FT: Scotland 0 Serbia 0

Scotland begin their World Cup qualifying campaign with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Serbia at Hampden Park. Chances were at a premium in a forgettable game as both teams started their fixtures in a tough Group A. Scotland will now be under a lot of pressure on Tuesday to defeat Macedonia. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.

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Great chance for Forrest as he breaks in down the inside right. He gets the ball out from his feet but is denied by Stojkovic. Rhodes cannot get to the rebound. Serbia clear for a corner and Berra heads well wide.

ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of three minutes added time before the final whistle.

There is a hush around Hampden as McGregor produces a vital save after Tadic got in behind the Scotland defence. The ball goes behind for a corner and the home team survive the set-piece.

Groans around Hampden as Naismith simply lumps a ball up in the air.

Unless we have a grandstand finish, this is heading for a goalless draw. Scotland's substitutions have made very little difference to the game.

Ignjovski is lifted off the field for treatment before eventually getting back on the pitch. Mihajlovic has used all of his substitutes and did not want to play the closing minutes with 10 men.

Ignjovski is down on the deck after seemingly landing awkwardly on his ankle after an unchallenged header close to the touchline. Scotland fans are not impressed.

Free-kick to Scotland and another chance for Adam to find a perfect delivery. It is poor and does not beat the first man. Adam's set-pieces have been pretty dreadful today.

Serbia make their final change. Djuricic is off and Lekic comes on.

Serbia have not stopped looking to attack, although it is now in a more controlled manner. A Kolarov cross is cleared at the near post.

There was a big cheer for the introduction of Rhodes. He is a clinical finisher but will Scotland have enough time to create what have been rare chances this afternoon?

Scotland make a double change. Mackie comes on in place Morrison. Rhodes replaces Miller.

Ninkovic pulls down Caldwell after allowing the Scotland captain to get goal-side. The Serbian is correctly booked.

Rhodes is taking off his tracksuit and looks to be about to come on. Mackie is also getting ready.

Serbia are doubling up on Forrest whenever he gets on the ball. He is not being allowed to get to the byline and is being forced inside every time.

Adam finds Miller with the free-kick but there is too much for the striker to do in his attempt to try and arc the header towards goal. It only loops into the air.

Rhodes is going through his shuttle runs on touchline. Free-kick to Scotland and a chance to deliver the ball into the box.

Ivanovic wins another corner after being well stopped by Dixon. Scotland are able to clear the set-piece without any major problems.

Serbia are enjoying a good passage of the play. They definitely look happy with the point and are now focusing on keeping the ball.

Serbia spring forward on another attack. They have man over by Adam does very well to get back and take the ball off the toes of Tadic as he was lining up a shot.

The corner is taken short and substitute Tadic eventually crosses. It has too much height and curls and drifts out for a goal-kick.

Ivanovic wins Serbia a corner. They are not in any great rush and look like they could be happy with an away point.

Twenty minutes remaining for Scotland to try and find a goal to make a winning start to their World Cup qualifying campaign. Remember they also host Macedonia on Tuesday. Home wins are vital in qualifying.

Scotland make their first change. The tricky and pacey Forrest comes on in place of Snodgrass.

Scotland are turning a bit more pressure onto Serbia in the last few minutes. Dixon, who has been the star performer for Scotland, sends in a long throw. But Berra and Miller cannot direct the ball towards goal.

Scotland are ready to send on Forrest

Naismith wastes a golden opportunity. Caldwell brilliantly wins the ball and Naismith is then able to get in behind Ivanovic. He looks to toe-poke the ball inside the far post from close range but it drifts agonisingly wide. It is difficult to think Scotland will get a better chance.

Another cross from Dixon. This one is fizzed in low. Miller does not have reach to get a foot on the ball and Stojkovic is able to gather the delivery at shin height.

There are a few groans coming from the Scotland fans. They are becoming a little frustrated. Levein sends his substitutes out to warm-up.

Levein must surely be thinking about a change. It would certainly be worth giving Rhodes a chance to see if he can find a goal.

Kolarov gives McGregor and Scotland a scare as he bursts into the box and sends a rasping left-foot effort swerving just wide of the far post.

Adam swings in the set-piece, Berra is out-jumped but Scotland keep the ball. It is looped into the box but Miller mistimes his jump completely and performs a strange attempt at a header when he is a good metre away from the ball.

With half-an-hour remaining, it is difficult to see a goal in this match. There has been a lack of quality in front of the target from both teams. But there is still plenty of time left and Scotland have their 11th corner.

Serbia make their second change. Tadic comes on in place of Lazovic.

Scotland keep the pressure on and the ball drops to Miller but Stojkovic comes out to block and the ball is out of play.

Another corner to Scotland. Adam is again the man to take the set-piece. He smacks it to the far corner of the penalty area and finds Morrison in a planned routine.

With what little he has seen of the ball, Miller has been wasteful. A nice pass from Morrison gives the striker a chance to cross but he only finds a Serbian head.

Snodgrass cannot be faulted for effort today. Again, he tracks back and puts in a slide tackle to poke the ball out for a throw-in and prevent Serbia from building an attack.

Djuricic is muttering away to himself after being flagged by one of the referee's assistants. He clearly had his handles grappling on Berra.

A long ball almost causes problems in the heart of the Serbia defence as it is allowed to bounce. However, Bisevac eventually swings a leg at it.

Berra meets the resulting corner but is unable to direct it on target. Another chance goes begging for Scotland.

Serbia's free-kick is headed clear at the near post. Scotland break up field. Adam appears to have given the ball away with another attempt at a Hollywood pass but, under no pressure, Kolarov heads behind for a corner.

Lovely build-up from Serbia sends Lazovic down the left. Hutton chases back and in his attempt to slide tackle he handles the ball to give away a free-kick close to the left corner flag.

Corner to Serbia as Dixon continues his excellent game so far to position himself well to head away a dangerous cross. Serbia commit a foul at the corner.

Snodgrass is the first Scotland player to go into the book after raising his arms on Kolarov in an aerial challenge.

Former Manchester United man Tosic has an effort he would rather forget. Having nutmegged Naismith inside the area, he goes for goal but blasts it out of play on the far side.

Scotland must try not to be so rushed in possession in this second half. They do not have the pace to take advantage.

Serbia replaced Mijailovic with Fejsa at half-time.

WE'RE BACK: Scotland get the second half going.

Gabriel Sutton says: "With Belgium and Croatia also in the group, this wouldn't be a good point for either side. So I've got a feeling there's a goal in this game. As an England fan, I'll be charitable to the Scots and say they'll nick it 1-0, Kenny Miller to score as Serbia look less clinical."

Ian Judge says: "I can see Scotland winning this in the second half but we should have two up front. We are at home Mr Levein wake up and do something."

Jim McShane says: "Scotland have to be more creative....bring on Forrest, Maloney and Rhodes to make things happen or it will end up 0-0.....Which will be a horrible start to the campaign."

Not many glimpses of goal for Scotland. Snodgrass probably had the best chance. But McGregor had to make the most important save of the half when stopping Kolarov's free-kick. Both managers will want their players to improve the way they keep the ball.

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Lazovic forces a save from McGregor with a skidding effort from 18 yards. It was comfortable enough for the Scotland goalkeeper.

Adam is trying too many spectacular passes. He has been criticised for this in the past. He hits the free-kick toward Miller but it is a hopeless chase.

Nastasic commits another foul. This time close to the halfway line on Miller. The Serbia defender has already been booked and needs to watch his step.

Miller finally gets a chance to turn the Serbia defence as he gets to the byline on the right. But he is off balance when slicing his cross and it drifts out of play and onto the roof of the net.

After treatment to Ninkovic, the match resumes. Ninkovic comes back onto the pitch from the sidelines to boos from Hampden Park.

Scotland fans are booing after Ninkovic goes down in a challenge with Hutton. The defender won the ball but replays show it was a wild, two-footed lunge. Hutton is lucky to have not at least been booked for that.

The long balls down the channels are asking a lot of Miller. He is struggling to get behind the Serbia defence while in possession.

Painful one for Hutton as Lazovic accidentally plants his studs onto the top of the defender's boots. Hutton is back on his feet quickly enough and is okay to continue.

Adam is annoyed with himself after initially doing well to hold off two Serbian defenders close to the byline on the right but then tripping Kolarov.

There has also been a lot of free-kicks in this game. This time Bisevac gives away a foul for a raised boot in the face of Miller.

Miller is offside from a long ball up field. He did not get back behind the line of the Serbia defence in time.

Tosic slaps his own thighs in frustration after looking for a give-and-go with Lazovic. But he misplaced the first pass.

Kolarov, as we know from the Premier League, is lethal when given the chance to cross. But he is not having the opportunity to get up the field this afternoon.

Serbia are lacking a bit of cutting edge whenever they get within 30 yards of the Scotland goal.

From the free-kick wide on the right, it is difficult to tell whether Adam was shooting at the near post or mis-hit his cross. Either way it goes to Stojkovic. Scotland fans think the goalkeeper carried the ball out of play but nothing is given.

The first booking of the match comes after half-an-hour as Nastasic clatters into Hutton. The Manchester City new boy got his timing all wrong.

Scotland's defending is being examined at the moment as Serbia retain the ball in the inside right channel. Dixon, though, produces a perfectly-timed sliding challenge to win the ball.

A worry for Scotland with all these opportunities they are wasting will be that they have only kept two clean sheets in their last 12 games - against Lithuania and Liechtenstein.

Nice move from Scotland as Adam drops a pass into the feet of Miller, who lays the ball off with his back to goal and spins. He is looking for a return from Snodgrass but there is far too much on the wide-man's attempted pass.

For an international match, this game is being played at a relentless pace. Both sides are springing forward at every opportunity and, in their haste, that is why the ball is being given away with such regularity.

Lazovic, though, then finds himself in acres of space in the Scotland box. Too much space, in fact, as he is a long way offside. He also embarrassingly hooks his shot wide.

Naismith is inches away from getting a proper connection on a header and Serbia survive. Scotland are putting their visitors under good pressure.

Scotland surprise Serbia by taking the free-kick quickly. Snodgrass shows good trickery to get to the byline and forces a save from Stojkovic. It's another corner.

Scotland currently have Serbia pinned inside their own half. Snodgrass shows great desire to win the ball back. Scotland eventually win a free-kick.

Adam finds a team-mate this time with the corner but Snodgrass snatches at his shot and does not get a decent connection to give Serbia the chance to clear.

Another corner to Scotland, which is won by Dixon. The debutant has had a good game in the opening 20 minutes.

It is a tough task for Miller in the lone striking role. He is having to get through a lot of running.

Good play from Adam to take the ball off Lazovic on the edge of the Scotland box and set Scotland on an attack. Miller, though, is then unable to chase a long pass and it is out of play for a Serbia throw-in.

Both sides are giving the ball away with great frequency. It has not been a great game in terms of possession so far and is instead a game of swift counterattacks. Djuricic is the latest player to fail to find a Serbia team-mate with a cross.

Replays have just caught Naismith slamming a forearm into the face of Mijailovic while off the ball. The Scotland man is very lucky referee Eriksson was looking the other way.

Kolarov heads Adam's free-kick behind for another corner. Again Adam is unable to find a team-mate from the set-piece and Scotland's attack breaks down.

The corner results in a bit of clever footwork from Snodgrass before he draws the foul close to the corner flag.

Another Dixon cross makes Serbia defend for Scotland's fourth corner of the match inside the first quarter-of-an-hour.

Adam's corner results in a mass scramble inside the box but Morrison then loses possession and Serbia can burst up field through Lazovic. He beats Hutton and then Caldwell has to defend. The ball ricochets off his sliding tackle back against Lazovic and out of play for a goal-kick for Scotland.

A wicked, deflected Dixon cross causes all sorts of problems in the Serbia box before Kolarov chests it behind for a corner.

Levein will not be disappointed with this opening 10 minutes. Although, he is barking orders from his technical area. His defence do need to maintain their attention on the edge of the box.

Adam takes the free-kick and it is headed behind for a corner. Adam delivers the second set-piece into the box but Stojkovic can again claim.

Question marks about McGregor's position of the wall at that free-kick. Kolarov was able to curl the ball around the first man. Now Scotland break up the pitch and win their own set-piece wide on the field and close to edge of the box on the right.

Serbia move up field and earn their own free-kick around 25 yards from goal after Berra fouls. Kolarov forces a fine save from McGregor at the near post and then gathers the rebound from Djuricic.

Levein's men then break up field and Naismith wins a corner. Stojkovic claims the delivery after a slight fumble.

Scotland are twice guilty of giving away the ball on the edge of their own penalty area. First Adam and then Hutton commit the offence but the home side survive.

Free-kick to Scotland wide on the left. Morrison, who was fouled, rolls the free-kick into the feet of Miller but the striker's first touch on the corner of the box lets him down.

Serbia have a clear passing intent. When goalkeeper Stojkovic has the ball he only hits it up field as a last resort.

A long ball is hit down the right channel for Miller to chase. Nastasic has to head it out for a throw-in. Scotland go back to their own defence from the set-piece.

No lack of confidence among a Serbia side which has an average age of just 23. They are pinging the ball about nicely in midfield in the opening 60 seconds.

KICK-OFF: Serbia get the game going.

In Levein's 20 games so far as Scotland manager, he has won 10, drawn three and lost seven. Scotland have scored in each of their last nine matches.

Here come the teams. Scotland and Serbia emerge from the tunnel at Hampden Park. Fireworks and a loud Hampden roar before the national anthems.

Pre-match interview with Craig Levein: "I have said continuously over the past week, I believe we are prepared and ready for this match... The players have improved as individuals which of course means the team has improved."

Don't forget you can get in touch throughout the afternoon with your predictions, opinions and thoughts on the game. Drop me a line at peter.fraser@bskyb.com or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF.

The familiar faces in Serbia boss Sinisa Mihajlovic's squad are obviously captain and Chelsea defender Ivanovic, Manchester City's Kolarov and the Premier League champions' summer signing, Nastasic. Manchester United Serbian centre-back Nemanja Vidic is not present because he retired from international football after the failure to qualify for Euro 2012.

Serbia subs: Kahriman, Tomovic, Maksimovic, Petrovic, Lekic, Tadic, Lukovic, Matic, Fejsa, Subotic, Markovic, Brkic.

Scotland subs: Gilks, Hanley, Rhodes, Mackie, Maloney, Forrest, Cowie, Dorrans, McCormack, Phillips, Foster, Marshall.

Huddersfield left-back Paul Dixon is handed his Scotland debut. Boss Levein breaks with tradition and names his team less than an hour before kick-off at Hampden, rather than the night before the match. Kenny Miller is given the nod ahead of Jordan Rhodes as the lone striker, while Gary Caldwell earns his 50th cap in a midfield that also includes Charlie Adam, James Morrison, Robert Snodgrass and Steven Naismith. The rest of the defence is made up by Alan Hutton, Andy Webster and Christophe Berra, with Allan McGregor in goal after recovering from injury.

Serbia team: Vladimir Stojkovic, Milan Bisevac, Matija Nastasic, Branislav Ivanovic, Zoran Tosic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Srdan Mijailovic, Aleksandar Ignjovski, Milos Ninkovic, Filip Duricic, Darko Lazovic.

Scotland team: Allan McGregor, Alan Hutton, Paul Dixon, Christophe Berra, Gary Caldwell, Charlie Adam, James Morrison, Andy Webster, Kenny Miller, Robert Snodgrass, Steven Naismith.

This is the first part of a qualifying double-header for Scotland at the beginning of their campaign. They also host Macedonia at Hampden on Tuesday.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson from Sweden.

But Scotland do have some half decent home form to rely on. They have lost only two of their last 11 matches at home - 3-2 to Spain in October 2010 and 1-0 to The Netherlands in September 2009. Serbia, meanwhile, have not won any of their last five matches.

Craig Levein has been talking up Scotland's prospects of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but it looks a very tough task. Group A is difficult to say the least, as it also contains a star-studded Belgium, Croatia, Macedonia and British rivals Wales.

Will Scotland win? You can contact me throughout the afternoon with any thoughts, opinions and rants - within reason - at peter.fraser@bskyb.com or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF. I will publish a selection of the best comments.

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