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Scotland - Cyprus
Euro Qualifying - 8 June 2019
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It's a winning start for Steve Clarke, but it was far from straightforward.
It helps when you have a world class player in your ranks, but Andy Robertson's fine opener was cancelled out by Ioannis Kousoulos with four minutes remaining.
But just over two minutes later, Oliver Burke saved any blushes with a close-range finish. Still, there's plenty of room for improvement ahead of facing Belgium on Tuesday.
OVER! It's is Georgios Efrem.... and it way, way off target as Marshall watches the ball drift harmlessly over. That should do it.
Costi is tripped by McLean and Scotland have to deal with a late free-kick here. It was a poor challenge.
Fraser wins his side a free-kick at just the right moment. He's the man you want to just relieve the pressure.
Burke showed great reaction skills to direct his shot after the ball broke loose off the post. His goal is currently moving Scotland on to six points in this group.
We're into FIVE ADDED MINUTES. Can Scotland hang on this time? What a big result this would be after such late drama at Hampden.
- GoalOliver BurkeScotland
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scotland 2-1 Cyprus. Pandemonium at Hampden Park as Steve Clarke clenches his first and punches the sky!
Fraser cuts inisde and finds Oliver Burke's head, the ball cannons off the post but lands kindly for him to stab the ball into the unguarded net.
- OffCallum McGregorScotland
- OnStuart ArmstrongScotland
SUB! Clarke immediately responds to the setback by bringing on Stuart Armstrong for McGregor.
- GoalIoannis KousoulosCyprus
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!! Scotland 1-1 Cyprus. Disaster for Scotland and just where is the marking? What a poor goal to lose as the corner is drifted in from the left and Ioannis Kousoulos is there to stoop and head beyond Marshall.
SAVE! Scotland counter with Cyprus committing more bodies forward now as Callum McGregor unselfishly lays the ball on for Fraser, who cuts inside onto his right boot and forces Pardo into a smart save to his left.
CHANCE! Scotland are let off the hook here asMargaca's deep cross from the left is destined for the boot of Sotiriou but it is taken off him by Artymatas before Efrem's shot is easy for Marshall. Cyprus are not done here, and Scotland will happily take this,
Pardo is quickly off his line to confront the scampering Fraser and clear the ball out for a throw. Had he not made that, he'd have been heading for an early bath!
SUB! Cyprus make their third and final change as Ioannis Pittas comes on in place of Andreas Makris.
- OffJohn McGinnScotland
- OnScott McTominayScotland
SUB! Scott McTominay enters the fray as John McGinn makes way.
CHANCE! Immediately, Scotland spring down the other end as Stephen O'Donnell finds himself clear of the last defender down the left.
He opens his body up and lifts it over Pardo, but the wrong side of the far post! What a glorious chance to wrap this up for Scotland!
SAVE! Cyprus very nearly snatch an equaliser as Markis lets fly from tange, the shot takes a wicked deflection and Marshall is forced to wheel back and tip over!
- Yellow cardKostakis ArtymatasCyprus
BOOKED! It's been a very stop-start match since Robertson's strike as Artymatas is cautioned for a late challenge on McGregor right in front of the referee. What can Cyprus offer in these final 15 minutes?
- OffEamonn BrophyScotland
- OnOliver BurkeScotland
SUB! The spate of substitutes continue as Oliver Burke comes on for Eamonn Brophy.
SUB! A second Cyprus change is quick succession for Cyprus as Ioannis Costi races onto the pitch in place of Matija Spoljaric.
- OffMichalis IoannouCyprus
- OnAnthony GeorgiouCyprus
SUB! The visitors make their first change as Michalis Ioannou is replaced by the young Levante player Anthony Georgiou. Burke's arrival appeared imminent a moment ago, but he's now put his green bib back on.
SAVE!!! Can Scotland double their lead? Pardo shows the first sign of nerves now as Callum McGregor cuts the ball onto his right foot and tries to find the near post, the Cyprus stopper spilling the ball around for a corner in unorthodox fashion.
A goal out of absolutely nothing from the Scotland captain. His name is ringing around Hampden Park, and it is the one moment of quality that has lit up this game. Oliver Burke is preparing to come on...
- GoalAndrew RobertsonScotland
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL!!!!!! Scotland 1-0 Cyprus. What a week for Andy Robertson, and what a strike this is. He collects the pass from McGinn, and he is given space to look up 25 yards out and hit this perfectly beyond Pardo.
It flashes past him as his dive to the left comes after the ball is already in the net!!!
WHAT A RELIEF FOR SCOTLAND!!
The Scotland fans are trying their best on the whole to spur on their players but Sotiriou does really well to win his side another corner off McKenna just to eat away a little more at the clock.
Spoljaric delivers, but Mulgrew rises well to head clear before Fraser is fouled.
SAVE! This has all been a bit of a hard watch for Scotland fans as Cyprus again threaten to pinch a lead.
The centre-half Laifis is under absolutely no pressure as he finds Spoljaric in acres of space, but his toe-poked effort is save by Marshall at full stretch to his left.
There are jeers (already) from a pocket of home supporters as O'Donnell concedes a corner in a challenge on Efrem. Clarke must be contemplating a change.
McGinn combines this time with Forrest down the right, but as he seeks Brophy with a low cross, Laifis is there to divert it past the post. Pardo has been perfect so far with collecting crosses, and he does so again from McGinn's deep inswinger.
OVER! Scotland have started like a train this half but there's a lot of fristration in this latest effort from the captain Robertson, as the ball breaks loose to him after McGregor's cross is deflected, but the left-back's effort is high, wide and not very handsome.
We're back underway at Hampden as Forrest is immediately taken out down the right. McGregor is soon onto the ball down the left, but Pardo is bullish as he comes out to collect.
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Scotland have lost just two of their last 12 competitive matches, winning eight of those fixtures - and despite a bumper crowd in Hampden for Steve Clarke's first game in charge, it's all been a bit flat so far, if the truth be told.
Cyprus are holding their own, and Pardo has not been troubled as the referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the half.
BOOKED! The referee shows McGregor a yellow card for a late challenge on Ioannou. He's a bit fortunate the colour was yellow as it was a little bit naughty with his studs up.
SAVE! Cyprus possess a threat on the counter-attack and they very nearly land the ultimate suckerpunch.
The forward Michalis Ioannou is fed down the right and his shot goes through the legs of McKenna, forcing Marshall to spring to his right and make a firm save with his right glove.
HANDBALL? Again the question is asked of the Norwegian referee as Ioannou leans towards the cross from Fraser down the left. There are louder appeals this time, but the official is unmoved!
Robertson drives with real purpose through the middle and feeds Fraser to his left.
McGregor plays the ball to his right for Forrest, but the deflection on the shot takes all the sting out of it, and it's easy for Pardo to collect.
Another move that looked promising fizzles out.
The final ball has deserted Scotland so far as McGinn is the latest to find the gloves of Pardo when seeking Brophy at the far post.
It's attack against defence right now. Cyprus have picked up just two victories in their last 15 matches in all competitions, and they've shown very little ambition here at Hampden.
Only Eden Hazard (15) provided more assists in Europe's top five leagues in 2018-19 than Scotland's Ryan Fraser (14), but here after agin getting the wrong side of the tiring Kousoulos, he can't wrap his boot around the cross as the ball drifts over Pardo and out for a goal-kick.
Good period of possession from Scotland sees Robertson get forward down the left and very nearly find Fraser on the underlap, before McLean's speculative drive from 35 yards clears the crossbar. Cyprus have survived the opening 30 minutes.
SAVE! Mulgrew is about 30 yards out on the right but he manages to curl his left-foot shot over and around the wall, forcing Pardo to tip the ball out for a corner.
WIDE! From the ensuing delivery, Brophy attempts to escape his marker at the far post, and despite being held somewhat, he manages to get his header away, only to see if drift a couple of yards wide!
- Yellow cardNicholas IoannouCyprus
BOOKED! That's a lovely little turn from the Aston Villa midfielder McGinn as he collects the pass from Forrest. It's a blatant pull back from Ioannou, who goes into the book. What can Mulgrew make of this?
These two nations are 45 places apart in the FIFA world rankings. Scotland are 44 while Cyprus are 89, and the visitors are looking to slow this game right down when in possession.
McGinn looks for the forward pass to Fraser, who has come off the left-hand side, but Konstantinos Laifis ushers it back to his goalkeeper.
Moments later, Kostakis Artymatas tries something audacious having spotted Marshall off his line, but he gets his execution all wrong, as the Scotland stopper makes a comfortable gather.
CHANCE! Scotland are a bit fortunate here as McGinn sells himself too cheaply in the centre of the field.
There's a lovely spin from the striker Sotiriou that allows Efrem to be set up to the right of the box, and after Robertson manages to block the shot, Makris' effort is far too tame and easy for Marshall to collect.
FOUL! Ioannis Kousoulos is the offender this time as he gets his positioning all wrong to allow Fraser to make progress, before he is uncereomiously taken out right on the edge of the box.
The Bournemouth winger opts to go low with his free-kick but it is hacked clear.
HANDBALL? No says the Norwegian official Ola Hobber Nilsen as McGregor's dipping shot from the edge of the box strikes the arm of Michalis Ioannou - but it's by his side.
Moments later, Fraser makes more good progress down the left but there's nobody in the centre to meet his cross.
That's much better from Scotland as the ball is worked wonderfully between Fraser and McGregor down the left, but the cutback is intercepted at the expense of a corner. Cyprus manage to survive the ensuing delivery. That's lifted the crowd.
Scotland are guaranteed a European Championship play-off as a result of their Nations League explouits, but they won't want to rely on that.
Cyprus have had plenty of possession in these early stages as Andreas Makris works the ball down the right for Georgios Efrem to put in a deep cross, but there is no one at the far post to make something of it.
This is the sixth meeting between the two nations, with Scotland winning all five of the previous encounters, scoring 20 goals in the process.
OVER! McLean intercepts to set Forrest on his way. After playing in Fraser down the left, he receives the return pass, but after shaping onto his right boot, his shot from the edge of the box is always on the up!
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Scotland have won each of their last four home games, so can they keep up that form this evening? We are up and running at Hampden.
We are few minutes away from kick-off at Hampden - and the teams are out!
Only Celtic (146) and Rangers (131) won more points in the Scottish Premiership than Kilmarnock (120) registered during Steve Clarke's tenure at the club (Oct 2017 to May 2019).
Clarke, who has also managed West Bromwich Albion and Reading, hopes he is not overcome with emotion in his first match.
"I said before about it being the pinnacle of my career and standing out there tomorrow night in front of the supporters as manager of the national team will be an emotional occasion for me," he said.
"Hopefully I don't burst into tears. I am proud to be the manager of the national team but now the work starts.
"The honeymoon period will be over tomorrow night after the game because that's the way it is in football. You start to get judged on results and performances but I am ready for that."
- Scotland have won their five previous encounters with Cyprus by an aggregate score of 20-4, although this is just the second meeting in the 21st century (also November 2011).
- This is the first competitive meeting between Scotland and Cyprus since a World Cup 1990 qualifier in April 1989 in which Scotland won 2-1.
- Cyprus have conceded 10 goals in their two away games versus Scotland, losing 0-8 in May 1969 and 1-2 in April 1989.
- This will be Steve Clarke's first match as Scotland manager; the last manager to win his first game in charge was Gordon Strachan in February 2013 versus Estonia.
SCOTS MAKE FIVE CHANGES
In his first game in charge, Clarke has made five alterations to the side which beat San Marino 2-0 last time out.
Eamonn Brophy is handed his Scotland debut while David Marshall, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest and John McGinn return to the starting line-up.
Scott Bain, David Bates, Johnny Russell, Callum Paterson and Stuart Armstrong drop out of the side.
CLARKE: ROBBO CAN GIVE US EDGE
Clarke hopes Andy Robertson's Champions League success with Liverpool rubs off on his country when they face Cyprus.
Robertson was greeted with an admiring round of applause from the Scotland squad when he arrived late at their training base this week following Liverpool's 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid last Saturday.
"The players received him with a warm round of applause when he walked into the dining room, when we were all sitting having our dinner," Clarke said on Friday ahead of his first match as national boss.
"It was great to have him there. Obviously, a massive achievement for Andy and hopefully the lads can feed off that.
"There has been a few in the group who had successful seasons, the Celtic lads, Kenny McLean (Norwich), John McGinn (Aston Villa) have all finished the season feeling good about themselves.
"So we have a lot in the group who have had a positive end to the season and hopefully when we get the team on the pitch on Saturday night we can continue that positivity."
CYPRUS TEAM NEWS
Cyprus starting XI: Pardo, Kousoulos, N. Ioannou, Laifis, Margaca, Spoljaric, Artymatas, Markis, Efrem, Ioannou, Sotiriou.
Subs: Petrou, Michael, Vasiliou, Katelaris, Antoniou, Mytidis, Avraam, Antoniades, Costi, Georgiou, Pittas.
SCOTLAND TEAM NEWS
Scotland starting XI: Marshall, O’Donnell, Mulgrew, McKenna, Robertson, McGinn, McLean, McGregor, Forrest, Fraser, Brophy.
Subs: Bain, McLaughlin, Palmer, Souttar, Findlay, McTominay, Russell, Armstrong, McNulty, Cairney, Burke, Taylor.
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