Match ends, Scotland 6, Gibraltar 1.
Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar
- Steven Fletcher hat-trick for Scotland
- Biggest win since 6-0 against Faroe Islands in 2006
- Shaun Maloney (2) and Steven Naismith also score
- Scotland level on 10 points with Poland and Germany
Steven Fletcher scored Scotland's first hat-trick for 46 years as they recorded an emphatic victory over Gibraltar.
Shaun Maloney netted a penalty before Gibraltar stunned Hampden with their first competitive goal.
However, Fletcher restored the lead before Maloney tucked away another penalty and Steven Naismith got Scotland's fourth.
The Scots laboured through the second half until Fletcher headed home and curled in for Scotland's sixth.
That hat-trick - the first since Colin Stein netted four against Cyprus in 1969 - gave Scotland their biggest win since beating the Faroe Islands 6-0 in 2006.
The result means Gordon Strachan's side keep pace with Germany, who beat Georgia 2-0 and, like Scotland, move on to 10 points, with Poland and the Republic of Ireland playing later in the evening.
Strachan had hinted beforehand at a change of system against a team who had conceded 21 and scored none in their four previous competitive fixtures.
And so it proved as he played just one central defender in Russell Martin, opting to load the attacking areas in the quest for goals.
But Scotland found Gibraltar awkward opponents, struggling to find a sufficiently high tempo or a crispness of passing to pick the lock of a well-drilled and stuffy side.
As they began to exert their authority, Fletcher might have had a penalty and moments later Maloney did, using his experience to dangle a trailing leg into the Gibraltar keeper Jamie Robba.
On the say-so of the assistant behind the goal, the referee awarded the spot-kick, which Maloney expertly converted.
Within moments, though, Gibraltar had their landmark goal, as the vulnerable-looking Scotland backline was exposed and Lee Casciaro sent the visiting supporters into raptures with a confident finish past David Marshall.
The Scots persevered, without ever approaching the form they have shown previously under Strachan, and regained the lead when Fletcher ended a six-year wait for an international goal by heading a loose ball past Robba.
Only then did Gibraltar begin to lose some of their shape and when Naismith was clipped in the box by Casciaro, Maloney scored his fourth goal of the campaign from the spot.
Naismith made it four before the break, side-footing in from an Ikechi Anya cross to put a gloss on the scoreline that did not necessarily reflect a lacklustre performance.
The same could be said for the second-half display as Gibraltar refused to collapse, but Fletcher's late interventions - the first a header from Jordan Rhodes' cross, the second a cool, curling finish from the edge of the box - won him the match-ball.
The result ensured Scotland head to Dublin in June in buoyant mood, for what could be a pivotal meeting with the Republic of Ireland in the quest to reach Euro 2016.
- 4RitchieSubstituted forGreerat 45'minutes
- 11AnyaSubstituted forBannanat 74'minutes
- 10NaismithSubstituted forRhodesat 66'minutes
- 4ArtellSubstituted forGarciaat 54'minutes
- 6ChipolinaSubstituted forGoslingat 74'minutes
- 17BardonSubstituted forDuarteat 82'minutes
- Mattias Gestranius
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Scotland 6, Gibraltar 1.
Attempt missed. Liam Walker (Gibraltar) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Jean Carlos Garcia.
Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Morrison.
Attempt missed. James Morrison (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Hutton.
Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan following a set piece situation.
Barry Bannan (Scotland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Lee Casciaro (Gibraltar).
Russell Martin (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar).
Corner, Gibraltar. Conceded by David Marshall.
Attempt saved. Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Walker.
Goal! Scotland 6, Gibraltar 1. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan.
Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Jamie Robba.
Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Scotland) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Alan Hutton (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Daniel Duarte (Gibraltar).
Offside, Scotland. Jordan Rhodes tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.