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Keir Murray

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  1. Post update

    Ah, dear. It's not easy being a Scotland fan. It will be very painful to watch our near neighbours in the finals next year. Well done to them, and especially to the Republic for a terrific result against Germany, despite the damage it did to Scotland's hopes. It's back to the drawing board. for the boys in dark blue. Thanks very much for your company this evening and for all your texts, tweets and comments on Facebook. Good night.

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    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher

    "We had to put a performance on today. We wanted to do our job, it's just disappointing, the goal at the end. I was happy with my performance. We can see that we've moved forward."

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Poland celebrate their last-gasp equaliser
    Image caption: With only a few minutes left in Dublin, where the Republic of Ireland were beating Germany 1-0, this was the disastrous moment when Scotland's Euro campaign was effectively ended.
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    Eric the Hibby: "While I am disappointed to go out. We have improved, but not enough. We need more time. I think we have to look to the next tournament."

    Kenny, Glasgow: "Strachan must go!! Always an excuse, fact is he's a FAILURE!"

    Gary, Dundee: "It comes to the luck of the draw, look at Northern Ireland's and England's groups, simple. We had Poland and Germany. Gutted!"

    Schlermie in Stepps: "James McCarthy, MOTM against world champions this evening. How was he allowed to slip through the net?"

    Anonymous: "Because of the FIFA ranking system - teams who continue to fail will always get put in qualifying groups with much better teams. Without developing top quality talent we'll never be able to turn failure to success."

    Dave from Coatbridge: "The truth is there is not one Scottish player that works at their game as hard as Ronaldo or Messi. We are miles behind and it's time for Strachan to go."

    Stuart, Aberdeen: "Let's not forget that Scotland were seeded 3rd in this group."

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his backroom team take in the enormity of Poland's equaliser.
    Image caption: Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his backroom team take in the enormity of Poland's equaliser.
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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    The Polish fans applaud the supporters at Hampden after their last-gasp goal earned them a point
    Image caption: The Polish fans applaud the supporters at Hampden after their last-gasp goal earned them a point and meant Scotland's Euro 2016 chances were extinguished.
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    Fraser, Lenzie: "If I go to my job tomorrow and say 'it doesn't matter if I failed, I worked hard' I'd get the sack. Pitiful excuses from Strachan. We finished forth - where we were seeded. No progress."

    Peely in Edinburgh: "Greetings, what a joke the Scottish national fitbaw team has become! Can we trace it back to a certain school teacher, from nowhere, landing the top job in scottish fitbaw, he ushered in the era of over coaching that sucks the imagination out of players and replaces it with fear! Fitbaw is a simple game that has been destroyed by self important people on board the gravy train."

    Joe in Fife (on Strachan): "He's exceptionally patronising."

    Duncan, Hamilton: "Never really surprised that we will miss yet another major tournament. NO Scottish players playing on the continent, NO Scottish teams in the Champions League, NO Scottish teams outside Celtic left in Europe this year, NO ball games signs littering our streets with NO Scottish kids playing football. Time for a root and branch examination and restructuring of our game in Scotland."

    Bob, Perth: "More countries than ever to qualify, all 3 other home nations will qualify, our aggregate against the worst Irish side in years was favourable and still we blow it..."

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    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "The game on Sunday will be a hard one to take. Over the year we've had to put up with a lot. I don't want to speak about what went wrong just now. (Asked if it's too sore to talk about?) Yes. (Asked about his own future) The guys in the players are the priority at the moment. I have people in the building hurting at the moment."

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    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "I do feel really bad for them. You have to hold your hands up and say well done (to Ireland). We have played against Poland and Ireland and not been beaten. I am hugely disappointed. After working hard for a year and at the end of the year for something like that to happen in the last seconds of a game...that's a year's work. I can't remember us getting anything lucky. Anything we got has been earned."

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    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "If I'm like the rest of the nation, I am hugely disappointed for the players. The group of lads gave as much as they could give. That's what I see at the moment. I feel a bit sorry for them, to have put so much work in and to have scored two wonderful goals. I am proud of them. They have been a bit unfortunate."

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    We are just waiting on the media conference at Hampden. I hope you can hang in there for a while yet. Thanks.

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Anonymous: "Once again sections of the media are misguided about the truth Scotland did not qualify because they were not good enough when you have 10 games in a group it is not bad luck but lack of ability. Scotland simply does not have enough children playing football."

    Kurt, Stranraer: "We should have went for it at the Aviva went for a draw the same as Walter Smith did in Marseille all them years ago have to go for it when its in your own hands."

    Rob from Bradford: "Luck is ALWAYS with a better team."

    Andy, Falkirk: "How can we score 4 goals against Poland & 3 against Germany & still not qualify?"

    Dave, Fife: "Time to start promoting the u21s too the full squad and probably look to 2020, or do we still stick with this mediocre bunch. We will not qualify for WC 2018 with most of this current mob."

    Fergie in Aberdeen: "Strachan must go!! For his decision to never play Griffiths a proven goalscorer and not playing Maloney from the start tonight! And why bring in SHINNIE a player in form if ur not going to use him!! The nucleus of the team should be Shinnie, Scott Brown, Maloney and Griffiths!!"

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    OK, I'm going to delve in to the texts to see what you've sent our way. I think if I make a donation to charity for every expletive I encounter, there could be a sizeable sum by the end of it...

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    You have to feel for the Scotland fans who have bought tickets and made travel arrangements for the final Group D qualifying game against Gibraltar in Faro on Sunday.

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    It's heartbreak for Scotland.
    Image caption: It's heartbreak for Scotland, whose last appearance at a major finals was 17 years ago.
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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Poland celebrate their goal, which was the last piece of action in the match at Hampden
    Image caption: As Scotland captain Scott Brown looks on in disbelief, Poland celebrate their goal, which was the last piece of action in the match at Hampden.
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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Former Scotland captain Willie Miller

    "Overall they were a better side than us. We could have been well out of it by half-time. The manager got them in a better shape and made them less vulnerable. It was the worst free-kick you are ever going to see. It was totally mis-hit. But we should have pushed up to the 18-yard line."

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    I'm still trying to get my head around that leveller for Poland. It was a dreadful free-kick that somehow made its way through the serried ranks of dark blue jerseys, hit the post, rolled along the line and who was first to meet it? The great Robert Lewandowski, of course.

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young at Hampden

    "Every fan leaving the ground will feel the same. The heart and soul has been ripped from us. This was going to be my final campaign. That's the tin hat on that now. I feel absolutely torn apart and shattered. I won't sleep tonight. People will wonder how on earth that happened. It's always us."


    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    What a fabulous result for Martin O'Neill's side, who have won four out of six points against the world champions. Scotland are officially out.

  21. Post update

    The Republic of Ireland are still leading Germany 1-0. Only two goals for Germany in the final few seconds can save Scotland.

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    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin

    "After a poor first half that started with a Lewandowski goal and finished with a stunning Matt Ritchie equaliser, Scotland took control of proceedings at Hampden and started to believe that it could be their night. An equalling outstanding Steven Fletcher goal just after the hour mark and it was dreamland. But what a cruel and nightmarish ending. That's it for Scotland - dreams of France are dead and they died once again on the bed of glorious failure. Bring on the World Cup."

  23. Post update

    Scotland need Germany to score twice to beat Ireland or they are out.


    Scotland 2-2 Poland

  25. GOAL

    Scotland 2-2 Poland (Lewandowski)

    It is almost certainly all over for Scotland. Robert Lewandowski has scored for Poland in the dying seconds.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Poland have a free-kick 30 yards out in the final minute of injury time...

  27. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    junglejim ‏@bhoyrb "Not another hard luck story scotland .... Come on Germany !!! #bbcscotfootball"


    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    We're into the first minute of injury time. There are four minutes to play.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    David Marshall keeps Scotland in front as he dives to his left to palm away Grzegorz Krychowiak's low drive. This is unbearable.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    The game is held up for a minute as a fan runs on to the pitch and makes for Robert Lewandowski...for a selfie, I hear.

  31. CLOSE!

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Dearie me! Kamil Grosicki heads Lukasz Piszczek's cross over the bar from six yards, with Robert Lewandowski lurking.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Scotland fans
    Image caption: The Tartan Army are in full voice at Hampden with five minutes to go.
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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Poland are beginning to press Scotland back and Tomasz Jodlowiec has a shot blocked and Lukasz Piszczek pings one over the bar. Meanwhile, in Dublin Germany's Thomas Muller side-foots the ball wide of the Ireland goal from 12 yards! He falls to his knees in disbelief.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Steven Fletcher
    Image caption: Steven Fletcher sends Hampden into raptures with his goal, a few minutes before the mood changed again when the Republic of Ireland scored against Germany.
  35. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Alexander Robertson @alex_jrobertson "Ok. Steven Fletcher just proved me wrong. Fair play, and what a cracking goal. 2-1! Unbelievable! )"

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin

    "The news of Ireland's goal against Germany seems to have reached the stands here at Hampden. Looks of disbelief all round as fans rummage in their sporrans for the calculators."

  37. GOAL

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany (Long)

    Well, would you believe it? Shane Long has put Ireland in front against Germany. As things stand, Scotland could not catch the Irish because they would move on to 18 points. And Scotland would need Ireland to beat Poland in the final game, and make sure they beat Gibraltar, of course, to reach the play-offs.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Steven Fletcher
    Image caption: Steven Fletcher scores a beauty of a goal for Scotland to make it 2-1.
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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    James McArthur is on for Darren Fletcher. Scotland have 16 minutes to play.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    As things stand, with Scotland winning and the Republic of Ireland drawing, if Scotland beat Gibraltar on Sunday they will be in the play-offs no matter what happens between Poland and Ireland in their match. But a goal in Glasgow or Dublin in the next 20 minutes would change matters.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin at Hampden

    "Scotland now look like a side who believe in themselves. Passes they struggled with in the first half are now coming off for them. David Marshall has also pulled off a couple of crucial saves in the Scotland goal to frustrate the visitors. Shaun Maloney coming on for Steven Naismith could provide some added guile through the middle of the park."

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    David Marshall dives to his left to parry a rasping drive from Grzegorz Krychowiak. What tension at Hampden. There are 23 nervy minutes to go. It's still goalless in Dublin.

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    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Now it's Poland who look rattled. With Hampden a cauldron of noise, Alan Hutton finds the energy to supply a cross into the box. New national hero Steven Fletcher rises to nod it home but directs it straight at the keeper.

  44. GOAL

    Scotland 2-1 Poland (Fletcher)

    It will be debated in hostelries for years - which Scotland strike against Poland was the better: Matt Ritchie's or Steven Fletcher's? The Sunderland striker didn't bother to take a touch when the ball came to him on the right of the box. Rather, he just wrapped his left foot around it and watched with glee as his first-time shot flew past Lukasz Fabianski. Unbelievable comeback!

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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Matt Ritchie cracks in Scotland's equaliser
    Image caption: It's the goal of Matt Ritchie's dreams. This wonder strike made it 1-1.
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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    John Sutherland @TheRockOfJock "Now is the time, Griffiths please stand up #bbcscotfootball #hope"

  47. Post update

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Northern Ireland are beating Greece 3-0, and it's still goalless between the Republic of Ireland and Germany.

  48. Post update

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Poland claim for a penalty but defender Grant Hanley knew nothing about it as the ball flew off the head of an attacker and hit his hand, which was tucked tightly against his chest.


    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Scott Brown is booked for a challenge on Robert Lewandowski. We have 56 minutes on the clock.

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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin a Hampden

    "Scotland look a side with more bite and belief in this second half. The wide men are stretching the game and Scott Brown is also starting to drive from the middle of the park the way he does for Celtic. The Poles still look dangerous though and fancy their chances when they come forward."

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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Scotland build the play patiently but accurately, which has not often been the case in this match, as James Forrest passes to Matt Ritchie, who releases Alan Hutton down the right and the Aston Villa defender's cross is just too far away from Steven Fletcher, lurking in the Poland box.

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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Now here's a stat to offer succour to Scotland fans. Last season, Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie had more goals and assists combined (32) than any other player in England's top two divisions except Sergio Aguero.

  53. Post update

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Poland's Robert Lewandowski is human after all. The big striker pokes a cross by Lukasz Piszczek over David Marshall's bar from eight yards. It was a tricky one to take, coming over his right shoulder.

  54. CLOSE!

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Steven Naismith slides in at the back post and can only direct Steven Whittaker's cross out towards the corner flag.


    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    David Marshall keeps Scotland's hopes alive with a low, right-handed save to deny Arkidiusz Milik after slick build-up play in the opening move of then second half.

  56. KICK-OFF

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Poland get us going again for a hugely significant second 45 minutes.

  57. Get Involved

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Andy Craig/ Shivar ‏@andypcraig "Matt Ritchie has misplaced every pass and cross - but the boy made up for all those mistakes there...what a hit!"


    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Just to confirm, there has been no scoring in Dublin. Scotland need to win at Hampden if the Irish earn a point against the world champions.

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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Former Scotland captain Willie Miller

    "We have been rank at the back! The two full-backs have been ripped open. Alan Hutton has been ripped open on three or four occasions. Even Whittaker on the other side has been wide open too. It has been a totally indisciplined performance but one we have got away with. It has been all about heart, not playing with the head, but it has got us back equal, which is incredible."

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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Matt Ritchie celebrates his stunning goal on the stroke of half-time
    Image caption: Matt Ritchie celebrates his stunning goal on the stroke of half-time.
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    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin at Hampden

    "The second half takes on a completely different look after that stunning Matt Ritchie strike. Poland had been in complete control with the home side creating very little. The question is, will the Scotland goal do to Poland what the visitors' goal did for Scotland? Gordon Strachan sticks plan B back in the drawer and now looks ahead to the second half."

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    James in Giffnock: "It's got to be all change at half time. No point in waiting until half way through the second half. Maloney and Griffiths on and all out attack required."

    Colin in Sheffield: "Scott Brown again hopelessly out of his depth at international level."

    Gary Wilson, Redmoss: "Too many English in the Scotland team! Strachan needs to get a grip and look to Scottish players at least! Half these players don't even get a start for their clubs yet because they are based in England they are automatically deemed better. I bet McInnes could pick an alternative team to beat these comedians! Good goal but still damage has been done."

    Hugh in Perth: "As I said the other night, Brown has managed to be an invisible headless chicken. He is totally exposed at this level. Thank goodness for the one moment of inspiration."


    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    It is hard to describe that equaliser as anything other than robbery, but very welcome for the Tartan Army. However, as it stands, Scotland are out.

  64. GOAL

    Scotland 1-1 Poland (Ritchie)

    Good heavens. From nowhere, Scotland are level! Matt Ritchie rattles in a peach of a strike with his left foot from 25 yards. Game on!

  65. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall punches the ball clear from Robert Lewandowski's head. They are hanging in there.

  66. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Scott Brown works hard to win the ball back but possession is quickly surrendered by Steven Naismith thanks to a poor touch.

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    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    James Forrest's shot is blocked in the sort of manner that raises home fans' hopes of a penalty. That is waved away, correctly, by the Hungarian referee and the ball eventually falls for Matt Ritchie whose snap shot is hurried and wayward. Scotland have yet to test the Polish goalie.

  68. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Ian Greig @TheGreig2307: "Scotland going backwards when picking D&S Fletcher and leave Griffiths & Maloney on bench. Staying home. Disappointed."

    scott wilson ‏@swilson0082 "Until Steven Fletcher is no longer in the team I'm done with watching Scotland, we will never score the goals needed."

  69. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    We have eight minutes until half-time...

  70. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    This is better from Scotland as Matt Ritchie finds space to attack. His delivery in to the box, though, is a shot-come-cross and Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski gathers bravely.

  71. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Grant Hanley is fastest to get on to the ball when Matt Ritchie's free-kick clatters off the Poland wall and trundles into no-man's land in the visitors' box. However, he and a few team-mates were offside.

  72. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Alan Hutton is pulled down by Maczynski a few yards outside the D. Scotland have a free-kick...

  73. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    It's still 0-0 in Dublin between the Republic of Ireland and Germany. As things stand, Scotland are out.

  74. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Poland knock the ball about with ease as Arkidiusz Milik spanks a shot high over the bar. That, however, is followed by a fizzing shot from Jakub Blaszczykowsk that goes a whisker past David Marshall's far post. My oh my, that could have been a very damaging blow to Scotland.

  75. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin at Hampden

    "Scotland push and probe, left and right but every attack simply crashes against the Polish defensive wall. Gordon Strachan's side need to find an extra gear because the visitors look very comfortable at the moment."

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    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Now, something for the Scots to cheer as Russell Martin picks out James Forrest with a long crossfield pass and the Celtic winger stretches his legs down the left before passing to Steven Naismith. His shot, though, is blocked.

  77. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Matt Ritchie makes a spurt forward and passes to the over-lapping Alan Hutton, but his cross in to the box is cleared. Quickly, Poland make a break and Robert Lewandowski picks out Kamil Grosicki but he can't get the right angle to trouble Scotland goalie David Marshall.

  78. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Scotland look hesitant and lacking in confidence. Matt Ritchie picks up the ball on the right wing, tees it up on to his left foot and curls a cross far too heavily into the box and the Poles have a goal-kick.

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    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Former Scotland striker Billy Dodds

    "I think we are playing slightly deep and it is killing us, giving them plenty of space."

  80. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Robert Lewandowski moves off to celebrate giving his country the opening goal at Hampden
    Image caption: Poland's Robert Lewandowski moves off to celebrate giving his country the opening goal at Hampden.
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    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Liam McLeod and Chick Young
    Image caption: Here's BBC Radio Scotland's commentator, Liam McLeod, spreading excitement through his mic, with reporter Chick Young looking worried at the early play.
  82. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Scotland win a corner kick but Steven Naismith is a bit too robust with his challenge on Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski when the ball comes in to the box and the visitors have a free-kick.

  83. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    James Pratt: "Brown gets in due to pressure to pick players still playing in Scotland. No way is he better than McArthur/Maloney #bbcscotfootball "

  84. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin

    "The Poles have conceded just seven goals in eight games so far in Group D and might fancy their chances of defending this lead. They continue to press though as the Scotland players struggle to get a foothold in this game."

  85. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Replays of the goal show Robert Lewandowski clipped the ball under David Marshall's boot from eight yards. The Scotland goalie was left exposed by the gap between Russell Martin and Alan Hutton. The home team need to get a grip on the game - they are under the cosh.

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    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has his arms folded in the stand, not showing a lot of emotion.

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    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Former Scotland striker Billy Dodds

    "Russell Martin moved into the left and left too much space for Lewandowski to run into."

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    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Flares at Hampden
    Image caption: My colleague Sharyn Fleming has sent this picture back from Hampden where the Polish fans have let off some flares.
  89. GOAL

    Scotland 0-1 Poland (Lewandowski)

    Robert Lewandowski - of course! - is on target for the Poles as the Scotland defence try to play offside and the Bayern Munich hit man races towards the Scotland goal and slots the ball past David Marshall with the sort of confidence that comes from being the continent's hottest striker. What a disastrous start for Scotland!

  90. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Poland

    Scotland are in navy blue jerseys and shorts and dark red socks, the Poles in a classy white strip with an Ajax-style red band down the middle of the jersey.

  91. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Poland

    Scotland kick off. We're under way.

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    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin at Hampden

    "The Hampden roar greets both sets of players. The travelling Polish fans set off a number of flares. Strap yourselves in - here we go."

  93. Post update

    The Tartan Army are more than making up for the muted efforts of the Scotland players to sing Flower of Scotland. Presumably, they are saving their energy.

  94. Post update

    The Poland players, backed by a few thousand fans, belt out their national anthem. Uh-oh, the visiting fans have let off some flares.

  95. Post update

    The teams make their way on to the famous Hampden pitch. Not long now!

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    Former Scotland striker Billy Dodds

    "I think we're going to draw, but that would keep us in it because I think Germany are going to beat Ireland. I've got a feeling we won't win the game."

  97. Get Involved

    Alan Rankin on Facebook: "I'm pleased to see Darren Fletcher back in the side. He'll bring a bit of much needed calm and experience in front of the back four."

  98. Post update

    Hampden countdown

    Ten minutes until kick-off.

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    Europe's best striker?

    Poland striker Robert Lewandowski prepares for the warm-up
    Image caption: Poland have perhaps Europe's best striker in their line-up this evening. Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in his last four games for Bayern Munich and, with 10 goals for Poland, is the top scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying.
  100. Get Involved

    Thoughts on Scotland line-up

    David Fawkes on Facebook: "Strachan should announce a 12/13 man squad from now on as he seems hell bent on using the same players. Time will come when he complains of a lack of players with international experience - one person to blame for that!"

    Philip Vass on Facebook: "Wrong keeper and wrong striker disappointing as we have good players but never seem to pick the ones in best form."

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  102. Post update

    BBC Scotland reporter Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    "Hampden is already a cauldron of noise - although that's because a couple of thousand Polish fans have made their way inside early. They have plenty to be noisy about though, with their team on the brink of Euro 2016 qualification. To deny them that immediate pleasure, Scotland surely have to reproduce the type of form they showed in Warsaw, when the teams drew 2-2. If the Scotland that under-performed in Dublin and Tbilisi shows up tonight, the Poles can start booking their flights to France tomorrow."

  103. Post update

    Group D as it stands at kick-off

    Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

    Scotland: Marshall, Hutton, Russell Martin, Hanley, Whittaker, Forrest, Brown, Darren Fletcher, Ritchie, Naismith, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gordon, Robertson, Greer, Berra, McArthur, Maloney, Russell, Griffiths, Dorrans, Chris Martin, Rhodes, McGregor.

    Poland: Fabianski, Piszczek, Pazdan, Glik, Rybus, Grosicki, Krychowiak, Maczynski, Milik, Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski. Subs: Szczesny, Cionek, Jedrzejczyk, Szukala, Jodlowiec, Linetty, Wawrzyniak, Olkowski, Mila, Sobiech, Borysiuk, Boruc.

    Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

  105. Post update

    Poland may be six points ahead of Scotland but if they were to lose at Hampden, Scotland could leapfrog them, by dint of their better head-to-head record, with a win over Gibraltar.

    That scenario relies on the Irish winning in Poland on the same day.

    So, Scotland need a minimum of four points and the right combination of results elsewhere.

  106. Post update

    Scotland's fate is not in their own hands.

    If the Republic of Ireland lose to Germany and Poland in their final game, then Scotland can clinch third place by taking four points from their remaining games against the Poles and Gibraltar.

    This would leave Scotland and the Republic of Ireland on 15 points apiece, but Scotland would go third thanks to their head-to-head record.

    If Scotland win their final two Group D matches, even two draws for the Irish against Germany and Poland would not be enough for them - Poland would finish second on 18 points, Scotland would be third with 17 points ahead of Martin O'Neill's Ireland for that win and a draw against them.

    One win for the Republic against either of their opponents would end Scottish hope of catching them.

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    No-one in Group D has qualified for the finals in France next summer, but Germany, Poland and the Republic of Ireland can still finish in the top two. Group leaders Germany, on 19 points, need only one more point to qualify. They play third-placed Republic of Ireland, who have 15 points, in Dublin this evening.

    Poland, on 17 points, take to the pitch at Hampden knowing a win tonight secures their finals place.

    Georgia and Gibraltar, the latter Scotland's final opponents in the Algarve on Sunday, are out of contention.

    For Scotland, it's all about clinching third place and the prospect of a double header against another third-place team from the qualifying groups. They are currently four points behind the Irish.

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    Now, as the teams warm up at Hampden, let's have a look at some of the qualification scenarios...

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    Scotland and Poland fans mix in Glasgow's George Square
    Image caption: Scotland and Poland fans mix in Glasgow's George Square
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    It's, arguably, a surprise that Hull's Shaun Maloney is only on the bench - he has started the last 10 games for Scotland.

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    Former Scotland captain Willie Miller

    "I think Steven Fletcher is the man to start with. I wouldn't have been unhappy if both of them (he and Leigh Griffiths) had played. Matt Ritchie is untried at this level. It's OK playing well for your club. I haven't seen him turn it on in the dark blue jersey so far. Steven Whittaker comes back and gets the nod. I think that is down to Gordon Strachan going for experience. It's going to take a big performance to get the full three points. Everybody is surprised that Shaun Maloney is not starting. He has been the talisman."

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    Football's a simple game, really

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "The secret is, if you keep the ball long enough, the chances of them scoring a goal is reduced."


    Scotland team to face Poland
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    Sunderland's Steven Fletcher will play up front on his own, so there is no starting place for in-form Leigh Griffiths. Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie also starts, but there's no place in the starting XI for Shaun Maloney.

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    Some interesting team news coming up...

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    Good evening and a warm welcome to our coverage of Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Kick-off is in 45 minutes' time. I'm not sure I'll last until then - my guts are churning!