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Scotland v Faroe Islands Live Commentary, 01/04/21

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J. McGinn (7)
J. McGinn (53)
C. Adams (60)
R. Fraser (70)
Hampden Park


That brings an end to our coverage of the World Cup Qualifier in Group F between Scotland and Faroe Islands at Hampden Park. Thank you very much for joining us. Goodbye!
Scotland will hope to continue their good form in their next match, which sees them face the Czech Republic in their opening game of the European Championships. Their next World Cup qualifier is away against Denmark. The Faroe Islands, on the other hand, play Iceland in a friendly in their next outing. In terms of their next qualifier in Group F, Ericson’s team travel to Israel.
Following an action-packed game, Scotland claim their first win of the World Cup qualifying campaign. McGinn turned home Tierney’s cross to break the deadlock after only seven minutes, before the midfielder added his second just after the restart with a well-placed header. A fiercely-struck shot from Adams made it three on the hour mark, and Fraser wrapped up the points with a back-post header from Robertson’s inch-perfect cross.
K. Nisbet
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Nisbet slides in from behind on Hansson midway inside the visitors’ half and the referee shows the substitute a yellow card.
90' There will be two minutes of added time at the end of this match.
88' Scotland are continuing to drive down the left flank. Robertson attempts to whip an in-swinging delivery into the area, although it is closed down by Rolantsson.
87' McLean cynically brings down Klaemint Olsen as the attacker looked to launch a counter, and the away side get a free-kick on the halfway line.
85' McTominay is caught by Gunnar Vatnhamar and the home side win a free-kick inside their own half.
84' DECENT EFFORT! Davidsen’s inviting cross from the left picks out Johannesen in the centre of the box. The attacker flicks his header towards the far post, and Gordon is alert to tip the ball over the bar and out for a corner.
82' In the other matches in Group F, Denmark lead Austria 4-0 and Israel are now 4-1 up on Moldova. If those results stay the same, Scotland will climb to second.
L. Palmer
R. Fraser
79' The scorer of the fourth goal, Fraser, also makes way for Palmer. There are ten minutes of normal time left to play.
S. McKenna
K. Tierney
79' As we enter the closing stages, Clarke brings on McKenna for Tierney, who assisted three of Scotland’s four goals.
78' CLOSE! Brandur Hendriksson Olsen goes for goal from the edge of the hosts’ box, and his left-footed drive just fizzes past Gordon's far post.
R. Baldvinsson
S. Nattestad
Faroe Islands
76' It is another double change for the Faroe Islands, as Baldvinsson replaces Nattestad.
H. Vatnsdal
J. Edmundsson
Faroe Islands
76' Ericson turns to his substitutes once again. Edmundsson heads for the bench as Vatnsdal comes on to replace him.
75' McGinn is pushed to the ground by Johannesen on the halfway line, and Scotland are awarded a free-kick.
J. Fleck
C. McGregor
73' Fleck also comes onto the field in place of McGregor.
O. McBurnie
C. Adams
73' With 17 minutes of normal time left to play, Adams, the scorer of the third Scotland goal, is replaced by McBurnie.
72' Fraser has now scored in three consecutive appearances for Scotland, having scored just once in his first 13 games for the national side.
A. Robertson
70' Rolantsson slid in to try and intercept the switch of play, and it opened up the space for Robertson to pick his head up and deliver a pinpoint cross. The cross was incredibly inviting, and Fraser made no mistake in finding the net with his composed back-post header.
R. Fraser
70' GOOOOAAAAALLL! The home side have their fourth! Robertson picks the ball up down the left-hand side of the field and lofts a cross into the back post. Fraser holds his run to stay onside and steers his header beyond Nielsen and into the back of the net from close range. 4-0.
P. Johannesen
S. Vatnhamar
Faroe Islands
69' It is a double change for the away side. Johannesen enters the fray in place of Solvi Vatnhamar. It remains 3-0.
K. Olsen
J. Andreasen
Faroe Islands
69' The visitors make their second substitution, with Andreasen making way for Klaemint Olsen.
K. Nisbet
L. Dykes
68' Clarke makes his first alteration of the match, replacing Dykes with Nisbet.
66' OPENING! A switch of play picks out Robertson down the left side of the visitors’ penalty area, and the Scotland captain fires a first-time cross into the box. The delivery, however, somehow evades everyone in the middle.
64' Prior to this match, Scotland had won all five of their home matches against the Faroe Islands. Most recently, they won 3-0 in a friendly at Pittodrie in November 2010.
62' CLOSE! Following Brandur Hendriksson Olsen’s corner, the loose ball drops to Edmundsson in the centre of the box, but the forward lifts his close-range shot over the bar.
K. Tierney
60' Scotland were full of confidence after McGinn’s brace, and it showed in the build-up to that third goal. The hosts quickly worked the ball forward through an incisive pass from Tierney, and Adams did the rest. He had not had much to work with until that point, but he made the chance count.
C. Adams
60' GOOOAAAAALLL! What a strike! Following a passage of patient play, Adams collects Tierney’s pass and cleverly turns away from his marker to open up the space a few yards outside the visitors’ penalty area. The forward sets himself, and drives a powerful shot into the bottom-left corner. Nielsen stood no chance with that strike. 3-0.
Á. Jónsson
M. Olsen
Faroe Islands
58' Following that second Scotland goal, the Faroe Islands make their first change of the match. Jonsson replaces Meinhard Olsen.
57' Hanley concedes a corner to the right, although Scotland are able to easily clear the set-piece.
55' McGinn now has nine goals in his last 10 appearances for Scotland at Hampden Park.
K. Tierney
53' That is the goal that Clarke wanted! The hosts now have a much-needed two-goal cushion. Tierney darts inside and then quickly shifts his body to drive towards the byline. The delivery into the box was inch perfect, and McGinn powerfully nodded the ball beyond Nielsen.
J. McGinn
53' GOOOAAAAAALL! Scotland double their lead! Robertson lays the ball off to Tierney down the left flank, and the full-back opens up his body and lifts a cross into the penalty area. McGinn meets the delivery on the penalty spot, heads it into the ground, and it bounces into the bottom-left corner. 2-0.
51' Fraser’s left-footed cross is headed out of the penalty area, but only as far as Tierney. The full-back opts for a first-time shot from the edge of the box, and it sails well wide of Nielsen’s goal.
50' Vatnhamar’s delivery from the right deflects off Robertson, and Gordon is just able to beat Edmundsson to the loose ball at the near post.
48' Scotland had eight shots in the first half, but the only player to have more than one was Robertson.
46' CHANCE! Rolantsson’s cross from the right is fumbled in the centre of the box by Gordon, and Edmundsson is just unable to control the loose ball, allowing the Scotland goalkeeper to gather it at the second attempt. That was a real opportunity.
46' We are back underway! Farrugia Cann, the referee, blows his whistle and the Faroe Islands get the second half kicked off.
Clarke will be pleased with his side's performance thus far. The hosts have looked dangerous down the left flank, with the Faroe Islands unable to deal with the threat of Robertson and Tierney. Fraser grew into the game as the half went on, and he will be crucial if the hosts are to create more clear-cut chances after the restart. Ericson, on the other hand, will hope to see a little more offensive pressure from his team in the second half. Scotland are pushing high up the park, which leaves a lot of space to exploit in behind if the visitors can quickly turnover possession.
After a tightly-contested opening half, McGinn’s early goal gives Scotland a half-time lead over the Faroe Islands. Fraser stung Nielsen’s palms in the opening minutes, which set the tone for the hosts. On the seven-minute mark, Tierney picked out McGinn on the penalty spot and the midfielder made no mistake with the finish. The away side responded well, and Gordon was called into action to claw away Brandur Hendriksson Olsen’s long-range shot shortly after the opener. Adams, McTominay, and Tierney went close to doubling the hosts lead, but Clarke’s side could not find a second.
45' There will be one minute of added time at the end of the first half.
J. Edmundsson
Yellow Card
Faroe Islands
44' Edmundsson is the first player to pick up a yellow card after cynically catching Tierney with a late challenge midway inside the hosts’ half. He can have no complaints with that decision.
42' GOOD SHOT! A switch of play picks out Tierney down the left flank, and a wonderful first touch takes him into the box and beyond Rolantsson. The full-back unleashes a right-footed strike, which Nielsen saves at his near post.
40' NOT FAR AWAY! McGinn slides the ball into the path of McGregor, and his right-footed shot from range fizzes beyond the top-right corner.
38' In the other matches in Group F, Moldova currently lead Israel 1-0 and there’s no score in the clash between Austria and Denmark.
36' McTominay is caught on the foot by Meinhard Olsen in seeking to win an aerial duel. The Manchester United player goes down after the coming together, and Scotland win a free-kick midway inside their own half.
35' JUST WIDE! Fraser lofts an out-swinging free-kick in from the right flank, which McTominay flicks marginally wide of the far post from the centre of the box.
33' Clarke’s team continue to target the left-hand side of the field. This time, Adams fails to control McGinn’s flighted pass and the ball runs out for a goal-kick.
31' Solvi Vatnhamar attempts to latch onto his heavy touch and catches McLean in the process. The referee awards Scotland a free-kick deep inside their own half.
29' Robertson tries his luck from range, although his ambitious effort sails over the top of Nielsen’s goal.
28' Tierney advances down the far side and delivers a dangerous cross into the centre of the Faroe Islands’ box. Dykes looks to get his head to the ball, but Gunnar Vatnhamar is alert and gets across to deal with the threat.
26' Since Clarke's first game in charge of Scotland in June 2019, the only midfielders to score more goals for a European nation than Scotland's McGinn (9) are Georginio Wijnaldum for the Netherlands (11) and Christian Eriksen for Denmark.
24' GOOD SAVE! Following a foul on Tierney by Rolantsson, Robertson swings an out-swinging free-kick in from an advanced position down the left wing. Adams peels away from his market to meet the delivery, but his near-post header is directed straight at Nielsen.
23' McGinn finds a pocket of space midway inside the visitors' half to collect the ball before being clattered from behind by Davidsen. Free-kick Scotland.
22' Robertson’s cross from the left is swung in towards Dykes. Nattestad stands his ground at the far post and hooks the ball to safety.
20' Adams looks to latch onto an inviting forward pass on the halfway line, but the ball cannons against his arm and a free-kick is given to the Faroe Islands.
18' Rolantsson launches a long throw from the far side into the hosts’ box, although it fails to beat the first man and Robertson clears the danger.
16' GREAT HIT! After some neat link-up play between Edmundsson and Meinhard Olsen opens up the space, the ball drops to Brandur Hendriksson Olsen on the edge of the Scotland box. The midfielder drives a well-struck shot towards goal, and Gordon dives to his left to tip the strike behind for a corner.
14' The Faroe Islands are camped in their own half at present. Robertson and Tierney are constantly looking to break down the left-hand side of the field.
12' Following that opener, McGinn has now scored eight goals in his last 10 appearances for Scotland at Hampden Park.
11' OPENING! McTominay’s long, searching pass from deep picks out Robertson, and the hosts’ captain steers a first-time cross into the box from the left. Dykes looks to control it, and, in doing so takes it away from McGinn, who was well-placed to unleash a shot.
10' Rolantsson looks to pick out Edmundsson, although the attacker had just gone a fraction too early and is flagged for offside by the referee’s assistant.
8' Davidsen catches McGinn and Scotland win a free-kick inside their own half.
K. Tierney
7' That was an incisive move from the home side. McGregor was alert to Tierney’s overlapping run, and the Arsenal full-back kept his composure to pick out McGinn instead of driving a low cross into the box. From there, McGinn made no mistake with the finish.
J. McGinn
7' GOOOOAAAAALL! Scotland take an early lead! McGregor slides a well-weighted throughball down the left flank for Tierney, who broke the away side’s offside trap. The full-back lifts his head and picks out McGinn on the penalty spot, and he coolly tucks his first-time effort into the bottom-right corner. 1-0.
5' Scotland have started brightly at Hampden Park and are seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages. After some good work down the left, Adams fires a long-range shot over Neilsen’s goal.
3' McGregor looks to pick out the overlapping Robertson down the left flank, although his attempted pass it cut out by Rolantsson.
1' EARLY CHANCE! Dykes receives the ball a few yards outside of the visitors’ penalty area and spreads the play over to the right to Fraser. The winger cuts onto his left foot and fires the first shot of the match straight at Nielsen.
1' Kick-off! The referee, Trustin Farrugia Cann, blows his whistle and Scotland get the game underway.
The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at Hampden Park.
Scotland have never lost an international match against the Faroe Islands, winning seven and drawing two of the nine previous meetings.
After two matches, Scotland sit third in Group F with four points. The hosts are currently two points behind third-placed Austria and four behind the group leaders, Denmark. Scotland are, however, winless in five matches in all competitions, which is their longest such run since September 2008. The visitors, meanwhile, sit one point behind Steve Clarke’s team in Group F. Faroe Islands have lost 11 of their last 13 World Cup and European Championship qualifying matches, shipping at least four goals in five of those defeats.
Steve Clarke makes three changes from the Scotland side that started the scored draw against Israel last time out. Gordon, McClean and Dykes come in for Marshall, Hendry and O’Donnell. Hakan Ericson, meanwhile, makes only one alteration to the Faroe Islands line-up that lost to Austria. Vatnsdal drops to the bench, and Andreasen replaces him.
FAROE ISLANDS SUBS: Teitur Gestsson, Torour Thomsen, Joannes Danielsen, Petur Knudson, Joannes Bjartalid, Klaemint Olsen, Rogvi Baldvinsson, Heini Vatnsdal, Trondur Jensen, Patrik Johannesen, Ari Mohr Jonsson, Dan I Soylu.
SCOTLAND SUBS: David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin, Stephen O’Donnell, Declan Gallacher, Jack Hendry, Scott McKenna, Liam Palmer, John Fleck, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie, Oliver McBurnie, Kevin Nisbet.
FAROE ISLANDS (4-4-2): Gunnar Nielsen; Gilli Rolantsson, Gunnar Vatnhamar, Sonni Ragnar Nattestad, Viljormur Davidsen; Solvi Vatnhamar, Jakup Andreasen, Hallur Hansson, Brandur Hendriksson Olsen; Joan Simun Edmundsson, Meinhard Olsen.
SCOTLAND (3-5-2): Craig Gordon; Grant Hanley, Scott McTominay, Kieran Tierney; Ryan Fraser, Kenny McLean, Callum McGregor, John McGinn, Andrew Robertson; Che Adams, Lyndon Dykes.
Scotland come into this clash having drawn 1-1 with Israel on matchday two of the World Cup Qualifiers. The Faroe Islands, meanwhile, lost 3-1 to Austria last time out.
Hello and welcome to live match coverage of the World Cup Qualifier in Group F between Scotland and the Faroe Islands at Hampden Park.