Scotland ended another unsuccessful qualification campaign with a tremendous victory over Croatia.

Robert Snodgrass, who became a father at the end of last week, celebrated in style with a headed opener, to add to his winner in Zagreb in June.

The tireless Steven Naismith grabbed the second on his 25th international appearance, following up as Barry Bannan's penalty was saved.

Scotland's first home win in Group A lifts them above Wales, into fourth.

Fifa 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A

Played Won Points

Belgium

10

8

26

Croatia

10

5

17

Serbia

10

4

14

Scotland

10

3

11

Wales

10

3

10

Macedonia

10

2

7

The performance, above all, leaves Scotland with good reason for optimism as far as Euro 2016 qualification is concerned.

They have recorded three wins since Gordon Strachan took over from Craig Levein - two against Croatia and one in Macedonia.

But supporters leaving Hampden on Tuesday night may wonder what might have been had Strachan been in place from the beginning.

The Scots' opening goal was a delicious blend of graft and craft - in many ways typifying Strachan's Scotland.

Charlie Mulgrew did brilliantly to win possession on the half-way line before setting Naismith haring down the left.

Mulgrew continued his run, picked up on Naismith's perfectly-weighted return pass to send a high, hanging cross to the back post where Snodgrass showed greater desire than Dejan Lovren to head down past Stipe Pletikosa.

Scotland's half-time lead could have been greater, but for a fingertip save by Pletikosa from another Snodgrass effort minutes later.

It was the culmination of a wonderful, flowing move involving Mulgrew, James Morrison and Scott Brown as the Scots' confidence flourished.

Steven Naismith celebrates his goal

Steven Naismith celebrates scoring Scotland's second goal against the Group A runners-up

Scotland continued to cope fairly comfortably as Croatia probed for an equaliser, with a counter-attacking game suiting the home side.

But with the game still very much in the balance, Scotland were awarded a penalty as Ikechi Anya tumbled under the challenge of Domagoj Vida.

And though Pletikosa saved superbly from Bannan's spot kick, Naismith reacted quickest to slot the rebound past the despairing keeper.

For all of Croatia's ability on the ball, they failed to make Allan McGregor work to any great degree.

There was a moment of panic when substitute Eduardo rounded the Hull City goalkeeper, having escaped the attentions of Grant Hanley, but he was forced wide and managed only to shoot into the side-netting.

McGregor was similarly untroubled in the first half, with Mario Mandzukic passing up the visitors' best opportunities.

He looked likely to score when he took advantage of a breakdown in communication between Hanley and Mulgrew, only for Anya to make a crucial intervention as Mandzukic prepared to shoot.

And when he did manage a shot at goal shortly afterwards, his volley bounced into the ground and up over the bar.

The Croatians flattered to deceive at times and if they are to reach the World Cup via the play-offs, their performance will have to significantly improve.

As for the Scots, they will be waiting impatiently for the next qualifying campaign to begin.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Scotland

  • 01 McGregor
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Mulgrew
  • 07 Brown
  • 04 Martin
  • 05 Hanley
  • 06 Bannan (Burke - 89' )
  • 08 Morrison Booked
  • 09 Naismith
  • 10 Snodgrass (McArthur - 82' )
  • 11 Anya (Dorrans - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Marshall
  • 14 McArthur
  • 15 Burke
  • 16 Adam
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 18 Griffiths
  • 19 McCormack
  • 20 Boyd
  • 21 Gilks
  • 22 Greer
  • 23 Bryson

Croatia

  • 01 Pletikosa
  • 21 Vida
  • 02 Strinic
  • 08 Vukojevic Booked
  • 05 Corluka
  • 06 Lovren
  • 11 Srna
  • 10 Modric
  • 17 Mandzukic (Jelavic - 80' )
  • 14 Kalinic (Eduardo - 59' )
  • 19 Kranjcar (Perisic - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Pivaric
  • 04 Perisic
  • 09 Jelavic
  • 12 Kresic
  • 13 Schildenfeld
  • 16 Ademi
  • 18 Olic
  • 20 Maloca
  • 22 Eduardo
  • 23 Vargic
Ref: Ovidiu Hategan

Match Stats

Shots

10 16

On target

4 3

Corners

1 4

Fouls

18 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scotland 2, Croatia 0.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scotland 2, Croatia 0.

90:00 +1:20

Ognjen Vukojevic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:20

Foul by Scott Brown (Scotland).

89:14

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Scotland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross.

88:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scotland. Chris Burke replaces Barry Bannan.

87:56

Foul by Ivan Strinic (Croatia).

87:56

Scott Brown (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:47

Attempt missed. Vedran Corluka (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

85:23

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

85:09

Vedran Corluka (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:09

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

83:16

Offside, Croatia. Vedran Corluka tries a through ball, but Eduardo is caught offside.

82:47

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scotland. James McArthur replaces Robert Snodgrass.

80:58

Ognjen Vukojevic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:58

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland).

79:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Croatia. Nikica Jelavic replaces Mario Mandzukic.

79:00

Offside, Croatia. Darijo Srna tries a through ball, but Eduardo is caught offside.

77:46

Attempt blocked. Vedran Corluka (Croatia) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Lovren.

76:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scotland. Graham Dorrans replaces Ikechi Anya.

75:59

Attempt missed. Darijo Srna (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Darijo Srna.

75:07

Hand ball by Barry Bannan (Scotland).

73:45

Ivan Strinic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:45

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

72:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scotland 2, Croatia 0. Steven Naismith (Scotland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

72:27

Penalty saved! Barry Bannan (Scotland) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

71:26

Penalty conceded by Domagoj Vida (Croatia) after a foul in the penalty area.

71:26

Penalty Scotland. Ikechi Anya draws a foul in the penalty area.

70:41

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Croatia).

70:41

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:59

Offside, Scotland. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

68:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Croatia. Ivan Perisic replaces Niko Kranjcar.

66:11

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ivan Strinic with a cross.

65:09

Offside, Scotland. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

64:13

Attempt missed. Eduardo (Croatia) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eduardo.

63:26

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Croatia).

63:26

Scott Brown (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:39

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

61:35

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:58

Offside, Scotland. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

60:20

Attempt missed. James Morrison (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

59:30

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Croatia).

59:30

Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:50

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Croatia).

58:50

Allan McGregor (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Croatia. Eduardo replaces Nikola Kalinic.

58:14

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

58:11

Attempt blocked. Darijo Srna (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:19

Ognjen Vukojevic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:19

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

56:37

Domagoj Vida (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:37

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland).

54:52 Booking

Booking James Morrison (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:49

Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:49

Foul by James Morrison (Scotland).

54:02

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darijo Srna.

53:46

Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:46

Foul by Russell Martin (Scotland).

52:32

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

50:27

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

50:00

Hand ball by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland).

48:38

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

47:23

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:23

Foul by Grant Hanley (Scotland).

46:38

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

45:23 Booking

Booking Ognjen Vukojevic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

45:17

Hand ball by Ognjen Vukojevic (Croatia).

45:00

Second Half begins Scotland 1, Croatia 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Scotland 1, Croatia 0.

44:35

Dejan Lovren (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:35

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

43:52

Attempt missed. Ognjen Vukojevic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

41:42

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

39:47

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darijo Srna with a cross.

37:55

Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:55

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

36:18

Dejan Lovren (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:18

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

35:29

Foul by Ivan Strinic (Croatia).

35:29

Alan Hutton (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:02

Delay in match Luka Modric (Croatia) because of an injury.

32:51

Attempt saved. Dejan Lovren (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darijo Srna with a cross.

31:47

Domagoj Vida (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:47

Foul by Ikechi Anya (Scotland).

30:23

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Brown with a through ball.

28:29

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Domagoj Vida.

27:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scotland 1, Croatia 0. Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross.

25:19

Attempt blocked. Ognjen Vukojevic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

19:32

Hand ball by Ivan Strinic (Croatia).

16:44

Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:44

Foul by Scott Brown (Scotland).

13:39

Foul by Ivan Strinic (Croatia).

13:39

Steven Naismith (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:47

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Scotland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

12:45

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Scotland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

10:58

Offside, Scotland. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

9:52

Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:52

Dangerous play by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

6:15

Foul by Domagoj Vida (Croatia).

6:15

Ikechi Anya (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:27

Offside, Scotland. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

5:06

Hand ball by Mario Mandzukic (Croatia).

3:56

Attempt missed. Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar following a fast break.

2:15

Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:15

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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