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  1. Ikechi Anya scores only goal of the game
  2. Allan McGregor makes string of fine saves
  3. Kenny McLean, Tony Watt and Paul Caddis make Scotland debuts
  4. Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Thank you very much for joining BBC Scotland's coverage. We'll have lots of match reaction on the website, including a player rater compiled by Darren Jackson. All the best, and well done to Scotland!

Finally, some stats to ponder

Ikechi Anya scored with Scotland's first shot of the game.

Scotland have scored in 10 of their last 11 away internationals.

Gordon Strachan has overseen successive away wins as manager for the first time since March 2014 (a run of three wins).

Scotland have also kept consecutive clean sheets for the first time since March 2014.

The Scots have lost just two friendlies under Strachan (W6 D2).

Well played, keeper

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher and Allan McGregor shake hands at the end of the match.
Scotland captain Darren Fletcher and Allan McGregor shake hands at the end of the match. The Hull goalkeeper made some important saves in his 35th appearance for the national team.

Denmark next for Scotland

So it's on to Hampden on Tuesday where Denmark will be the visitors. What a fillip it would be if Scotland could register another win, albeit in a friendly.

Satisfied Strachan

Gordon Strachan: "The players can be pleased with themselves, I don't think anybody needs to be worried about their performance."

'A slow start'

Gordon Strachan: "After a low start in the first half I thought the Czech Republic played very well but I think we allowed them to play. I thought McGregor was fantastic. We didn't close people down. Once we sorted that out in the second half and passed the ball it became a different game. The group have made it a good night. We are not a great side but we can turn ourselves into a decent side by working hard. It was great learning in the first half about how small things can change a game."

The biggest positive?

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "The win." There you have it.

Seriously, how has Paul Caddis never had a #scotland cap before tonight? We've capped many worse wing-backs #bbcsportscot #tartanarmy #sfa

#bbcsportscot Great result from team tonight and we got to see how some new players performed - a result in more ways than one !

Tough night for Ricky Sbragia's U21s

Scotland's Under-21s are trailing 2-0 against France, a damaging blow to their hopes of qualifying for the European Championships.

Robert Snodgrass had an impressive night for Scotland in midfield.
Robert Snodgrass had an impressive night for Scotland in midfield.

'A confidence booster'

BBC Scotland's Tom English: "That's a strong victory for them against a good side. The Czech Republic ran out of ideas in the second half. They limited the Czech Republic to the odd chance. McGregor was in top form and Scotland should have had a penalty. It's a very creditable victory and it's a good confidence booster."

Scotland: more than decent

It is more than a decent result, it's a fantastic result. Gordon Strachan has had a bit of criticism for his squads. Everybody has been fantastic.

Former Scotland striker Darren Jackson


Czech Republic 0-1 Scotland

Clever stuff from Watt

Tony Watt shows good strength and an old head to kill time down in the left corner. What's more, he wins a corner. Terrific.

Tony Watt makes his Scotland debut
Tony Watt makes his Scotland debut as a late substitute.

Sensing victory

The Tartan Army are in good voice, with a hearty rendition of Flower of Scotland. We're in to the three minutes of injury time now.

Cap for Caddis

Birmingham right-back Paul Caddis comes on for Ikechi Anya. He joins Kenny McLean and Tony Watt in making his Scotland debut.

Anya half chance

Barry Bannan loops a cross over from deep on the left and Ikechi Anya heads wide, under pressure at the back post.

Elsewhere in Europe

Italy 1-1 Spain

Now here's a story! Veteran Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has bagged on his first start for Spain - six years after his only other international cap.

The 35-year-old frontman, who has netted 31 goals for the La Liga side in all competitions, slams in an equaliser just seconds after Italy take the lead through Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne.

Read Aduriz's remarkable story, which we published earlier this year, here.

Italy v Spain
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Ukraine 1-0 Cyprus

All over in Odessa. So what, I hear you cry? So Ukraine - Wales' next opponents and Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 rivals - have earned a steady if unspectacular 1-0 win against Cyprus. Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taras Stepanenko bagged the first-half winner.

'Cling on, boys!'

#bbcsportscot With every match affecting FIFA rankings these days, is there any such thing as a meaningless friendly? Let's cling on boys!

He's had an unbelievable night. That was a great save down low. Scotland have been lucky tonight having him in goal.

Darren Jackson on Allan McGregor's performance


Allan McGregor keeps the Czech Republic out with a smart dive down low to his left. Apologies, I can't make out who got the shot in - more a bounce of the ball off his leg than a shot, but a very good save all the same.

Watt debut

Tony Watt has 12 minutes to show what he can do for Scotland. Ross McCormack is now off.


The Scotland players look far from impressed with Matej Vitra who goes down in the box. Defender Christophe Berra did a bit of the Hokey Cokey there, putting a leg in and taking it out in case he was penalised. There didn't look to be much in that, I reckon.

Watt's up?

Striker Tony Watt is about to come on for his Scotland debut.


Oh, no. Ref-er-ee! Alan Hutton is tripped by David Limbersky inside the Czech box but the Irish referee Paul McLaughlin doesn't want to know. Play on, he implores.

He's a winner. He's back, he's fully fit and it's great to have him back.

Former Scotland striker Darren Jackson on Robert Snodgrass

Limbersky header

It's a difficult one for Czech number eight David Limbersky to take as the ball bounces high in front of him. With the ball rising he does well to nod it at goal but it is well wide.

Kamil Vacek vies for possession with Scotland's Mr Versatile, Charlie Mulgrew.
Kamil Vacek vies for possession with Scotland's Mr Versatile, Charlie Mulgrew.

Classy Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass - how great to see a two-footed Scottish player - swings in a cross with his left boot. A cluster of bodies rush towards it at the near post but the ball slides past Tomas Koubek's left-hand post.

He will have found it a learning process. He has done a lot of good things tonight and I think Kenny will be really happy with his debut.

Former Scotland striker Darren Jackson on Kenny McLean

Phillips close shave

Matt Phillips makes a good early impression as he dives at Robert Snodgrass's cross from the right and nods the ball at goal, but the keeper Tomas Koubek is alert to the danger.

Direction of travel

The Czechs have forced 10 corners to Scotland's three. 

Double swap for Scotland

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan comes on for Andrew Robertson and Queens Park Rangers' Matt Phillips takes to the field for Kenny McLean. Charlie Mulgrew moves to left-back from his defensive midfield starting position.

Half chance for McLean

Midfielder Kenny McLean doesn't quite connect properly with a shot that goes by the Czech post.

Possession play

We need to keep hold of the ball. We are putting ourselves under so much pressure.

Former Scotland striker Darren Jackson

Gordon Strachan will surely have been pleased with the half-time score.
Gordon Strachan will surely have been pleased with the half-time score.

Czechs need to do Berra than that

Christophe Berra does well to snuff out an attack as he matches the diving header of his opponent. Allan McGregor is happy to watch the ball trickle past the post.

No substitute for an away win

I know the real point of this game is to give fringe players a chance to shine, but if the score stays the same I'm so shallow I'd rather Gordon Strachan didn't make too many second-half substitutions. A win's a win and all that.