Scotland v England World Cup Qualifier: Drab game comes alive late in the game

Scotland v England World Cup Qualifier: Drab game comes alive late in the game
Harry Kane's last-ditch equalizer handed England a point. Photo: Getty.
Scotland
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England
Scotland: Gordon, Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Brown, Morrison (McArthur, min 45), Anya (Martin, min 81), Armstrong, Snodgrass (Fraser, min 66), Griffiths
England: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Dier, Livermore, Rashford (Oxlade-Chamberlain, min 65) , Dele (Sterling, min 83), Lallana, Kane (c)
SCORE: 0-1, min 71, Oxlade-Chamberlain 1-1, min 87, Leigh Griffiths 2-1, min 90, Leigh Griffiths 2-2, min 90+3', Kane.
REFEREE: Referee: Paolo Tagliavento Admonished: Brown (min 3) Livermore (min 44) Dier (min 60)

One of the best England-Scotland games in recent memory. The result was fair, considering how both sides played. England wouldn't mind that too much. This is the only time they've conceded in the qualifiers, but Scotland would have to keep up this spirit, if they want to play the World Cup next year. 

90+ 4' PEEEP PEEEEP PEEEP!! What a game this was. It came alive in the last seven or eight minutes. Swung from one side to the other. In the end, we were back where we started from. 

90 +3' HARRRYY KAAAANNEEE!!! It's 2-2!!!! What a finish to this game. It's Harry Kane who finds the back of the net with virtually the last kick of the game. He tapped in from close-range. 

90' GRIIFFIIITTTTHSSSS SCORRRESSSSS! Another stunning free-kick. He has engraved his name in the Scottish folklore. Two free-kicks in two minutes. Strachan's men lead!

89' Scotland win another free-kick from a similar position. Livermore with the foul. Griffiths to take the free-kick, again. 

87' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Scotland equaaallizzzeee! What a stunning free-kick by Leigh Griffiths to get Scotland level. Curled into the bottom corner past Joe Hart. 1-1!

85' Cahill nearly caught Fraser's head with his right boot there. The ball bounced in front of him, as he was marking Martin. The referee blows for a foul. Cahill goes down as well, probably conscious of the high-boot. 

83' England make a change of their own. Raheem Sterling is taking Alli's place. The PFA Young Player of the Year winner is taking his time in coming off. Hampden Park boos. 

81' It's an attack minded change by Scotland. Anya, who was looking injured, has been taken off for Chris Martin. Looks like a back four again for Scotland. 

78' Griffiths fires a shot wide. It swerved wide and he couldn't get it out of his foot well enough. Was only a half-chance. 

76' Another chance for England. Poor pass out to find Robertson sees Oxlade-Chamberlain latch onto it. He runs into the wide-right channel and crosses in for Lallana, who heads over from close range. Should have been two for the day!

74' Bertrand's resulting free-kick did find Dier, but the former Sporting Lisbon's man header went into orbit somewhere.

73' England break through Alli down the right flank. The youngster is brought down forcefully by Brown, who is very lucky to escape a second-yellow there. Looked like a booking. Referee's having a word with him.

71' GOOOAAAALL!!! Oxlade Chamberlain cuts inside from the left and manages to take a shot from his left. Gordon did get a touch, but couldn't keep it out. The substitution has worked! 1-0 to England. 

67' Chance for England. Bertrand's inch-perfect cross from the left found Kane, who headed it towards goal. But Gordon made a smart save. 

66' Scotland make a change of their own. Robert Snodgrass goes off for Bournemouth's pocket-rocket Ryan Fraser. It's his debut for the national side.

65' And there's the change. It's Marcus Rashford who is being brought off for Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

65' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being readied near the touchline. 

64' Griffiths working hard to stop Dier from playing the ball to anyone around the halfway line. He brings Griffiths down. He has to be careful. On a yellow already. 

62' England looked nervous there. Griffiths' encouragement nearly worked. Walker manages to somehow clear Armstrong's cross away and England get out of jail. 

61' Griffiths tries to lift the Scottish support. And the place is rocking. 

60' Another English attack breaks down, but Scotland miss the chance to hit them on the break again.

58' Chance for Scotland! Griffiths did well to fight off Cahill to play in Robertson. The Hull star put the left-footed shot over. Good chance, that!

57' Scotland again dropping into their own territory, allowing England to come forward. Livermore tries to pierce their back-five, but fails to pick out Kane.

55' Stuart Armstrong went down in the box there, after breaking through the centre of the park. The referee waves play on and asks the Celtic man to get on with it.

54' Wonderful football from England. Very good movement from Alli, Lallana and Kane. A shot on target though is found wanting 

52' Livermore hits the bar! The former Tottenham man's shot from the edge of the box took a deflection and nearly went in. Scotland fail to clear away and England fail to take advantage. Another corner.

50' Scotland allowing England some possession as they drop deep in their own half themselves. England win a corner, as Walker's cross was blocked by Robertson.

47' England looking nervous at the back there. The ball was won back in the midfield by Scotland, but Gary Cahill had to make a half convincing clearance to dig out the danger.

And we're back up and running for the second half!

The players are out. Scotland have made a half-time change. James McArthur on for James Morrison

It's been a decent half from England, after the Scots made a decent start to the game. Could've scored twice or thrice already, if not for finishing that let them down slightly. Kane himself could have got two of his own. 0-0 though, as it stands. We'll be back in the second half!

Half-time! 

44' Livermore tests Gordon from some distance out. He parries it over and England win a corner.

40' Lallana fires wide. Kane played the Liverpool man in after good combination play from the English. What a chance!

36' England broke through the centre. Alli picked out Rashford from the right, but the Manchester United man couldn't play it in towards Kane.

33' England now looking to commit men forward. Alli operating behind the the forward-four. 

29' Gordon had miscued his clearance. Kane had tried to get a shot away which was cleared off the line by Anya. It fell to Rashford who fired a shot wide.

26' Walker struggles to break Scotland down the right-flank. Misplaces another pass. 

22' The biggest chance of the game goes begging. Kane nearly stabbed Lallana's cross home, but ended up miscuing it. 

21' England looking to build from the back. Scotland doing good enough to hold their line. 

18' First chance for England fell Harry Kane's way. He did well to keep it under his control, but fired wide after turning.

14' Scotland's energy and hunger has nullified the English

12' Another opportunity to score from the corner goes begging. Bad corner. 

10' Scotland win two consecutive corners.

8' Alli looking bright early in the game. Ran directly at the Scottish back four, but the danger peters out due to a lack of final pass.

7' Leigh Griffiths' hits a shot from outside the box straight at Hart. Comfortable save.

6' First corner of the game to Scotland. Alli had dropped in to hand it.

5' The Scots are pressing high up the pitch. Win a throw in near their goal.

3' Brown brings Alli down near the half-way line. Picks up a yellow. He's on it already. 

1' Scotland make an encouraging start; full of energy. But England in possession. Walker shows an early intent on bombing forward.

And we're off!

Both sets of players are observing a two minute silence for those who lost their lives in London and Manchester. 

Scott Brown, who enjoyed a wonderful campaign with Celtic, captains the Scottish side. Harry Kane leads the line for Southgate's men.

And the players are out! What an atmosphere!

England are taking their time to come into the tunnel. Scotland are in the tunnel already.

We're minutes away from kick-off and Hampden Park's rocking.

Not just that, but Scotland last notched up a win over the English back in 1999. A Don Hutchinson strike wasn't enough to hand Scotland a spot in the Euro 2000, as England had won the first leg by a 2-0 margin.

Here's an interesting stat for you: The last time Scotland managed to beat England at home territory was back in 1985. 32 years ago. That's a lot, isn't it?

It certainly looks like a 4-2-3-1 for England, with Harry Kane taking the arm-band for the very first time for his country. The last time he took the armband for Tottenham, the game resulted in a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor two seasons ago.

Scotland subs: Hamilton, Marshall, Martin, Reynolds, Bannan, Fletcher, McCarthy, Cairney, Fraser, Forrest, Martin, Naismith

Scotland XI: Gordon, Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Brown, Morrison, Anya, Armstrong, Snodgrass, Griffiths

England subs: Trippier, Forster, Lingard, Gibson, Stones, Jones, Defoe, Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cresswell, Heaton, Butland

England XI: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Dier, Livermore, Rashford, Dele, Lallana, Kane (c)

And the squads are out!

The new Bournemouth signing scored in his previous outing for the Three Lions and helped Gareth Southgate's men pick up a a 2-0 win over Lithuainia.

The duo of Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley is out injured, while Jermain Defoe could well start for England for a second consecutive time. 

Gordon Strachan men though, are currently fourth in the table, having lost two games previously. And remember, the last time both these sides locked horns, England picked up a 3-0 win over their old foes.

With both sides now halfway through their respective qualifying campaigns, England lead the Group F table with a tally of 13 points and haven't lost a single game yet.

Good afternoon, everyone and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of England's World Cup qualifying game against Scotland at the Hampden Park in Glasgow. I, Kaustubh Pandey, will guide you through the game which kicks off at 5PM UK time.

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