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San Marino - Scotland
Euro Qualifying - 24 March 2019
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Scotland are jeered off by their travelling supporters after this narrow victory over minnows San Marino.
Under pressure Alex McLeish will be relieved just to get the three points.
- Yellow cardScott McTominayScotland
McTominay goes into the book, as does Berardi.
Three points on the board, but the real test will come in June when Scotland face Cyprus at Hampden Park. Lose that and it's farewell to McLeish.
Four minutes to be added on.
When you consider stats like that, it is baffling that Forrest isn't starting for Scotland...
- OffDavide SimonciniSan Marino
- OnLorenzo LunadeiSan Marino
Lorenzo Lunadei comes on for Simoncini.
CHANCE! Robertson releases McNulty with a lovely diagonal ball. However, he blasts the shot into the face of goalkeeper Benedettini and Scotland have to settle for a corner.
Is a 2-0 victory satisfactory tonight? Probably not, given the humiliating defeat to Kazakhstan on Thursday.
Another McLeish decision questioned... why wasn't the forward starting?
WHAT A MISS! Forrest crosses and the unmarked McNulty, eight yards out, somehow heads it wide. Unbelievable miss.
The performance hasn't been perfect, it hasn't been pretty but McLeish will just be happy to take the points this evening.
- GoalJohnny RussellScotland
GOAL! San Marino 0-2 Scotland
And finally the pressure is off! There is a foul in the build-up, the referee plays advantage as Forrest races down the right. His cross is dummied by McNulty, who leaves it for Russell. He takes a touch and slams home his first goal for Scotland.
- OffStuart ArmstrongScotland
- OnJames ForrestScotland
Armstrong is replaced by James Forrest for the remaining 20 minutes or so.
Would McLeish have taken a one-goal victory before kick-off? That's unlikely, but he may have to settle for it after another concerning performance.
'Sack the board' is the cry from the supporters now. This is getting really embarrassing for Scotland.
Almost into the last quarter and it's STILL San Marino 0-1 Scotland. The travelling supporters are making their feelings known to McLeish and his below-par players from the stands.
OVER! Fraser delivers another decent cross into the box, the eft-back does brilliantly to take it off Russell's toe and McTominay blasts the follow-up over the bar from the edge of the box.
Scotland supporters, home and away, are very frustrated by this display.
- OffMatteo VitaioliSan Marino
- OnNicola NanniSan Marino
Eighteen-year-old Nicola Nanni, who plays in Serie B, replaces Vitaioli in San Marino's attack.
Fraser's cross from the left is catching practice for Benedettini, as Scotland's pursuit for a second goal lingers on.
McTominay releases O'Donnell who gets beyond his full-back. He stands up a lovely cross but Cevoil does well to head it clear. And it's still San Marino 0-1 Scotland.
- OffCallum McGregorScotland
- OnScott McTominayScotland
Scott McTominay comes on to inject some energy into Scotland's midfield, replacing McGregor.
CLOSE! McKenna, left unmarked, runs onto Fraser's corner delivery but he glances the ball wide from a matter of yards. He should have scored.
McNulty's shot from the left side of the penalty area takes a deflection and Scotland continue to build the pressure by winning another corner.
McLean jumps into the goalkeeper as the corner delivery is contested and San Marino win the free-kick in their penalty area.
Scotland are back on the attack. A dangerous cross from O'Donnell has the goalkeeper racing out of his box but he's beaten to the ball by his defender who heads behind for a Scotland corner.
NO PENALTY! Berardi goes down inside the box, under the challenge of McKenna, it looks like a dive and thankfully for Scotland the referee isn't buying it.
If Scotland fail to add to their advantage before the final quarter of the game, it could get very unsettling for those travelling supporters.
It's unlike Armstrong but he takes a heavy final touch and loses the ball from a promising position on the flank. It's been that kind of evening for Scotland.
- 2nd Half
San Marino get the ball rolling in the second-half. Having been booed off by their supporters at the interval, Scotland could do with another goal fairly quickly.
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The referee's half-time whistle is greeted by jeers from travelling supporters. They are disappointed Scotland haven't been able to build on their early goal.
For all of their dominance, they haven't tested the home side's goalkeeper enough.
It's disappointing from Russell who smashes the resulting free-kick into the wall.
Russell is fouled close to the edge of the box, the referee allowed play to continue but brought play back when Scotland lost the ball a moment later.
Two minutes will be added on.
Frazer gets in behind his full-back but his left-footed cross goes behind for a goal-kick.
Here's Armstrong's earlier chances...
Five minutes to play until the half-time whistle and McLeish will be disappointed his side haven't built on their momentum after scoring a fourth-minute opener. San Marino have caused Scotland a moment of anxiety in this first-half.
It's ironic that Paterson was banned by Cardiff from playing on Kazakhstan's artificial pitch on Thursday, but he then picks up an injury on a grass surface three days later.
- OffCallum PatersonScotland
- OnMarc McNultyScotland
Russell draws the foul and that will allow Scotland to make the sub. Paterson is replaced by Marc McNulty.
Paterson is going to be forced off.
Paterson requires some treatment after picking up a knock. The tackle looked innocuous enough but it isn't clear if the Scotland forward will be able to continue.
SHOT! San Marino spring the counter-attack (yes, you read that right!). The ball comes to Palazzi who gets enough power on his shot from 25 yards but doesn't quite get the direction and Bain can watch it drift wide.
SAVE! That near miss has woke Scotland up. A cross from the left picks out Paterson's whose header bounces awkwardly in front of the goalkeeper and Benedettini does well to turn it behind.
SAN MARINO CHANCE! A lovely disguised pass picks out Hirsch who rounds the on-rushing Bain, the angle is against him though and he hammers the ball into the side-netting. That could have been embarrassing for Scotland.
Scotland win a free-kick on the right. Armstrong delivers, two San Marino players collide with each other and the referee spots an infringement somewhere in a packed penalty area and awards the foul the home side's way.
Frazer delivers a corner but it's too close to the goalkeeper and Benedettini punches it clear.
Interesting to note that San Marino haven't scored a goal at home since 2013!
OVER! Frazer wins the argument to take the free-kick he won... he gets plenty of bend in the effort but too much height and it's never troubling the goalkeeper.
Frazer has his legs clipped by Mularoni just on the edge of the box. A couple of yards further forward and Scotland would have had a penalty, rather than free-kick.
DOUBLE SAVE! The San Marino defence is carved open from a simple long ball from the back... Armstrong's shot from point-blank range is parried by Benedettini, who then gathers himself to push Armstrong's rebound-effort behind for a corner.
Frazer delivers another dangerous cross, but it's just over the head of Paterson and San Marino scramble clear.
Scotland have had 83 per cent of possession and look very comfortable.
Nothing comes of the free-kick but Scotland have the hosts camped in their own half, as you would expect.
A lovely disguised pass from McLean picks out Frazer who wins a free-kick 30 yards out. Too far out to have a crack at goal?
Scotland deliver a corner to O'Donnell on the edge of the box but his volleyed effort is charged down.
It was a smart cross from the 'assist-king' Frazer - only Eden Hazard has laid on more goals for his team mates than the Bournemouth wideman in the Premier League this season.
There's a bit of pushing and shoving as the corner is delivered, with a couple of Scotland players going to ground. The referee is happy to allow play to continue, as San Marino clear.
The lively Frazer continues to cause havoc on the left flank and he draws a free-kick now close to the touchline.
Here's Scotland's opener...
SIDE-NETTING! Robertson is getting plenty of space on the left flank. He curls a cross to the back post but Russell can't direct his header on target.
Scotland have a corner to defend now, which they do so with ease.
An early goal is exactly what the doctor would have ordered for Scotland.
- GoalKenny McLeanScotland
GOAL! San Marino 0-1 Scotland
That should settle the nerves! Scotland work a short corner to Frazer who stands up a smart cross, it's met by the glancing head of McLean and nestles into the corner of the net.
CLOSE! A hopeful cross from Frazer is met by a San Marino head and cleared to the edge of the box where McLean is positioned, and he catches a lovely volley which is just inches over the bar.
San Marino are looking shaky already. McLean feeds Paterson whose first touch takes him wide. He delivers a cross but can't pick out a yellow shirt.
- 1st Half
The national anthems have been belted out and now it's time for some football.
Scotland, in their yellow away kit, get the ball rolling.
Here come the teams... San Marino's selection is mostly made up of amateur players, with builders and even a furniture store owner amongst their ranks.
A reminder of the starting XIs as we approach kick-off at the Stadio Olympico di Serravalle...
San Marino: Benedettini, Palazzi, Simoncini, Battistini, Cevoli, Mularoni, Golinucci, Golinucci, Vitaioli, Berardi, Hirsch.
Scotland: Bain, O'Donnell, Bates, McKenna, Robertson, Russell, McGregor, McLean, Fraser, Paterson, Armstrong.
Scotland have won 2-0 in each of their three previous visits to San Marino, most recently in October 2000 thanks to goals from Matt Elliot and Don Hutchison under manager Craig Brown.
So, just how bad are San Marino? Well they have played 155 games in their history, losing 149 of them. Indeed, they haven't avoided defeat since a 0-0 draw with Estonia five years ago. They are currently on a run of 28 consecutive losses.
McLeish: "The only apology we can give the fans is to go out and win the next game. We are all hurting. We're fans as well. I followed the team as a young man and I was always proud to wear the jersey. And these guys are as well."
To make Scotland's defeat to Kazakhstan look even worse, Russia have just thumped them 4-0 at the Astana Arena.
SIX CHANGES FOR SCOTLAND: Callum Paterson spearheads a new-look attack, flanked by Ryan Fraser and Johnny Russell.
In a major boost, skipper Andy Robertson returns to full-back, with Stephen O'Donnell on the opposite side and Kenny McLean moves into midfield.
James Forrest, Liam Palmer, Graeme Shinnie, John McGinn, Oliver Burke and Oli McBurnie all drop to the bench.
San Marino XI: Benedettini, Palazzi, Simoncini, Battistini, Cevoli, Mularoni, Golinucci, Golinucci, Vitaioli, Berardi, Hirsch
Subs: Zavoli, Benedettini, Cesarini, Grandoni, Brolli, Battistini, Lunadei, Giardi, Rinaldi, Censoni, Tomassini, Nanni
Scotland XI: Bain, O'Donnell, Bates, McKenna, Robertson, Russell, McGregor, McLean, Fraser, Paterson, Armstrong.
Subs: McLaughlin, Kelly, Palmer, Souttar, Fleck, McGinn, McTominay, Shinnie, Burke, Forrest, McBurnie, McNulty.
Let's start with some team news...
Hello and welcome to Scotland's European qualifier with San Marino.
After the humiliating 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan on Thursday afternoon, things can't get any worse for Alex McLeish's side... or can they? Anything other a convincing victory over officially the worst team in world football will do.
So, will the Scots back bounce in style or can the minnows, ranked 211st in the world, spring a huge upset?