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Scotland are still in with a chance of reaching the finals in Russia

Chris Martin scored late on as Scotland saw off Slovenia to keep their slim hopes of reaching the World Cup alive.

The home side produced an excellent first-half showing, with Leigh Griffiths hitting the bar then post.

The visitors improved after the break but substitute Martin’s left-foot finish with two minutes left won it.

Scotland, whose head coach Gordon Strachan had described this match as a must-win, are now fourth in Group F, two points behind Slovakia in second.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Scotland

  • 1Gordon
  • 2Tierney
  • 4Martin
  • 5Mulgrew
  • 3Robertson
  • 8Brown
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forMartinat 82′minutes
  • 11Forrest
  • 6Armstrong
  • 10SnodgrassSubstituted forAnyaat 75′minutes
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forNaismithat 50′minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McGregor
  • 13Martin
  • 14Anya
  • 15Berra
  • 16McGinn
  • 17Ritchie
  • 18Fletcher
  • 19Bannan
  • 20Naismith
  • 21Hamilton
  • 22Cairney
  • 23Rhodes

Slovenia

  • 1Oblak
  • 23Struna
  • 4SamardzicBooked at 90mins
  • 5CesarBooked at 23mins
  • 13JokicBooked at 6mins
  • 20KamplSubstituted forOmladicat 87′minutes
  • 6Krhin
  • 8Kurtic
  • 10BirsaBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBericat 69′minutes
  • 7Ilicic
  • 14BezjakBooked at 55minsSubstituted forVerbicat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Sirok
  • 3Krajnc
  • 9Beric
  • 11Novakovic
  • 12Belec
  • 15Struna
  • 16Koprivec
  • 17Mevlja
  • 18Omladic
  • 19Zajc
  • 21Verbic
  • 22Crnic
Referee:
Björn Kuipers

Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamSlovenia
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Scotland 1, Slovenia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scotland 1, Slovenia 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia) because of an injury.

James Forrest (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bojan Jokic (Slovenia).

Booking

Miral Samardzic (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Martin (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miral Samardzic (Slovenia).

Foul by Ikechi Anya (Scotland).

Nik Omladic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Scotland 1, Slovenia 0. Chris Martin (Scotland) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Nik Omladic replaces Kevin Kampl.

Scott Brown (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia).

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benjamin Verbic (Slovenia).

Hand ball by Stuart Armstrong (Scotland).

Attempt saved. Steven Naismith (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Foul by Ikechi Anya (Scotland).

Josip Ilicic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Chris Martin replaces James Morrison.

James Morrison (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benjamin Verbic (Slovenia).

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Aljaz Struna.

Offside, Scotland. James Morrison tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ikechi Anya (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Ikechi Anya replaces Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Offside, Scotland. Stuart Armstrong tries a through ball, but Kieran Tierney is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Robert Beric replaces Valter Birsa.

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Miral Samardzic (Slovenia).

Stuart Armstrong (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Benjamin Verbic (Slovenia).

Booking

Valter Birsa (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Morrison (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Valter Birsa (Slovenia).

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Benjamin Verbic replaces Roman Bezjak.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

goal

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