Are Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the 2020 European Championships dead before they were even alive? They were dreadful this evening. Kazakhstan deserved their win and they are still on the pitch celebrating in front of their jubilant supporters in Astana. McLeish will have a lot to answer for after this.
- 2nd Half
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Kazakhstan - Scotland
Euro Qualifying - 21 March 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland
One minute left to play on what will go down as one of the most humiliating nights in Scottish football history. On the flip side, this is a famous night for Kazakhstan. They'll enjoy this.
Burke... well over! That sums up Scotland's night. It was some nice build up play from Burke, but he was leaning back by the time he took the shot and the ball sailed high and wide.
McLeish will surely ring the changes for Sunday's Euro 2020 qualifier against San Marino. This has been dismal from Scotland. Has anyone actually played well for the away side?
Five minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match. Where did that come from?
There will be speculation after this game over McLeish's position as Scotland manager. It's hard to see him being sacked before Sunday's game, but after that? Let's see what happens.
Scotland really miss Griffiths. Obviously the Celtic striker should be given as much time as he needs to get back to where he was, but he leaves quite the void up front in this Scotland side.
On target! Bain has to make a save at his near post. The header from Muzhikov, who has only just come off the bench, was a good one, but wasn't enough to beat the Scotland goalkeeper.
- OffBaktiyor ZaynutdinovKazakhstan
- OnSerikzhan MuzhikovKazakhstan
Muzhikov comes on for Kazakhstan. They will enjoy these final few moments of the match.
- Yellow cardGraeme ShinnieScotland
Shinnie is shown a yellow card. That caps a poor performance from the Aberdeen man.
You can't argue that Scotland have been unlucky here. They have been played off the pitch by a Kazakhstan side who have even taken their foot off the pedal in this second half.
- OffJames ForrestScotland
- OnMarc McNultyScotland
The Hibernian striker McNulty comes on for his first ever Scotland cap. Probably not how he dreamed it.
- OffTemirlan YerlanovKazakhstan
- OnYeldos AkhmetovKazakhstan
Kazakhstan make a change after that clash of heads and Akhmetov comes on for the last 10 minutes.
Clash of heads! That was a sore one. I didn't quite see who it was, but two Kazakhstan players have clashed heads while going for the same ball and they are receiving treatment now.
On the other side of things, Kazakhstan have coasted through this second half. They know that the game is won and they are just seeing out what will be a famous win for them.
Scotland are resigned to defeat this point. There is no intensity, no tempo to their play. To be honest, it's been that way since the third goal went in for Kazakhstan. Really turgid stuff.
The way Scotland have played from the midfield to the attack has been truly awful. Why are they playing so many aimless balls forward, especially when Burke is now leading the line?
While Scotland have been atrocious, you have to give Kazakhstan come credit for the way they have played. Their pressing game has been effective and they look dangerous on the counter.
This is the worst possible start to this qualification group for Scotland. They wanted a win from this game and instead they have been handed a comprehensive, humiliating defeat.
- OffJohn McGinnScotland
- OnScott McTominayScotland
McLeish makes his second change and McTominay comes on for McGinn. He will get 20 minutes.
The worrying thing for Scotland is that Kazakhstan look more likely to score a fourth than Scotland look to score a first. They look dangerous whenever they get forward on the counter.
This has been atrocious from Scotland. They are a team without an identity, without ideas and that has been exposed by a poor Kazakhstan side. Is this a sackable result for McLeish?
- OffRoman MurtazayevKazakhstan
- OnBauyrzhan TurysbekKazakhstan
The hosts make a change and it's Turysbek, who hasn't scored for over two years, who comes on.
From long range! Murtazayev takes aim from about 25 yards out. There was some dip and swerve on the strike from the Kazakhstan forward, but Bain just about deals with it.
Scotland face San Marino at the weekend. The hope was that McLeish's team would have six points from six to start this qualification campaign. That does not look likely now.
Will there be any sort of fight back from Scotland? Time is running out for them. A draw would have been a disappointing result before kick off. Now, Scotland would bite your hand off for that.
- OffOliver McBurnieScotland
- OnJohnny RussellScotland
McLeish finally makes a change and McBurnie comes off to be replaced by Russell.
Kazakhstan have only won four games in the last decade, so this is a big deal for them. The atmosphere in the Astana Arena has been electric since that opening goal for the home side.
Chance for Forrest! That was a good opportunity for Scotland to grab a lifeline. McBurnie's knocked on header fell for Forrest inside the box, but he scuffed his shot on goal. He might have done better with that.
Burke made such a strong start to the match, but he has faded. Scotland are really lacking any sort of forward thrust. They are relying on hopeful balls into the opposition box.
How much longer will McLeish and the Scotland coaching staff wait before making some changes? They do have options on the bench. They need to get more support up to McBurnie.
Terrific save! Armstrong looked all but certain to find the back of the net, bursting through the Kazakhstan defence and then angling a low shot on goal, but the goalkeeper made a diving save.
This is becoming a real humiliation for Scotland. They looked at this as a favourable start to their qualification campaign, but now it looks set to be the worst possible start. Incredible.
- GoalBaktiyor ZaynutdinovKazakhstan
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Kazakhstan 3 (51 mins - Baktiyor Zaynutdinov) Scotland 0. It's THREE for Kazakhstan! Can you believe this? The cross was played into the Scotland box from the left wing, Zaynutdinov got in between the two centre backs and then guided a header into the far corner of Bain's net! Sensational for the home side.
Scotland are seeing plenty of the ball, but they just aren't making any sort of progress whenever they move it into the final third of the pitch. They are so toothless in attack.
PICTURE: Kazakhstan celebrate putting Scotland to the sword.
Kazakhstan are doing a good job of crowding out McBurnie whenever the ball is played near the Scotland striker. He is so isolated up there. McLeish surely has to make a change!
No changes made by McLeish at the half time interval. Is he really going to stick with things the way they are? Scotland were pretty dreadful in the opening 45 minutes.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Kazakhstan are 2-0 up against Scotland in this Euro 2020 qualifier.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Kazakhstan 2-0 Scotland. What a calamitous first half for McLeish's men in Astana. They have given themselves a mountain to climb and there's no sign that they will pull a comeback off.
Just one minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
McLeish needs a rethink at half time. This system and approach, whatever it is, just isn't working for Scotland. They have been so incredibly ineffective, especially in the final third of the pitch.
Kazakhstan injury! The captain of the home side, Kuat, has hit the ground and is now receiving some treatment. Not sure what the problem is, but he looks set to continue. Play has resumed.
Shinnie plays a long, aimless ball forward for Forrest, of all people, to get on the end of. I would say Scotland have run out of ideas, but they hardly had loads of ideas to begin with.
- Yellow cardAlexander MerkelKazakhstan
Merkel picks up the first yellow card of the match, but goodness knows what it was for. Pictures from Astana disappeared for abut a minute there.
The problem for Scotland is that they are leaving loads of space in behind for Kazakhstan to exploit on the break. And the hosts look very dangerous when they do. Pattern.
There is a sense that Scotland are starting to crank things up as half time approaches. 2-0 down at the midway point would be a disaster. A goal would give them a decent platform.
Header over! Armstrong plays the freekick into the Kazakhstan penalty area, with the ball floating all the way through to McGinn. But there was a lot of work for him to do there and he heads over.
This has been a dismal first half from Scotland. Have they even created a chance? They have looked dangerous at times, but there has been no substance to their play in the final third.
McBurnie is down! This is a bit of a concern for Scotland. The ball was gone when the Kazakhstan midfielder battered into the Swansea City forward. There was no need for that at all.
It's just not working for Scotland on the left side of the defence. Shinnie really does look lost there. Kazakhstan are being afforded so much time to build up play and get the ball into the box.
What a strike! Kuat takes on the effort from 25 yards out, with the ball dipping and swerving. Bain does well to get hand up and push the strike over his own crossbar. What a shot.
And here is the second Kazakhstan goal...
While the cross just there from Burke was pretty dreadful, he does look the most creative Scotland player. He has the beating of the right wing back. He can't live with Burke's pace.
The ball has to be better! Armstrong played Burke down the left wing, but after beating his man the on loan West Brom winger could only send his cross sailing behind for a goal kick.
Scotland need McGinn to take a grip of things in the middle of the pitch and drive the ball closer to the front three. The Aston Villa man hasn't done enough in the opening half hour.
This was Kazakhstan's first goal...
Scotland, on the whole, haven't played that poorly. They haven't played that well either, it must be said, but the two goals have been sucker punches. McBurnie needs to get involved.
Cleared! McGregor gets the freekick into the penalty area after a foul on Palmer, but the Kazakhstan defence does well to clear the danger under pressure from the men in dark blue.
Apologies for the break in bringing you updates from this game. Some technical issues on our end. Yes, we turned it off and back on again. Genuinely. Seems to have done the trick.
This Scotland team does have goals in them. They showed that over the successful Nations League campaign last year. They need to rediscover that scoring touch here.
Here's a statistic for you - Kazakhstan have only ever won FOUR European Championship qualifiers. And they are 2-0 up against Scotland after just 15 minutes. Wow.
This is a disaster for Scotland because now Kazakhstan have something to protect and so they can sit back, absorb pressure and then hit out on the rapid counter attack. Suits the hosts.
One of the things that is abundantly clear already is how much Scotland are missing the influence of one of either Robertson or Tierney in the left back position. Shinnie looks a bit lost.
Scotland look utterly shocked by what has happened in these opening 10 minutes. Kazakhstan are two goals to the good and this will be a massive mountain for the Scots to climb from here.
- GoalYan VorogovskiyKazakhstan
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Kazakhstan 2 (10 mins - Yan Vorogovskiy) Scotland 0. It's two for Kazakhstan within the opening 10 minutes of the match! This time the pass was played in behind Shinnie and Vorogovskiy got on the end of the ball to slide a finish past Bain and into the back of the Scotland net. What a disaster for the away side.
It seemed that Scotland had actually made a decent start to the game, they had looked dangerous, but one moment of defensive frailty has cost them. Kazakhstan took that chance well.
- GoalYuri PertsukhKazakhstan
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Kazakhstan 1 (6 mins - Yuri Pertsukh) Scotland 0. What an awful start for Scotland! Their defence seemed to be caught high up the pitch, the ball was played over the top of McKenna, Pertsukh took down the pass and then smashed a finish into the back of the net. It might have clipped the underside of the bar.
Burke to the byline! Great play by the Celtic winger, getting in behind the Kazakhstan defence, but his cut back couldn't find a player in a dark blue shirt and the home side clear.
Palmer gets an early touch down the right side. He's making his Scotland debut here as Patterson can't play on this kind of artificial surface in Astana. How will he cope on his debut?
Kazakhstan have won just one of their last six international fixtures, so Scotland will be confident of picking up three points here. How will those injuries affect them, though? Let's see.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Kazakhstan against Scotland in this Euro 2020
Okay, here we go. About to get started at the Astana Arena. Kick off is just moments away.
Time for the anthems. Scotland line up for the dreariest, most miserable national anthem in football. I'm Scottish so I can say that.
This is actually the first time that Kazakhstan and Scotland have ever played each other at this level of the sport!
Not long until kick off at the Astana Arena. Scotland will be desperate to get off to a winning start and really get some momentum behind their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.
TEAM NEWS: Here's the Kazakhstan team to face Scotland in Astana this afternoon... Nepogodov, Vorogovsky, Malyi, Postnikov, Erlanov, Suyumbayev, Pertsukh, Kuat, Merkel, Zaynutdinov, Murtazayez.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the game to let me know your thoughts. What do you think of this team from Alex McLeish? How big a challenge will Kazakhstan pose? Tweet me!
Hit the ground running! Scotland won their Nations League group at the end of last year so the challenge for McLeish's men will be to carry that momentum into this qualification campaign.
Big calls! McLeish had a number of injuries to contend with for this game. There's no Robertson, no Tierney and no Griffiths. In total, the Scotland boss is without SIX senior players.
TEAM NEWS: McLeish has named his Scotland team for this opening Euro 2020 qualifier... Bain, Shinnie, McKenna, Bates, Palmer, Armstrong, McGregor, McGinn, Forrest, Burke, McBurnie.
Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Euro 2020 qualification clash between Kazakhstan and Scotland. We'll bring you all the action as it happens in Astana. Kick off is at 3pm.