors are rewarded for their second-half dominance and pressure. The Czechs ping the ball from right to left and back again, disorientating the Scotland defence and Bordeaux's Jaroslav Plasil turns the ball into the net with his stomach from three yards, giving Allan McGregor no chance.

GOAL! Scotland 1-1 Czech Republic (Plasil)

1634: Petr Jiracek makes way for Tomas Pekhart.

1632: And, indeed, Danny Wilson swaps places with the injured Phil Bardsley.

From ValoisDuBins on Twitter says: "#bbcsportsound The Russian commentator I'm listening to hates Kenny Miller. After one mistake he says "Well, Cardiff City is Cardiff City." How dare he slag our players, Valois? Surely that's our job?

1631: It's one-way traffic as the Czechs lay siege on the Scotland goal.

1629: Charlie Adam heads the ball back calmly to Allan McGregor. Looks like Phil Bardsley is injured; Liverpool's Danny Wilson prepares to come on.

1628: Scotland have played better than this and lost. I think they are a shade fortunate to be ahead.

From Bingbongbily on Twitter: "Milan Baros looks like a girl I used to fancy in Matalan. Just a thought. #bbcsportsound". There are other girls in other shops, Billy - remembering my editorial guidelines on advertising...

1624: At the other end, Scotland go so close to doubling their advantage. Alan Hutton and James Morrison combine to set up Kenny Miller right in front of goal. He does well to reach the cross, sandwiched between two defenders, but his flick flashes wide of the goal.

1622: Tomas Rosicky dinks a free-kick into the box which is headed across goal towards Roman Hubnik but the Hertha Berlin defender can only hit the side netting.

1620: It's strangely quiet. Nerves are beginning to numb the throats of the Tartan Army.

Yellow card
1619: Famagusta's Jan Rezek goes into the referee's book for two fouls in the blink of an eye. His scything of Charlie Adam was as eye-watering as peeling a bag of feisty onions.

1616: "This is Scotland we're talking about. We're going to have 30 minutes of seat-of-the-pants time." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

1613: Excellent skill shown by Tomas Rosicky as he dances and twirls through a series of challenges on the edge of the box. Allan McGregor races from his goal-line to snatch the ball from Roman Hubnik.

1611: Darren Fletcher is encouraged to shoot from 25 yards by 50,000 fans but opts to attempt a slide-rule pass into the box. He is too clever for his team-mates at times, Fletcher. The ball is cleared.

1609: Alan Hutton makes a meal of a cross from the right but atones for his weak first effort by looping another on to the head of Kenny Miller, who nods down for Steven Naismith but his left-footed effort is closed down.

From Gallacticos87 on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound We should all stop worrying about the penalty incident, referees miss those all the time and we NEVER get that lucky!"

From raymengl on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Right Scotland, gies another one early in the second half and the nation can breathe easier!!!"

Yellow card
Groa-oa-oan. Kenny Miller clips the ankle of a Czech player (sorry - could not see which one) and is booked, meaning he and Scott Brown will be absent for Tuesday's match against Lithuania.

1604: The adrenaline must be coursing through Charlie Adam as he balloons a corner kick way over the heads of his team-mates.

1602: Gordon Bennett! Milan Baros slices a low shot a fraction wide of Allan McGregor's right-hand post, after connecting with Tomas Rosicky's clever pass into the box.

1601: The Czechs begin the second half.

1559: BBC Radio Scotland's Chick Young reports that there are no changes to be made by either side at half-time.

1557: Looking at a few re-runs of a decent claim for a penalty by the Czechs. I had said Charlie Adam used his rear end to barge Milan Baros off the ball, which he did, but he can count himself lucky not to have been penalised for crunching Baros's foot in the process.

1556: From Sam Ross in Stirling by text on 80295: "The Czechs could've had a penalty & a couple of goals, the game should be over by now. But I'll take that score any day of the week. Well done Kenny, C'MON SCOTLAND."

1554: "To be honest, we were poor, we have been trying to force things, Baros should have scored, we should have had a penalty against us. But, you know what? I don't care, we are winning 1-0." BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1551: There are concerns for Steven Naismith, who had been struggling before the game with a hip injury.

1550: "50,000 Scots breathe a collective sigh of relief. Huge goal and much needed." BBC Scotland's Andy Burke at Hampden Park.

1547: Kenny Miller's strike was his 15th for his country, equalling James McFadden's tally. Hampden goes crazy.

Half time
Half-time: Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic

Fantastic! Scotland get a vital goal thanks to smart play by Darren Fletcher and Kenny Miller. The Manchester United midfielder took possession 25 yards from goal and evaded his marker, passed to Miller and the Cardiff City man stroked the ball under Jan Lastuvka.

GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic

1544: Still goalless as we approach half-time.

1542: "It has opened up and the ante has been upped too" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.Somehow, we all know what Doddsy means...

1541: These white shirts are breaking fluently from their own half. Scotland have generally defended stoutly, though.

From itchybergerac on Twitter: "Scotland sorely miss a quality holding player. Caldwell seems to think he is one, bypassing the midfield #bbcsportsound"

From SFA chief executive @StewartRegan on Twitter: "Great atmosphere! Hairs on the back of the neck stuff #cmonscotland"

1538: Darren Fletcher wins Scotland's first corner, which is taken short. Charlie Adam's shot from 20 yards is blocked and the Czechs attack again.

1535: Action from end to end as Scotland ping the ball from right to left, as the Czechs were backed into their penalty box, but a Scotland shot at goal is charged down and Tomas Rosicky leads a fast break. He passes to Milan Baros in the inside-left channel but Gary Caldwell defends superbly, ushering him inside and blocking his eventual shot.

1533: "The Tartan Army have fallen silent, a really nervous opening half hour. Suddenly the small band of Czech fans are making their presence felt." BBC Scotland's Andy Burke at Hampden.

1531: Well, at least Lastuvka has now touched the ball - twice in the past minute, in fact. First, he is quickest to react to a Kenny Miller headed knockdown for Steven Naismith; then he gathers from the Rangers forward as he raced in on goal chasing the ball after a poor touch released it from under his control.

1529: Scotland have not tested Jan Lastuvka, making his debut in the Czech goal, at all.

From WeaklyThought on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound So, how many times is Adam going to waste possession playing Hollywood passes?"

From oms1845 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Re 1519: Defender Gary Caldwell causes a national panic....that happens when his name is on the team sheet."

1526: Tomas Rosicky fluffs a free-kick from 40 yards and Scotland clear the ball but they cannot retain possession.

1524: Christophe Berra makes a timely challenge on Milan Baros on the six-yard line, then Charlie Adam uses his sturdy backside to nudge Baros off the ball. Scotland under the cosh.

1523: No sooner had I typed "Alan Hutton" and "athleticism" than the former Rangers and Spurs full-back looked sluggish getting to a loose ball in the box. However, he did just manage to reach it and clear the danger.

1521: Phil Bardsley makes another incursion down the left flank but just fails to get his cross into the danger area. He and Alan Hutton offer real athleticism on either side of the pitch.

1519: Defender Gary Caldwell causes a national panic, making a hash of controlling a high ball and knocking it into the path of a Czech striker. Fortunately, Christophe Berra clears.

Yellow card
1517: Scott Brown is booked for a senseless challenge on Tomas Rosicky, steaming through the back of him despite little chance of winning the ball. He will be missing for the game against Lithuania.

From CraigyP83 on Twitter: "I'm convinced every Scotland match I watch takes 1 week off my life! #bbcsportsound." Never a truer tweet has been twut.

1514: Phil Bardsley eases from his left-back berth and into the choppy waters of the Czech box, where he is dispossessed.

From ayush100 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Lets hope Czechs will make it without Cech. But I think its going to be hard for them!" A timely reminder that we have Czech Republic fans watching the live text. Welcome!

1511: The pressure on Allan McGregor's goal has eased and Scotland are now enjoying some possession.

1510: As you may know, two of Scotland's players are taking part in their first competitive game of the season today - Alan Hutton, now of Aston Villa, and Manchester United's Darren Fletcher.

From Jordancringles1 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Naisy for first goal, Scotland 2-1 win. Attacking overlapping full-backs are key today #HuttonStormingDownTheWing"

1508: Much is expected of Liverpool's Charlie Adam today but, first, he wastes a free-kick, failing to get any loft on the delivery, and then he knocks the ball out past keeper Jan Lastuvka's post.

1506: And the Czechs' impressive start continues as their captain Tomas Rosicky floats in a free-kick which Jan Rajnoch heads just over Allan McGregor's bar.

1505: Mercifully, the singing of that little ditty ends as Petr Jiracek rampages down the left and crosses for Milan Baros who slices the ball over the bar from eight yards. What a let-off for Scotland!

1504: The Tartan Army begin a mind-numbing version of Doe a Deer...

1502: Scotland make a decent start to the match. The tackles are flying in already. Scott Brown, in central midfield, heavily involved.

1500: Scotland kick off the match. What a handsome strip, this latest version. I've got the Fila one from a few years ago and love it but this adidas strip is a cracker.

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1500: From anon by text on 80295: "Been stuck on a train since ten to two. It took less time for us to get from Perth to Glasgow! Don't delay the kick off though, never mind us law abiding fans who stayed on the trains! Cheers!"

From GoForMarcus on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Watching the live updates from my hotel room in Toronto, praying for a Scotland win."

1457: Now it's Scotland's turn. Pop sensation Amy Macdonald gets tore in to a rendition of Flower of Scotland. I don't think she really needs the mic and PA system.

1456: A stirring anthem, the Czechs have. Their players are stony-faced.

1455: The teams make their way out on to the pitch. Scotland in dark blue jerseys and white shorts, the Czechs in white jerseys with red shorts.

1454: "Hampden is almost full already for this must-win match with the Czech Republic. The crowd are up for it; the Tartan Army know they have their part to play today." BBC Scotland's Andy Burke at Hampden Park

1452: Scotland won four, drew two and lost four against the former Czechoslovakia. However, perhaps the most famous meeting between the countries came in 1973, when a Joe Jordan header gave the Scots a 2-1 win at Hampden that ensured qualification for the World Cup finals in West Germany, even though the Czechs won the return game 1-0. Jordan was also on target in a 3-1 win at Hampden as Scotland qualified for the 1978 finals.

1451: We are hearing that there is a problem on the train line to Mount Florida, where fans alight for Hampden. How frustrating for the fans stuck in the trains and on the platforms.

1449: Three wins from their next three games: have Scotland ever done that before?

1445: Here's the deal for Scotland. They are on four points from four games. Only Liechtenstein are below them in Group I. But a win today and against Lithuania at Hampden on Tuesday would put the Scots on 10 points. Scotland would then have a double header in October, away to Liechtenstein and away to Spain. Scotland would need at least one win there and hope that Spain beat the Czech Republic away on 7 October. That way, Scotland would come second and be in the play-offs! Easy!

From Stephen_CookRFC on Twitter: "It's all kicking off on #bbcsportsound. Calm down lads. We're ALL feeling the pressure."

1444: Absent Scotland hero James McFadden has just undergone surgery on a knee injury in the United States. He has told BBC Scotland's Chick Young he expects to be back fit and ready to find a new club in four weeks having been released by Birmingham. Wolves appear to be leading the chase for his signature, but Aston Villa and Celtic are also monitoring the forward's progress.

1442: Scotland's subs today are Matt Gilks, Barry Robson, Danny Wilson, David Goodwillie, Barry Bannan, James Forrest and Don Cowie. Far more attacking options there than in defence.

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From Iain by text on 80295: "Excuse me as I mix metaphors, but the butterflies in my stomach are having kittens! Hope the lads can do it."

From gmclaren7 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Got a good feeling about today, need the crowd to really get behind the boys and sing us home. Let's hear the roar #bringiton."

1436: CZECH REPUBLIC TEAM: Lastuvka, Hubnik, Rajnoch, Sivok, Kadlec, Hubschman, Plasil, Petrzela, Rosicky, Jiracek, Baros. Subs: Drobny, Pekhart, Rezek, Pudil, Pospech, Vacek, Lafata. OK, so maybe Chico was slightly out there - Rezek and Pospech are both on the bench!

1434: The Czech Republic have surprised Scotland coach Craig Levein and chosen Famagusta's Jan Rezek ahead of Zdenek Pospech of Mainz in midfield. BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young suggests that, because Pospech is a more attack-minded player, it suggests Michal Bilek has come for a draw.

1432: Scotland lost 1-0 in Prague last October in Group I but beat the Czechs by the same score in their last visit to Hampden, Scott Brown scoring the winner in a friendly in March 2010. But that is our only win over the Czech Republic, who have two other home wins - 3-1 in 2008 and 3-2 in 1999 - and a 2-1 win at Hampden, also in 1999. The Czech Republic have won all four competitive games between the countries.

1430: Here are some stats to whet your appetite, or send you to sleep. Hopefully the former... Scotland have played four times previously on 3 September and remain unbeaten. They defeated Denmark 1-0 in 1975, drew 1-1 in Spain in 2004, drew with Italy 12 months later then drew 0-0 in Lithuania last year.

1428: What do you think of Craig Levein's decision to name his team yesterday? A bold move by Scotland that suggests confidence, or does it give Czech coach Michal Bilek time to adjust his tactics?

1426: "The last thing we want to do is to open up." BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds urges caution against the Czech Republic.

1424: Just like VillaNo7 has done, please get in touch this afternoon using Twitter via the hashtag #bbcsportsound or by texting 80295. That way, we can gauge the mood of the nation as the match progresses.

From VillaNo7 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "This is it! It's all or nothing this afternoon!" Mirroring the thoughts and feeling of many Scots this afternoon!

1422: "Of course we are playing a good team and they have players who, on their day, are world class, but we are as prepared as I could possibly get them for this one. Same 4-1-4-1 with Charlie in the hole and Kenny Miller up front. I don't feel it is a gamble with Darren Fletcher. If it was anyone else then maybe, but he feels better now than he has for a year." Scotland coach Craig Levein

1420: That's a 4-1-4-1 set-up: Charlie Adam is playing between the defence and midfield and Kenny Miller is on his own up front.

1418: SCOTLAND TEAM: McGregor, Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley, Naismith, Fletcher, Adam, Brown, Morrison, Miller.

1417: So, what it's going to be? A thrilling win to boost the nation's sense of football pride? Glorious failure? A doing? Scotland must win today and on Tuesday evening against Lithuania to give them a decent chance of finishing second in Group I and a play-off place.

1415: Welcome to the live text commentary on Scotland v Czech Republic at Hampden Park in the south side of Glasgow.

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see also
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Scots' group rivals draw a blank
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Fletcher has no fitness concerns
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02 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Make or break for Scotland
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