FT: Scotland 0 Belgium 2

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Belgium proved far too strong for Scotland and came away with a comfortable 2-0 win at a rainy Hampden Park. They broke the deadlock seven minutes before half-time when Toby Alderweireld's low cross was superbly turned home by the right-foot of Steven Defour in one swift movement. And they made sure of the three points with a second goal two minutes from time thanks to a calm finish from Kevin Mirallas. The visitors are now five points clear after eight games, while Scotland drop to the bottom of Group A.

The 7,000 visiting fans are having a great time on the far side.

There will be THREE additional minutes of stoppage time at Hampden Park.

Christian Benteke superb through ball is missed by Grant Hanley and that allows Everton striker Kevin Mirallas to score his eighth international goal with a cool finish. Game over at Hampden Park!


Goalscorer Steven Defour is replaced by Tottenham's Moussa Dembele for Belgium.

Ross McCormack comes on to the field for James Forrest as Gordon Strachan makes another change.

Kevin de Bruyne tests David Marshall once again with a fantastic right-foot piledriver.

Kevin de Bruyne's inswinger is turned over the crossbar by a worried David Marshall.

Russell Martin fouls Christian Benteke and the usual suspects make their way forward.

Scott Brown looks to find Jordan Rhodes at the near post, but the ball is cleared away to safety. Good signs though and a base camp for Scotland to build on here.

Ikechi Anya's cross is headed out by Steven Defour.

Hopefully Ricky Burns can pull out a win on Saturday night. And Scotland still have time to grab a point. There is still time on the clock!

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns fights Raymundo Beltran tomorrow night. But with Andy Murray already out of the US Open and Scotland on their way to defeat tonight, it's not looking like a good weekend if you happen to be Scottish!

Nicolas Lombaerts is replaced by Sebastien Pocognoli, who plays his football in Germany with Hannover. He'll go to left-back with Jan Vertonghen moving into the centre of defence.

Nicolas Lombaerts' ankle turns badly after going up for a challenge with Jordan Rhodes.

Nacer Chadli and Alan Hutton clash accidentally, but they're soon back to their feet.

Ikechi Anya is brushed off the ball very easily and Belgium move forward.

Jordan Rhodes scored 29 goals in the Championship last season and he has three international goals to his name. He'll be hoping to add to that tally with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

Leigh Griffiths is replaced by the prolific Jordan Rhodes for Scotland while Kevin Mirallas comes on for his former Everton teammate Marouane Fellaini.

CLOSE! Ikechi Anya's ball is turned over the crossbar by Shaun Maloney.

The men in red are in complete control of this match in terms of possession at the moment.

Belgium earn their sixth corner of the game, but David Marshall uses his fist to thump the ball away.

James Forrest hits a right-footer towards goal, but it was always going away from the target and Thibaut Courtois was never in trouble.

Good news for Belgium as Aleksandar Mitrovic equalises for Serbia at home to Croatia in the other game at the top of Group A.

Shaun Maloney makes a desperate challenge on Kevin de Bruyne.

Ikechi Anya has come on for Scotland. The Watford man has replaced Robert Snodgrass.

Nicolas Lombaerts is booked for a late challenge.

Replays show that Nacer Chadli did well to come back and challenge Hutton.

PENALTY SHOUT! Alan Hutton goes over in the box, but referee Paolo Tagliavento waves play on.

JUST WIDE! Shaun Maloney's attempted cross is cleared and then Steven Whittaker thumps his daisycutter wide of the near post.

Nicolas Lombaerts and James Forrest clash on the edge of the box, but play continues.

@coullboi Tweets: "Come on Scotland we need that win tonight."

Nacer Chadli decides to take the shot on from just outside the area, but it's straight down the throat of David Marshall.

Axel Witsel controls the ball so well in midfield before distributing it. He looks a real class act and that's why his club Zenit Saint Petersburg paid such a huge sum for him.

Shaun Maloney is unable to find Leigh Griffiths who has been pretty quiet this evening.

Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic scored that goal fro Croatia. Meanwhile, Scotland look to get the ball out wide.

Croatia have taken the lead in Serbia in the other game in this group. That will put the pressure on leaders Belgium.

Belgium get the second half underway at Hampden Park. The visitors are 10th in the latest FIFA rankings, while Scotland come in at 50th position.

@woodsphil Tweets: "At half time the difference between Scotland and Belgium is clear. Potential World Cup stars vs non qualifiers."

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Scotland are 22/1 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Belgium 1/6 and the draw 5/1. Belgium are unbeaten in their last six games so I went for an away win tonight - 1-2, which was priced at 15/2 and is now 7/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

Belgium lead Scotland 1-0 at a rainy Hampden Park. The opening goal came seven minutes before the break after Toby Alderweireld's cross was superbly turned home by the right-foot of Steven Defour in one swift movement. It was the 25-year-old FC Porto man's second international goal. Gordon Strachan's side have worked hard and came close when Scott Brown flashed his effort wide of the far post.

There will be an additional ONE added minute of stoppage time.

Christian Benteke collects the ball in the middle of the park, The Aston Villa man has been pretty quiet so far this evening.

Half-time is fast approaching in the Hampden rain and Belgium are back in possession.

There was nothing goalkeeper David Marshall could have done about that finish from Defour and now it's up to Scotland to come out and play.

The travelling Belgian fans are making all the noise as Toby Alderweireld's right-wing cross is turned into the back of the net wonderfully well through the 25-year-old FC Porto man Defour.


James Forrest goes on a run into the box, but he goes over unchallenged.

Kevin de Bruyne's deep cross is plucked out the air by David Marshall.

CLOSE! Axel Witsel is next to try his luck from long-range, but his dipping effort from just outside the area is well held by David Marshall once more.

INCHES WIDE!! Scott Brown thumps a wonderful right-foot piledriver inches wide of the far post. Thibaut Courtois could only watch the ball as it fizzed wide.

Andy Lunn emails in to say: "Don't hold out much hope for Scotland tonight which is annoying cos I really want us to turn things around and hopefully under Strachan we can achieve this. I hope Benteke has a good game but stays injury free cos we are going to need him at the Villa. I would probably fall about laughing if Benteke crocs Hutton, but I'll be fuming if it's the other way around. The sooner we get rid of Hutton and get him off our wage bill the better. Worst full-back I've ever seen in Claret and Blue."

James Forrest drops the ball into a terrific area at the near post, but, just like at the other end, nobody makes the run.

Toby Alderweireld delivers another testing ball from the right and the Scots struggle to clear their lines.

The dangerous Kevin de Bruyne looks for a runner at the near post, but nobody reads his mind.

WELL SAVED! Kevin de Bruyne finds himself in space to run into, but his low shot from distance is well held by goalkeeper David Marshall at the second attempt.

The bagpipes are being played loud and proud at Hampden Park. The match has lacked quality, but in difficult conditions Gordon Strachan will be much the happier of the managers.

Christian Benteke twists and turns looking for help, but Scottish defenders crowd him out in the end.

Belgium look troubling down the left-hand side, although the visitors win a corner down the right this time. Robert Snodgrass makes an important challenge to earn his side a goal-kick.

Jan Vertonghen clatters into James Forrest and Shaun Maloney plays it short to Robert Snodgrass in the box, but he is unable to get away from the giant frame that is Christian Benteke.

Fellaini is going in hard again. This time on Grant Hanley. Referee Paolo Tagliavento points for a free-kick, but the Tartan Army want to see red!

The rain is relentless, which is causing these slippery conditions and two early bookings.

Now Marouane Fellaini is booked for hacking down Charlie Mulgrew.

Belgium are a very tall looking team and they're able to clear the ball in from Shaun Maloney quite easily.

The hosts seem to have settled now and are getting a bit more possession. Toby Alderweireld conceds a soft free-kick.

Robert Snodgrass is booked for use of the elbow on Axel Witsel by referee Paolo Tagliavento from Italy. That means he will miss the next qualifier on Tuesday in Macedonia.

CLOSE! And Fellaini comes close at the back post with a downward header, but the ball hits the side netting.

Nacer Chadli looks to find Marouane Fellaini, but the new Manchester United man is caught hanging in an offside position.

Gordon Strachan will want his side to sit deep and soak up the early pressure. It's not ideal, but Belgium are looking a real threat in these early stages.

Scotland have set-up in a 4-4-1-1 formation while Belgium are in a 4-2-3-1 system, which is the way most European club sides like to play nowadays.

Jan Vertonghen's ball into the box is a bit heavy and that allows goalkeeper David Marshall to collect.

Chris Green from Huddersfield emails in to say: "Despite Scotland being at home this evening, this match will be a toughie for them because Belgium are one of those team you can never underestimate. My head thinks a comfortable Belgium win is on the cards, however, if Scotland have a decent start to this game, then anything can happen!"

And de Bruyne's corner from the left misses everybody in the six yard box. That was an early warning from the visitors.

Kevin de Bruyne's cross from the left is headed behind for a corner.

@woodsphil Tweets: "Wow look at that Belgian bench, most teams would dream of that....looks ominous!! As a Brit that's tough to say!"

The boys in blue tops, white shorts and red socks get us underway then. Belgium are wearing red shirts, shorts and black socks.

The rendition of 'The Flower of Scotland' by Nina Nesbitt was a bit special and had me moved to tears it was so good. The rain is pelting down in Glasgow - nothing new there! And we're ready to go.

There are over 40,000 inside Hampden Park. The atmosphere is a bit special for this clash and the Tartan Army are up for this. We're five minutes away from kick-off. Here come the national anthems!

Scotland are 9/2 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Belgium 4/6 and the draw 11/4. Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths is likely to provide the main goal threat following the decision of Kenny Miller to retire and Jordan Rhodes on the bench. He is 12/1 to score the first goal and 3/1 to score in 90 minutes. Robert Snodgrass to score first and either Scotland to win 2-1 or Scotland 3-2 is 110/1. The visitors possess a wealth of attacking riches, scoring 13 times in their seven qualification games. New Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke head the goalscoring market as 5/1 co-favourites to score the opening goal, although the Aston Villa man starts. Belgium are unbeaten in their last six games so I'm hedging my bets and going for an away win tonight - 1-2, which is priced at 15/2. Well worth a flutter in my book! Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

SCOTLAND TEAM NEWS: Gordon Strachan makes three changes from the meeting with England, with goalkeeper David Marshall, Charlie Mulgrew and Leigh Griffiths added to the side for the clash at Hampden. Marshall replaces Allan McGregor in goal, with the regular first choice both suspended and injured, while the back four remained the same with Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Grant Hanley and Steven Whittaker given the nod. As well as Mulgrew, the midfield comprised Shaun Maloney, Scott Brown, Robert Snodgrass and James Forrest, with Griffiths tasked with leading the line ahead of Jordan Rhodes.

BELGIUM TEAM NEWS: Group A leaders Belgium head into the match without injury doubt Eden Hazard, who failed to make the squad. They are already without Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen through injury. Kevin de Bruyne and Steven Defour start alongside Aston Villa star Christian Benteke in an attacking formation.

SCOTLAND TEAM: Marshall; Hutton, Martin, Hanley, Whittaker; Brown, Mulgrew, Snodgrass, Forrest, Maloney; Griffiths.

SUBSTITUTES: Gilks, Conway, Naismith, Wallace, Adam, Rhodes, McArthur, Bannan, McCormack, Samson, Anya, Greer.

BELGIUM TEAM: Courtois; Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Lombaerts, Vertonghen; Witsel, Chadli, Fellaini; De Bruyne, Defour, Benteke.

SUBSTITUTES: Mignolet, Casteels, Ciman, Mertens, Pocognoli, Gillet, Van Damme, Dembele, Lukaku, Simons, Mirallas.

Here come the teams...

@woodsphil Tweets: "As a close follower if Belgian football, supporting KV Oostende I have to disappoint Scotland fans, Belgium are too good!!"

JakeCarchrie98 Tweets: "If Scotland can stay solid at the back tonight hopefully we will have a chance."

@fantasypointsTweets: "With so many big players in the Belgium side it wouldn't be a bad bet to see them in the World Cup semi-finals." They are without doubt the World Cup dark horses in 2014. They reached the semi-finals back in 1986 with the likes of Enzo Scifo, Nico Claesen and Jan Ceulemans in the side, but you can argue that this squad is much stronger.

There are 7,000 visiting fans at Hampden Park tonight for this much anticipated clash. Whatever happens, I'm sure we'll be in for a few goals! Email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish the best comments tonight.

Belgium sit three points clear at the top of Group A and while Scotland's own hopes of qualification are long gone, but head coach Marc Wilmots insists he is taking nothing for granted. He said: "We will suffer, that's for sure. Scotland are not that bad because they played two very good games against very good opponents, Croatia and England. They had a bad start to the group but now they are back. They are in a winning spirit, in a good spirit. They are playing at home. They are already eliminated and they can play more relaxed, more free. They have a new coach and they had a great result against Croatia and a good game against England, where they were leading twice. They are in a good spirit to start this game."

Strachan would be happy to see his side continue the improvement evident against Croatia and England. He said: "There are bits that we like, bits we are trying to improve on, especially when we have the ball. We can only do a certain amount. We don't have all the world's best international players, we have a group of players who are trying to get better, as a group here and as individuals elsewhere. If you look at the Belgian side, if they pick their best 11, they are the third most expensive international side in the world on transfer fees - and that was only rating (Aston Villa striker Christian) Benteke at £8million. I think he's a lot more than that now."

The Scots slumped to a 2-0 loss in Brussels the last time the two nations met in October 2012 in what proved to be Craig Levein's last game in charge. New boss Strachan now appears to have rejuvenated a group of players who picked up their first qualifying win in Croatia in June, before impressing against England in a 3-2 defeat at Wembley last month.

Scotland entertain a Belgian side who are now being touted as potential World Cup winners. They have a squad full of high class Premier League players, so can Gordon Strachan's side cause an upset at Hampden Park tonight? Send in your views ahead of the game which kicks off at 8pm (BST).

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