European Championship Qualifying - Group D
Gibraltar0Scotland6

Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland

Steven Fletcher heads in Scotland's third
Steven Fletcher heads in Scotland's third in Faro

Scotland ended their failed Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a comfortable win over the part-timers of Gibraltar.

Gordon Strachan's side were utterly dominant and rewarded the loyalty of a large travelling support with an emphatic if meaningless win.

A Chris Martin header and Shaun Maloney's curling shot had Scotland two up at half-time.

Steven Fletcher's second-half hat-trick and Steven Naismith's late finish gave the Tartan Army more to cheer.

Crumbs of comfort

Gordon Strachan
Gordon Strachan has guided Scotland to 12 wins, eight defeats and five draws in his reign

The resounding nature of the victory does little to assuage the disappointment at failing to qualify for next year's tournament in France.

The fourth-place finish has already resulted in much soul-searching, not least by the manager who has yet to indicate whether he will still be in charge when qualifying for the 2018 World Cup commences in Malta next September.

The travelling supporters made their thoughts on the matter clear, with renditions of 'Only one Gordon Strachan'. Whether the manager is minded to give them the answer they desire should become clearer in the coming days.

Group D

Lessons learned

Whether Strachan learned anything over the course of these 90 minutes that would help him in future preparations - should he stay - is arguable.

The match resembled a training exercise, often a shooting practice, against a team that, for all their endeavour, still looks out of place on the international stage.

Steven Naismith scored Scotland's final goal of the doomed Euro 2016 qualifying campaign
Steven Naismith scored Scotland's final goal of their doomed Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

That said, Scotland played some nice football and, with a bit of fortune and care, might even have scored double their final tally. Maloney went close on three occasions before his goal, Fletcher hit a post, Matt Ritchie had a header cleared off the line and Johnny Russell was denied by Jamie Robba from close range.

An assured performance by Andy Robertson - surely the first-choice left back for the next campaign - was another positive element, as was a marauding display on the right by Alan Hutton, free of defensive concerns.

So too the endless willingness and quick-thinking of Maloney, though for him and one or two others in the team another attritional campaign may have limited appeal.

Man of the match - Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher scored his second hat-trick against Gibraltar in the campaign
Steven Fletcher scored his second hat-trick against Gibraltar in the campaign

Fletcher made a strong case for his continuing inclusion up front with his second hat-trick of the campaign against Gibraltar.

Buoyed by his stunning strike against Poland, the striker looked lively throughout and, though frustrated in front of goal in the first period, he headed in Hutton's cross early in the second half.

That was quickly followed by his second - a clever slotted effort in off a post.

But he saved the best till last - a curling shot reminiscent of Thursday's goal, which came off the underside of the bar before nestling in the net.

Line-ups

Gibraltar

  • 13Robba
  • 15Barnett
  • 6Chipolina
  • 5Casciaro
  • 20Garcia
  • 10Walker
  • 14DuarteSubstituted forPerezat 57'minutes
  • 17Bardon
  • 3Chipolina
  • 7CasciaroSubstituted forDuarteat 82'minutes
  • 9CasciaroSubstituted forYomeat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Perez
  • 2Bosio
  • 4Clarke
  • 8Perez
  • 11Gosling
  • 12Cabrera
  • 16Rovegno
  • 18Duarte
  • 19Coombes
  • 21Guilling
  • 22Yome
  • 23Neale

Scotland

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Hutton
  • 5Greer
  • 4Berra
  • 3Robertson
  • 8BrownSubstituted forFletcherat 63'minutes
  • 7Dorrans
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forRussellat 64'minutes
  • 10MartinSubstituted forNaismithat 76'minutes
  • 6Maloney
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 12Gordon
  • 13Shinnie
  • 14Whittaker
  • 15Martin
  • 16Fletcher
  • 17Hanley
  • 18Russell
  • 19Naismith
  • 21Marshall
Referee:
Aleksei Kulbakov
Attendance:
12,401

Match Stats

Home TeamGibraltarAway TeamScotland
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home4
Away30
Shots on Target
Home0
Away14
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Gibraltar 0, Scotland 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gibraltar 0, Scotland 6.

Goal!

Goal! Gibraltar 0, Scotland 6. Steven Naismith (Scotland) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Gibraltar. Mikey Yome replaces Kyle Casciaro.

Offside, Scotland. Darren Fletcher tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Hand ball by Shaun Maloney (Scotland).

Goal!

Goal! Gibraltar 0, Scotland 5. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

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

Foul by Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar).

Substitution

Substitution, Gibraltar. John Paul Duarte replaces Lee Casciaro.

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

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

Foul by Brian Perez (Gibraltar).

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Steven Naismith replaces Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Liam Walker (Gibraltar) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Lee Casciaro.

Christophe Berra (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Casciaro (Gibraltar).

Foul by Christophe Berra (Scotland).

Roy Chipolina (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Jean Carlos Garcia.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Scotland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Kyle Casciaro (Gibraltar) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Johnny Russell replaces Matt Ritchie.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Darren Fletcher replaces Scott Brown.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Scotland).

Kyle Casciaro (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Scotland) left footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Gibraltar. Brian Perez replaces Daniel Duarte.

Goal!

Goal! Gibraltar 0, Scotland 4. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

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

Foul by Liam Walker (Gibraltar).

Goal!

Goal! Gibraltar 0, Scotland 3. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland96211751220
2Czech Rep96121612419
3Turkey9432139415
4Netherlands94141511413
5Latvia9054618-125
6Kazakhstan9027618-122

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium96212141720
2Wales953194518
3Bos-Herze94231410414
4Israel94141511413
5Cyprus94051414012
6Andorra9009434-300

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain98012231924
2Slovakia9612136719
3Ukraine96121431119
4Belarus9315814-610
5Luxembourg9117423-194
6Macedonia9108618-123

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany107122491522
2Poland1063133102321
3R. of Ireland105321971218
4Scotland1043322121015
5Georgia103071016-69
6Gibraltar100010256-540

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England99002832527
2Switzerland96032381518
3Slovenia94141611513
4Estonia931548-410
5Lithuania9315715-810
6San Marino9018134-331

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland10631168821
2Romania10550112920
3Hungary10442119216
4Finland10334910-112
5Faroe Islands10208617-116
6Greece10136714-76

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria98101951425
2Russia95221951417
3Sweden9432139415
4Montenegro93241011-111
5Liechtenstein9126223-215
6Moldova9027414-102

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy9630146821
2Norway9612128419
3Croatia95311951417
4Bulgaria9225712-58
5Azerbaijan9135716-96
6Malta9027315-122

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal8701115621
2Albania8422105514
3Denmark833285312
4Serbia8215813-54
5Armenia8026514-92
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