Scotland got off to a winning start under their new manager Gordon Strachan.

Highlights - Scotland 1-0 Estonia

Charlie Mulgrew's first international goal was enough to defeat Estonia, but Scotland's victory was more commanding than the scoreline suggests.

They created several chances, particularly in the first half, but too often their finishing let them down.

Allan McGregor made two excellent saves, but anything other than a home win would have been unkind.

There was plenty for the new manager to be pleased about, notably first-half performances by Chris Burke and Shaun Maloney, with Alan Hutton also looking in better form than in recent times.

Second-half substitutions made for a less fluid display, but the victory ensures the feel-good factor brought about by Strachan's appointment will continue into the World Cup qualifier against Wales next month.

Strachan and Brown

Gordon Strachan issues instructions to his captain Scott Brown

Maloney pulled an early save out of Sergei Pareiko and Burke should have scored when sent clean through on goal by Hutton, but elected to cut inside rather than shoot first time and his eventual effort was blocked, as was Charlie Adam's rebound.

Estonia had barely touched the ball in the opening ten minutes, but came mightily close to scoring when Taijo Teniste stepped forward from left-back to unleash a ferocious drive, which McGregor stretched to tip over the bar.

Burke looked sharp early on and a fine Scotland move culminated with the winger scooping a cross to the back post from where Steven Fletcher headed just over.

Maloney's movement was also causing the Estonian defence concern and a shot from distance was pushed away unconvincingly by Pareiko.

But in another rare foray forward on the half-hour, Estonia forced McGregor into a second excellent save - the keeper rushing from his line to thwart Tarmo Kink as he tried to chip the ball over him.

A generally positive Scotland performance was given some added shine with the first goal of the Strachan reign, courtesy of Mulgrew.

With the Estonian defenders anticipating a whipped cross from the left of the box, Adam simply rolled the ball into the area and Mulgrew, knowing exactly what was coming, thrashed the ball past Pareiko from 10 yards.

Jordan Rhodes was introduced for the second half and nearly grabbed a goal with more or less his first involvement, chesting down a long Christophe Berra pass before looping a shot just over the top.

Steven Naismith, who looked much livelier in the second half, blasted a long-range drive just too high and Mulgrew almost doubled his tally with a fierce effort that was tipped over by Pareiko.

Scotland pressed for a second goal to kill Estonia off, and though it did not arrive, the victory was seldom in doubt.

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (10)

Scotland

  • 01 McGregor
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Mulgrew
  • 04 Berra
  • 05 Webster Booked
  • 06 Adam (McArthur - 61' )
  • 07 Maloney (Rhodes - 45' )
  • 08 Brown (Morrison - 62' )
  • 10 Burke (Snodgrass - 45' )
  • 09 Fletcher (Miller - 67' )
  • 11 Naismith (Commons - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Gilks
  • 16 Bardsley
  • 20 R Martin
  • 22 Wallace
  • 13 Morrison
  • 14 Commons
  • 18 McArthur
  • 23 Snodgrass
  • 24 M Phillips
  • 15 Miller
  • 17 Rhodes
  • 19 Mackie

Estonia

  • 01 Sergei Pareiko
  • 04 Morozov Booked
  • 15 Klavan
  • 17 Jaager
  • 23 Teniste
  • 07 Puri (Purje - 58' )
  • 14 Vassiljev
  • 16 Moshnikov
  • 08 Oper (Ahjupera - 45' )
  • 09 Kink Booked (Luts - 58' )
  • 11 Ojamaa (Gert Kams - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Meerits
  • 02 Sisov
  • 03 Rahn
  • 05 Kruglov
  • 06 Gert Kams
  • 13 Luts
  • 18 Purje
  • 20 Voskoboinikov
  • 21 Ahjupera
Ref: Clement Turpin
Att: 16,102

Match Stats

Shots

16 6

On target

8 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

9 22

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:30

Gert Kams fouled by Charlie Mulgrew, the ref awards a free kick. Sergei Pareiko restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:05

The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Igor Morozov.

90:00 +1:56 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:50

The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Sergei Mosnikov manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:29

Shot from just outside the box by Kris Commons goes over the crossbar.

89:58

Foul by Kris Commons on Sergei Mosnikov, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sergei Pareiko.

89:40

Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, clearance made by Enar Jaager.

89:15

The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Igor Morozov.

88:58

Kenny Miller delivers the ball, clearance by Taijo Teniste.

88:12

Kris Commons has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Igor Morozov gets a block in.

87:39

The ball is swung over by Gert Kams, clearance by Alan Hutton.

84:18

The referee blows for offside. Ragnar Klavan takes the indirect free kick.

83:10

Jarmo Ahjupera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.

82:45

Gert Kams produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

82:11

Ragnar Klavan takes the free kick.

82:11 Booking

Booking Andy Webster is booked.

82:05

Unfair challenge on Siim Luts by Andy Webster results in a free kick.

80:21

Robert Snodgrass concedes a free kick for a foul on Taijo Teniste. Taijo Teniste takes the direct free kick.

79:33

The ball is sent over by Gert Kams, Allan McGregor makes a brilliant save.

79:23

The ball is swung over by Gert Kams, blocked by Charlie Mulgrew.

76:27

Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Igor Morozov results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Robert Snodgrass from the free kick.

75:24

The ball is crossed by Siim Luts, blocked by Christophe Berra.

74:45 Substitution

Substitution Kris Commons replaces Steven Naismith.

74:20

Enar Jaager concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. James McArthur takes the free kick.

73:55

The offside flag is raised against Gert Kams. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

72:09 Substitution

Substitution Gert Kams on for Henrik Ojamaa.

71:44

Centre by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Siim Luts.

71:21

Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line played to the near post, Jarmo Ahjupera makes a clearance.

70:51

Effort from 20 yards by Charlie Mulgrew. Save by Sergei Pareiko.

69:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Ats Purje. Konstantin Vassiljev crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Allan McGregor.

66:31 Substitution

Substitution (Scotland) makes a substitution, with Kenny Miller coming on for Steven Fletcher.

66:14

The ball is delivered by Steven Fletcher, clearance by Igor Morozov.

64:02

Igor Morozov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher. Charlie Mulgrew has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

62:56

Effort on goal by Steven Naismith from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

62:12

The ball is swung over by Charlie Mulgrew.

60:28

Ragnar Klavan restarts play with the free kick.

60:28 Substitution

Substitution James Morrison on for Scott Brown.

60:28 Substitution

Substitution (Scotland) makes a substitution, with James McArthur coming on for Charlie Adam.

60:28

Unfair challenge on Ragnar Klavan by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick.

58:52

Robert Snodgrass is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sergei Pareiko.

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Sander Puri goes off and Ats Purje comes on.

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Siim Luts replaces Tarmo Kink.

57:23

Effort on goal by Jordan Rhodes from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

56:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Sergei Mosnikov. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.

56:17

The offside flag is raised against Jarmo Ahjupera. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

55:42

Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.

55:42 Booking

Booking Tarmo Kink receives a yellow card.

54:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Tarmo Kink.

53:53

The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Igor Morozov.

52:51

Handball by Igor Morozov. The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, Charlie Mulgrew heads at goal, save by Sergei Pareiko.

52:23

The referee blows for offside against Jarmo Ahjupera. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

49:22

Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Enar Jaager.

49:22 Booking

Booking Igor Morozov is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

49:10

Foul by Igor Morozov on Jordan Rhodes, free kick awarded.

48:35

Foul by Jarmo Ahjupera on Andy Webster, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

47:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jordan Rhodes. Igor Morozov restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +18:32 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:06 Substitution

Substitution Robert Snodgrass replaces Christopher Burke.

45:00 +1:06 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Rhodes on for Shaun Maloney.

45:00 +1:06 Substitution

Substitution Andres Oper leaves the field to be replaced by Jarmo Ahjupera.

45:00 +0:46

Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergei Mosnikov. Free kick taken by Ragnar Klavan.

44:59

Henrik Ojamaa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.

42:56

Andres Oper challenges Christopher Burke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

41:27

Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Christophe Berra misses to the left of the goal.

41:14

Drilled right-footed shot by Alan Hutton. Save by Sergei Pareiko.

40:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tarmo Kink on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.

39:56

Foul by Ragnar Klavan on Steven Fletcher, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.

39:44

Sander Puri crosses the ball.

38:15

The assist for the goal came from Charlie Adam.

38:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Mulgrew - Scotland 1 - 0 Estonia A goal is scored by Charlie Mulgrew from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scotland 1-0 Estonia.

36:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Igor Morozov. Charlie Adam delivers the ball,

34:58

Unfair challenge on Christopher Burke by Taijo Teniste results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Enar Jaager.

34:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Igor Morozov on Steven Fletcher. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.

34:07

Konstantin Vassiljev crosses the ball, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.

31:32

Steven Fletcher fouled by Enar Jaager, the ref awards a free kick. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.

30:46

Konstantin Vassiljev produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Allan McGregor.

30:25

Shot by Tarmo Kink from 6 yards. Allan McGregor makes a save.

29:59

Charlie Mulgrew sends in a cross.

29:16

Christopher Burke crosses the ball.

28:52

The ball is delivered by Sander Puri, blocked by Christophe Berra.

28:07

Steven Naismith challenges Konstantin Vassiljev unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sergei Pareiko.

27:56

The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam, clearance by Igor Morozov.

26:55

Effort on goal by Taijo Teniste from a long way out goes over the bar.

26:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sergei Mosnikov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Scott Brown.

26:30

The ball is delivered by Henrik Ojamaa, blocked by Alan Hutton.

26:03

A cross is delivered by Henrik Ojamaa, blocked by Alan Hutton.

24:50

Foul by Sergei Mosnikov on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Enar Jaager manages to make a clearance.

23:56

Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Enar Jaager results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.

23:23

Steven Fletcher fouled by Ragnar Klavan, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the free kick.

22:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sander Puri by Steven Naismith. Free kick taken by Enar Jaager.

21:26

Shaun Maloney produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Sergei Pareiko.

21:03

Foul by Andres Oper on Andy Webster, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

20:23

Andres Oper challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Webster takes the free kick.

19:39

Christopher Burke produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Steven Fletcher clears the crossbar.

17:27

The ball is delivered by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Ragnar Klavan.

15:15

The ball is crossed by Henrik Ojamaa, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.

9:21

Sergei Mosnikov takes the inswinging corner, Close range headed effort by Andres Oper goes wide of the left-hand upright.

9:01

Shot from 30 yards by Taijo Teniste. Save by Allan McGregor.

7:21

The ball is delivered by Christopher Burke, clearance made by Enar Jaager.

6:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Burke by Taijo Teniste. Charlie Adam shoots direct from the free kick.

5:29

Charlie Adam takes a shot. Blocked by Ragnar Klavan. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, save by Sergei Pareiko.

3:34

The ball is swung over by Christopher Burke.

3:18

Corner taken by Charlie Adam.

3:02

Shaun Maloney has a volleyed shot. Sergei Pareiko makes a save.

2:40

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Sergei Pareiko makes a comfortable save.

2:12

A cross is delivered by Alan Hutton, blocked by Taijo Teniste.

0:13

Tarmo Kink is adjudged to have handled the ball. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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