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  1. Scotland begin Euro 2016 campaign
  2. FT: Germany 2-1 Scotland (Group D)
  3. Thomas Muller with a double for world champions
  4. Ikechi Anya equalises for Scotland
  5. Charlie Mulgrew sent off late on

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By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Scotland's hopes

Scotland's Euro 2016 campaign

gets off to a losing start against the world champions in Dortmund. However, Gordon Strachan will be heartened by their second half display which augurs well for the future.

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Scotland's Euro 2016 rivals

Elsewhere in Group D, Poland crushed Gibraltar 7-0 and Aiden McGeady fired a double in Republic of Ireland's 2-1 victory in Georgia.

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Craig McCallum: A good performance - others will definitely do worse in Germany. I still bet Gibraltar will get their first point against us

'I thought we were going to win it'

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"They have got to go out there against real machines, real physical players. They stood up to it. Second half we were terrific.

"Okay they're going to make chances, that was going to happen, but we played with a freedom in the second half.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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"I thought we were going to get a point, I actually thought we were going to win it at one stage."

Scotland frustrated in Dortmund

Despite Scotland benefitting from German profligacy, Gordon Strachan will be heartened by the number of chances they created in the second half.

Scotland"s Grant Hanley (centre) reflects on the defeat by Germany
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BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

The second half will give us hope, I just wish we could've had that in the first half.

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Tom Watson: How well Scotland do in the games where they r favourite will b the next test of how far this team has come under Strachan.

Kim: Heads held high, well done boys - ref shocking.

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Jim, Troon: Believe it or not that was our easy game because nobody expected us to win so let's not get excited please.

Andy in Armagh: Gordon Strachan has got Scotland going places. At long last there is a man who knows what he is doing in charge of the national team, and someone who can install belief and organisation into his players. His tactics are always spot on.

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Robbie Devenney: Lots of positives there, Mulgrew and Morrison let us down but so much better than 2 years ago. Optimistic.

Euan Little: Great match ruined by a ref. Oh wait, it's football, we should be used to this by now.


Germany 2-1 Scotland

Scotland lose narrowly to the world champions but will be heartened by their second half display and could have added to Ikechi Anya's goal in Dortmund. Food for thought for the rest of the Euro 2016 campaign.


That man Thomas Muller is at it again! He rifles in a low shot from distance that smacks the post and bounces to safety...


Scottish heads shaking in Dortmund and also back home as Charlie Mulgrew is given his marching orders for a second bookable offence: the Celtic man kicked the ball away in frustration and he trots off, head bowed, down the tunnel.

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Jack Kennedy: Scotland on course to be the first team to prevent Germany scoring 3 goals in a home qualifier since October '09 #bbcfootball


Mario Götze, who scored the winner in the World Cup final, clips a shot beyond David Marshall... but just past the far post.

It remains 2-1 to Joachim Low's troops with the clock ticking down...

Like a seasoned NFL outfit, Germany are eating up territory and running down the clock as they inch ever closer to victory and three qualification points in Dortmund.

Three minutes plus added time remaining. Could there yet be a sting in the tail?

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Scott Donnell: Craig Levein would defend now keep it 2-1 , Gordon Strachan? Let's get intae them! C'mon Scotland

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

Scotland need one more chance and you wouldn't discount them getting that chance. They're finding space...

Gordon Strachan makes his final change in Dortmund: Shaun Maloney replaces Steven Naismith with eight minutes remaining of this entertaining Euro 2016 qualifier.

Anya Delivers

Scotland had the world champions rocking when the lightning-quick Anya showed a clean pair of heels to the German defence before slotting the ball beyond Manuel Neuer.

Ikechi Anya equalised for Scotland
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Thomas Muller re-established Germany's lead with his second goal of the game but Watford's Anya continued to terrorise the Germans with his pace.

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Mbehan: A certain red card as it is a goal scoring opportunity! Really poor decision #BBCSportsound #bbcsportscot

Ian Greig: Clear foul before their goal and 100% red card, 2 shocking decisions.

Scotland have 17 minutes plus added time to find a second equaliser in Dortmund. Germany continue to slice through the visiting defence but the Scots continue to look dangerous on the counter. Ikechi Anya is terrifying the life out of the home rearguard and is speeding away like a young Michael Owen did against Argentina at France 98.

Great stuff!


Scotland lick their wounds and come out for another go at Germany. Steven Naismith speeds away from Erik Durm who fouls the former Rangers man and earns a booking for his troubles.

From the subsequent free kick, Charlie Mulgrew can only smack the wall and the Germans breathe a sigh of relief.


Germany 2-1 Scotland (Muller 69mins)

With the Tartan Army still celebrating that equaliser, Germany retake the lead as Thomas Muller lashes home from close range after the visitors fail to deal with a corner.


Germany 1-1 Scotland (Anya 65mins)

What a goal, what a goal! Scotland, on the counter attack produce a goal the world champions would be proud of.

Steven Fletcher threads a superb ball through to the lightning quick Ikechi Anya who is cool as a cucumber as he races away from the German rearguard before slotting the ball beyond Manuel Neuer.

You can come out from behind the couch. In fact, start dancing up and down on it and crash the cushions like giant cymbals...

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Calum in Kirkcaldy: Good to see us trying to break down Germany who are a class act. To you cynics: if 2nd place in this group comes down to goal difference you may thank this scoreline.

Anonymous: Come on Scotland!!! You can do it!!!


How on earth is this Euro 2016 qualifier still 1-0? Marco Reus is denied once again by David Marshall, with the keeper saving brilliantly with his legs.

Play rages up the other end and Steven Naismith's cross triggers a bullet header from substitute Steven Fletcher but the German defence somehow scramble clear.

"This could be 6-3," opines BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

Scotland spurn great chance

Steven Naismith was denied by the woodwork early in the second half but this time he's more in danger of taking out a supporter's Bratwurst as he blazes a wild effort high and wide following great work by Steven Whittaker.

Gordon Strachan shuffles his Scotland pack: Steven Fletcher and James McArthur trot on for Barry Bannan and Darren Fletcher.

Will the shake-up bear fruit?

Leap of faith

Steven Naismith has come closest to finding the net for Scotland in an entertaining and open Euro 2016 qualifier in Dortmund.

Scotland's Steven Naismith
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The Everton marksman was denied by the post following superb work by Alan Hutton.

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Eck Wilson: Fail to see why we can't get a few chances in the second half, we are due a wee bit of luck and rub of the green #bbcsportscot

Weegie: Still believe we can get a draw out of this game, Strachan will have something up his sleeve to unlock Neuer, Mon the Scots!

Here come the Germans again... Alan Hutton heads a free kick clear and Schurrle blazes a volley over. It remains 1-0 to the world champions but those of a Scottish hue will be encouraged and emboldened by the start to the second half.


Soooooo close! Alan Hutton gallops through the German midfield before finding Steven Naismith and the Everton hitman takes a touch before whipping a shot at goal that clips the outside of the post with Manuel Neuer stranded.

Scotland come agonisingly close to restoring parity, as they prove that they can get at the Germans.


No changes for either side as Scotland get us back under way and aiming to find an equaliser in Dortmund.

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Anonymous: As a passionate Scot, I can't believe Darren Fletcher has started this game. He's hardly had any game time at club level never mind at international level. This smacks of desperation by Strachan and a slap in the face to all other players who have turned up on many occasions and never been given a chance.

Danny from Pitlochry: Stop kidding yourselves & us on lads, it's gonna end up a cricket score.

Anonymous: Scotland lucky, Germany should be up at least 4-0.


Germany 1-0 Scotland

Scotland trail the world champions by a single goal but it could've been far worse but for some superb saves by David Marshall and profligacy from the hosts.

Hope springs eternal; Gordon Strachan will be urging his side to show greater composure in midfield to alleviate the pressure on Marshall and stem the tidal wave of German attacks.

Just a hint of a Scotland chance as Anya demonstrates some neat footwork to dance away from a blizzard of Germany defenders but the tricky winger can't test Manuel Neuer.


Wave upon wave of German attacks down the left - Scotland's right - and Schurrle's low cross is teed up perfectly for Marco Reus but a combination of frantic defending and the huge mitt of David Marshall thwarts the hosts and denies them a second goal.

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Steven: So the Rep of Ireland have won and it looks like Poland and Germany are going to win only one game half played and we are now chasing everybody's tail. Why do we bother with these qualifiers? It always ends in misery, the whipping boys in this group will be us not Gibraltar, no doubt.

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bringthemonjpn: ‏#bbcsportscot Scotland need a "Bobby Murdoch" to level things up...

Muller Light

Thomas Muller spurned two headed chances before splitting Scotland's central defence to make no mistake with his third header. Germany are a goal to the good and appear hungry for more.

Thomas Muller celebrates giving Germany the lead