Slovenia v Scotland

Craig Levein's team draw 1-1 with Slovenia in an international friendly at the Bonifika Stadion, Koper.

29 February 2012 Last updated at 22:06

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  1. 2155: 

    I'm going to sign off now. A decent result for Scotland but, judging by many of your messages, Craig Levein is still considered too cautious for many fans' liking. Thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your evening. We'll have online highlights of the match on the website tomorrow.

  2. 2151: 
    Scotland manager Craig Levein on BBC Radio Scotland

    "There were lots of encouraging things. For the first hour, we passed crisply in midfield and kept possession well away from home. James Forrest did well, driving at the full-back. I wish we had another 10 like him. He's a very exciting talent."

  3. 2147: 

    Charlie Mulgrew might have done better to prevent the cross that led to Slovenia's goal but he looked assured in his first international. Gary Caldwell and Christophe Berra both looked strong in central defence and James Morrison was a stand-out in midfield.

  4. 2144: 
    Scotland midfielder James Morrison on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was a good exercise and a positive result for us. We have some tough games coming up and this was a good test that will stand us in good stead."

  5. 2139: 
    FULL-TIMESlovenia 1-1 Scotland

    Scotland gave a good account of themselves in a friendly that was high in endeavour, if somewhat lacking in quality. Manager Craig Levein will be content with the work rate shown against a team 18 places better off in the Fifa rankings but perhaps concerned about the lack of chances created from open play.

    A thumping header from Christophe Berra levelled the game on 39 minutes after Andraz Kirm had given Slovenia the lead.

  6. 2136: 

    Scotland skipper Gary Caldwell has been a rock tonight and he rises impressively to head away a dangerous free kick.

  7. 2135: 

    We'll be getting three minutes of extra time to compensate for the flood of substitutions.

  8. 2131: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Barry Robson is coming on for his 17th Scotland cap. The Middlesbrough midfielder takes over from James Forrest on the left flank.

  9. 2130: 

    Slovenia have definitely picked up in the last few minutes, with Scotland sitting deeper and deeper.

  10. 2129: 

    A corner from Slovenia causes all sorts of bother in the Scotland penalty box and skipper Gary Caldwell makes a crucial block before a wild shot from Marko Suler sails high over.

  11. 2127: 

    Scotland keeper Allan McGregor is at full-stretch as a low strike from Zlatko Dedic whizzes a yard or so wide of the target.

  12. 2123: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    An awkward header from Jamie Mackie shaves the base of the post and that's the QPR man's last contribution. He makes way for the experience and willing running of Kenny Miller.

  13. 2121: 

    Zlatko Dedic ghosts past Graham Dorrans with ease to lift a dangerous cross into the Scotland penalty box but James McArthur is backing lending a hand and heads clear at the expense of a corner.

  14. 2120: 

    James Forrest has been so lively for Celtic this season it's hard not to be a little disappointed by his lack of impact tonight. The winger has not seen much of the ball out on the left.

  15. 2116: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Scotland's best player James Morrison is making way for West Brom team-mate Graham Dorrans.

  16. 2114: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "The game has kind of lost its way. I don't know if it's the substitutions or if it's tiredness creeping in."

  17.  

    Jake Cowie: "When is Levein going to put Snodgrass in the starting Line-up? One of the leading assists in the Championship #bbcsportsound"

    The former Livvy man has half an hour to make his case.

  18. 2108: 

    Oh dear. Charlie Mulgrew's first international free kick slams against the defensive wall.

  19. 2108: 

    James McArthur is upended on the edge of the Slovenia penalty box. Charlie Mulgrew and Barry Bannan are over the ball...

  20. 2104: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Leeds skipper Robert Snodgrass is coming on for Craig Mackail-Smith. Is this a return to the infamous 4-6-0? No, Jamie Mackie will switch from the right and play through the middle.

  21. 2102: 

    Palermo forward Josip Ilicic strides forward and hammers in a shot that whistles over Allan McGregor's crossbar. He's looked the pick of the home players...

  22.  

    Sam Donaghey: "Scotland need to have two men up front. Mackail-Smith isn't a lone striker. That's for sure. #bbcsportsound"

  23. 2059: 

    Barry Bannan doesn't take long to make an impression as he dips a shoulder and lets fly from 20 yards but it's a comfortable save for Samir Handanovic.

  24. 2057: 

    Scotland striker Craig Mackail-Smith looks to the sky in frustration as a first-time cross from James Morrison sails high over his head.

  25. 2053: 

    With Berra and Birsa still arguing, Aleksandar Radosavljevic has a pop at goal but the ball flies straight at Allan McGregor.

  26. 2052: 

    Christophe Berra and Valter Birsa exchange a few words, with the Scotland defender less than impressed by a dramatic tumble in the penalty area from the Slovenia playmaker.

  27. 2051: 

    We're off again at the Bonifika stadium.

  28. 2050: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Barry Bannan is the man to replace Charlie Adam in the Scotland midfield.

  29.  

    Kris Madden: "Cant believe paul dixon isnt even in the sqaud! Hes our best leftback by a mile. #bbcsportsound"

  30. 2040: 

    Scotland manager Craig Levein told BBC Radio Scotland before the match that Charlie Adam would only play for the first 45 minutes, so we'll see at least one change at the interval.

  31.  
    BBC Radio Scotland reporter Alasdair Lamont

    "Neither Craig Levein nor Gary Caldwell were happy with the late challenge on the defender at the end of the half. Could've been a bad injury."

  32. 2035: 
    HALF-TIMESlovenia 1-1 Scotland

    A second international goal from Christophe Berra has Scotland on level terms after Andraz Krim had headed the hosts in front. The game is being played at a rare old clip, with James Morrison showing up well in midfield but lone striker Craig Mackail-Smith has not seen a great deal of the ball.

  33. 2035: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "The game is certainly not being played at a friendly pace."

  34. 2033: 

    A cross from Miso Brecko bobbles around inside the Scotland six yard box for a few heart-stopping moments before Christophe Berra thumps the ball clear.

  35. 2030: 

    Scotland's lone striker Craig Mackail-Smith gets a rare glimpse of goal but a defender's block takes the sting out of his shot and it sails straight into the arms of keeper Samir Handanovic.

  36. 2029: 

    Christophe Berra is at it again. This time the Wolves defender connects with a Charlie Adam free kick but his header loops high over the crossbar.

  37. 2027: 
    GOALSlovenia 1-1 Scotland (Berra)

    Scotland are level as Christophe Berra soars through the air to power in an excellent header from Charlie Adam's corner kick.

  38. 2027: 

    Scotland win their first corner of the night...

  39. 2025: 

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds reckons Craig Levein has switched to a 4-4-2 formation but it's hard to be sure since the ball isn't spending much time in the Slovenia half.

  40. 2024: 

    The home side have taken confidence from that goal and are looking menacing every time they come forward.

  41. 2020: 
    GOALSlovenia 1-0 Scotland (Kirm)

    Slovenia right-back Miso Brecko is given too much time to deliver a cross from the byline and Andraz Kirm gets the break of the ball in an aerial joust with Russell Martin to nod the ball past Allan McGregor.

  42.  
    BBC Radio Scotland reporter Alasdair Lamont

    "From my vantage point beside the Scotland dugout, Craig Levein sounds impressed by his team's pressing high up the pitch."

  43. 2017: 

    James Morrison sneaks in behind the home defence again to pick up a pass from Gary Caldwell but Samir Handanovic makes a comfortable save from the midfielder's shot on the turn. Still 0-0.

  44. 2015: 

    Scotland keeper Allan McGregor has to look lively to tip over a curling free kick from Zlatko Dedic.

  45. 2013: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    A great lofted pass from Charlie Adam lands for James Morrison and the midfielder's fierce angled shot is palmed up on to the crossbar by Samir Handanovic before bouncing back into the grateful keeper's arms.

  46. 2012: 

    Norwich defender Russell Martin, making his first start for Scotland, is looking a little twitchy at right-back. A few sloppy passes and nervous touches...

  47. 2010: 

    Scotland have played Slovenia before, drawing a World Cup qualifier 0-0 at Hampden in 2004 and winning the return match 3-0 in Celje, thanks to goals from Darren Fletcher, James McFadden and Paul Hartley.

  48. 2007: 

    An out-swinging corner from Valter Birsa drops for Bostjan Cesar on the edge of the penalty box but the grizzly home defender hacks the ball miles wide.

  49. 2005: 

    The ball sits up nicely for Josip Ilicic but the Slovenia player's dipping strike flies harmlessly wide from 22 yards.

  50. 2002: 

    A neat passage of play from Scotland culminates in a shot from James McArthur but the effort was never going to touble Slovenia keeper Samir Handanovic.

  51.  

    Chris Lonsdale: "'Mon Scotland! These friendlies need to count in my opinion. Levein's plans must start to come to fruition now #bbcsportsound"

  52. 2000: 

    Slightly more zip to the home team's passing at the moment as Zlatko Dedic tugs an angled shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

  53.  

    Craig G: "I'm sure the old away shirt was actually yellow.... #bbcsportsound"

    Oops.

  54. 1956: 

    James Forrest, playing wide on the left, has been busy for Scotland in the early stages. Slovenia enforcer Bostian Cesar has already put in a couple of heavy hits.

  55. 1953: 

    Now it's Scotland's turn to threaten, with Jamie Mackie hammering a shot a few feet wide from 20 yards.

  56. 1951: 

    Slovenia playmaker Valter Birsa breaks through the Scotland defence but cannot find a way past goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who saves with an outstretched foot.

  57.  

    Andrew on 80295: "A friendly and yet again Craig Levein is playing the same boring one up front football. I was all for Leiven getting the job but my patience has finally ran out supporting him, lets get John Collins in for the start of the qualifiers he would add a bit of sparkle to what we need."

  58. 1948: 
    KICK-OFF

    Craig Mackail-Smith and James McArthur get the game started.

  59. 1947: 

    Slovenia are in an all-sky blue kit, while Scotland are sporting a new away strip - much like the old one - white tops, blue shorts, white socks. Smart...

  60. 1944: 

    The national anthems are underway. Good smattering of saltires on show in the tiny Bonifika Stadion...

  61.  

    Scotbot: "Still not asking why Craig Levein just doesn't call up Steven Fletcher and see if he comes."

    I think the manager is fed up answering that one. He's made it abundantly clear that the Wolves striker must make the first move if he wants to return to the squad.

  62. 1940: 

    Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic, Radosavljevic, Krhin, Kirm, Birsa, Ilicic, Dedic. Subs: Jasmin Handanovic, Kelhar, Pecnik, Volas, Ljubijankic, Vuckic, Vrsic, Matic, Mavric, Belec.

    Scotland: McGregor, Martin, Berra, Caldwell, Mulgrew, McArthur, Adam, Morrison, Forrest, Mackie, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Gilks, Dorrans, Bannan, Robson, Cowie, Goodwillie, Miller, Snodgrass, Hanley, Foster, Gordon.

    Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (FYR Macedonia)

  63. 1939: 

    Slovenia may only have a population of two million but they are 18 places above Scotland in the Fifa rankings and have been to two World Cups and a Euro Championship since the Tartan Army were last on manoeuvres at a major tournament. That was France 1998 just in case you'd forgotten...

  64. 1936: 
    Scotland manager Craig Levein on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's a chance for one or two of them to stake a place. I'll be pleased if Charlie Mulgrew does what he's being doing for Celtic all season.

    "We only have two friendlies to prepare for World Cup qualifying, so that's why I took James Forrest away from what was an important match for the Under-21s. I have a specific role for him tonight and see him as a key part of our plans."

  65. 1934: 
    Scotland manager Craig Levein on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The pitch looks worse than it is. There are a few bare patches but I don't think it will be a factor."

  66. 1930: 

    You can read a report on the Scotland U21s 0-0 draw with the Netherlands here. That's four points Billy Stark's boys have taken from their two matches with the Dutch. Impressive...

  67. 1928: 

    Scotland's last outing was a November victory against Cyprus, with cracking goals from Kenny Miller and Jamie Mackie in a 2-1 friendly success. Miller is on the bench tonight after his exertions in the Carling Cup final. At 32, he's a bit longer in the tooth than Charlie Adam.

  68. 1922: 

    Judging by the MoTD highlights, James Morrison had a stormer when West Brom destroyed Sunderland at the weekend. Charlie Adam was less impressive in the Carling Cup final, with several of his 'Hollywood passes' going astray and taking one of the worst penalty kicks seen anywhere, ever. That said, the Liverpool midfielder has a winners' medal on his mantelpiece and won't give two hoots about what I say.

    James McArthur might be a bit surprised at joining those two in the middle of the park since he was a late call-up to the squad. A slap in the face for those previously included or is the Wigan man the nearest we have to the injured Scott Brown?

  69. 1919: 
    Scotland U21 0-0 Netherlands U21

    A creditable point for Billy Stark's side but it's a third consecutive home draw in the Euro 2013 qualifying campaign. The Scots were under the cosh for most of the first half but finished the game in Paisley very strongly. The Dutch lead the group, with Scotland one point behind.

  70. 1914: 

    Charlie Mulgrew has had a wonderful season in the SPL, playing at full-back and in central defence. He can whip in a great cross and his free-kicks are pretty tasty. It will be interesting to see if Charlie Adam lets the new boy share in set-piece duties.

  71. 1910: 

    Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew will make his international debut at left-back tonight, with Wigan defender Gary Caldwell leading the team out for the first time. Russell Martin and Christophe Berra complete the back four in front of keeper Allan McGregor, with a midfield trio of Charlie Adam, James Morrison and James McArthur. James Forrest and Jamie Mackie patrol the wings in support of striker Craig Mackail-Smith.

  72. 1908: 

    Scotland Under-21s are in action just now and it's 0-0 against the Netherlands at St Mirren Park, with eight minutes or so remaining.

  73. 1906: 

    Craig Levein's side play in the small Adriatic coastal town of Koper to gather experience for a World Cup qualifying group that has a strong Balkan flavour. The Scots will be up against Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia in the race for places in Brazil 2014, with Belgium and Wales making up a section that is very hard to call.

  74. 1905: 

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Scotland's friendly with Slovenia.

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