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Pittodrie Stadium (ATT 16,102) 6th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Clement Turpin

Scotland Scotland vs Estonia Estonia

Scotland 1

C Mulgrew (39)


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  1. That is it, Scotland win 1-0 thanks to Charlie Mulgrew's first-half strike. The Gordon Strachan era begins in encouraging fashion, with Wales to follow nest month. Thanks for looking in.

  2. 90+2

    Snodgrass dances past a defender as Scotland press in stoppage time, but they have not tested estonia's keeper that much in the second half for all their possession.

  3. 90

    Good strength from Rhodes finds Commins, but he lashes the shot high & wide.

  4. 89

    Similarly good work from Hutton on the right, flicking the ball to Snodgrass but again the chance for the killer goal goes away.

  5. 88

    Miller ghosts into the box and finds Rhodes, but the ball is under the striker's feet and he cannot shoot. Nice run from the Vancouver Whitecaps man.

  6. 86

    A loose pass from McGregor goes to Kams, but Estonia cannot make anything of the gift the Scottish keeper presented them with.

  7. 85

    Estonia knocking the ball around with the confidence Scotland had at the start, who need another goal to kill this one off.

  8. 83

    Purje beats Scotland's attempts to spring the offside trap, but he makes a hash of the shot, which flies off towards the touchline.

  9. 82

    Berra fails to deal with the free kick, his header lands with Kams but his first-time shot flies wide.

  10. 81

    Webster booked for a poor, late tackle on Purje.

  11. 80

    Rhodes is flagged for offside - only just.

  12. 79

    Miller's pass towards the lurking Rhodes is cut out at the last second - Scotland's subs have lloked good since coming on, so they may be giving Strachan something to think about for the World Cup games coming up.

  13. 78

    A low cross from the right forces McGregor to race off his line to dive on the ball, snuffing out any threat - which there has not been much of tonight.

  14. 77

    Snodgrass takes it, but lifts the ball harmlessly over Pareiko's bar with a poor effort.

  15. 76

    Commons' first action is to win a free kick, dead centre, just in front of the 'D' of the Estonia area.

  16. 74

    Kris Commons replaces Steven Naismith.

  17. 73

    Commons is getting ready to come on as Strachan shuffles his pack once more.

  18. 71

    Mulgrew is a nuisance at the resulting corner, but Estonia can clear. It's still only a narrow lead, and as much as he wants to assess players Gordon Strachan will be desperate for this to end in a win so Scotland could do with finishing this off.

  19. 70

    Mulgre is determined to get a second, forcing the Estonian keeper to tip over a rising first-time shot from just outside the area.

  20. 69

    Vassiljev's effort bounces up off the turf but Mcgregor collects with confidence.

  21. 68

    McArthur's turn for a cynical block, taking down Purje to cioncede a rare free kick in Scotland's half.

  22. 67

    Estonia are hardly getting out of their half, so much so that Hutton is almost playing as a forward at times.

  23. 66

    Hutton's run towards the Estonia box ends with a shot that is blocked, with Hutton getting a nudge just as he takes aim.

  24. 65

    Kenny Miller replaces Steven Fletcher, who has had a bit of rough treatment at times tonight.

  25. 64

    Mulgrew gets it over the wall - a long way over, the ball is yards over the estonia bar.

  26. 63

    Cynical stuff from Morozov, who has had a torrid night, taking down Fletcher 30 yards out with the Sunderland man looking good for a run on goal.

  27. 62

    Naismith chances his arm from 20 yards out, getting away from a defender to fire a shot over the bar.

  28. 61

    Mulgrew's deep cross flotas just over the defence but bends away from the keeper, with Hutton just short of collecting. It's been a good night for Mulgrew so far.

  29. 60

    McArthur replaces Adam, while Morrison is on for Brown.

  30. 58

    A couple of substitutions for Scotland are coming up...

  31. 56

    Rhodes takes down a long ball with ease, shakes off Morozov but blazes over. Still, he's showing why Blackburn made the plunge for his services.

  32. 55

    Ahjupera is flagged for offside, but Scotland get away with that one with Mulgrew playing the substitute on.

  33. 54

    Hutton is pulled up for for a foul, but Estonia's Kink is booked for back-chat to the referee while Teniste receives treatment.

  34. 53

    Nice skill from Ojamaa on the difficult pitch takes the Motherwell player away from Brown.

  35. 52

    Mulgrew tries a back-heel inside the area at a free kick, but he cannot add to his first goal fro his country from the first half.

  36. 50

    Rhodes bears down on the ball in the area, but Klavan closes the Blackburn striker down and shepherds the ball to his keeper. Rhodes has impressed in his brief spell so far.

  37. 49

    Adam's free kick is easily dealt with, headed away before Naismith gets it back and feeds Snodgrass. The Norwich man's touch is heavy and the ball slips just wide of the post from close range.

  38. 48

    Morozov booked - at last - for yet another foul, clumsily taking Rhodes down.

  39. 47

    Rhodes already trying to impose himself, getting caught offside but the Estonia defence know he will pose a different threat.

  40. And Snodgrass has replaced the impressive Burke.

  41. Rhodes replaces Maloney at the break.

  42. And we're back for the second half.

  43. 45+1

    That is half-time, and Scotland have a deserved lead on a tricky night at Pittodrie.

  44. 45

    One minute being added on as Scotland play it safe with their lead.

  45. 44

    Mulgrew takes a tumble off the pitch onto the gravel track in front of the stand - that's gotta hurt!

  46. 43

    The goal seems to have drawn the sting from Estonia, and given Scotland a much-needed confidence boost.

  47. 41

    Pareiko is flapping away at every corner, but Berra can only nod the ball wide as the ball goes over the Estonia keeper.

  48. 40

    A cross, or maybe a shot, from Hutton, is pushed around the post by Pareiko.

  49. 39

    Steven Fletcher looking increasingly fed up from all the close attenion he is getting, he'll have to be careful as the referee has kept his cards in his pocket so far.

  50. 38

    Charlie Adam's low free kick fell perfectly for Mulgrew, who had pulled away from his marker to slot the ball home first-time with his left from around eight yards out. Nice move, and overall a deserved lead.

  51. 37

    Yes they can! Mulgrew!

  52. 36

    Nice, quck feet from Maloney on the left confuses Morozov, who concedes another free kick. Can Scotland make anything of it?

  53. 35

    Mulgrew's free kick is too high as Scotland fail to test Pareiko in Estonia's goal.

  54. 34

    Burke holds off Teniste, who gets a good handful of Burke's shirt before the free kick goes to Scotland.

  55. 33

    Scott Brown is back to cut out a cross from the right; Scotland look stretched at times.

  56. 32

    Great crossfield pass finds Puri, whose shot from the right is blocked before the defence nudge the ball back to McGregor.

  57. 31

    Not much flow to the game, and the crowd are getting a little worried with Estonia getting the odd chance without having that much possession.

  58. 30

    McGregor saves Scotland, using his feet to deny Kink after a lovely ball dinked over foxes the Scottish defence.

  59. 29

    Hutton and Burke combine, this time Hutton crosses but once again the ball goes over everyone.

  60. 28

    Burke goes past Teniste again down the right, but his cross is just too high for Naismith.

  61. 27

    Naismith is pulled up for using the arm to jump for a high ball, and the Everton man is rightly unhappy - that was tame.

  62. 26

    Estonia have a corner, and after the rebound comes out Teniste lashes a shot over McGregor's bar. Scotland will have to be careful, they could have closed the estonian down quicker.

  63. 25

    Mulgrew's free kick goes behind Scotland's front line as a chance to test at a set-piece goes astray.

  64. 24

    Scotland playing it patient and are keeping their tempers as some fierce challenges come flying in.

  65. 23

    This time Naismith gets the treatment to earn a free kick for Scotland.

  66. 21

    With the tough pitch and a few fierce challenges, this is the sort of match that leaves club managers crossing their fingers.

  67. 20

    Webster is clattered by Oper from behind, then Scotland break with Maloney forcing a save from the keeper down to his left with a shot from just outside the area that bobbles up off the pitch.

  68. 19

    Burke loops in a cross from the right, and Fletcher nods it just over the bar without getting off the ground. Another good move involving Burke.

  69. 18

    Fletcher leaves a defender trailing as he latches onto Mulgrew's long pass, but there are two pther white shirts onto him ain a flash to snuff the chance out.

  70. 16

    Burke looks a potent threat on Scotland's right as the hosts continue to have much of the ball.

  71. 14

    Ojamaa, who plies his trade at Motherwell, puts in a teasing, low cross from the right but there's no-one in the middle to meet it.

  72. 13

    Berra and Oper are back on after the treatment for that clash of heads.

  73. 12

    Mulgrew looks confident taking the ball out of defence after breaking up a rare Estonian attack.

  74. 11

    The pitch is already cutting up a bit, a legacy of the harsh winter we've had to endure.

  75. 10

    Both players are off the field for treatment as the game carries on.

  76. 9

    At the corner, Berra and Oper clash heads with the Estonian looking groggy as a result.

  77. 8

    Estonia have hardly had the ball yet, but McGregor has to be alert to tip away Teniste's decent long range effort.

  78. 7

    The returning Chris Burke is having a good game so far, getting to the line to cross towards Fletcher but the defence are able to nod the ball away.

  79. 6

    Scotland win a free kick 25 yards out, but Charlie Adam's left-footed curler is a long way high and wide.

  80. 5

    Burke's solo run into the area ends in a blocked shot, with Adam's follow up being deflected wide for another corner that the keeper elects to punch away - again. Scotland may well be working the Estonian custodian a lot on this eveidence.

  81. 4

    The second corner comes to nothing, but Estonia don't look confident at set-pieces already.

  82. 3

    Shaun Maloney pumps a volley goalwards from close range and on an angle, but the keeper pushes it around the post after flapping at the corner.

  83. 2

    Nice work from Burke, who finds Hutton on the right edge of the box, and the full back forces a corner.

  84. 1

    A handball from Kink, who Strachan signed at Middlesbrough, gives Scotland a free kick in the centre circle after a few seconds.

  85. And we're off!

  86. The new era is about to begin, and Scotland look really up for this one. Gordon Strachan has plumped for an attacking line-up, do you reckon it will kick his reign off with a win? Let me know at

  87. The teams are out on the pitch, with Scott Brown leading Scotland out for the first time. Gordon Strachan gets a warm welcome, and has to nip around a phalanx of photographers on the way to the dug out.

  88. And how is the man of the moment feeling? 'I'm a bit nervous, after 40 years in the game' Gordon Strachan has told Sky. Even after all he has achieved in football, Gordon Strachan is a little bit keyed up, and he also reclons the pitch might cut up a bit so the starting XI will get the best of the conditions.

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  90. How are you feeling about tonight, and the prospects for Scotland under Gordon Strachan? What do you want to see from tonight? Let me know at, and I'll paste up the best responses here.

  91. Birmingham City's Chris Burke makes his first appearamce since 2006 as Gordon Strachan shuffles the pack, with one eye on the looming World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Serbia.

  92. Estonia: Pareiko (Gk), Jaager, Morozov, Klavan (Cpt), Teniste,Mosnikov, Vassiljev, Ojamaa, Puri, Kink, Oper.Subs: Meerits (Gk), Sisov, Rahn, Kruglov, Kams, Luts, Purje, Vladimir, Ahjupera.

  93. Here's the Estonia team for tonight:

  94. The Gordon Strachan era begins in a highly appropriate setting, in the ground that he graced with such success as a player. He has a huge task on his hands, and with the chances of making it to Brazil next year nigh on impossible, Strachan has said that the road to Euro 2016, to be held in France, starts here.

  95. So, that's eight changes from the win over Luxembourg in November as the new man in charge starts to look at his options. What do you think of that team selection? Let me know at I reckon there'll be some far-flung fans looking in tonight., so let me know where in the world you are.

  96. Scotland:McGregor, Hutton, Berra, Webster, Mulgrew, Burke, Brown(captain), Adam, Naismith, Maloney, S Fletcher.

  97. Subs: Gilks (Gk), Morrison, Commons, Miller, Bardsley, Rhodes, McArthur, Mackie, Martin, Wallace, Snodgrass, Phillips.

  98. Without further ado, here is Gordon Strachan's first team selection since taking over as manager.

  99. Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary on Scotland v Estonia from Pittodrie.