SCOTLAND 6-0 SAN MARINO
- 2nd Half
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- 1st Half
Scotland - San Marino
Euro Qualifying - 13 October 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FT: Scotland 6-0 San Marino. John McGinn's first-half hat-trick helps Scotland put an end to a four-match unbeaten run with a comfortable 6-0 win over San Marino. A convincing win in incredible conditions.
Just the one minute of stoppage-time.
- GoalStuart ArmstrongScotland
GOAL! Armstrong gets in on the act with a marvellous free-kick from 25 yards. Top corner. Made all the more impressive that he managed to get the ball up and over the wall despite the puddle of water at his feet. Regardless of the opposition, no one's saving that.
San Marino with a free-kick 40 yards out. Cleared. There's little life left in this one - Scotland already have the result they wanted and very much needed.
- OffFilippo BerardiSan Marino
- OnLuca CeccaroliSan Marino
A San Marino debut for Ceccaroli!
The ref appears to have decided it's best to let this one finish rather than have this one postponed. That's despite the completely unplayable surface. 10 mins to go.
Scotland have the ball in the back of the net but there's a foul in their somewhere and the ref stops any premature celebrations in their tracks.
Simoncini with another save, Russell with the shot this time as he tries to beat the 'keeper at his near post.
A decent showing by the San Marino goalie this eve, despite the scoreline. It could be much worse for the underdogs but for a few fine saves.
- OffJohn McGinnScotland
- OnStuart ArmstrongScotland
- OffCallum McGregorScotland
- OnJohnny RussellScotland
A big round of applause as hat-trick hero McGinn makes way.
Christie's 16th corner of the evening is punched away by Simoncini.
- GoalStuart FindlayScotland
GOAL! Findlay on his debut!
Yet another corner for Scotland and San Marino are all over the place at the back. Christie whips it in, Findlay heads in from three yards. Simple.
It's raining goals at Hampden Park.
- GoalLawrence ShanklandScotland
GOAL! Shankland with his first goal for Scotland!
McTominay goes for goal from distance and strikes the bar. The ball falls for Shankland who passes into the empty net.
A hint of offside from Shankland as McTominay went for goal...
Shankland finds space in the box and pulls backs for McTominay who gives away a foul while trying to get a shot away. Impossible to tell the ball from the water at times.
The drenched pitch actually favouring San Marino as Scotland entirely unable to play their passing game. Gasperoni on the counter here has Nanni through on goal but his through ball barely makes it two yards before it stops in a puddle.
SHOT! Some good football here by San Marino on the counter, and they have their first shot on target as Nanni goes for goal from distance. Straight down the throat of McLaughlin.
Quite frankly, I'm stunned the game is still going. The ball is barely running.
A stat for you amid the drenched mayhem.
Palmer finds Shankland who chests it down but the ball holds up on this waterlogged pitch and spoils his momentum.
Big splashes of water any time the ball is played.
SHOT! Berardi goes for goal from distance! Wide!
- Yellow cardAlessandro GolinucciSan Marino
YELLOW! Into the book goes Golinucci.
A few concerned voices that this match may fail to go the distance.
The rain is absolutely belting it down at Hampden Park.
Simoncini once again palms a shot into a dangerous area, but gets away with it this time. Almost another for McGinn though!
McGinn, by the way, has Scotland's first first-half hat-trick since 1952, and that's forty goals San Marino have conceded in this group stage too.
- OffMattia GiardiSan Marino
- OnAdolfo HirschSan Marino
Hirsch on for San Marino too after the break.
- OffAlessandro D'AddarioSan Marino
- OnAndrea GrandoniSan Marino
Robertson causes some early chaos with a trademark whipping cross from the left. San Marino clear but only as far as McTominay who sees another effort fly wayward.
A few San Marino subs to speak of too.
- 2nd Half
KICK-OFF! San Marino restart the contest!
- End of 1st Half
HT: Scotland 3-0 San Marino
- GoalJohn McGinnScotland
GOAL! Scotland on easy street and McGinn does have his hat-trick!
Findlay wins the header from the corner, knocks it goalwards and McGinn smacks home from two-yards on the turn.
McGinn, hat-trick hunting, wins the 13th corner of the first half.
Few scares for Scotland so far as we edge towards half time.
Palmer on the overlap now just eases past Giardi but his pull-back is intercepted.
Forrest tries his luck from 25 yards but his bending effort flies into the stands. Scotland with 20 attempts so far, San Marino with just the one and I can't say I remember it. 80 per cent possession for the Scots too.
- Yellow cardMattia GiardiSan Marino
A few technical difficulties on our end but fortunately no goals to report on.
But we did have another great save by Simoncini as McTominay had a go from eight yards.
YELLOW! And a yellow card for Giardi!
San Marino held Belgium for 29 minutes for the floodgates opened. They've conceded 2 already today. Is another thrashing on the cards?
- GoalJohn McGinnScotland
GOAL! But now it is 2-0!
McTominay muscles his way in the box, turns on to his right foot and manages to get a shot away. It's a weak effort, but Simoncini makes a real mess of the save and just pokes the ball out to McGinn who swipes in for his second. Easy.
Berardi takes the corner and Robertson clears. Scotland's centre-halves with some rare possession now. Always nervy as long as the score remains 1-0.
- Yellow cardScott McTominayScotland
Scott McTominay picks up a yellow card, leading with his left arm while challenging for a header with Nanni. Few complaints from the Manchester United midfielder.
And San Marino win a corner!
San Marino's Brolli receiving some treatment on the pitch, and is now limping off the field. He looks okay, and the medical team get out the magic sponge. He's back on!
San Marino very much unable to find any possession outside of their own half. D'Addario does have a throw-in though, which is intercepted.
SAVE! Forrest is having plenty of fun down the left, cutting inside again and shooting down the throat of Simoncini. Safe hands!
San Marino midfielder Berardi receives a telling off for the game's first foul.
The corner count hits seven but for the seventh time it comes to nothing. It is seriously raining at Hampden Park.
Never really in doubt but there will be plenty of fans breathing a sign of relief given Scotland's recent form. One goal closer to avoiding a colossal embarrassment.
Scotland still with all the possession, looking for another. San Marino putting up little resistance in midfield.
- GoalJohn McGinnScotland
GOAL! Scotland have lift off.
Christie weaves his way into the box on the right-hand side, cuts in and looks to bend one into the bottom corner himself. It looks like it may just hit the post but McGinn nips in at gets the faintest of touches for the easiest of tap-ins to make it 1-0.
Scotland with just 88 per cent possession so far. But wait, here come San Marino! They also make it out of their own half. Scotland back on the offensive.
STAT! San Marino's national anthem is one of four national anthems with no lyrics. Spain, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina the others.
SAVE! And what a save this is!
Forrest pulls back for Shankland who has to score but his effort from six yards is saved brilliantly by Simoncini. Great goalkeeping.
Another two corners for Scotland makes it five in total.
Plenty of early Scotland possession, and now Forrest gets in behind! He tries to square but finds another white shirt. Third corner!
CLOSE! Robertson swings in for McTominay who sends his header over. Should probably have scored.
Headed clear, but McGregor wins another as his shot from range is deflected wide. Gasperoni gets it out with another fine header out.
Shankland goes hunting again but San Marino win a goal-kick.
San Marino captain Gasperoni is the only player in his team with an international goal, scored on his debut 16 years ago.
But then again, only three players in this Scotland side have scored goals for their country. It's pretty bleak all round.
Scotland have an early corner!
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! Scotland get us underway! GO!
The players are out. Anthems sounding. Rain drizzling.
Scotland are on a run of four successive defeats, while San Marino have lost their past 33 games.
Something has to give!
Earlier today, already-qualified Belgium continued their flawless record in Euro 2020 qualifying, beating already-eliminated Kazakhstan in Group I. Michy Batshuayi and Thomas Meunier with the goals.
SAN MARINO BOSS FRANCO VARRELLA: "I'll let the lads understand that they're playing in front of people who really know and love football.
"When you talk of San Marino and Italy, you're essentially talking about the same culture. This is the country of the Colosseum, the gladiators.
"We're not afraid of gladiators. The one thing that does scare us is maybe all the lions and we're going somewhere tomorrow night where there will be many lions against us."
SCOTLAND BOSS STEVE CLARKE: "We're just looking to get over the disappointment of the other night (when Scotland lost 4-0 to Russia) and get ready for our next game.
"What's gone is gone, we have to learn from it. I think in adversity you always learn more about people sometimes than when things are positive."
Fortunately for Scotland, San Marino are FIFA's lowest rank nation; have conceded 37 goals in their seven Euro 2020 qualifiers; have lost 9-0 twice in qualifying so far - including to Belgium a few days ago.
Oh how they could do with this man Andy Selva, their all-time top goalscorer (8) and proud owner of a Wikipedia page. Unfortunately he retired in 2016.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Scotland have won all seven of their previous meetings with San Marino by an aggregate score of 21-0.
But with Scotland having lost their last four international matches by an aggregate score of 1-13, can San Marino make it a Sunday to forget with an upset this evening, just hours after Scotland were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup by underdogs Japan...?
WHAT'S AT STAKE?: This one's a 'qualifier' in the very loosest sense of the word. Neither side can qualify automatically through Group I, making this a truly dead rubber. And yet despite their poor qualifying form, Scotland can still qualify for Euro 2020 via the play-offs, having earned a spot by winning their Nations League group last year.
Congratulations to Kilmarnock centre-half Stuart Findlay who wins his first cap today! Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland makes his first start, while Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin is handed a second start.
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, who missed out last time through suspension, returns to the side with Celtic duo Ryan Christie and James Forrest.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – SCOTLAND: McLaughlin, Robertson, Findlay, Devlin, Palmer, McGregor, McTominay, McGinn, Forrest, Shankland, Christie. /// SAN MARINO: Simoncini, D’Addario, Brolli, Censoni, Battistini, Mularoni, Golinucci, Gasperoni, Berardi, Giardi, Nanni.
Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to our live-text coverage of Euro 2020 Group I qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park. Kick-off at 17:00 BST.