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Summary

  1. McArthur makes it 3-0 with simple finish
  2. Armstrong heads Scotland in front from a corner
  3. Robertson curls wonderful shot in from 18 yards
  4. FT: Slovakia 1-0 Slovenia, Malta 0-4 England
  5. All six Celtic players in squad started World Cup qualifier
  6. Scotland's first international on artificial surface

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By Thomas McGuigan and Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Scotland keep the dream alive

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

So, the victory in Vilnius means Scotland remain in the hunt for second place in Group F and a play-off for a spot in the World Cup finals.

Thanks for your company tonight. We'll have reaction to Scotland's win on our site tonight and again tomorrow.

All roads lead to Hampden on Monday, and the visit of Malta.

Scotland players applaud the supporters in Vilnius
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Scotland still have a chance to secure a play-off place

'Winning breeds confidence'

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

I’m feeling more confident than I was after the Slovakia game. It [qualification] is still a long shot but we’ve given ourselves an opportunity.

Wining breeds confidence and the players are starting to play like they believe in themselves and that's a massive thing.

Group F as it stands

World Cup qualifying Group F
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'Perfect night' for Scotland - James Forrest

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

“It was a great performance all round. We looked really comfortable and could’ve scored more goals. We scored three, got three points and a clean sheet. So, it was a perfect night."

James Forrest in action  against Lithuania
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James Forrest says Scotland could have scored more in their victory in Lithuania

'Job done' for Scotland - Matt Ritchie

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

"It was a really positive performance and a good three points. Job done tonight and we move on to the next one. We worked hard on and off the ball - it was very enjoyable."

'Something to cling onto'

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

Gordon has got the team playing to a higher standard than they did at the beginning of the campaign. But you still look back on these games: Lithuania at home; Slovakia away and they were hugely disappointing. But there’s been improvement since then and that improvement has led us to a position where we’ve got hope. We've got something to cling onto...

A Scotland supporter
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Reasons to be cheerful - Scotland claimed victory in Vilnius to keep their World Cup dream alive

Improved form sets up 'exciting finish'

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

More from Scotland boss Gordon Strachan...

"It's getting close to a nice, exciting finish to the group stage. A couple of months ago we didn't see that. Just through the hard work of the players we've got back here."

Scotland fans in Vilnius
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"It's getting close to a nice, exciting finish to the group stage"

'Everybody should be feeling good' - Gordon Strachan

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"Momentum can only really last for a day, because we have to get right back into it tomorrow. I'll see how they [the players] feel, but they should be feeling good about themselves.

"Everybody should be feeling good about themselves. When we set off on Monday, 'do you think we can win?' yes, I think we can win. 'Do you think we're improving?' Yes, I think we're improving.

"'Do you think you're going to have that many attempts at goal?' Maybe not really. It was a varied attack - it came from different angles, which was good for us as well. Everybody joined in."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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Gordon Strachan praised Scotland's "varied attack"

Top marks for Robertson

FT: Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

There wasn't anybody who was below par. Andy Robertson was probably the star man. He hardly gave the ball away and his goal was sensational.

Andy Robertson applauds fans at full-time
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Robertson applauds fans at full-time, along with Scott Brown and James McArthur

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@petenoble1973: Could and should have won by more. Totally dominant, quite superb.

@ak3lly47 should play all our games on sticky plastic pitches!

@cbinseol: Too little too late...or just the same old.

Scotland were 'excellent' - Gordon Strachan

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"I'm really pleased. At one point, I could become a spectator and enjoy the football. It's not often you can do that as a manager. It was the performance that allowed us to do that.

"They were excellent."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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Gordon Strachan praised his Scotland side following their victory in Vilnius

"We've had [good] footballing performances but also gritty performances that we all remember against Germany, Croatia and England.

"Slovakia won 2-1 here [in Lithuania] and Slovenia drew 2-2. Technical ability, we've got a bit of that, but our main objective tonight was to use our energy. I think the team has changed dramatically in the past 18 months with the energy we've got.

"The technical side was good but I think the energy blew the Lithuanian team away. But there had to be a lot of hard work to get to the point where we used that technical energy."

Scotland manager coming up

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Here comes Scotland manager Gordon Strachan...

'Calm, quality' from Mulgrew

FT: Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

I thought Charlie Mulgrew was excellent at the back. He brought a real calmness and real quality use of the ball as well

Charlie Mulgrew was impressive at the heart of the Scottish defence
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Blackburn's Charlie Mulgrew was impressive at the heart of the Scottish defence

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Malcolm Dunlop: Good result, great momentum and makes you wonder what was wrong at the start of the campaign. Strachan may not be perfect but clearly has the respect of the players.

Fraser Thorburn: There you go Scotland, why can't you play like that more often? Just shows what having some belief and confidence in yourselves can do.

David Reid: Wouldn't get carried away here. Lithuania were abysmal.

Scotland 'have a slight chance'

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Tom English

Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland in Vilnius

The Scotland players haven't shown it too often but they are good players. They proved it tonight that they are good, accomplished players. They'll batter Malta [on Monday] and England v Slovakia - that's a humdinger. The way that England are playing, it wouldn't surprise me if Slovakia went to Slovakia and got a point.

Scotland have given themselves a squeak. They're playing with confidence and are in good form. They have a slight chance but they need to win all of these games.

Scotland players applaud the supporters at full-time
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Scotland remain in the hunt for a play-off spot

What next?

FT: Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

There will be more Group F action on Monday evening. Can Scotland make more ground, with minnows Malta coming to Hampden?

We need England to do us a favour at Wembley and Slovenia dropping points would be handy...

Here's what's coming up:

Scotland v Malta

England v Slovakia

Slovenia v Lithuania

All of those games are 19:45 BST kick-offs.

'Fine' Scottish performance

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Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

"I don't think that Lithuania have the quality to find the back of the net. I thought that defensively they were absolutely abysmal and naive. Two of our goals were almost gifts. Apart from that, I thought we were excellent and it was a fine performance.

"It keeps us with hope of qualification..."

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Scotland move into third place

FT: Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

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GOAL Malta 0-4 England (Kane)

The Group F leaders score again in stoppage time, with Harry Kane grabbing his second of the night.

FULL-TIME Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Gordon Strachan will be a happy man flying back to Scotland. His side have secured three points with a professional display in Vilnius, courtesy of goals from Stuart Armstrong, Andy Robertson and James McArthur.

Their World Cup play-off hopes remain alive and kicking!

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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Strachan's Scots have taken seven points from the last three games in Group F

GOAL Malta 0-3 England (Welbeck)

Smart work from Scots

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

Scotland's game management in this second half has been superb

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

It must be a fourth Scotland goal! No! Matt Ritchie pounces on a horrendous back pass but a heavy first touch allows Setkus to race from his line to gather as the Newcastle man was about to round the keeper.

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

With three World Cup qualification points safely in their back pocket, Scotland are zipping the ball about with aplomb and essentially playing out time until Carlos Del Cerro blows for full time

GOAL Malta 0-2 England (Ryan Bertrand)

Wind knocked from Scottish sails?

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Liam McLeod

BBC Sport Scotland in Vilnius

There's no doubt that that Slovakia goal has taken the wind out of Scotland's sails a little bit.

Final change for Scotland

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John McGinn is on for his fourth Scotland cap, replacing Stuart Armstong, who can be very proud of his evening's work.

'Groans in the press box'

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Tom English

Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland in Vilnius

A collective groan in the press box as Slovakia go 1-0 ahead against Slovenia. That's not what Scotland wanted. That puts Slovakia into a pretty strong position to take second place, presuming they hold out for victory

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GOAL Slovakia 1-0 Slovenia (Nemec)

That's not a welcome goal from Scotland's Group F perspective...

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Iain Macleod Excellent Scotland. Really enjoying this. It's been a while.

Fiona Westgate: Fab

Fraser Thorburn: Get in!!! Much more like it.

Another Scotland change

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Leigh Griffiths applauds the travelling Tartan Army as he skips off to be replaced by Chris Martin.

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Pie and Bovril: Team played really well tonight, got us all daring to dream again. We never learn do we!

Group F latest

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Malta 0-1 England

Slovakia 0-0 Slovenia

'Sloppy' from Lithuania

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

That's really sloppy from Lithuania but we'll take it. The defenders were nowhere to be seen when Griffiths laid it into the path of McArthur.

GOAL Lithuania 0-3 Scotland (McArthur)

It's a third goal for Scotland and James McArthur capitalises on poor Lithuania defending to fire home from close range following good work by Leigh Griffiths

Three points in the bag for Scotland to renew hopes of securing second place and a play-off berth from Group F.

James McArthur celebrates making it 3-0 to the visitors
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McArthur celebrates making it 3-0 to the visitors

Armstrong on the march

Lithuania 0-2 Scotland

Stuart Armstrong appears to be returning to his club form of last season. The midfielder is proving a constant thorn in Lithuania's side, collecting possession about 30 yards from goal and threatening a third for the Scots.

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Andy, Falkirk: I love how all these aliens [see 20:46 entry] inherently know about our way of life. And Scottish football history now too over the last 20 years!