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Euro 2016 Qualifier: Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar

Steven Fletcher scored Scotland’s first hat-trick for 46 years as they recorded an emphatic victory over Gibraltar.

Shaun Maloney netted a penalty before Gibraltar stunned Hampden with their first competitive goal.

However, Fletcher restored the lead before Maloney tucked away another penalty and Steven Naismith got Scotland’s fourth.

The Scots laboured through the second half until Fletcher headed home and curled in for Scotland’s sixth.

That hat-trick – the first since Colin Stein netted four against Cyprus in 1969 – gave Scotland their biggest win since beating the Faroe Islands 6-0 in 2006.

The result means Gordon Strachan’s side keep pace with Germany, who beat Georgia 2-0 and, like Scotland, move on to 10 points, with Poland and the Republic of Ireland playing later in the evening.

Strachan had hinted beforehand at a change of system against a team who had conceded 21 and scored none in their four previous competitive fixtures.

And so it proved as he played just one central defender in Russell Martin, opting to load the attacking areas in the quest for goals.

But Scotland found Gibraltar awkward opponents, struggling to find a sufficiently high tempo or a crispness of passing to pick the lock of a well-drilled and stuffy side.

As they began to exert their authority, Fletcher might have had a penalty and moments later Maloney did, using his experience to dangle a trailing leg into the Gibraltar keeper Jamie Robba.

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International Friendly: Scotland 1-3 England

Wayne Rooney silenced the ferocious home supporters inside Celtic Park as England eased to victory over Scotland in the Battle of Britain.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain converted a superb deep cross from Jack Wilshere in the first half and Rooney scored his 45th England goal after the break to double the lead.

Andrew Robertson pulled one back for Scotland in the dying minutes, but they could not add a second and Rooney found the net to seal the 3-1 victory over England’s bitter neighbours and rivals.

England’s fans, vocal enough themselves, revelled in the victory, but they tainted their reputation by singing foul-mouthed provocative anti-IRA songs.

The Football Association will be forced to act, particularly when England are due to play in Dublin next June.

The main focus here should not be on the songs, though.

England deserve huge praise for the way they coped with the intimidating white-hot atmosphere in east Glasgow.

This was a real test for Roy Hodgson’s young squad and they passed it with flying colours.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

A superb Shaun Maloney goal earned Scotland a precious and hard-fought victory over the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2016 Group D qualifier.

From a short corner, Maloney squeezed the ball into the feet of Scott Brown, whose back-heel allowed the winger to curl an exquisite shot home.

There was a late scare for the Scots as Grant Hanley’s header hit his own bar.

They now draw level with the Irish and Germany on seven points after four games, with Poland three points clear.

Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill had spoken of his belief that his Irish side could win on his return to Celtic Park. Instead, it was his successor at the club, Gordon Strachan, who enjoyed the happier homecoming.

Another of the pre-match talking points was the expected booing of the Scots-born Ireland winger Aiden McGeady and his reception was suitably hostile – he was treated by the home fans as the pantomime villain.

From the outset, the pace of the game was frenetic. The tackling was tenacious and, at times, downright careless, leading to early bookings for Hanley, McGeady and his Ireland team-mate, Jeff Hendrick.

The passion on show almost made up for the dearth of football, with precious few chances created in the opening half-hour.

Jon Walters and Darron Gibson did force David Marshall into saves, but there was little to worry either goalkeeper.

Scotland’s play under Strachan has come to be typified by slick attacking play and it was one such passage that almost brought about the opening goal.

Steven Naismith foraged away before picking out Maloney on the right. The winger’s cross was whipped in for the charging Charlie Mulgrew, but his header flew wide.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Poland 2-2 Scotland

A ferociously-struck Arkadiusz Milik equaliser denied Scotland a famous win in Warsaw, but a hard-fought point was an impressive result for the visitors.

Poland threw everything at the Scots in the second half after going 2-1 behind to a clever Steven Naismith finish.

Earlier, Krzysztof Maczynski’s cooly-converted opener was cancelled out by Shaun Maloney’s equally calm strike.

But Milik earned the Poles a deserved point and Kamil Grosicki almost struck a winner when his effort struck a post.

The result ensured Poland kept pace with the Republic of Ireland at the summit of a delicately-poised Group D after Martin O’Neill’s side drew 1-1 with Germany.

The world champions – who were beaten in Warsaw on Saturday – are level with Scotland three points back, with the Irish travelling to Celtic Park in November.

Another surprise appeared to be on the cards when Gordon Strachan’s side took the lead early in the second half on Tuesday, but there was to be no repeat of the friendly win in March.

There was, however, plenty of poise about Scotland’s performance, a trait that is becoming more and more evident under Strachan.

And though they were put under significant pressure as the game wore on, a combination of stout defending and poor finishing meant that they left with a point.

It will be a cherished point, too, given that Milik had already passed up three chances before he scored and Robert Lewandowski had a shot saved superbly by Marshall.

The Poles came into the match in buoyant mood and their confidence was enhanced after a rare Scottish defensive lapse allowed them to take the lead.

Alan Hutton the guilty party, his heavy touch on the edge of his own box presenting Maczynski with the chance and the midfielder took it in clinical fashion, side-footing off the inside of Marshall’s left-hand post and over the line.

But the home fans had scarcely stopped celebrating when the Scots drew level with a wonderfully crafted goal.

Steven Fletcher switched play to Ikechi Anya on the left and the winger’s cutback was slotted expertly past Wojciech Szczesny by Maloney from 10 yards.

Steven Whittaker was a surprise inclusion ahead of Andrew Robertson at left-back but the defender prevented a seemingly certain second Polish goal, nipping in ahead of Lewandowski to clear with the goal gaping.

That seemed to have paved the way for Naismith to give the Scots victory when he guided a James Morrison free-kick past Szczesny, but Milik had other ideas, ripping a strike past Marshall after Artur Jedrzejczyk’s reverse pass.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Scotland 1-0 Georgia

Scotland kick-started their European Championship qualifying campaign with a deserved, if far from emphatic, win over Georgia at Ibrox.

A powerful shot from Shaun Maloney was saved but then struck Akaki Khubutia to spin into the net for an own goal.

Soon after, an effort from captain Scott Brown deflected narrowly wide.

Georgia failed to test David Marshall but Scotland could not add to their lead, with Giorgi Loria saving from Steven Naismith and James Morrison.

Having lost their Group D opener in Germany last month, Scotland could ill afford a slip-up and set a high tempo, with full-backs Alan Hutton and Andy Robertson eager to get forward.

Brown, favoured for the captaincy with Darren Fletcher on the bench, and Morrison eagerly took turns to win possession and press forward from midfield.

Temuri Ketsbaia’s visitors, already beaten at home by the Republic of Ireland, were organised in defence and held firm for almost half an hour but rarely ventured forward.

Hull City’s Robertson impressed with a series of early crosses for Steven Fletcher, but whether the Sunderland striker was rusty after a lengthy absence from first-team football or simply too eager, he strayed offside too often.

With Naismith driving them forward from a role behind Fletcher, Scotland’s dominance was eventually rewarded – albeit rather fortuitously – when Maloney’s low drive was parried by Loria against Khubutia and bounced over the goal-line.

With relief palpable around Ibrox, Naismith had a powerful crack at goal saved, and minutes later his marginally heavy touch from an eye-catching lay-off by Fletcher cost Scotland the chance of a well-worked second.

An energetic run down the right and cut-back into the box from Hutton – another player performing with renewed vigour – caused mayhem in the visitors’ defence, the ball finally falling for Brown, whose shot from 18 yards was deflected a whisker wide.

And it was Hutton’s combative play that won possession and fed Naismith inside the box in one of the second half’s early chances, though Loria saved well from the bustling Everton forward.

Ikechi Anya increasingly found space on the left and was crudely brought down by Murtaz Daushvili when he raced in on goal to meet another exquisite Fletcher lay-off.

For all Scotland’s possession, however, chances were not being converted into a bigger lead and, when a long ball over the top allowed Nikoloz Gelashvili to hare in on goal, the home fans held their breath – but the striker blazed over.

With 13 minutes remaining, Fletcher again set up Naismith with a lovely back-heel but the first-time shot was dragged across the face of goal.

Morrison then went close with a drive from eight yards, while at the other end substitute Irakli Dzaria almost made Scotland pay when he scuffed a shot wide of Marshall’s goal.

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