FT: Scotland 3 Australia 1

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And that's it - all over! Craig Levein must be happy with a decent display and a confidence-boosting result ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying matches next month.

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Final throw of the dice for Australia with a free kick that neither Neill nor McDonald can turn goalwards.

90+2
Scotland live dangerously as Mulgrew has to be alert to clear Kruse's shot away from trouble following a McDonald pullback.

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Martin sweeps in a terrific right-wing cross and the Australian defence manages to clear at the far post under pressure from McCormack.

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But Wilkshire's set-piece is easily cleared by Scotland who look to break quickly.

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Australia win a free-kick close to the right touchline as they look to threaten again.

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Unbelievably, a few supporters cannot seem to put their club allegiances aside as they boo Black when he takes possession for the first time.

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Ian Black, a former Hearts player now with Rangers, makes his Scotland debut as he replaces skipper Caldwell.

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McDonald sees a fierce shot blocked on the edge of the area as Australia look for a lifeline.

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The referee has tried to keep his cards in his pocket but has no choice when Kruse clatters into Martin from behind.

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Australia make their final change as Archie Thompson, who once scored a record 13 goals for his nation against American Samoa, replaces Brosque.

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Adam, who has picked himself up, takes the corner and when it comes back to him, fires a curling effort just past the post.

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A crunching tackle from Jedinak takes out Adam on the edge of the area and McCormack's free-kick is defelcted over for a corner.

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Adam drives through the centre of the Australian midfield before Maloney releases McCormack whose shot is blocked.

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And unsurprisingly McGowan is roundly booed by the Hibs fans inside the stadium as he takes his first touch.

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Hearts midfielder Ryan McGowan makes his Australia debut at Easter Road - the home of fierce rivals Hibernian of course.

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McCormack was looking to make his mark and he has certainly done that. Picking the ball up 25 yards out from goal, he skips past both Australia central defenders before firing across Federici into the bottom corner. Game over.

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GOAL! Ross McCormack scores for Scotland!!

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Snodgrass is hacked down on the right touchline and Caldwell's quick free-kick cannot be controlled by Naismith.

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Adam makes progress down the left flank before being forced back by Williams and the attack loses momentum.

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Scrappy period of play with little quality as Maloney wastefully misplaces a pass into touch.

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McCormack seems to time a run to perfection inside the Australian penalty area, but the linesman raises his flag for offside.

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Nice first touch and turn by McDonald on the edge of the Scotland box, before he cannot keep his shot down.

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Levein makes his third sub in quick succession as Charlie Mulgrew comes on for Danny Fox.

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And Russell Martin also enters the fray as Hutton departs.

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Indeed he does, replacing goal-hero Rhodes. It marks a return to the international scene for McCormack, who scored 19 goals for Leeds last season but was overlooked by Craig Levein.

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Looks as though Leeds striker Ross McCormack is about to get a run-out from the Scotland bench.

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You always knew a game between two evenly-matched sides could swing either way and it is Scotland who are currently in the ascendancy.

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Davidson, just two minutes after coming on to make his Australia debut, inexplicably heads Danny Fox's cross into his own goal at the far post. Nice flick from Rhodes set Fox away and his ball evaded everyone - apart from the hapless Davidson.

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GOAL! Scotland lead 2-1 after Jason Davidson's own goal!

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Maloney thinks he has won a corner for the home team, but the linesman disagrees.

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And Scotland clear their lines from Wilkshire's resulting corner.

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Kruse sneaks away from Hutton in the right corner and pulls the ball back to Wilkshire, whose fierce shot is met by the flying hand of Gilks. Good save.

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Both teams have knocked the ball around nicely in the midfield areas, but are just taking too many touches instead of releasing the ball into dangerous areas.

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Some good pressing by Scotland in the Australian half, but the visitors calmly keep their heads and keep possession.

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This time Hutton softly gives the ball straight to the away defence when in a promising position.

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Hutton starts the move, like he has done on many occasions down the right, before the ball is worked inside to Naismith who cannot release his shot before being closed down.

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An aimless long ball from the Aussies runs harmlessly through to Gilks as Scotland launch another attack.

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Ognenovski gives his face a good shake and gets back to his feet. Made of tough stuff are these Aussies...

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Hutton drills in a fierce angled shot which is bravely blocked by Sasa Ognenovski. The Aussie defender has really taken one for the team there - in the face I think - and looks in a bit of pain.

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But the ball comes back into the area and Jedinak, who looks suspiciously offside, heads over the bar.

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McDonald picks out Luke Wilkshire's burst into the box and flights in a cross which is headed clear by Caldwell.

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Quiet start to the second half as both teams battle to retain possession for a sustained period.

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Snodgrass is dumped on the turf, but Scotland hand possession straight back to the Aussies from the free-kick

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We're back underway as Australia, who have made three half-time substitutions, kick off. And they are all familiar faces to British football fans. Middlesbrough's ex-Celtic striker Scott McDonald replaces the injured Holman, while Reading keeper Adam Federici and Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak join the action,

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So how do we see the second half panning out people? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @J_Jurejko.

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Just seen the build-up to the Aussie opener again - what a catalogue of errors! First, Andy Webster is caught sleeping as Australia break down the left, before the ball is clearly out of play before Kruse puts it into the box. Then, Holman's shot is also over the line and hits Fox's hand. But neither was awarded by the referee, before Bresciano volleyed in from the resulting corner. Crazy scenes.

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And that's the last action of a decent first half as the referee blows his whistle. Let's hope for an equally lively second half.

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Scotland look to take advantage as Adam latches onto Snodgrass's pass on the right flank, but his cross is hacked clear by the Aussie defence.

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We're into the first of two minutes of injury time with Australia temporarily down to 10 men.

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But Caldwell gets a nibble of Holman to stop the Aston Villa midfielder in his tracks. Caldwell escapes a booking though as Holman hobbles off.

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More slack defending by Scotland as a weak pass by Berra in his own half towards Caldwell is intercepted.

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An Australian attack - again through the lively Holman - breaks down and Scotland go on the counter. But Snodgrass had little support with only defender Berra somehow joining him up the field.

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Adam wins a Scottish throw with a thumping challenge - that was clearly not a friendly tackle!

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The game has been played a decent tempo for the first international friendly of the season, with both teams clearly looking to win.

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Bresciano, who scored that fantastic opener remember, tries to pick out Holman with an outside of the boot pass, but the ball skips off the wet turf and out for a home goal-kick.

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Adam drives through the middle before slipping in Rhodes, but Schwarzer is alive to the danger and races off his line to smother.

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Holman sends a long distance shot rising over the Scotland bar after good pressure from Maloney did enough to put him off.

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Snograss sets Hutton free down the right before the ball breaks to Adam, who sees a teasing cross headed clear by Lucas Neill.

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Caldwell cleaned up the second defensive howler to set Snodgrass free but the Norwich man misses the target with a curling effort.

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But then seconds later a sloppy clearance from Gilks is nearly seized upon by the Aussies. Careless defensive play by the Scots.

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Fox sells Berra a pass he doesn't want, but luckily Brosque slips and Scotland get away with another defensive lapse.

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But then Kruse latches on to a long ball as Australia look to hit Scotland with a sucker punch - but they survive.

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Ooof, a big sigh of relief around Easter Road. It's the least Scotland deserve.

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Yep, guess who. It's that man Jordan Rhodes, who nets on his first international start. He shows his sharp instincts in the box to dart across his marker and meet Fox's fantastic inch-perfect left-wing cross with a bullet header which Schwarzer is unable to stop.

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GOAL! Scotland equaliser through Jordan Rhodes!

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Indeed they make that change as Morrison hobbles off.

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Shaun Maloney is warming up and it looks as though Scotland are going to be forced into their second change of the night already.

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The tempo has gone out of Scotland's play now as Australia have settled down nicely after the opener. Little goalmouth action to report though.

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Pretty harsh on Scotland is that Australia opener. But you can't legislate for something like Bresciano's strike. I urge you to watch highlights of his goal tonight!

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So McGregor is replaced by Matt Gilks, who makes his Scotland bow.

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And that's McGregor's last action as he walk off the pitch gingerly. Looks like a shoulder injury.

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If Fox did handle the ball then justice has certainly been done. The referee gave a corner after he stopped Australia scoring with a goal-line block, but it did not matter as Bresciano scored a wonder strike moments later. The midfielder timed a 30-yard volley perfectly to blast into McGregor's top corner. Wonderful.

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GOAL! Australia take the lead through a stunning Mark Bresciano volley!

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CHANCE! Scotland fall asleep from a throw-in and Australia must score...but no! It's blocked on the line by Danny Fox. Was it handball?

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Adam lines up the ball and his delivery is gathered by Schwarzer.

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Naismith is hauled down by Williams in a dangerous position close to the left touchline for a home free-kick.

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Back up the other end of the pitch and it is Scotland's turn to threaten from a set-piece. But Adam's right-wing corner is rather disappointing and is cleared by the front-post defender.

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Australia win another corner which is again swiftly dealt with by the Scottish defence. This time Berra's head thumps the ball clear.

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Naismith lets fly from distance which, with the slightest deflection off a visiting defender, is safely gathered by veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer.

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Valeri then comes to the rescue in his own box as he deals with another dangerous cross from the Scottish right flank.

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Australia enjoying their first decent stretch of possession before Morrison slides across the wet turf to intercept Valeri's pass.

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Holman, signed by Aston Villa during the summer break, tries to pick out Brosque but the ball runs harmlessly through to McGregor.

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Australia attack to give themselves some breathing space and win a corner, which ultimately comes to nothing and allows Scotland to break again.

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Another good right-wing delivery from Hutton finds Rhodes, who has a lot to do to get his head to the ball and directs it just past the post.

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And from the resulting set-piece Berra smashes a thumping volley miles over the bar. Most world-class strikers would have struggled to execute that!

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Morrison involved again as he dodges an Aussie tackle before seeing a 25-yard shot deflected out for a corner.

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Then Hutton whips in another right-wing cross which just eludes his team-mates in the Australia box. Promising start from the hosts.

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CHANCE! Jordan Rhodes just gets in front of Morrison's cross after superb play by Snodgrass set the West Brom man away down the right channel.

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Brosque is flagged offside as Andy Webster just gets out of defence in time.

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A decent break from the Aussies through Brett Holman, but his pass towards Alex Brosque is a little heavy and goes out of play.

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Right, we're underway. Scotland kick off proceedings and enjoy some nice early possession before Charlie Adam sees his 20-yard shot blocked.

7.59pm
The visitors haven't got a patch on the home supporters though, who are in fine voice to give a rousing rendition of Flower of Scotland. Anthems over, handshakes taking place, there's just seconds to go before kick-off!

7.57pm
But the dull sky has been brightened by a healthy splash of gold and green as the Aussies inside the ground belt out their national anthem.

7.56pm
Scotland suffered a humilating 5-1 spanking by USA at the end of last season - let's hope that has swiftly disappeared out of their system. The teams are coming out of the tunnel at a rain-soaked Easter Road.

7.54pm
With just five minutes to go to kick-off, the crowd is looking very sparse it has to be said.

7.51pm
Craig Levein has named an attacking side with the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Steven Naismith expected to get forward to support Jordan Rhodes. Hopefully Scotland can put on a show for the Easter Road crowd!

7.47pm
The last time these two nations met was almost 12 years ago in a Glasgow friendly - and Australia won 2-0. Will we see a repeat tonight? Let me know your predictions by tweeting @J_Jurejko.

7.36pm
And Australia will line up like this: Schwarzer, Williams, Ognenovski, Neill, Carney, Kruse, Valeri, Bresciano, Wilkshire, Holman, Brosque. Subs: Langerak, Thompson, McDonald, McGowan, Jedinak, Kilkenny, Davidson, Federici.

7.33pm
Here's a quick reminder of tonight's Scotland team: McGregor, Webster, Caldwell, Berra, Hutton, Snodgrass, Adam, Morrison, Fox, Naismith, Rhodes. Subs: Gilks, Goodwillie, Mulgrew, Phillips, McCormack, Maloney, Cowie, Black, Bannan, Martin, Marshall.

7.30pm
Craig Levein named his team to face the Aussies earlier in this week, so we know Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes will make his first start. Rhodes has certainly proved he knows where the back of the net is after a prolific couple of seasons for the West Yorkshire side. But can he transfer this form from League One on to the international stage?

7.25pm
So how do you think Scotland will fare in their bid to reach Rio? Let me know by tweeting your views to @J_Jurejko.

7.20pm
Of course, we hear plenty of club managers grumbling about the positioning of this international matchday in the football calendar. But this fixture represents a valuable opportunity for Craig Levein to assess his players before the road to the 2014 World Cup begins next month. Scotland start with a Hampden Park double-header against Serbia and Macedonia.

7.15pm
My name is Jonathan Jurejko and I'll be talking you through all the action as it happens. As we're counting down to kick-off, why don't you get involved? I want to know your opinions, thoughts and predictions, so tweet me @J_Jurejko and I'll publish a selection of the best comments.

7.10pm
Good evening ladies and gentlemen - welcome to our live and interactive coverage of Scotland's friendly against Australia at Hibernian's Easter Road ground. Kick off is 20:00 BST, so we've got just under an hour to go.

Fixtures

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Ukraine v Paraguay  
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Sunday, 07 September 2014
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014
01:30
Brazil v Ecuador  
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
20:00
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