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UEFA European Championship Qualifier: Scotland v Lithuania

Highlights from Scotland v Lithuania in the qualifying round of the UEFA European Championship, presented by Rob Maclean with commentary from Liam McLeod.


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Drama and dodgy decisions on Saturday leaves Scotland's hopes

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hanging by a thread. A priceless goal! And into the net it goes for

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the Czech Republic. Euro 2012, they are on their way. It is Fletcher!

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He is given the penalty. Right into the roof of the net. Hampden Park

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 116 seconds

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has been silenced. It is a penalty! No Dutch officials in sight. David

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No Dutch officials in sight. David Goodwillie it is up front tonight

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in the absence of Kenny Miller. It is a huge night for the former

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teams. They know that defeat is not an option. If they do lose there

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are still slim hopes of that play- off place for Euro 2012. Kevin

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Gallacher Hall of fame member, how is this going to go? You certainly

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hope the backlash from Saturday could stand in good stead for the

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players. And little bit of bitterness in the way things

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happened, we hope they can keep it very tight tonight and get a

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take. -- Morrison. This is Don Cowie pressing from Scotland.

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Banham. A decent delivery into the right area. Pressure from the

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Lithuanians are my back foot already. Banham. Back post for

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Naysmith, Duchess too high. A good ball from Barry Bowman, but just

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across the line. -- Barry Banham. Good movement in the box, but he

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It was a very tough ball to get hold of. The defenders doing a good

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job to cover it. David Goodwillie is an awkward customer to defend

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against. A live wire, as well. The goalkeeper came, did not get

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anywhere near it. The goalkeeper is coming out. He is just flapping at

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it. Normally there is a crowd of bodies for the goalkeeper. It is

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the pace and the whip of the ball. It is a suspect area for the

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goalkeeper. A long from Whitaker. David Goodwillie, can he keep it in,

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he cannot. This is what David Goodwillie is good at. Getting down

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the sides. He may have a little bit of luck. He did get luck, because

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he got a corner out of it. It will over. Again it is the quality of

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the ball in the box. Nice little flick. If he was right footed, it

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would have been in the back of the net. Very unlucky. He can't believe

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it, can he? It was an early chance. 16 minutes in, Scotland have seen

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plenty of the ball, but not able to whistle, but eventually gave it.

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David Goodwillie has done well. He is trying to get his body in, but

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they are climbing over the top of him.

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Still no breakthrough. Caldwell looking for Naysmith. Cowie!

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Another chance goes begging for the Scots. David Goodwillie has gone up

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and got a challenge. A nice little toe flick. He is trying to do it,

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but Don Cowie's timing of the run. Just trying to hit the target and

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he has not caught it with the laces, he called it with his ankle.

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Another golden opportunity. Awkward to defend. It was unlucky. Unlucky

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for Steven Naismith. He had to deal with the wet surface. He just could

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not guide his header over the goalkeeper. Tackle by Whitaker.

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Maurice UN. David Goodwillie. Whitaker. He is the target. At the

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moment it is easy for Lithuania to defend. Scott looked better when

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they have the ball on the deck. They are getting out into the wider

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areas more than at the start of the first half. You just said it, get

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it in the wide areas. You do not always have to put it in the High

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area. If they can get it along the ground, anything skidding off the

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surface, defenders do not like facing their own goal. Fletcher is

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onside. Cowie arriving. Fletcher! Beaten away by Zydrunas

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Karcemarskas. He as a defender, or he did fantastic. I thought he

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would pull the ball back to Calais. He only had one thing on his mind,

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doing a goalkeeper at the near post. Bannan to take the corner. Another

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chance. When the ball is on it is quality. Steven Naismith comes off

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the near post. Get in a nice area, anything less of a touch and it is

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in the back of a net. He is connecting with it too well. Kenny

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Miller watching arm. Suspended. Got his goal on Saturday, 15 for the

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is wide, but it is better. A warning again for Scotland. Yes, it

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is a warning. They are defending very tight, very deep. A chance to

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get the ball in the box. James Morrison up the other end! The

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goalkeeper chose to pack that out for another corner kick. James

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Morrison has got one thing on his mind, hit the target. Steven

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Naismith and David Goodwillie both following up. Barry Bannan to take

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Scotland's 7th corner of the match. The last few minutes of the first

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half. Almost came to bear her Hedda clear. Bardsley back out to ban

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and get through here. There was a miss understanding there. Scotland

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are in trouble. Plenty of options up their! And absolute Ayse.

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Scotland are let off the hook big put his defenders in trouble.

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have got a free kick at the other end, Scotland. You can see he has

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played it in to nobody. He was right in the middle. He picks the

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wrong choice. Fantastic defence. There is the frustration from the

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manager. I think he will get an earful at half-time, which is very

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close now. The Scots scored late in the first half against the Czech

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Republic on Saturday. I wonder if they can do the same here. Barry

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Bannan with the free-kick. Oh, handball! Scotland have the penalty.

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It was an easy decision for the Icelandic official. Yellow-card,

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and Scotland have a chance right on half-time at to go in front.

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just see Labukas, what is going through his head? He doesn't mind,

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does he? He is taking the penalty. A massive moment in the game.

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Potentially a massive moment in Scotland's qualification campaign.

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The skipper has taken it. Oh, it has been saved! Karcemarksas makes

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the saved. Another dent in Scotland's qualification hopes.

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Well, he is a big goalkeeper to get it passed him. He guessed right,

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but I don't think that penalty was wide enough. Let off now for

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Lithuania. They are away now with captain. He picked his spot. It was

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not a good penalty. It has got to clever in the first half, but that

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was a good save of Fletcher's penalty. The Scots can't afford to

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think about that for too long. Two minutes being added on now at the

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end of the first half. We are going into that now. Sir Ernest nearly

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caught out McGregor with that one. -- Sernas. I think McGregor was

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just covering his golf. -- doll. The whistle goes. Darren Fletcher

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missed another one for the hosts, missing that penalty after the

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handball from Labukas. That means at half time it is 0-0. It does not

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exactly been a campaign that will live long in the memory. But it is

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still open for Scotland. They do need a change in fortune. A half-

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time changed for Lithuania. Novikovas of hearts coming on for

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Labukas. He conceded a penalty in the first half. A decent first-half

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showing from the Scots. We are now sitting in a situation where we are

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potentially have just 45 minutes to stay alive in this qualification

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campaign. It is a campaign of regret and disappointment so far.

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They have to give themselves a chance going into the last two

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matches. The current scoreline does not really do that. They need a

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out, Scotland have to win tonight, there is no doubt about debt. --

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about it. Goodwillie, the lone Scotland have switched off

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defensively. For surely there were defend a free-kick. The referee is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 116 seconds

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not even looking at the plane. He There is the goal to keep Scotland

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alive in the Euro 2012 qualification! Naismith with his

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second international goal. Again, it is a patient build up.

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Goodwillie did well, bringing those defenders out. Bardsley put it into

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the area and was looking for a striker. It was a freak chance for

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Naismith. The goalkeeper can do nothing about it. A fantastic

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 116 seconds

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nice little interchange. Normally we are not used to seeing so many

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good things happening in the support. It is a corner. He was

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pull the trigger. One defender too many. It has been a bit of a

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roller-coaster for Craig Levein. Fletcher again, on his 55th cap

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goalkeeper, Lithuania playing in Scotland. They are keeping the

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pressure on and you can see that Lithuania cannot tap -- handle

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Scotland. That was the handball shout. It was a clear penalty kick.

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Again, you have got to question the has dropped it. No one in the

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immediate area thought McGregor. was back-pedalling. He is hoping, I

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think, for the centre forward to be there. A little lapse in

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in there. This is a warning, if ever there has been a warning. A

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nice ball in the box between the two central defenders. He gets in

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there, just cannot get fully connected direct. Lithuanian coach

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thought that was going in. Barry Bannan. Goodwillie. They could take.

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Worth a goal. Deserves it. He gets round, off the defender, he sees

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the goal, his eyes light up, he just has to hit the target. Arvydas

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Novikovas. Naismith on the second attempt. A few of those from Gary

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Caldwell. Still no booking. He has been doing that for most of his

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career. He was doing that as a young kid with me at Newcastle. He

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just gets too tight sometimes. Can't see the ball, get caught out

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and gives away the free-kick. Another dangerous area. Deividas

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Semberas there. Allan McGregor watching that skip out of play.

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does very well. It is the second ball that skips through. Stephen

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Crainey throws his swing at it. Unfortunately it comes off their

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Lithuanian player for a goal-kick. Goodwillie wins a free-kick.

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Sometimes when central defender has come in, they are looking for a

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reaction. Tadas Labukas is looking for a reaction from Goodwillie. He

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is looking for a free-kick. This will be one of Barry Bannan's last

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acts before he comes off. Another good delivery. It is flicked wide

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by Gary Caldwell. An unbelievable free-kick. He has been hitting them

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all night with a little bit of quality. Is it of side from Gary

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Caldwell? It does not matter, the referee assistant was not going to

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give it. Taken down by Snodgrass. He is a livewire himself. Referee

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is not interested in the trip. Trying to wipe the one, too.

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Lithuania have it back. Tomas Danilevicius. Trying to flood

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forward. That dipped and dip and dip. Not enough for Arvydas

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Novikovas and Lithuania. He has done well. He just let it fly.

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Watch their depth. Alan MacGregor thinks he has it covered and it

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Snodgrass. Goodwillie is in the middle. That is good play from

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Snodgrass, final ball was not there then. Snodgrass. Tries to curl it

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in, Naismith. Almost capitalises on a gift. It is fantastic place from

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Scotland. Better player in the final third. Snodgrass is looking

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to get it in, Naismith switches off. You have to switch on because

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anything can happen. It was easy that time for Deividas Semberas.

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Back on the ball here. Watch Scotland sitting back. This is

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going to be an opportunity and it is missed completely. Scotland not

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doing themselves any favours. Goodwillie looking for Naismith.

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That will do if it goes out of the play, as it does, it will be the

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corner kick. This is the opportunity. You know he is free in

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the box, they are defending so deep. A lot of bodies in there, anything

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can happen. It goes the other side of Tomas Danilevicius. Start

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breathing again. Will Lithuania get one last sight of goal for --?

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seconds to go. Long and high. Shrill whistles from the crowd.

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Encouraging the referee to blow for full-time. Suddenly Scotland are

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hanging on a little bit here. Fletcher will clear his lines now

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to Goodwillie. A heavy touch from David Goodwillie. Just cannot make

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referee has checked with his watch. it hard for themselves, haven't

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they? There is the full-time whistle. It is a win for Scotland.

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Steven Naismith with the only goal at the start of the second half.

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Exchanging handshakes. It is now on to Lichtenstein. They have done all

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they can tonight. They got the three points, this is their second

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win of the qualifying. It may yet be enough as they go into the final

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two games to reach a play-off place. It is still a long road ahead. They

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need to beat Liechtenstein. They will need a favour. Paris Banham,

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man of the match tonight. He was The win that keeps Scotland in the

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frame for a play-off place. Although that would be unlikely at

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this stage with those matches to come. Let's get reaction from a man

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of the match, Barry Bowman and Steven Naismith and Craig the

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manager. I am pleased. Every time you pick

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up three points it is a huge plus. The good football we played and the

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amount of chances we created. The negatives, in the first half when

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we had opportunities and made the evening enjoyable for ourselves and

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our supporters. Was it frustrating for you and the players? First half

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it got that way when we got the penalty. It was not to be, but we

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got in at half-time, regrouped and we knew that if we played like the

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first part, chances would come and one would go for us. We got the

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goal at the end of the day and we won. There has been so much debate

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since Saturday, the whole refereeing incident, debate also

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about Scotland and your management. People talking sometimes about your

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philosophy, being too negative. Did you think about bringing other

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strikers into this club tonight or changing your style? The style of

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play, if you think that is negative, I do not understand your view of

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football. I thought we played attacking an entertaining football

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today. We created numerous chances. In international football, if you

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could tell me half a dozen teams that play with two strikers, I

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would be happy to hear that from you. People confuse playing with

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two strikers as an attacking style of play. The philosophy that we

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have is that we pass the ball as you see tonight. We encourage

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people to be brave and try things in the last part. I consider that

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to be entertaining football, if you don't, that is a different matter.

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Just how Ferme de you believe in what the manager is trying to

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achieve. We are fully behind him. We have made so many steps forward

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in the last year and a half. The competition is at the highest it

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has been since I have been watching Scotland. We have a lot of young

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players all hungry and willing to play. You just need to look at the

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boys that turn up for the squad. Boys injured, just to be involved.

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The criticism he took was too harsh on him. Where does this leave us

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now? To massive games next month. Too difficult matches, of course.

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We have two games with two different styles, two different

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types of games I should say. We have to break down Lichtenstein

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which we found very difficult here and Lithuania we found difficult

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twice. That is a tough match indeed to be able to unlock the defence.

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Of course we have the last match against Spain which could be all or

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nothing. We will worry about that when we get there. Talking of Spain,

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or they have no chance taking problems tonight. 6-0 they beat

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Liechtenstein. Scotland had won just the one goal to zero. The

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table looks like this as we enter the final chapter of the

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qualification story. It is still to be sorted out. The Czech Republic

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with two matches remaining. Back to the studio. The negative was

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Scotland's failure to kill that game of tonight, but what a

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performance. That was vibrant and stylish, wasn't it? It certainly

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was. I know a lot of people will have watched the highlights, they

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are a really organised team. Scotland managed to create a lot of

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opportunities. Passing incredibly well. A lot of confidence about

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that passing. Bannan has slowed the ball and quickened the ball when he

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needed. Considering there were players injured and suspended, I

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think that was a fabulous performance. Lithuanian looked poor

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tonight, but Scotland have to take credit. Going into the game they

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were level on points. They are always a difficult team to beat.

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Very well organised. They probably think they put in a good

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performance tonight. Defensively they gave up very few clear-cut

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chances although we were knocking on the door for long periods of

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time were we did not manage to create a clear goalscoring

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opportunity until we managed to get the goal we needed. I kept asking

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you if you were worried about our failure to take chances, but there

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were a whole host of opportunities we could not tuck away.

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mentioned the fact of Kenny Miller not being there so he will it fall

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to? There is not a great deal they to? There is not a great deal they

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can do about that. Players from midfield trying to get in there. I

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was hoping that it would fall to David Goodwillie. He is there more

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obvious one. It seemed to be falling all over the place, even

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Fletcher get one. Don Cowie was looking for the cutback from

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Goodwillie. He just had to stab at it a little bit. He was in a good

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position for the cutback, Fletcher tried to beat the goalkeeper who

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saw that one coming. A really good move from all the players there.

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Not so many good crosses. For a number of different players as well.

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Naismith is very good in the air, so they were coming from different

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so they were coming from different angles. They make you feel very

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heartened. We were one-dimensional in other games and that game I

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thought was great. When you have so much of their game you worry about

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a sucker punch coming. It could easily have came when Lithuania

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easily have came when Lithuania broke upfield here after Gary

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Caldwell's pass fell short. In the end it was great defending. He does

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really well. There were three attempts where he could have passed

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that ball to one of the strikers that were up there with him. He

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tries to go alone and makes a hash for it in the end. He does well to

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stay on his feet and make it difficult for them, but they really

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should have been in trouble there. It could have been a big blow.

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It could have been a big blow. easiest thing in the world there is

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to dive in and sell yourself, but he didn't. He said he would let you

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make the decision, but he didn't, Then came the great chance at the

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end of that first half to get in front - Steven Fletcher passed it

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front - Steven Fletcher passed it up, unfortunately. It was saved by

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the goalkeeper after this handball. Yes, it was a clear cut penalty. I

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am not sure what the defenders were doing there. He got taken off at

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half-time, because he was the cause of that. I can't remember Darren

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Fletcher taking too many penalties before in the past. He made a good

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save their. A frustrating end to the first half, but a bright start

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to the second half and a gold they so badly wanted after just five

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minutes. Yes, it was a very good play in the build up. That passing

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there was top quality, and Naismith's finishing was fantastic.

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For me, it is the ball in from Bannan. He thinks to himself, we

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run it in, put it on behind the defenders. What we have been asking

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for his vision and imagination. Maybe that is what we have been

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missing. I think Bannan has got that in a spade fault. That is a

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great ball. It is not an easy finish, even then. It is a slippery

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surface. He does really well. It is great to see them smiling and

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laughing at the end of that because there was a lot of stress and

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pressure. We continued to miss chances on the back of that just to

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get the game are killed off and help us all to breathe a little

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easier. Some of the quality of Scottish football was fantastic

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here, wasn't it? Yes, some great build-up play. We were unlucky not

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to get a penalty in this instance with that handball. The referee was

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probably out of sight for that. They should have been a penalty, a

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clear handball there. And this was no is worth with another chance.

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Yes, he hangs on a lot and knows where to go. It is a tough one,

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that. That is something that you... Strangely enough, the person who is

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:41:31.:41:31.

brilliant at that is Kenny Miller. Naismith was very unlucky there.

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did think picking man of the match was a huge problem. 21-year-old

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Barry Bannan is not just one for the future, but also for the

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present. Yes, he was always the man looking for that key pass, trying

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to unlock the defence and get through the lines as quickly as

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possible to create chances for us. That was one of the main reasons we

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finally managed to unlock the door and get the goal we needed.

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vision he has got to pick up passes like that, he can see runs that

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other players can't see. We have got a lot of good players in our

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team, but nobody is coming close to the vision that he shows. I think

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the fans really warmed to him tonight. I would dearly love to see

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him play in every single game. We are a better side when he holds the

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ball. He controls it. Do you understand the criticism of Craig

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Levein's football philosophy? He was a little bit part in his

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reaction to that question. No, I don't understand it. What he said

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there was absolutely right. He does not have to have two or three

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strikers up there, it is all about getting support from the midfield.

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If you do have that one focal point up there, and Goodwillie held the

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ball up their very well, then it can be a very attacking formation.

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I totally understand what the manager said tonight. Scotland

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probably had about 10 good chances to score. They did. There were a

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lot of crosses in there, but it never fell to the right guy. The

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handball there for the penalty kick, it just wasn't lucky for us to live.

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But I think there is so much to be had. We keep on talking about a all

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the building work. I think it was clear tonight how he is trying to

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build this, and it is an intriguing and entertaining style when it is

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done well. Job done tonight, but we still look back to what happened at

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Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon, and those two big decisions which

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may well have ended our hopes in -- of a play-off place. We don't know

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that just yet. You are not having that, are you? A no, I am not.

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Astle then there is a lot to play for. I am sure the players feel

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that. It is obviously disappointing to watch what is going on and see

:44:15.:44:19.

what could have been. We took care of business tonight, and that was

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the most important thing. We have kept it alight for -- alive. Let's

:44:26.:44:32.

have a look at what happens next for Scotland in what we hope is a

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campaign which leads to qualification for Poland and

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Ukraine. But it is going to be a tall order. Massive interest for us

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in what happens on Friday night, 7th October, when the Czech

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Republic are at home to Spain. And, the following day, Scotland play

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Liechtenstein. If the Czech Republic score nothing against

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Spain, then Scotland can go a point above them by winning against

:45:00.:45:02.

Liechtenstein at the following day. That would take us into the final

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match with Scotland 1 ahead. Then the checks would be in Lithuania.

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What do you reckon, Pat? It sounds good when you explain it like that.

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We are still big outsiders for this one. In the end, it may come down

:45:21.:45:25.

to the fact that is Scotland play well that they will have to go to

:45:25.:45:31.

Spain and maybe even get a win. That is a huge asset. However, if

:45:31.:45:34.

you are a professional footballer, they knew absolutely believe you

:45:34.:45:42.

can do it. You get out on a field and you believe you can beat anyone,

:45:42.:45:48.

especially if a championship is at the end of it. You look at the

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Czech Republic on Saturday, do look at Lithuania tonight, and you would

:45:52.:45:54.

think their trip to the Baltic states should be fairly

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straightforward. But suddenly they need something to qualify. Those

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other games that become difficult, aren't they? Yes, all we can do is

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put the pressure on them and hope that makes them crack. It looks

:46:06.:46:10.

like a game that they are going to be to take something from, and we

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have to make sure that is the case. Pressure can do funny things to

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football teams, and no one is guaranteed to win any match. If we

:46:20.:46:24.

can control our games and get the points we need, we can put pressure

:46:24.:46:30.

on the final games. Let's wrap up all tonight's results involving the

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That means Spain have won the group. It is all about the scrapping down

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below which will either take Scotland or the Czech Republic into

:47:03.:47:13.
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Armenia's 4-0 win against Slovakia means that for the Republic of

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Ireland if they can win their final two matches against Andorra and

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Armenia then they will be guaranteed a play-off place. So, a

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good night for the Republic of Ireland. Not so hot tonight for

:47:44.:47:50.

Northern Ireland. Their hopes of a play-off place have effectively

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ended tonight by that defeat, 4-1, in Estonia. Italy won against

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Slovenia tonight, which means that the Italians joined the qualifiers,

:48:05.:48:15.
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the automatic qualifiers, for Euro England won against Wales tonight.

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Ashley Young got the only goal nine minutes before half-time. We hear

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not an inspiring performance, but they got the win they wanted in

:48:30.:48:40.
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that match. In that group, England need one more point to make certain

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of qualification. Although, looking at that, they are effectively there

:48:46.:48:56.
:48:56.:48:57.

already. So, big matches still to come for Scotland. 4.5 weeks away

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for us, and a trip to Liechtenstein for Craig Levein and his team. That

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match is live on the BBC on a Saturday the eighth of October.

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Highlights of the big match as Scotland continue their campaign to qualify for the Finals in Poland and Ukraine next summer. Craig Levein will be looking to secure all three points before the away matches against Liechtenstein and Spain next month. Victory would put Scotland one step closer to a play-off place for the Finals against a team they drew 0-0 with in Kaunas last September.


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