Scotland emerged from their final match of the year with a narrow and somewhat ill-deserved victory over Norway.

Scott Brown scored the only goal of the evening after the Scots had survived several scares.

Gordon Strachan's focus has always been on results though and this victory means his side are now undefeated in their last four games.

They now have four months before their next fixture, as they finish 2013 on a high.

Despite the positivity and good feeling that has built up around the Scotland team in recent months under Strachan, the overall performance here was as poor as anything produced by the national side this year.

But the record books will not reflect that. Instead they will show another away victory, to add to those earned in Croatia and Macedonia, which will mean a further rise in the Fifa rankings for the Scots.

Against the run of play?...

Scotland's Alan Hutton and Norway's Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • Norway lost despite having 19 shots on goal to Scotland's three.
  • Scott Brown scored with his side's only shot on target

The goal came against the flow of the game, which had largely been directed towards David Marshall's goal.

Charlie Adam, one of several Scotland players performing below his best, tried to bundle his way into the Norwegian penalty area and though he found no way through, the ball broke to Brown whose first-time shot skipped off the sodden turf and past Orjan Nyland.

It was harsh on the hitherto dominant hosts, who were guilty of passing up a number of chances before and after Brown's strike.

The best of those fell to Marcus Pedersen as Mohammed Abdellaoue picked him out 10 yards from goal.

But though his side-footed effort was on target, Marshall saved well with his legs.

The Scotland goalkeeper saved well again from Pedersen with just 12 minutes remaining, to preserve the clean sheet for a third consecutive game.

That had looked unlikely early on, as Scotland struggled to find their touch and retain possession.

But a combination of good fortune and poor finishing denied the Norwegians the breakthrough their play arguably deserved, summed up in the 90th minute by Anders Konradsen's narrowly misdirected shot.

The Scotland manager resisted the temptation to put on numerous substitutes, but few of the fringe players did enough to suggest they will be starters when competitive matches return next September.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (10)

Norway

  • 12 Nyland
  • 16 Elabdellaoui (Linnes - 60' Booked )
  • 02 Høgli
  • 11 Wolff Eikrem (Konradsen - 80' )
  • 04 Reginiussen (Strandberg - 65' )
  • 23 Forren Booked
  • 15 Skjelbred (Daehli - 68' )
  • 19 Jenssen
  • 18 Pedersen (Elyounoussi - 87' )
  • 14 Kamara (Abdellaoue - 45' )
  • 08 Pedersen

Substitutes

  • 01 Jarstein
  • 03 Strandberg
  • 05 Skjelvik
  • 07 Konradsen
  • 09 Abdellaoue
  • 10 Elyounoussi
  • 17 Linnes
  • 20 Daehli
  • 22 Grytebust

Scotland

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 06 Adam Booked (McArthur - 64' )
  • 04 Martin
  • 05 Greer
  • 11 Bryson (Bannan - 45' )
  • 08 Brown
  • 09 Naismith (Berra - 94' )
  • 10 Snodgrass
  • 07 Anya (Conway - 51' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Fox
  • 13 Boyd
  • 14 McArthur
  • 15 Berra
  • 16 Bannan
  • 17 Conway
  • 18 Wallace
  • 19 Mackay-Steven
  • 20 Armstrong
Ref: Martin Strömbergsson

Match Stats

Shots

19 3

On target

6 1

Corners

4 0

Fouls

17 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norway 0, Scotland 1.

90:00 +4:54 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norway 0, Scotland 1.

90:00 +4:27

Ruben Jenssen (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:27

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland).

90:00 +3:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scotland. Christophe Berra replaces Steven Naismith.

90:00 +3:19

Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Norway).

90:00 +3:19

Scott Brown (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:30 Booking

Booking Vegard Forren (Norway) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:29

Foul by Vegard Forren (Norway).

90:00 +0:29

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:35

Attempt missed. Anders Agnes Konradsen (Norway) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Morten Gamst Pedersen with a cross.

87:29

Offside, Scotland. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

87:03

Attempt saved. Tarik Elyounoussi (Norway) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

85:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norway. Tarik Elyounoussi replaces Marcus Pedersen.

84:15

Offside, Scotland. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

83:08

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

82:36 Booking

Booking Martin Linnes (Norway) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:30

Foul by Martin Linnes (Norway).

82:30

Craig Conway (Scotland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:13

Foul by Mohammed Abdellaoue (Norway).

82:13

James McArthur (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:00

Foul by Mohammed Abdellaoue (Norway).

81:00

Alan Hutton (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:30

Morten Gamst Pedersen (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:30

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

79:54

Attempt missed. Martin Linnes (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

79:47

Attempt blocked. Mohammed Abdellaoue (Norway) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Høgli.

79:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norway. Anders Agnes Konradsen replaces Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

77:20

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Norway).

77:20

Scott Brown (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:18

Attempt saved. Marcus Pedersen (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morten Gamst Pedersen with a headed pass.

76:37

Ruben Jenssen (Norway) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:37

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland).

74:02

Ruben Jenssen (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:02

Foul by James McArthur (Scotland).

72:33

Attempt missed. Morten Gamst Pedersen (Norway) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

68:54

Mats Daehli (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:54

Foul by Scott Brown (Scotland).

67:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norway. Mats Daehli replaces Per Skjelbred.

65:34

Foul by Vegard Forren (Norway).

65:34

Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norway. Stefan Strandberg replaces Tore Reginiussen.

63:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scotland. James McArthur replaces Charlie Adam.

62:36

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

62:34

Attempt blocked. Mohammed Abdellaoue (Norway) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ørjan Haskjold Nyland.

61:33

Martin Linnes (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:33

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

60:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norway 0, Scotland 1. Scott Brown (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

59:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norway. Martin Linnes replaces Omar Elabdellaoui.

58:58

Attempt missed. Vegard Forren (Norway) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Morten Gamst Pedersen with a cross.

58:17

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Craig Conway.

57:31

Offside, Norway. Ruben Jenssen tries a through ball, but Marcus Pedersen is caught offside.

56:54

Attempt saved. Marcus Pedersen (Norway) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohammed Abdellaoue.

56:09 Booking

Booking Charlie Adam (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:07

Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:07

Foul by Charlie Adam (Scotland).

52:18

Hand ball by Barry Bannan (Scotland).

51:30

Attempt missed. Mohammed Abdellaoue (Norway) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Morten Gamst Pedersen with a cross.

50:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scotland. Craig Conway replaces Ikechi Anya because of an injury.

49:49

Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

48:58

Morten Gamst Pedersen (Norway) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:58

Foul by Barry Bannan (Scotland).

46:41

Attempt saved. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Pedersen.

45:31

Foul by Tore Reginiussen (Norway).

45:31

Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Norway 0, Scotland 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norway. Mohammed Abdellaoue replaces Ola Kamara.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scotland. Barry Bannan replaces Craig Bryson.

45:00 +0:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Norway 0, Scotland 0.

44:41

Foul by Vegard Forren (Norway).

44:41

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:57

Foul by Omar Elabdellaoui (Norway).

43:57

Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:07

Attempt missed. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Norway) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marcus Pedersen.

40:15

Foul by Tore Reginiussen (Norway).

40:15

Ikechi Anya (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:30

Foul by Vegard Forren (Norway).

39:30

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:00

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

37:57

Attempt blocked. Marcus Pedersen (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vegard Forren.

36:25

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Norway).

36:25

Russell Martin (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:44

Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Norway).

35:44

Scott Brown (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:59

Foul by Vegard Forren (Norway).

34:59

Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:03

Foul by Omar Elabdellaoui (Norway).

34:03

Ikechi Anya (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:46

Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Norway) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Morten Gamst Pedersen with a cross.

29:29

Vegard Forren (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:29

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

27:52

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

25:47

Tom Høgli (Norway) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:47

Foul by Craig Bryson (Scotland).

25:13

Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:13

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

23:25

Offside, Norway. Vegard Forren tries a through ball, but Per Skjelbred is caught offside.

18:27

Offside, Scotland. Steven Whittaker tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

11:20

Attempt saved. Ola Kamara (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Per Skjelbred.

9:19

Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Norway) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Per Skjelbred with a cross.

9:00

Attempt saved. Ola Kamara (Norway) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ruben Jenssen with a cross.

8:53

Attempt blocked. Ruben Jenssen (Norway) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Per Skjelbred with a cross.

6:29

Foul by Craig Bryson (Scotland).

6:29

Vegard Forren (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:55

Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Scotland) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right.

5:23

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:23

Foul by Vegard Forren (Norway).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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