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Live Reporting

Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    So, Scotland come from behind to equalise twice against the world champions but lose 3-2 to Group D leaders Germany and are up against it in their bid to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

    The Scots are four points behind third-placed Republic of Ireland with two games remaining.

    Steven Fletcher and Scotland team-mates reflect on the defeat by Germany
    Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

    Thanks for your company tonight. We'll have reaction to the qualifier and analysis on our website later.

    We'll do it all again against Poland next month. See you then, cheers.

  2. Text us on 80295

    Katie Anderson: Well played #scotland you deserved something from that. Calculators out again, then.. #SCOGER #bbcscotfootball #Euro2016 #scottishluck

    Anon: Got beat 3-2. Our team gave everything...Against the world champions who played very well. Can't ask any more.

  3. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    'I believed we could get an equaliser again'

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "We were just a fraction away tonight from it being a perfect performance. Chris Martin was excellent when he went on and caused havoc. I think Steven Fletcher's link up play and work-rate was fantastic as well.

    "Okay, we didn't have the shots at goal we want but, I believed at all times that we could get an equaliser again.

    "With all due respect to Poland, I don't think anybody can be as good in possession [as Germany].

    "Somebody out there said: 'you didn't attack them too often' - ask Brazil how they got on against them?"

  4. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Martin Ross: This 'Scotland must beat Poland to have any chance' line isn't true. Could draw, beat Gibraltar and still get a playoff #bbcscotfootball

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    John, Glasgow: Despite all the hype and all the positivity here we are again now looking more likely to come up short and exit the competition as Northern Ireland, England and Wales all going qualify, some of Gordon comments tonight are totally baffling, Steven Fletcher was superb, I don't know how he can say what he said, just so disappointed.

    Anon: Gordon Strachan is talking nonsense if he thinks the players gave their all over the two games. Apart from the first 10/12 minutes of the Georgia game we were rubbish. And tonight the Germans were just toying with us - they could've scored at will if needed.

  6. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "Let's get this straight: we're still in this. Trust me, we're still in this..."

    Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D
  7. Post update

    Asked whether he was disappointed Scotland hadn't shown similar energy in the defeat by Georgia, Gordon Strachan replies: "I don't know which people you're talking about."

    "Top managers phoned me and said 'you did enough not to get beat [against Georgia] and you put a great effort in'. So, 'people' is just a throwaway line.

    "But the people who know the game knew that the players tried as much as they could the other night."

  8. Gordon Strachan

    'Players can be proud'

    "There's a couple of times in my managerial career where I get angry or sad. Actually, at this point, you feel for the players.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "Whatever you think, over two games they've put in some amount of work. Sometimes football is more than what you drink; what you eat and how you train.

    "It's inside you. No-one can tell me that every one of those guys has something inside them that drives them on.

    "To stand up, after going behind to the world champions [twice] and to keep coming back, keep plugging away - they can be proud of their performances."

  9. Scotland manager

    Gordon Strachan media conference coming up...

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    Brian from Forfar: Strachan must go now. Recent results prove that, 1 point from 9 in last 3 games.

    Adam in Edinburgh: Scotland have nothing to be proud of. As usual we tried when we were 'up against it' yet didn't when we had the chance to really go for it. Strachan should hang his head, he's been great for us so far but messed up royally the last 2 games in misplaced tactics and belief.

    David, Isle of Lewis: We can draw with Poland, win out last game and still get third.

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    Bruce Ross: A diehard currently crying into my beer. Locked in the kitchen with the lights off and wireless on. Utterly devastated. We deserve better. Gutted. Lost for words. 1998 is so long ago, a whole generation missing out on what we once took for granted.

    Stewart, a Killie fan: Gordon's boys did us proud tonight... gave their all. Can't ask anymore than that.

  12. Damage done in Georgia

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    "I think Scotland did well to hold them to 3-2. They were outclassed but the damage wasn't done tonight, it was done on Friday (against Georgia). Ireland have dug it out [against Georgia] in a way that Scotland couldn't."

  13. Group D results

    Poland 8-1 Gibraltar

    Rep of Ire 1-0 Georgia

    Scotland 2-3 Germany

  14. Post update

    Scotland need to beat Poland next month, in their penultimate Group D game, to stand any chance of a play-off spot.

    Scotland fans
    Image caption: Scotland supporters gave Gordon Strachan's side tremendous support throughout the qualifier
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    Anon: I think a special mention for the referee tonight. I thought he was excellent tonight and kept the game flowing.

  16. Contrasting emotions

    The Scotland players, understandably deflated, applaud the supporters before making their way up the tunnel. In sharp contrast, the ecstatic Germans make their way over to the away fans to take their rapturous acclaim.

    Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall
    Image caption: The Scots fought back to equalise twice but could not prevent defeat
    The German players take the acclaim of the away fans
    Image caption: The German players take the acclaim of the away fans

    Scotland 2-3 Germany

    Gordon Strachan and Joachim Low exchange a smile and a handshake on the touchline. The world champions will head back to Germany with three points but Scotland gave a spirited display in a pulsating Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Scotland v Germany
    Image caption: Thomas Muller was Scotland's tormentor-in-chief
  18. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    A late, late, late corner Scotland. Goalkeeper David Marshall is up for it too.


    Two minutes of added time at Hampden. Can Scotland make it 3-3?

  20. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    The hosts try to get speedster Ikechi Anya more into the game but Germany have been keeping a close eye on the Watford winger.

    Not long now for Scotland to salvage a point.

  21. GOAL

    Poland 8-1 Gibraltar (Jake Gosling)

    Jake Gosling pulls one back for Gibraltar in Poland - their second goal of the qualification campaign.

  22. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    A fresh wave of German pressure sees an impressive passing move set up Gündogan whose fierce drive is beaten away by David Marshall.

    Moments later baby-faced assassin Mario Gotze is replaced by Andre Schürrle, who is the double of the Dad in Outnumbered...

  23. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    Steven Fletcher has a chance! No, the flag is up as the Sunderland striker looks for the ball like a dog chasing its tail. Thunderous applause, though, from the Tartan Army.

    Eight minutes plus added time remaining.

  24. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    Chris Martin and Matt Ritchie replace Scott Brown and James Forrest in a final throw of the dice by Gordon Strachan - James Bond Casino Royale style.

    Maybe a cufflink with a hidden tranquilizer could take out Gotze & Muller...

  25. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    Alan Hutton draws a foul under the close attention of Toni Kroos; the German midfielder can't believe. The Scotland fans can't believe it when Charlie Mulgrew sends the subsequent free-kick against the German wall.

  26. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Tom: A superhuman effort from Scotland. They now need to be just a little bit more superhuman. #bbcscotfootball

    Steve Owens: Too much deadwood in Scotland team, need to develop new talent because I'm fed up of us never qualifying!!!

  27. GOAL

    Poland 8-0 Gibraltar (Bartosz Kapustka)

    And now it's eight as Bartosz Kapustka adds to Poland's tally. The poor Gibraltar keeper will be having nightmares after this one. Maybe stick ok The Thick Of It boxset afterwards...

  28. GOAL

    Poland 7-0 Gibraltar (Arkadiusz Milik)

    Arkadiusz Milik gets his second of the match as Poland go seven up on Gibraltar. The Poles have a firm grip on second place in Group D as things stand.

  29. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    Scotland continue to search for a third goal but the visitors look dangerous on the counter attack. You'd fancy another goal or two before this pulsating Euro 2016 qualifier draws to a close.

    Toni Kroos and Scott Brown tussles for possession
    Image caption: Toni Kroos and Scott Brown tussles for possession

    Twenty minutes plus added time remaining at Hampden.

  30. GOAL

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia (Jonathan Walters)

    It could be a devastating blow for the Scots as Jonathan Walters gives group rivals Republic of Ireland the lead against Georgia.

  31. CLOSE!

    Better from Scotland as Alan Hutton surges forward, plays a neat give and go before firing a shot over Manuel Neuer's bar. Encouragement for the hosts, can they somehow equalise for a third time tonight?

  32. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    Germany manager Joachim Low is calmness personified. Arms behind his back, he's strolling back and forth in the technical area, as though planning a trip to his favourite Berlin book shop for a browse and coffee.

    Germany manager Joachim Low
    Image caption: Joachim Low is keeping his head amid the Hampden din

    Germany are in the mood to add to their tally. Thomas Muller feeds Mario Gotze who in turn dabs the ball into the path of Bastian Schweinsteiger - the Manchester United midfielder's 20-yard shot is brilliantly saved by the diving David Marshall.

    In the background, the visiting fans are going through their full repertoire of songs.

  34. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Katie Anderson: Listening at home, Hampden Roar drowning out the radio! Half time and my nerves are already shot!! #bbcscotfootball #cmonscotland #SCOGER

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    Lauren Mackay: And the winner of most unpredictable football team is... #scotland

  36. Scotland 2-3 Germany

    Ikechi Anya replaces Shaun Maloney as Gordon Strachan shuffles his Scotland pack with a little over half an hour remaining.

  37. GOALS

    Arkadiusz Milik and Jakub Blaszczykowski add further goals to Poland's tally, who are six up against a frazzled Gibraltar.

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    Anonymous: As a lover of great football that goal was class.

    Jack: Just waiting for an equaliser now.


    Scotland midfielder James Morrison is booked for a late challenge and that means the West Brom man will be suspended for the next Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.

  40. GOAL

    Scotland 2-3 Germany (Gündogan)

    They're world champions for a reason. Germany shred Scotland's defence down the right as Thomas Muller pulls the ball back for the on-rushing Ilkay Gündogan who steers the ball home via the post.

    lkay Gündogan fires Germanay back in front
    Image caption: lkay Gündogan fires Germanay back in front

    An ashen-faced Gordon Strachan looks on from the Scotland bench.

  41. Scotland 2-2 Germany

    Frustration for Scotland as a miss-placed pass sees a promising counter-attack. The visitors gobble possession back up and the baby-faced assassin Mario Gotze has the Scotland goal in his cross-hairs again.


    Germany have the ball in the net for a third time. An unmarked Mario Gotze rises to meet a cross but is correctly flagged offside. A collective sigh of relief from the Scotland supporters jammed into Hampden.

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    Doug, Newtonhill: Too much too late, why not this spirit on Friday?

    Jack: This game is more unbelievable than Nessie.

  44. Scotland 2-2 Germany

    Mario Gotze slaloms through a couple of Scotland challenges before a break of the ball almost sees him clear inside the area. Scotland repel the danger and an uneasy calm envelopes the national stadium.

  45. Scotland 2-2 Germany

    James Morrison threads the ball through to Steven Fletcher but the Sunderland striker is flagged offside. Germany break up the park at lightning speed but a series of Scotland blocks prevents David Marshall being tested minutes after the restart.

  46. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way at Hampden. More goals, please...

  47. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    James Haywood: The way that Scotland are fighting tonight, William Wallace (Or Mel Gibson) would be proud! #bbcscotfootball #Bravehearts

    bringthemonjpn: The last time Scotland scored twice against Germany the goal scorers were Johnstone (J) and Gilzean (A)....been a while.

    Dougie Kinnear: Shinnie>Mulgrew by a country mile. The only stat that Mulgrew has over him for a call up is a Glasgow postcode! #bbcscotfootball #SCOGER

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    Anon: Sat in Italian restaurant in Milan and just knocked over the main course for everyone with "come away the Jocks".

    An Englishman: Come on Scotland: let your confidence run free and score two more.

  49. German grievance?

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport

    "Germany complaining that James Morrison ducking in front of Manuel Neuer impeded the keeper, but was the Scotland man in an offside position?"

    "Well I'm not sure anyone foresaw Scotland scoring twice against Germany, having failed to break down Georgia, but then again, since when did Scotland start being a predictable football team? Great entertainment at Hampden, with the visitors oozing class and Scotland having to cling on at times. But this game is still very much up for grabs."

  50. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    SJ_McNab: Strachan sets his sides up to be dynamic when the scoreline changes. I believe #Euro2016 #SCOvGER #bbcscotfootball


    Scotland 2-2 Germany

    Not much happening at Hampden, eh? Twice Scotland have fallen behind to the world champions and twice they've hit back to equalise.

    Gordon Strachan's men were criticised in the wake of the defeat by Georgia; they've shown their mettle tonight.

    This game could end 5-5...

  52. Scotland 2-2 Germany

    Under the steely gaze of Germany manager Joachim Low, the world champions, stung by that second equaliser, surge forward in search of a third goal before the break.

    The Scotland defence bends but doesn't break. What a game!

  53. GOAL

    Scotland 2-2 Germany (McArthur)

    Scotland won't give up without a fight. James McArthur reacts brilliantly to a corner inside the penalty area as his shot beating Manuel Neuer, whose view is obscured by the ducking James Morrison.

    James McArthur levels for Scotland
    Image caption: James McArthur draws Scotland level for a second time - to the delight of the home fans inside Hampden

    The big keeper got a mitt to the ball but couldn't keep it out. Hampden comes alive again as it crackles and hisses with the joyous roars of the home fans.

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    Chris, Saltcoats: Some sloppy defending by Scotland! They need to calm down and play their own game.

    Paul Thorburn: Look on the bright side. Brazil were 5-0 down at half time. Scotland can still do this! #believe

  55. Scotland 1-2 Germany

    Scotland skipper Scott Brown and Germany's Gündogan lock horns but referee Björn Kuipers restores order with the minimum of fuss.

    That second goal has knocked the wind from Scotland's sails. Can they come back again?

  56. GOAL

    Scotland 1-2 Germany (Muller)

    Hampden, or the majority of it, is silenced. Emre Can's shot fails to find the net as his effort is parried by David Marshall but Thomas Muller is alert enough to get his head to the ball as it finds the net via the post.

    The visitors reacted quicker to the second ball and it's a second goal for Muller and Germany.

  57. 'Hampden Roar'

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport

    "Well that's got the Hampden crowd going again. Brilliant delivery from Shaun Maloney, which Manuel Neuer just couldn't deal with. Scotland are snapping into challenges now, getting in the Germans' faces. Can they unsettle the world champions?"

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    Jack: Keep the heid Scotland

  59. GOAL

    Poland 4-0 Gibraltar (Robert Lewandowski)

    Poland striker Robert Lewandowski emulates Kamil Grosicki by scoring twice against Group D bottom side Gibraltar.

  60. Scotland 1-1 Germany

    Charlie Mulgrew, who earned the free kick from which Scotland scored, offers Shaun Maloney a few words of tactical advice amid an almighty din at Hampden.

    The Tartan Army are in fine voice - game on!

  61. GOAL

    Scotland 1-1 Germany (Hummels O.G.)

    Hang on a minute. Charlie Mulgrew is fouled by Emre Can in a dangerous area wide on the left. Shaun Maloney whips in a dangerous free kick, the normally reliable Manuel Neuer flaps at the ball and it bounces off of Mats Hummels and into the net.

    Mats Hummels nets an own goal

    Scotland are level; a lifeline; fresh hope... and Hampden is bouncing.

  62. Join the debate at #bbcscofootball

    Graeme Aitken: Scotland. A team of substitutes from the English leagues and a few Celtic players not even good even enough for that. #bbcscotfootball

    Howard Wilkin: Would love to see Anya running at Emre Can #bbcscotfootball

  63. Scotland 0-1 Germany

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Sport

    "All it took was for one player - James McArthur - to just get over-anxious to try to cut a pass out rather than keep the shape and Germany capitalise. The irony is that Thomas Muller didn't really get a hold of the shot, but the slight deflection completely wrong-footed David Marshall."

  64. Post update

    Poland 3-0 Gibraltar (Robert Lewandowski)

    Robert Lewandowski gives Poland a three-goal lead within 19 minutes against Gibraltar.

  65. GOAL

    Scotland 0-1 Germany (Muller)

    The world champions break the deadlock - and with it Scottish hearts - as Thomas Muller plays a neat one-two before skipping away from James McArthur. The Bayern Munich man fires a shot that takes a heavy deflection off the heels of Scotland defender Russell Martin and finds the net beyond David Marshall.

    Thomas Muller (left) fired the world champions in front
    Image caption: Thomas Muller (left) fires the world champions in front

    That's Muller's 29 goal for the national side and his third against Scotland in this Euro 2016 campaign.

  66. GOAL

    Poland 2-0 Gibraltar (Kamil Grosicki)

    A second goal for Kamil Grosicki doubles Poland's lead against Group D bottom side Gibraltar.

  67. Scotland 0-0 Germany

    Scotland are trying to get the ball up to Steven Fletcher but their sporadic attacks have been comfortably dealt with by the German defence. Manuel Neuer, save for that early sliced clearance, has been a spectator.

    Scotland v Germany
  68. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    bringthemonjpn: The worst thing Scotland could do would be to score a wee early goal...

  69. Scotland 0-0 Germany

    Germany's baby-faced assassin Mario Götze is becoming more influential in the game but he has yet to swim through a sea of blue jerseys that guard David Marshall's goal.

  70. GOAL

    Poland 1-0 Gibraltar (Kamil Grosicki)

    Group D rivals Poland take the lead through Kamil Grosicki.

  71. Scotland 0-0 Germany

    What was that we were saying about Scotland's impressive pressing? Mezut Ozil is given oceans of space about 30 yards of goal before getting a shot away. It's blocked and, from the rebound, Toni Kroos drags his effort wide.

    The visitors are enjoying the lionshare of possession and are inching their way deep into Scottish territory.

  72. GOAL

    Poland 1-0 Gibraltar (Kamil Grosicki - 8 minute)

    Kamil Grosicki has given Poland an early lead in one of this evening's other Group D fixtures.

  73. Text us on 80295

    Barney, Neilston: The Drummer for 'Flower o' Scotland' was as out of time as Scotland's tackling in Georgia!

  74. Scotland 0-0 Germany

    The Germans are zipping the ball about the immaculate surface with aplomb, with Scotland snapping at their heels at every turn. Gündogan tries to wriggle free down the right to no avail.

  75. 'Make a bit of noise'

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Sport

    "Fair play to the Scotland fans - that was some racket they were making at kick-off. The Germans have been speaking about looking forward to sampling the atmosphere here, but they'll be well used to nights like this, with Bundesliga crowds well known for their own ability to make a bit of noise."

  76. Scotland 0-0 Germany

    Alan Hutton stretches his legs for the first time tonight but his run is cut short by the sliding Toni Kroos. A good open start to proceedings but neither goalkeeper has been tested.

  77. Scotland 0-0 Germany

    The visitors have the ball early but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer slices a clearance high into the cloudless sky. Scotland, though, can't profit as Germany mop up the danger.

    A cracking atmosphere inside Hampden with both sets of fans in fine voice.

  78. KICK-OFF

    Hang onto your hats, we're under way!

  79. Handshakes and smiles

    Sir Alex Ferguson trots out onto the famous turf and offers some warm handshakes and a friendly word or two to the players as he makes his way down the line like something out of the West Wing.

    Sir Alex Ferguson and Sebastian Schweinsteiger
  80. 'Maybe we can do this!'

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport

    "The visiting German fans are in good voice inside Hampden. Wouldn't it be great to follow a team who have a genuine chance of winning every single game they play? No such luck for the Scots, who've been slow to fill the stadium, perhaps wary of what's to come. Nonetheless, with just over five minutes to kick off, the Tartan Army are getting into the swing of things with The Proclaimers' 500 Miles. Ach, maybe we can do this!"

  81. National anthem time

    Both sides are out on the pitch ahead of the national anthems - not long until kick off.

  82. Perfect scene

    The sun is beginning to dip in Glasgow - perfect conditions for international football. If you're not at the game, I trust you're sitting on the couch at home with a ball under your arm?

  83. Standing room only?

    German fans outside Hampden
    Image caption: These German fans will take up at least three seats
    Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff (left) and goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke
    Image caption: Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff (left) and goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke check out the Hampden surface
  84. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Angus McPhail: How the hell has Steven Fletcher survived the changes to the Scottish line up?! #bbcscotfootball #0goalscomingup

    Bill Gillon: We have the likes of Jordan Rhodes and Lee Griffiths, and yet we persist with Steven Fletcher, especially after Georgia. Nonsense. #bbcscotfootball

  85. 'I'll take the Low road...'

    Germany manager Joachim Low at Hampden
    Image caption: Penny for your thoughts? Germany manager Joachim Low surveys the scene at Hampden
  86. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    MJ Mullen: Why Gordon Strachan starts Fletcher again is beyond me. So many options and he picks the worst. He'll do nothing as usual. #bbcscotfootball

    Andrew Priestley: Germany's bench would beat Scotland tonight. That's how big the gulf in class between these sides actually is.

  87. German thinking

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Sport

    Germany's Ilkay Gundogan in action against Poland
    Image caption: 'Gundogan's inclusion is no great surprise'

    "Gundogan's inclusion ahead of Bellarabi is no great surprise. The Bayer Leverkusen winger went off with a knock on Friday against Poland. Gundogan was his replacement that night. He took up the central attacking midfield role, with Mesut Ozil taking over on the left."

  88. Scotland captain Scott Brown

    'Nine points to play for'

    Scott Brown is determined to banish the gloom and serve notice on the doom-merchants following the defeat by Georgia.

    "There are still nine points to play for," says the Scotland skipper. "If we can get anything against Germany, it will be great.

    "It is going to be hard. We know what a good team they are but on our day, with 50,000 fans at Hampden, anything can happen.

    "We are as disappointed as everyone else is [after Georgia].

    Scotland captain Scott Brown
    Image caption: "On our day, with 50,000 fans at Hampden, anything can happen..."

    "It was a great chance for us to get a point or three on the board and we didn't [take it).

    "That's gone now and we need to focus on the nine points that are still nine points to play for."

  89. Get Involved

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    Ollie: Will the kick off be delayed? Thousands still stuck on the M8.

    Peter from Inverurie: We need to get at Can at right back for Germany he was all over the place on Friday night against Poland.

    Barney in Nielston: Strachan says he's 'absolutely happy with the 2nd two thirds' and 'will freshen-up the last third'! What's he going to do? spray their shorts and socks with Fabreeze? ' I'd save the can for the defence and midfield - after the runaround they'll get tonight.

    Kenny from Stornoway: The line up might be changed as promised but still not our best in form 11. How does Fletcher get near the squad never mind first 11?

  90. Traffic headache

    Far from ideal preparations for the Scotland squad as their coach was delayed on the M8 amid rush-hour traffic.

    The players were safely spirited to Hampden but thousands of fans are still trying to make their way to the national stadium.

    The Scotland squad arrive at Hampden
    Image caption: The Scotland squad arrive at Hampden following a hold-up on the M8 motorway
  91. 'Not surprised at Scotland changes'

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I thought the line-up against Georgia was okay but the problem is if you don't perform to the level you're capable of then formations, personnel, line-ups doesn't matter.

    "There will be a bit of controversy there I'm sure; Steven Fletcher up front as opposed to Leigh Griffiths. I'm still okay with that and don't have a problem with that.

    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher
    Image caption: Scotland striker Steven Fletcher will be aiming to find the net at Hampden

    "Fletcher's goalscoring record isn't great but, in a game like this, against a physical German side, I can understand why Fletcher's up there.

    "I'm not surprised at the changes that have been made - Grant Hanley coming in at the back and Charlie Mulgrew moving to left back."

  92. LINE-UPS


    Scotland: Marshall, Hutton, Russell Martin, Hanley, Mulgrew, Maloney, McArthur, Brown, Forrest, Morrison, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gordon, Anya, Ritchie, Griffiths, Whittaker, Naismith, Russell, Darren Fletcher, Greer, Chris Martin, Forsyth, McGregor.

    Germany: Neuer, Can, Boateng, Hummels, Hector, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Gundogan, Gotze. Subs: Zieler, Mustafi, Rudy, Ginter, Schurrle, Podolski, Volland, Bellarabi, Kramer, Kruse, ter Stegen.

    Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

  93. 'Combat aerial prowess'

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Sport

    "Some interesting tactical tinkering from Gordon Strachan for the visit of the world champions. Charlie Mulgrew to left back, perhaps to combat Thomas Muller's aerial prowess. Will he be able to cope with his prowess on the deck though?

    Scotland defender Grant Hanley
    Image caption: Grant Hanley will be in the heart of Scotland's defence against Germany

    "Grant Hanley comes in at centre-back alongside Russell Martin. James McArthur coming into the midfield allows James Morrison to push forward into a more natural attacking midfield role, with Stevie Naismith dropping to the bench.

    "James Forrest replaced Ikechi Anya on the wing. Germany's only change from the win over Poland is Ilkay Gundogan in place of Karim Bellarabi. It's a very strong visiting line-up."

  94. Get Involved

    What do you think of Gordon Strachan's line-up? Can Scotland take something from tonight's qualifier to retain hope of booking a place in next summer's finals?

    Share your thoughts via text using 80295, tweet #bbcscotfootball or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  95. Where do they stand?

    Group D is tough viewing for the Tartan Army foot soldiers...

    Group D table
  96. The sun has got his hat on...

    Glasgow may not have had a summer to write home about but the city has been bathed in sunshine today; not a cloud in the clear blue sky above Hampden.

    Supporters from both nations have been enjoying the warm warm-up ahead of tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier...

    Germany fans outside Hampden
    Image caption: Here's looking at you, kid...
    Scotland fans ahead of kick off
    Image caption: Scotland fans have been in fine voice ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier
    Germany fans in Glasgow city centre
    Image caption: All set for the Ollie Murs gig?
    Germany fans with some familiar headwear
    Image caption: The ubiquitous See You, Jimmy hats are getting an airing in the September sunshine
  97. Three changes for Scotland

    Gordon Strachan promised to "freshen up" his side following the reverse in Tbilisi and the Scotland boss has been true to his word.

    Grant Hanley, James Forrest and James McArthur replace Andrew Robertson, Ikechi Anya and Steven Naismith.

    Scotland team: Marshall, Hutton, R Martin, Hanley, Mulgrew, Brown, Morrison, Forrest, McArthur, Maloney, Fletcher.

    Charlie Mulgrew moves to left-back to accommodate Hanley in the centre of defence.

  98. Here we go...

    You wouldn't put it past Scotland to beat the world champions.

    With the nation's Euro 2016 wings clipped following last Friday's defeat in Georgia, Gordon Strachan's men face a mighty struggle to book their place in next summer's finals in France.

    Hampden Stadium
    Image caption: The calm before the storm...

    The Germans appear to be hitting their stride at the right time: the victory against Poland saw them move top of Group D on 16 points - five ahead of Scotland.

    Three games left for Scotland to rekindle their Euro 2016 dream.

    It'll be hard but not impossible.