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Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Chink of light for Clarke's Scots

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    It was always going to be the case that Scotland would avoid a historic first fifth consecutive defeat considering the strength of the opposition.

    But the manner of the 6-0 thrashing of San Marino goes a little way to lift the national depression that swept in after Thursday's 4-0 drubbing in Moscow.

    The real test of whether Steve Clarke's side are showing progress will come next month in Cyprus on 16 November, with Kazakhstan travelling to Hampden three days later.

    Those three are contesting third place behind Belgium and Russia, who have taken the two qualification spots.

    More importantly, Clarke's side will be hoping to gather momentum ahead of the Nations League play-offs in March, when they could find a back door into the Euro 2020 finals.

    Join us then...

    John McGinn celebrates scoring
    Image caption: John McGinn scored a hat-trick for Scotland
  2. Not so bad after all

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Scotland head coach Steve Clarke pointed out that, despite all the doom and gloom over recent results and one newspaper predicting an all-time low of 10,000 at Hampden, just over double that turned up to the witness the win in Glasgow's rain-soaked south side.

    Stuart Armstrong scores for Scotland
    Image caption: Just under 21,000 fans watched Stuart Armstrong score Scotland's sixth goal
  3. Plenty of positives for Scots

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    You can now read Alasdair Lamont's impressions and analysis of Scotland's win over San Marino.

    McGinn treble as Scots beat San Marino

    Scotland v San Marino

    John McGinn scores his first career hat-trick as Scotland end a run of four defeats with a straightforward win over San Marino at a sodden Hampden.

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  4. Russia third team to qualify

    FT: Cyprus 0-5 Russia

    Three teams have now secured their places at the Euro 2020 finals - and two of them are in Scotland's group.

    Russia followed the example of Group I leaders Belgium by thrashing 10-man Cyprus 5-0 in Nicosia.

    Russia thrash Cyprus to reach Euro 2020

    Cyprus v Russia

    Russia became the third team to qualify for Euro 2020 after thrashing 10-man Cyprus 5-0.

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  5. 'It started sticking in the puddles'

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Scotland head coach Steve Clarke admits that the Glasgow weather was a notable barrier for his side as they did their best to add to their goal tally in the second half.

    "It was difficult to pass the ball," he tells Sky Sports. "We wanted to pass the ball. We moved the ball really well and very fast in the early part of the game, which got us in front.

    "We wanted to do that in the second half, but obviously it started sticking in the puddles. We still managed to find the right passes in to the box and got some good goals for us."

  6. Scotland showed 'character and resilience'

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Scotland head coach Steve Clarke tells Sky Sports: "It's not often a Scotland team score six goals. It's a nice reward at the end of a difficult week.

    "They've got character and resilience. They were on a hiding to nothing tonight. They showed the character to come back from a bad blow.

    "We're working towards an end target, which is the play-offs in March. We go to Cyprus one point behind with a chance to go above them."

    John McGinn shakes hands with Scotland head coach Steve Clarke
    Image caption: Hat-trick man John McGinn (left) was your man of the match in our player rater.
  7. Real tests to come

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Individually, there were positives. But collectively it gives us no indication of where we're going after these qualifiers. Cyprus and Kazakhstan will
  8. Shankland has 'great attitude'

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Neil McCann

    Former Scotland winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: I am delighted Lawrence Shankland got his goal. I worked with him at Dunfermline under Jim Jefferies and he has a great attitude and has something about him
  9. As Group I now stands...

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Scotland move up to fourth ahead of Kazahkstan in the group thanks to their win over San Marino.

    Matches against Cyprus and Kazakhstan will determine who will finish third.

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  10. Hat-trick eases McGinn's pain

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Scotland hat-trick hero John McGinn says he is "buzzing" after scoring his first career hat-trick.

    "It [the win] was needed," the midfielder tells Sky Sports. "As a country, we’re hurting - the players are hurting the same way the supporters are. We all hurt the same way.

    "The hat-trick is right up there. Every time you pull on the jersey, it’s a privilege and an honour.

    "We’ve had our confidence dented, but in difficult conditions we've put in a good performance."

    John McGinn
  11. Scotland 'showed character'

    FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: What does it really tell you about Scotland? It shows they have a bit of character to come out in these conditions and take their chances. You don't get carried away, but there's a lot of stuff Steve Clarke can take into the next games
  12. FULL-TIME Cyprus 0-5 Russia

    Russia finished with a flurry in Cyprus to record an impressive five-goal win.

    They remain three points behind Belgium, who won earlier in Kazakhstan, in a close head-to-head to win the group.

    However, both have now qualified for next summer's finals.

  13. FULL-TIME Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    The final whistle goes to signal an end to a dismal four-game losing sequence for Scotland as they secure a satisfying thrashing of world football minnows San Marino.

    John McGinn got the ball rolling with a first-half hat-trick and, after the game got bogged down while heavy rain put the game under threat, they finished with a late flurry.

    Lawrence Shankland scored the fourth in his first Scotland start, Stuart Findlay marked his debut with a goal and Stuart Armstrong put his Southampton woes behind him with a fine free-kick.

    Scotland's Stuart Findlay
    Image caption: Stuart Findlay scored on his Scotland debut
  14. Post update

    Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    A nervous moment for Mikey Devlin as the centre-half loses possession in his own area, but San Marino are unable to capitalise.

  15. GOAL Cyprus 0-3 Russia

    The Russians pick up a third goal through Artem Dzyuba, who heads home a cross from Denis Cheryshev after the ball evades the goalkeeper.

  16. GOAL Scotland 6-0 San Marino

    Stuart Armstrong

    Substitute Stuart Armstrong makes San Marino pay for that moment of madness as the midfielder curls in a superb free-kick.

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  17. Post update

    Scotland 5-0 San Marino

    A bizarre moment as San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Junior Simoncini picks the ball up outside the penalty box thinking the whistle had already gone for a foul on the half-way line.

    The referee gives Scotland a free-kick after all, but in a much more dangerous position.

  18. Ceccaroli given San Marino debut

    Scotland 5-0 San Marino

    San Marino make another change as striker Luca Ceccaroli, who plays for amateurs Tre Penne, is sent on for his debut in place of Marco Berardi.