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  1. Matt Ritchie scores only goal
  2. Scotland secure third straight win
  3. Qatar lose three-game unbeaten run
  4. Friendly at Easter Road

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Thanks for your company. It wasn't as bad a game as some made out, but the worrying thing for Scotland ahead of the game in Dublin is that they made a poor team look okay.

Join us next week to find out if Gordon Strachan's side can up their game against the Republic of Ireland.

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Barry Johnstone; "@BBCSportScot Qatar looks the better team at points."

Ken on Facebook: "One word - terrible"

Steven Naismith conducted that interview with a couple of nasty cuts on his chest following that clash with the Qatar goalkeeper. However, the striker says he will be fine to face the Republic of Ireland.

Scotland striker Steven Naismith on BBC Radio Scotland

"It probably was a penalty. We didn't get it, but overall it wasn't the greatest result but one we needed after having a wee break.

"The boys who had a break got a good bit of game time and we can focus on next week's game and stands us in good stead.

"We are on the up and there's competition for places."

Injured Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass thinks Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Steven Fletcher, James Morrison and possibly Andy Robertson are likely to come into the starting line-up against the Republic of Ireland.

Scotland captain Scott Brown on BBC Radio Scotland

"It was another good performance by the lads.

"From start to finish, we worked hard and did what the gaffer asked of us.

"Everybody says it should be 4-0 or 5-0, but it is never as easy as that.

"It has been good results so far and we need to keep that going.

"Ireland's a great team and they made it hard for us at Celtic Park.

"But we got the win and hopefully we can do that again in Dublin."

Scotland captain Scott Brown has just told BBC Radio Scotland that he might be some time before his interview as there are four stunning air hostesses presenting the trophy.

For what it was worth, just a reminder that Matt Ritchie's goal has secured for Scotland the Qatar Airways Cup.

BBC Scotland's Tom English at Easter Road

"I found some of that game almost unwatchable. It was just meandering throughout the second half. Players were going through the motions and it was a very tame affair. Qatar showed some nice touches - more than I expected - but Scotland weren't very good and had to defend smartly. This was more of a commercial exercise than a football event."

FT: Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Scotland secure a third straight victory to end Qatar's three-match unbeaten run.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Leigh Griffiths tests the goalkeeper with a low drive from 18 yards, but Qatar goalkeeper Amine Lecomte Addani does well to turn the ball wide for a corner.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

"It hasn't really been a test for Scotland. It is poor quality opposition that haven't shown much going forward. Scotland have had a few chances and should have scored one or two more."

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Scotland have the ball in the net for a second time, but Leigh Griffiths is clearly offside as he side-foots home from two yards after a fine run and pass from Charlie Adam.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

A good run by Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths and his low cross is turned wide of the far post by Johnny Russell.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Johnny Russell isn't heeding Gordon Strachan's advice about not making strong challenges as the striker takes out two Qataris in one foul swoop.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Qatar have probably been the more dangerous side in the final quarter of the game at Easter Road, but the 14,270 crowd - a bit more than we estimated - are doing their best to inspire the Scots.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Substitute Johnny Russell is denied by a good, point-blank save from goalkeeper Amine Lecomte Addani after an instinctive flick from the striker.

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TheStellarossa: "It's battle of the pub teams."

Graeme: "Celtic fans tell me James Forrest is great. I have not seen one bit of evidence in a Scotland shirt to prove this to me."

Atheist Agenda: "It's like watching two Third Division teams."

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Abdelkarim Hassan shows great skill to weave his way from the halfway line and into the Scotland penalty box only to be thwarted by a Gordon Greer challenge.


Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Hassan Al Haidos nips inside his marker and unleashes a powerful drive from the edge of the penalty box that Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon does well to turn round the post. Danger for Scotland.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

"James Forrest has been back to his best, a constant threat and he's given Gordon Strachan something to think about."

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Euan: "Hope Naismith can get the same chances next week and then hit the target. This has been Scotland's downfall for more than a generation. No one to put the ball in the net."

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

First real threat from Qatar for a while and a good tackle from Ikechi Anya denies Abdelkarim Hassan a shot on goal deep inside the penalty box.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Keystone Kops-style defending there from Qataris as goalkeeper Amine Lecomte Addani collides with his own defender, but James Forrest is unable to capitalise.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Two of the Scotland subs combine to create a chance as Charlie Adam finds Leigh Griffiths inside the penalty box with a wonderful pass, but the striker's control lets him down. An identical move follows and this time Griffiths knocks the ball into the path of James Forrest, but the winger finds the back row of the stand with his shot.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Steven Naismith has dusted himself down sufficiently to threaten again, but his volley ripples the wrong side of the net before the striker is replaced in a flurry of substitutions.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Steven Naismith is back on his feet and on to the park after that collision, which is good news for Scotland ahead of the game against the Irish next week.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Worry for Scotland as Steven Naismith is left prone on the ground after he is challenged in the penalty box by Abdelkarim Hassan and collides with the Qatar goalkeeper. Some cries for a penalty, but the left back looked to have got the ball cleanly.

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Dan Brown: "Can't believe Andy Murray's not watching the Scotland v Qatar match just to have a knock-up with some Serb."

John Lamb: "Assist goes to the streaker."

Dylan Mckaig: "So far so good. Patience is key to these games. Streaker was funny to hear about (watching this while listening on the radio)."

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David Fawkes: "I'm predicting Scotland will get 6. Shots on goal that is. Strachan needs to be trying other players and experimenting in games like this. 45 minutes in 5 months and Mulgrew waltzes straight into the starting line-up? Strachan obviously has his favourites and everyone else can whistle - not good enough."

Euan Glen: "Feel sorry for Reynolds, but he has not been the player he was last year and I am not sure why he gets included each squad."

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Steven Naismith peels off at the back past to meet a corner, but the striker's downward header is into Qatar's side netting.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Shaun Maloney breaks clear behind the Qatar defence, but his flick beyond the goalkeeper goes wide.

Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Karim Boudiaf, who scored Qatar's equaliser against Northern Ireland, tries a shot from the edge of the penalty box, but Gordon Greer makes a good block.


Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Scotland kick-off as the sunshine comes out in Leith.

About 10,000 are predicted to be in Easter Road tonight. They have witnessed a competent performance by Scotland against fairly ineffectual opponents. Gordon Strachan will be looking for them to take confidence and build on that lead.

Scotland will make a couple of substitutions, with Craig Gordon replacing David Marshall in the Scotland goal, with James Morrison replacing James McArthur in midfield.

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Ross: "If Scotland persist passing the ball backwards, I will get bus to Easter Road & have a tantrum at them then head to work!"

Rob: "Need a proper striker on with Naismith. Qatar look worse than the Dog and Duck."

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Sulaimon Adelekan: "Scotland to win 2-0 for me."

Ali_M: "I couldn't possibly say exactly what I think of this game so far it would be X Rated."

Neil Cursiter: "Get the waterboy, Mark Reynolds, on!"

Bruce Davidson: "The ref looks like a Game of Thrones villain."

Matt Ritchie fires Scotland into the lead
Matt Ritchie put Scotland into the lead shortly before the break at Easter Road


Scotland 1-0 Qatar

James McArthur sets up Steven Naismith inside the penalty box, but after the striker dinks the ball over the Qatar goalkeeper the ball strikes the face of the post.