85 min: Fraser makes up some floor on the left, then seems to be for the highest proper. No Robertson he, although it’s an honest sufficient roller that forces Pardo into tipping around the put up for a nook.
84 min: Scotland take the sting out of proceedings by taking an age over a throw within the skilled type. Hampden is nervous.
82 min: Hampden holds its breath as Margaca fires a deep cross in from the left. Kousoulos, coming in from the correct, seems to be to have a transparent header, ten yards out, however is blocked by his personal man in Sotiriou. Artymatas tries to smash the rebound house from distance, however Marshall gathers. Sleepy Scotland had been so near giving all of it away there.
80 min: McGinn is changed by McTominay. Then Makris makes means for Pittas, which appears like one thing you would purchase in Costi.
78 min: Fraser, out on the left, slips a cross down the inside-left channel for the underlapping O’Donnell, who attracts Pardo and chips for objective. The ball bounces inches huge of the right-hand put up. That might have been a picture-book objective.
77 min: However Scotland’s lead is a slender one. Hampden are reminded of this when Makris has a dig from 25 yards. The ball pings off McKenna and practically loops over Marshall, however the keeper ideas over spectacularly. The ensuing nook results in nothing. However Cyprus had been so near a really lucky equaliser there.
76 min: A stunning little bit of talent by Fraser, tight to the chalk out on the left. With little house to play with, or margin for error, he chips the ball down the road previous Kousoulos and skedaddles in the direction of the field. At which level he quite runs out of concepts, however that’s a effective run nonetheless.
75 min: Artymatas is booked for excessively bothering McGregor. A free kick halfway in Cypriot territory. Scotland quite conservatively play it backwards, professionalism quite than leisure the watchword. See, that is the place Uefa Multiball would come into its personal.
74 min: Burke comes on for the luckless Brophy, who hasn’t actually had a lot probability to shine on his debut.
72 min: Cyprus stroke the ball round in midfield for some time, the rhythm of the sport having been disrupted by Spoljaric’s harm. For some time, there are two balls on the pitch. The referee doesn’t cease the sport, maybe beneath instruction from Uefa to trial a brand new multiball system. And also you thought VAR was unnecessary tinkering.
70 min: Spoljaric has tweaked one thing, so he’s changed by a person with a reputation like a finances German grocery store, Costi.
68 min: Scottish tails are up now. They’re passing it round with rather more confidence. Cyprus in contrast are sitting again, hoping to climate the storm. What a distinction a objective makes, is a cliche for a motive.
66 min: The ensuing nook … you understand how this goes by now. As soon as Cyprus clear their traces, they swap Michalis Ioannou for Georgiou.
65 min: McGregor, to the correct of the D, has a shot in the direction of the underside proper. Pardo parries. He ought to collect, however spills the ball around the put up. It was inches away from squirting into the online. The keeper acquired away with one there.
64 min: McGinn sends a cross huge to Fraser, who’s dribbling once more with extra function and intent, simply as he did in the course of the early levels of this match. He can’t fairly break by way of on the sting of the realm, however Cyprus had been frightened for a minute there.
62 min: And there’s the Hampden Roar eventually! The objective deserved nothing much less. Robertson is a particular participant, and he’s being serenaded by the group accordingly.
GOAL! Scotland 1-Zero Cyprus (Robertson 61)
What a objective! McGinn, in a central place, slips the ball left to Robertson, who’s racing in the direction of it with excessive intent. He meets it first time, flush, sending a diagonal rising heat-seeker into the highest proper, Pardo with no probability in anyway! A captain’s objective from a European champion. What every week he’s had!
60 min: Sotiriou bustles down the left and wins a nook off O’Donnell. One other wasted set-piece will probably be alongside in a minute. And there it’s. Scotland clear.
59 min: McGregor passes the ball into contact whereas standing one yard from the white line, beneath no strain in anyway. Just a few addled Scottish heads proper now as they hectically seek for the breakthrough.
57 min: Robertson’s cross from the left is swallowed gap by Pardo. No one in there difficult. On the touchline, Steve Clarke reveals his first indicators of concern.
56 min: Fraser runs on the Cypriot again line, however loses confidence as he approaches the ultimate third. The hosts must up their recreation, quick-smart.
54 min: And now a number of whistles thrown in as Efrem earns a nook down the left. The set piece is claimed by Marshall. Scotland’s surge for the reason that restart didn’t final lengthy.
52 min: Artymatas strides from the again like Beckenbauer, no person bothering to shut him down. He picks out Spoljaric upfield. Spoljaric races by way of a giant hole between Mulgrew and McKenna, and sends a shot in the direction of the underside proper. Marshall smothers, however the house devoted are getting frightened. This second half had begun with a passionate, full-throated refrain of the Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomand. However that Hampden More and more Involved Mutter’s again now.
50 min: Sotiriou busies himself on the sting of the Scotland field, then sends a cross proper for Makris, who fizzes a low one into the field. Luckily for Scotland, it’s simply behind Sotiriou, and the hosts clear.
49 min: A constructive run by Forrest down the correct results in a nook, which in flip results in nothing. Pardo’s nonetheless to have his arms severely warmed by Scotland.
48 min: Added power = good. Rushes of blood = dangerous. Fraser and Brophy work slightly house down the left, the ball breaking again to Robertson, who should nonetheless be excessive on life after occasions in Madrid final Saturday. He smashes a really formidable shot from distance miles over the bar.
47 min: Roberson hoicks a protracted one down the left. McGregor will get on the top of it, and sends an enormous up-and-under of a cross into the field. It’s straightforward pickings for Pardo. But it surely seems to be as if Scotland have been given the half-time rocket by their new supervisor, as a result of there’s an early power about them.
Half-time leisure. Scotland’s ladies tackle England tomorrow night. Forward of the massive one, right here’s Louise Taylor’s extremely entertaining romp by way of the historical past of the ladies’s recreation, a story that takes in outraged 17th-century ministers, the suffragettes, and a few World Cup remaining hat-trick heroics that don’t have anything in anyway to do with Geoff Hurst. (Additionally, the photographs from the 1971 Girls’s World Cup in Mexico Metropolis are sensational.)
HALF TIME: Scotland 0-Zero Cyprus
The place’s Colin Stein if you want him?
45 min: McGregor goes sliding right into a 50-50 with Michalis Ioannou. He crumps his studs into his opponent’s knee, and may be very lucky simply to see yellow. That was a poor problem.
44 min: McLean launches lengthy down the inside-left channel. He’s very near discovering Fraser free, however there’s one too many joules of power utilized to the ball, and Pardo can come out and collect.
43 min: Robertson picks up the tempo and barrels down the inside-left channel. He slips a ball huge to Brophy, who enters the field, makes for the byline and crosses effectively. However the flag goes up for offside. Brophy had gone too early, although solely simply. Not a lot in that in any respect.
41 min: And I guess this second gave Robertson one other form of rush, as Sotiriou strides free down his flank and shoots diagonally, low and exhausting, in the direction of the underside left. Marshall does very effectively to paw the ball away because it threatens to worm its means into the nook. Scotland clear their traces, however that was shut.
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