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L. Palmer
Yellow Card
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G. Taylor
Yellow Card
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J. McGinn
G. Taylor
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G. Efrem
Goal
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R. Christie
J. McGinn
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1 Belgium BEL Belgium 10 10 0 0 40 3 +37 30 W W W W W
2 Russia RUS Russia 10 8 0 2 33 8 +25 24 W L W W W
3 Scotland SCO Scotland 10 5 0 5 16 19 -3 15 W W W L L
4 Cyprus CYP Cyprus 10 3 1 6 15 20 -5 10 L L L W W
5 Kazakhstan KAZ Kazakhstan 10 3 1 6 13 17 -4 10 L W L L L
6 San Marino SMR San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 51 -50 0 L L L L L

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That will do it for our live coverage of this European Qualifying match between Cyprus and Scotland! We hope you enjoyed following along and will join us again soon!
As a result of today’s, well, result, Scotland move up to third place in Group I with 12 points while Cyprus drop to fourth with their 10. Neither side could have advanced through the group, but Scotland have secured themselves a place in the play-off while Cyprus are now out.
Cyprus played well, and pushed hard late, but it’s Scotland who depart as 2-1 winners. The hosts started the second half as brightly as they did the first, but this time their early shot nestled into the back of the net when Efrem smacked a right-footed volley into the top-right corner. Their lead was short-lived though as, just six minutes later, McGinn beat Pardo at the near post to re-establish Scotland’s lead. With their goal advantage back, Scotland opted to set up defensively and only come out of their shell on counter-attacks which proved to be a smart tactic as they conceded one goal or fewer for just the fourth time during these qualifiers. Cyprus will feel they deserved more, especially considering the last few minutes, but Scotland finished their chances and leave as deserved winners.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: Cyprus 1-2 Scotland
90' + 4' CHANCE! From a free-kick, Kastanos stepped up and launched a shot that seemed destined for the top-right corner, but it soars just a bit too wide!
90' + 4' CHANCE! Papoulis runs onto the ball after a lovely backheeled pass in the box, but he blasts his shot well above the crossbar! That could have brought things level!
M. Devlin
R. Christie
90' + 2' Scotland make their final switch as Devlin replaces Christie, the scorer of their first goal.
L. Palmer
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Palmer picks up Scotland's fifth yellow card of the match for delaying a corner kick.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
88' Kosti tries a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area, but misses high and wide.
85' Sotirou fouls McBurnie in his own half which relieves the pressure that was building on the Scottish defence.
84' McGinn takes the ball off of Merkis and is on his way to a goalscoring opportunity... but the former is called for a foul. That's a let-off for the hosts!
83' Ioannou sends in a teasing cross from the left that Scotland can only manage to head behind for a corner.
81' McBurnie is played in behind the defence with a fantastic through ball, but he slows up and attempts a pass to Burke that drags the latter wide.
79' Kosti fouls Christie with a sliding challenge in the final third, and Scotland will have a free-kick from a dangerous position.
D. Theodorou
C. Kyriakou
77' Cyprus make their final change as Kyriakou departs for Theodorou.
76' McGinn and Ioannou are both down after going for a 50/50 ball. Play stops briefly, but it looks like they will both be able to continue.
M. Špoljarić
G. Efrem
74' Cyprus respond with a substitution of their own, replacing their goalscorer, Efrem, with Spoljaric.
O. Burke
J. Forrest
72' Scotland make their second change as Burke replaces Forrest on the left wing.
71' Popoulis is played down the left wing behind the defence, and cuts into the box where he loses the ball almost immediately. Another opportunity wasted by the hosts.
69' CHANCE! An unmarked Kosti goes for a diving header and connects well... and hits it just wide! Those aren't easy, but he'll surely believe he could have done better there!
67' Scotland seem far more intent on preserving their lead rather than expanding it, with all 11 players currently within their own half.
65' PENALTY SHOUT! Papoulis goes down under pressure on the edge of the penalty area but the referee is unmoved and says play on!
63' That's surely not the way Naismith will have wanted his 50th cap to have ended. Hopefully he'll be alright!
O. McBurnie
S. Naismith
62' Still not sure of the severity of Naismith's potential injury, but Steve Clarke opts to not risk it and replaces the former with McBurnie.
60' Naismith goes down without contact and it initially looked like he'd done his knee, but he's back on his feet for now.
59' Cyprus win a corner after the ball went behind off of Naismith. Can the hosts take advantage of another dead-ball situation?
J. Demetriou
Yellow Card
58' Demetriou picks up a yellow card of his own after the late challenge on Taylor.
G. Taylor
Yellow Card
58' Taylor receives a yellow card for kicking the ball away, but then Demetriou comes in late with a kick to the shins of the Scottish player.
J. McGinn
Yellow Card
56' McGinn, the latest goalscorer, is shown yellow after clipping the heels of Demetriou.
G. Taylor
Assist
53' Taylor did well to drive forward and then pick out a cross that split two defenders before finding McGinn who finished the chance!
J. McGinn
Goal
53' GOOALLL!!! SCOTLAND TAKE BACK THE LEAD! Taylor found himself in space in the left channel and sent in a short cross that McGinn was able to shin in at the near post! Pardo was scrambling but couldn't get down fast enough to block the shot! Cyprus 1-2 Scotland
51' Kosti tries to launch a counter-attack, but can't quite sort his feet out and loses the ball to the Scotland defence.
49' A set-piece goal from Cyprus should hardly come as a surprise considering now 10 of their 14 goals in qualifying have come from dead-ball situations.
G. Efrem
Goal
47' GOOALLLL!!!! Cyprus bring things level! From a free-kick, the ball was headed away by Scotland right to Efrem who lashed a left-footed volley straight into the top-right corner! There's nothing Marshall could have done about that! Cyprus 1-1 Scotland
S. McKenna
Yellow Card
47' McKenna picks up a yellow card for going through the back of Kosti after a loose touch by the defender.
45' The referee’s whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
It will be interesting to see how these sides set up for the second half. Cyprus have already been forced into an attacking substitution, with defender Karo withdrawn for midfielder Kastanos. Whether or not they make another change soon as they chase a goal remains to be seen, but they may well wait until the hour mark provided they are still just the one goal down. As for Scotland, the momentum has fully swung in their direction and they'll likely look to maintain the status quo for now. Their defence has been a little suspect throughout qualifiers though, so don't be surprised if they opt for reinforcements at the back sooner rather than later.
Cyprus started well, and dominated for stretches of the first half, but it’s Scotland with the 1-0 lead at the half. The hosts thought they had scored the opening goal through the right foot of Efrem… but his shot rattled the underside of the crossbar and failed to fully cross the line. Just six minutes later, it was Scotland who actually opened the scoring with a stunning curling effort from Christie that nestled in the top-left corner of the goal. From there, things started to click for Scotland with Naismith, in particular, tormenting the back-line of Cyprus. The hosts did well to keep him, and the rest of the Scottish side, from scoring a second but, at the moment that seems far more likely than Cyprus scoring their first.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: Cyprus 0-1 Scotland
45' There will be two minutes of stoppage time.
44' There's been a formation change for Cypus as Karo's replacement, Kastanos, is playing in midfield, making it more of a 4-5-1 at the moment.
G. Kastanos
A. Karo
42' Karo is forced off with a lower back injury and is replaced by Kastanos.
41' Scotland applying the pressure now as the pass around the opposing penalty area, looking for a way through the defence.
39' It looks as though Cyprus will be forced into an early change as Karo struggles with a back injury.
37' Palmer launches a shot from range that's incredibly well hit and is deflected behind for Scotland's fifth corner of the match.
36' Karo pulls off a superb sliding tackle to prevent Naismith from having a one-on-one with the goalkeeper! The defender timed his challenge perfectly there!
34' Ioannou is found in space down the left where he lines up a cross that he delivers... straight into the arms of Marshall. Poor cross that.
32' McGinn can't find Naismith after a scramble in the penalty area had pulled the 'keeper off his line! The forward has started to cause real problems for the Cyprus defence.
30' CHANCE! McKenna gets a free header in the box from a corner... and heads it into the ground, allowing Pardo to catch it with relative ease. The defender will be wishing he had that one back!
29' Pardo does well to come off his line early and clear the ball after it initially looked as though Naismith had been played in on goal.
28' Despite trailing on the scoresheet, Cyprus are dominating possession and have had twice as many shots (four) as their opponents (two). Can they make something meaningful of this run of play?
26' CHANCE! Sotiriou collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area before launching a low strike toward the bottom-right corner that forced an athletic, diving save from Marshall!
25' Palmer just slightly overhits a cross to Naismith who was running in space in the box. That could have been a goal had the striker been able to get a head to it!
23' A series of corners for Cyprus as Scotland continue to head the ball behind and out of harm's way.
21' McGregor does well to stand tall and block an incoming cross that looked as though it could cause problems for the Scottish defence.
20' Despite conceding early, there's certainly still hope for Cyprus considering Scotland have conceded multiple goals in five of their last eight qualifying matches.
18' Cyprus push forward well with Papoulis driving toward the edge of the box where he goes down, but the referee waves play on.
16' McGinn is called for a foul in midfield after an aerial dual with Kyriakou. Free-kick to the hosts.
C. McGregor
Yellow Card
14' McGregor picks up a yellow card for kicking a second ball as one of the Cypriot players was placing for a corner. You don't see that every day!
J. McGinn
Assist
12' McGinn did well to hold onto the ball in midfield before playing Christie down the line, and the latter did the rest brilliantly to open the scoring!
R. Christie
Goal
12' GOOALLL!!!! Scotland take the early lead! After a pass from McGinn, Christie ran up the right wing, cut infield, and unleashed a marvellous curling effort into the top-right corner with Pardo left grasping at air! What a strike that is! Cyprus 0-1 Scotland
10' Naismith races into the penalty area to try and collect a through ball, but the flag goes up for offside.
8' Cyprus have certainly been the more adventurous side in the early stages here.
6' CHANCE! Cyrpus work the ball well through the midfield, before Efrem was played into the penalty area where he unleashed a fiery strike that hit the underside of the crossbar.... and out! How unlucky is that?!
4' Kosti with a great cross-field ball that Demetriou just can't get under his spell and it rolls out of play. It'll be a throw for Scotland.
2' Scotland win the first corner of the match, but are unable to do anything meaningful with it.
1' Referee Harald Lechner blows his whistle, and this match his underway.
The teams are out on the pitch as the national anthems ring throughout the GSP Stadium. Not long to go now!
Six changes for Scotland off the back of their 6-0 win against San Marino last time out. McLaughlin, Devlin, Findley, Robertson, McTominay, and Shankland all lose their starting spot, while Marshall, Gallagher, McKenna, Taylor, Jack, and Naismith all come into the side. Rattled with injuries and withdrawals, Scotland are without a handful of their Premier League stars today, most notably Ryan Fraser and Andy Robertson. It will be interesting to see how Steve Clarke and co. will respond to this, but don’t be surprised if there’s some disjointed play early as the players acclimate to one another.
Cyprus make four changes after their disappointing 5-0 loss to Russia, which saw their opponents advance. Pardo, Papoulis Karo, and Sotiriou come into the starting XI with Artymatas and Spoljaric dropping to the bench, Laifis missing due to suspension, and Panagiotoudis absent due to injury. Kousoulos will draw attention as their leading goal scorer, but Ioannou has been terrific charging up from his wing-back spot to lead the side in both total crosses (31) and cross accuracy (25.8%). Don’t be surprised if the two of them connect for a goal today.
Scotland substitutes: Stephen O’Donnell, Jon McLaughlin, Graeme Shinnie, Oliver McBurnie, Craig MacGillivray, Stuart Armstrong, Lewis Morgan, Lawrence Shankland, Oliver Burke, Michael Devlin, John Fleck.
Scotland (4-3-3): David Marshall; Liam Palmer, Declan Gallagher, Scott McKenna, Greg Taylor; John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Ryan Jack; James Forrest, Steven Naismith, Ryan Christie.
Cyprus substitutes: Michalis Ioannou, Matija Spoljaric, Kypros Christoforou, Dimitris Theodorou, Giorgos Economides, Neophytos Michael, Andreas Avraam, Panayiotis Zachariou, Christos Wheeler, Grigoris Kastanos, Tasos Kissas, Kostakis Artymatas.
Cyprus (5-3-2): Urko Pardo; Jason Demetriou, Andreas Karo, Giorgios Merkis, Ioannis Kousoulos, Nikolas Ioannou; Ioannis Kosti, Fotios Papoulis, Charalambos Kyriakou; Giorgios Efrem, Pieros Sotiriou.
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Scotland will surely be confident heading into this match considering they have beaten Cyprus in all six of their previous clashes. Only against San Marino have Scotland won more consecutive matches (eight).
Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of this Euro 202 qualifying match between Cyprus and Scotland!