Scotland v Cyprus

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Summary

  1. Clarke’s first match as Scotland head coach
  2. Marshall, McLean & Brophy all start
  3. Scotland lost opener in Kazakhstan, then beat San Marino
  4. Scots face Belgium on Tuesday
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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-0 Cyprus

    Better from Scotland as Callum McGregor finds James Forrest, who in turn plays in buzzbomb Ryan Fraser. The Bournemouth winger finds Forrest again, but the Celtic man’s effort fizzes inches wide.

  2. Visitors finding their feet

    Scotland 0-0 Cyprus

    Cyprus, trying to stretch the Scots, dink the ball about from left to right but there’s no end product. Neither goalkeeper has been forced into action in a low-key opening at Hampden.

  3. What price an early goal?

    Scotland 0-0 Cyprus

    Peter Houston

    Former Scotland assistant manager on - Sportsound

    Quote Message: It’s a must-win but we will have to break down a stubborn defence. We have to be patient and get the wide players on the ball. An early goal would make a big, big difference for Scotland

    It’s a must-win but we will have to break down a stubborn defence. We have to be patient and get the wide players on the ball. An early goal would make a big, big difference for Scotland

  4. Scots search for opener

    Scotland 0-0 Cyprus

    Stephen O’Donnell flights a long ball in the direction of club team-mate Eamonn Brophy, but the Kilmarnock forward can’t connect as Cyprus repel the danger.

  5. ‘Scots have to win’

    Scotland 0-0 Cyprus

    Liam McLeod

    - Sport Scotland at Hampden

    If the Scots want to finish in the top two in Group I, then they have to win this game.

  6. KICK-OFF

    We’re under way in Steve Clarke’s Scotland era.

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    The captain of Scotland’s more successful national football team is watching from Nice…

  8. Nearly time…

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Not long until kick off at Hampden. Both sides are out on the lush surface ahead of the national anthems.

    Steve Clarke, in the dugout for his first game in charge of Scotland, cuts a relaxed figure.

    Flower of Scotland gets big licks from the Tartan Army.

  9. Flag day…

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Scotland and Cypriot fans outside Hampden

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  10. Marshall ‘a great shot-stopper’

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Craig Beattie

    Former Scotland striker on - Sportsound

    Quote Message: Scott Bain might feel a bit hard done by, but David Marshall is hugely experienced; he’s a good communicator and a great shot-stopper

    Scott Bain might feel a bit hard done by, but David Marshall is hugely experienced; he’s a good communicator and a great shot-stopper

    Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall

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    Image caption: David Marshall will be between the sticks for Scotland
  11. Fans excited

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    Jane Lewis

    - Sport Scotland at Hampden

    Just been speaking to some Scotland fans ahead of this Euro qualifier and most seem excited by the Steve Clarke era. All agree he was the best choice for the job and hope he can help Scotland kick start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

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    Sulaimon: With the previous record of this tie, we could see an absolute whitewash tonight. Got my eyes on Andy Robertson: the Champions League winner

  13. Ioannou, 18, debuts for Cyprus

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45)

    Cyprus show four changes from the side that lost 2-0 at home to Belgium.

    Anorthosis Famagusta’s Michalis Ioannou is handed his international debut at the age of 18 in midfield, while Apollon Limassol’s Matija Spoljaric earns his third cap beside him.

    As expected, fit-again Copenhagen striker Pieros Sotiriou starts up front after coach Ran Ben Shimon went for a more defensive line-up against the world number ones.

    Indeed, AEL Limassol forward Andreas Makris also starts in a surprisingly attacking line-up that also includes former Rangers and Dundee winger Georgios Efrem, who is captain.

    Pieros Sotiriou trains with Cyprus at Hampden

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    Image caption: Pieros Sotiriou is back in the starting line-up

    Minas Antoniou drops to the bench, while defender Giorgos Merkis and Fotios Papoulis miss out through injury and centre-half Dossa Junior was dropped from the squad after starting against Belgium.

  14. Brophy ‘selfish in the right areas’

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Peter Houston

    Former Scotland assistant manager on - Sportsound

    Quote Message: It’s an attack-minded side. We’ve got pace down the sides and the one thing we know about Eamonn Brophy is that he can finish. He is selfish in the right areas

    It’s an attack-minded side. We’ve got pace down the sides and the one thing we know about Eamonn Brophy is that he can finish. He is selfish in the right areas

    Scotland debutant Eamonn Brophy

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    Image caption: Eamonn Brophy makes his Scotland debut against Cyprus
  15. History favours Scots

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45)

    The sides have played one another five times – and Scotland have a 100% record.

    But Cypriot football has made advances since their last meeting – a 2-1 away win for the Scots in Larnaca in 2011 – with APOEL, Apollon Limassol and AEK Larnaca all recording good runs in either the Champions League or Europa League.

    However, the national side have only won two of their last 15 matches – and haven’t tasted victory in eight matches on the road since a 2-1 success in Gibraltar in June 2017.

    Darren Fletcher, Jamie Mackie and Kenny Miller celebrate

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    Image caption: Jamie Mackie (centre) and Kenny Miller (right) scored in Scotland’s last meeting with Cyprus

    Scotland have won six and lost eight of their last 15 games, winning three and losing four of their seven home matches during that time.

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    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45)

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  17. Cyprus target Hampden points

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    Former St Mirren and Ross County full-back Stelios Demetriou says his countrymen will come to Hampden believing “these are the games you have to get something out of” if they are to qualify.

    Indeed, the 28-year-old thinks it will be a tight game, with either side likely to scrape a 1-0 win.

    Demetriou is a bit of a hero from his time with St Mirren but won’t be adding to his one Cyprus cap this time round having fallen out of favour since his January move to Macclesfield Town and subsequent release.

  18. Cyprus have belief

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45)

    Quote Message: The goal for Cyprus is qualification for the finals and they believe that, although it is a difficult group, this generation of players is capable thanks to APOEL, Apollon Limassol and AEK Larnaca’s exploits in the Europa League. I am not so sure from Simon Pafitis Cypriot journalist with goal.com

    The goal for Cyprus is qualification for the finals and they believe that, although it is a difficult group, this generation of players is capable thanks to APOEL, Apollon Limassol and AEK Larnaca’s exploits in the Europa League. I am not so sure

    Cyprus coach Ran Ben Shimon at Hampden

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    Image caption: Cyprus have been on a poor run under coach Ran Ben Shimon
  19. Clarke content to ‘roll the dice’

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    Tom English

    - Scotland’s chief sports writer

    There’s no Leigh Griffiths, there’s no Steven Naismith and there’s no Steven Fletcher. So, when you’re missing your top three strikers, then why not roll the dice with a guy you know very well and a guy you’ve improved hugely?

    I thought Steve Clarke was going to go with Eamonn Brophy because of the familiarity.

  20. ‘Clarke’s a great appointment’ – Naismith

    Scotland v Cyprus (19:45 BST)

    Steve Clarke is being tipped to take his success with Premiership outfit Kilmarnock into his Scotland tenure.

    “What he’s done at club level is incredible and very under-valued,” says Scotland striker Steven Naismith.

    “In years to come, we’ll look back and see how well he’s done. He’s been unbelievable and I don’t think he could’ve done any more with Kilmarnock.

    “For me as a Scotland player, he’s a great appointment and I think the whole country is united in that.”

    Steven Naismith

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    Image caption: Steven Naismith hopes Steve Clarke can emulate his impressive club record with the national side