Belgium v Scotland

Scotland are bottom of Group A following a 2-0 defeat by group leaders Belgium in Brussels.

16 October 2012 Last updated at 22:55

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As it happened

  1. 1855: 

    Scotland's World Cup hopes may have plummeted faster than Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, but is it really too late to reach for the stars?

  2. 1856: 

    Embattled Scotland boss Craig Levein has geared up his battle-weary troops for a pop at in-form Belgium.

    Still chasing their first win in Group A - and looking to recover from that sodden, sunken setback in Cardiff - the Scots have it all to do.

    With his critics fixing their bayonets following the defeat by Wales, Levein has to somehow clamber out of no-man's-land and escape the not so friendly fire.

    Group leaders Belgium struggled to a 3-0 win in Serbia on Friday - yes, okay I'm clutching at straws - and are on the crest of a wave.

    Can Scotland breathe new life into their World Cup campaign by flexing their muscles in Brussels?

  3. 1858: 

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    Levein makes one change to the side that lost in Cardiff: James McArthur comes in for the injured Scott Brown.

    Don't know about you, but I'm still recovering from that numbing final 10 minutes in the defeat by Wales.

    Victory over the Belgians would be just the tonic..

  4. 1900: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "Belgium make one change from the side that started Friday's 3-0 win in Serbia, with Chelsea wizard Eden Hazard demoted to the bench in favour of flying PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens."

  5. 1902: 

    Scots were doing cartwheels following news that Everton's microphone-haired giant Merouaine Fellaini would miss tonight's game through injury.

    However, Marc Wilmots's glittering side still boasts an eye-watering array of talent.

    Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne; okay, I'll stop there...

    Let's remember, though, that Steven Fletcher is back in the international fold. He set up James Morrison's goal in Cardiff and will hopefully give the Belgian defence a collective headache.

  6. 1903: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "Is this Craig Levein's last stand? The under-fire Scotland manager admits that a win is essential to keep alive any slims hopes of qualifying for Brazil 2014. But Belgium are a team packed full of stars and brimming with confidence after Friday's 3-0 win in Serbia."

  7. 1905: 

    Conor Ogg: "Levein backed himself into corners at every turn. Damage done at Hampden this time and Prague in Euros. Enough chances. #bbcsportsound"

    InfostradaLive: "Scotland have not beaten #Belgium in 25 years, since a 2-0 win in a Euro 1988 qualifier in 1987."

  8. 1907: 

    Scott MacDonald: "Is the game being live streamed on the BBC website? Clashes with Great British Bake Off, wife is pulling rank #minusmanpoints"

    It is indeed Scott, fear not. Don't want your blood pressure rising up to gas mark 6...

  9. 1910: 

    Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Debruyne, Dembele, Benteke, Martens, Chadli

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Fox, D Fletcher (c), McArthur, Morrison, Commons, Maloney, S Fletcher

  10. 1912: 

    Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon spoke to Scotland boss Craig Levein earlier. And, despite Scotland's alarming position in Group A, the manager was coolness personified...

  11. 1914: 
    Scotland manager Craig Levein

    "We're going to have to defend properly tonight but it is "doable"

    "The players are angry about what happened (in Cardiff) and it's an opportunity for us to put things right.

    "There's pressure attached to every football match but I don't feel any difference between this game and Friday night. We've prepared properly.

    "We're here with the intention of winning the match; it's a tough ask but Belgium are beatable."

  12. 1916: 

    John Lawrie: "#bbcsportsound Good luck Scotland. We're going to need it, it could be Levein's last game for Scotland: lose or draw. C'mon the Scots"

  13. 1917: 

    The Scotland players insist they are behind manager Craig Levein, despite the stuttering start to the World Cup qualification campaign.

    Is it too early to say we won't be packing the swimming trunks for Brazil in two years' time?

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  14. 1920: 

    Michael, in Drumchapel, using 80295: "Is there not a case for leaving Craig Levein in charge and letting him learn the lessons from this campaign? Who exactly is better than him as a manager that would take the job?"

  15. 1921: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Richard Gordon says there's an injury concern over Scotland left back Danny Fox, who has pulled up during the warm-up and "clearly isn't 100%".

    With Charlie Mulgrew on the bench, could that cushion a potential injury blow? Maybe it's a delayed reaction to trying to muzzle the flying Welshman Gareth Bale...

  16. 1924: 

    Paul Clements: "If @Stirling_Albion can beat Rangers then Scotland can beat Belgium. As Craig says, it's definitely "doable" #bbcsportsound"

    EdinburghTom: "Scotland might just sneak a win 2nite. Of course, 4 that 2 occur Belgium would need 2 lose, and i just cant c that happenin. #bbcsportsound"

  17. 1926: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "There are maybe 4,000 Scotland supporters in Brussels for this sell-out game. Many of the kilted revellers have been on the road a long time, having set off for Friday's loss in Cardiff: some without much more than a sporran full of euros and a passport, while most will have surpassed the recommended weekly alcohol units by the time they reached Carlisle.

    "And what about the locals? I think beer drinking is compulsory in Belgium. While some of the Tartan Army look distinctly jaded, those clad in red are well up for the party.

    "The fan zones outside the stadium were busy hours before kick-off, with the atmosphere boisterous and convivial."

  18. 1927: 

    If you're based in the UK, you can watch the game live on BBC One Scotland. We'll embed it in the live text too...

  19. 1930: 

    All manner of techno sounds eminating from the King Baudouin Stadium; hope the Scotland backroom team and subs have their light sticks at the ready. It's a bit like listening to Hitman & Her all over again...

  20. 1931: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller is trying to make himself heard over the din of You'll Never Walk Alone being boomed throughout the stadium.

    It's A Knockout eat your heart out. "Here Come The Belgians..."

  21. 1932: 

    Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Kompany, Vertonghen, De Bruyne, Witsel, Chadli, Mertens, Dembele, Benteke. Subs: Mignolet, Hazard, Ciman, M'Boyo, Van Buyten, Mirallas, Defour, Lombaerts, Vossen, Simons, Guillaume Gillet, Jean-Francois Gillet.

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Berra, Caldwell, Fox, Maloney, Morrison, Darren Fletcher, McArthur, Commons, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gilks, Mulgrew, Cowie, Adam, Miller, Mackie, Martin, Phillips, Webster, Marshall.

    Referee: Mauricio Morales

  22. 1933: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "The King Baudouin Stadium is rocking to the sound of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', with the Belgian fans fairly belting it out, in perfect English, of course..."

  23. 1935: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Forget about reputations; go out there and give the performance of your life: that's what Craig Levein needs from his Scotland players tonight..."

  24. 1937: 

    The Tartan Army were magnificent in Cardiff last Friday, could they roar Scotland onto a famous victory?

  25. 1938: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "Whatever happens in the game, whatever happens to Craig Levein, as always #comeonscotland"

  26. 1940: 

    The sides come down the tunnel and trot onto the pitch in front of a raucous King Baudouin Stadium. The national anthems now; and Scotland left back Danny Fox looks to have shrugged off that pre-match scare. Huzzarh!

  27. 1942: 

    Applause and cheers ripples round the stadium as the national anthems end, as the real action is about to begin...

  28. 1944: 

    Sathurian: "Come on SCOTLAND!!! #bbcsportsound"

  29. 1945: 
    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon

    "It's do or die, win or bust..."

  30. 1946: 

    Scotland captain Darren Fletcher looks heavenward as the game gets under way...

  31. 1947: 

    Mark Brogan: "Win, lose, or draw surely this is Leveins last stand #bbcsportsound"

  32. 1947: 

    Early anxiety for Scotland as the hosts thread a few passes together before the Scots thwart Benteke as the number 9 looked to give the Red Devils an early lead.

  33. 1948: 

    What a save, no two, no make that three! Gary Caldwell miscues an attempted clearance and Mertens is denied by Allan McGregor. The Scotland keeper is on his feet to deny the Belgians again and again with red jerseys swarming round his six-yard box.

  34. 1949: 

    Nearly coughed up my cup of tea with that ferocious start to the game. Can Scotland weather this early Belgian storm?

  35. 1950: 

    Chadli gallops down the right and his dangerous centre narrowly evades Benteke with McGregor again under pressure. I'm fumbling with the heart pills already...

  36. 1951: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Their movement is difficult to combat and they've exposed us: it's going to be a long night."

  37. 1952: 

    BBC Scotland's Janice Forsyth: "Was just thinking @BBCScotlandhad rescheduled River City for 2mrw night 'cos of #GBBO. Then remembered the fitba'. Come on,#Scotland! "

  38. 1953: 

    Be still our beating our hearts! We've been rocking back and forth in our rocking chairs as Belgium furiously chased an early opener. But the Scots have held firm; Kris Commons finds himself in space on the right but Scotland's first attack of the game fizzles out.

  39. 1955: 

    Chadli is causing Scotland all sorts of problems, slaloming past defenders who seem as slow to react as Tony Soprano's Mum executing a three-point turn, but Allan McGregor saves the Scots again, and again...

  40. 1957: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "The home crowd have their tails up after that almighty scramble in the Scotland penalty box. What an incredible save from Allan McGregor! He was off his line in a flash and had to use every inch of his frame to get his hands behind the shot."

  41. 1958: 
    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller

    "This is scarier than watching Doctor Who. Belgium look too good."

  42. 1959: 

    Duncan Macrae: "Commons & Caldwell are so off the pace already, could take a doing if they don't wake up #bbcsportsound"

  43. 2000: 

    Danny Fox flights a cross deep into the Belgian penalty area but Steven Fletcher can't profit and get an effort on target.

    The Red Devils are flying at the moment, showing their evil intent at every turn but Allan McGregor is almost Oliver Khan-like in his defiance. Great stuff!

  44. 2001: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "Belgium are tearing Scotland apart at will down the left flank with the speedy Dreis Mertens feeding off the clever passing of Axel Witsel. Allan McGregor has made a string of fabulous saves in the first 15 minutes as waves of red shirts pour relentlessly forward."

  45. 2002: 

    Here come the Belgians again... Axel Witsel - no relation of Axel Rose, I assume - smashes a hopeful shot in from about 35 yards but that's not going to trouble McGregor as it sails high over the bar.

    Scotland respond immediately, Kris Commons and James McArthur show some attacking intent but can't make the breakthrough. This game is wide open and I'm rubbing my eyes in disbelief that it remains goalless with 17 minutes gone.

  46. 2004: 

    Desperate Faith: "Less than 10 mins in and Billy Dodds is already talking about us "trying to knick something." Is that in the Largs manual?#bbcsportsound"

  47. 2005: 
    Concerned BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "We're being overrun in midfield and have no shape at the moment."

  48. 2006: 

    Scotland's goal continues to lead a charmed life and Craig Levein's side desperately need one of their flair players to relieve the pressure on Allan McGregor.

  49. 2008: 

    Kris Commons earns a free kick about 30 yards from goal after being felled by Dembele...

  50. 2009: 

    I was out of my seat there and nearly hit the ceiling! What a save from Thibaut Courtois as he somehow tips away Shaun Maloney's rasping free-kick that was arrowing towards the top corner. Both goalkeepers have clearly had their Weetabix...

  51. 2011: 

    Scotland surrender possession cheaply and Nacer Chadli flashes a 25-yard shot wide of goal. Another chance goes abegging for the Belgians and manager Marc Wilmots is up out of the dugout and smacks his hands together in frustration.

  52. 2014: 

    Nacer Chadli and Kevin De Bruyne are seeing a lot of the ball as they probe for an opening; Scotland are pinioned by a tidal wave of Red Devil attacks but it remains goalless as we approach the half-hour mark.

  53. 2015: 

    Brian McRoberts: "This reminds me of the game we had against France. They had all the baw and we nicked it.#bbcsportsound"

    Thomas Humphries: "From a Belgian-American following online from Washington, D.C., GO RED DEVILS!"

    Judy Murray (yes Andy's mum): "Nice to see the Belgian subs tucked up in tartan rugs."

  54. 2017: 

    Moussa Dembele is inches away from breaking the deadlock as the Spurs midfielder fizzes in a low shot that flies just wide of goal.

    My colleague just quipped that Scotland could use the help of the rugby team's front row to combat these incessant Belgian attacks.

  55. 2019: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "Just as Shaun Maloney's excellent free-kick was tipped away by the giant Thibaut Courtois, I was hit by a pigeon dropping. That's good luck, right? Scotland have certainly enjoyed their fair share of fortune to remain level."

    I'm a little disappointed that Allan McGregor didn't intercept the pigeon dropping by tipping it away before it hit your jacket...

  56. 2021: 



  57. 2023: 

    Desperate Faith: "The Belgian player @DeBruyneKev must have Scottish ancestry. #irnbrucolouredhair #bbcsportsound"

  58. 2025: 

    Scotland have another free-kick, about 25 yards out. Shaun Maloney chopped down by Moussa Dembele...

  59. 2026: 

    It's Kris Commons this time, but his effort is well saved by Thibaut Courtois, as he punches clear. Hats off to Scotland for posing a threat following wave upon wave of Belgian attacks. It remains goalless as we approach the break.

  60. 2028: 

    Scotland's white jerseys continue to frustrate/block/infuriate Belgium all over the pitch. It's reminiscent of training mode in the game Pro Evolution Soccer...

  61. 2029: 

    bringthemonjpn: "This Belgian side is good, but Scotland still have a chance. A Maloney free kick with 30 seconds to go. I can see it now."

  62. 2030: 

    Fraser from Dunblane (at tonight's game) using 80295: "Some of this Scotland play tonight is half-hearted at best. Morrison and McArthur not even trying. Nobody willing to take on their man or play ball to feet."

  63. 2031: 

    Despite an onslaught by the Red Devils, Scotland have somehow kept Group A leaders Belgium at bay and it remains - rubbing eyes in disbelief - goalless.

    Penny for Craig Levein's thoughts as he tucks into his half-time orange?

  64. 2032: 

    Calum in Inverness: "I have never seen a Scotland team so out-played before. The way we are giving the ball away in our defensive area is unbelievable. Let's be completely honest here - is a new manager really going to make any great difference to this group of players?"

  65. 2034: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "Scotland have survived a first-half onslaught thanks to the expert goalkeeping of Allan McGregor and a series of last-ditch tackles in and around a very busy penalty area. Craig Levein's men have been over-run but have shown a threat from free-kicks, with Thibaut Courtois saving well from Shaun Maloney and Kris Commons."

  66. 2035: 

    Allan McGregor will be looking for jugs of iced-water - Raging Bull style - to cool his livid gloves after that first-half peppering. Some incredible saves and also some profligacy from the hosts.

    Belgium boss Marc Wilmots is not a happy camper, on more that one occasion doing a pirouette of frustration not dissimilar to Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane.

  67. 2037: 

    Brian McRoberts: "I predict that we will score in the 60th minute followed by nerve-shredding 30 mins of nerve-shredding hell"

    How will I be able to type updates from behind the couch?

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Belgium have dominated and Craig Levein could maybe take a risk and bring Jamie Mackie on. But still playing within the same shape..."


    Fergie, in Aberdeen, using 80295: "The floodgates will open in the second half and when they get one they will get three or four!! This Belgium team look like World Cup quarter finalists at worst to me!!!"


    Belgium bring on Eden Hazard for Moussa Dembele - gulp - and Craig Levein shuffles his Scotland pack, bringing on Jamie Mackie for Kris Commons.

  71. 2049: 

    The second half is under way, hang onto your hats...

  72. 2050: 

    Last Friday, Wales had Gareth Bale and, occasionally Aaron Ramsey & Joe Allen to worry the Scots. Tonight, this Belgium side is armed to the teeth with attacking talent. But it remains goalless. It couldn't happen, could it?

  73. 2051: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat

    "Hazard warning for Scotland. Eden Hazard is on for Belgium, with Moussa Dembele making way. Jamie Mackie replaces Kris Commons on the right for Scotland."

  74. 2052: 

    Christian Benteke leaps like a salmon at the back post and powerfully heads De Bruyne's cross against the bar and over. And it's still goalless; Belgium boss Marc Wilmots - looking like he's endured a rough night in the casino with the sleeves of his white shirt turned up and top button undone - jumps up and down in frustration again and again. Wonder what he'd be like with his Fantasy Football team...

  75. 2054: 

    Gary Caldwell takes one for the team, getting a superb block to thwart Belgian substitute Eden Hazard.

  76. 2056: 

    BBC Sport: "England's World Cup qualifier against Poland in Warsaw has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch."

  77. 2057: 

    James Morrison tries to play in Steven Fletcher with a long through ball but the galloping Vincent Kompany is alive to the danger and the Manchester City defender mops up at the back.

  78. 2059: 

    Belgium make their second change of the game: Kevin Mirallas coming on for Dries Mertens. Steam still eminating from Marc Wilmots's ears in the home dugout...

  79. 2101: 

    Christoph in Glasgow: "If Scotland win tonight the headline should be: Brussels sprouts hope"


  80. 2102: 

    Tom Watson: "I saw Jamie Mackie score from the centre spot at Easter Rd a few seasons ago. Could this be levein's secret weapon?#bbcsportsound!"

    Joyce Mackenzie: "Just heard the Tartan Army for 1st time tonight! About time! Come on Scotland, you can do it!"

  81. 2103: 

    Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor earns a booking from referee Mauricio Morales for time-wasting at a goal kick. With a little over half an hour remaining at the the King Baudouin Stadium, the home fans are beginning to bristle with frustration.

  82. 2105: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Belgium are looking, dare I say it, a bit predictable."

    Don't say it Willie, one more of those and you're getting a yellow card...

  83. 2107: 

    Scotland come forward with their first meaningful attack of the second half but they're just lacking that wee bit of magic. A bit more support for Steven Fletcher, and you just never know...

    Eden Hazard spurns another chance for Belgium, arrowing a free-kick wide of Allan McGregor's goal.

  84. 2110: 

    Kevin De Bruyne tests Scotland keeper Allan McGregor with a low drive but the man between the sticks appeas unbeatable just now; pushing the ball away as it swerved in the air. What a display...

  85. 2111: 

    It's been coming. Kevin De Bruyne flights in a sumptuous cross to the back post for Christian Benteke to nod home and past the helpless Allan McGregor.

    Scotland players look to the turf in disappoinment and Belgium boss Marc Wilmots breaks into a wee jig of delight down and out of his technical area.

  86. 2114: 

    What a goal. Vincent Kompany collects a pass from Eden Hazard and then toys with the Scotland defence before sending an unstoppable shot high beyond Allan McGregor at his near post.

  87. 2115: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Richard Gordon

    "You can never relax against this team. That was a thing of beauty; if Ronaldo had scored that for Real Madrid, we'd be drooling..."

  88. 2116: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "It looks like game over now. The crowd had just started to go a little quiet before that quickfire double from Benteke and Kompany. But now you must be able to hear the celebrations in neighbouring Holland."

  89. 2118: 

    Eden Hazard, wide on the left, bears down on a frazzled-looking Scotland defence but his low shot is well saved by McGregor.

  90. 2119: 

    Steven Fletcher trots off for Scotland, replaced by veteran striker Kenny Miller. It's a long way back for Craig Levein's side now...

  91. 2120: 
    BBC Scotland's Jane Lewis

    "That's just stunning from Kompany! Scotland toiling."

    Edinburgh Tom: "Re my tweet at 2102. Oops - it was Chris Maguire. Apologies - I'll keep quiet from now on. (Just hope levein realises) #bbcsportsound"

  92. 2121: 

    Anonymous: "As we are not going to win this game clearly. ... It's just not there whatever we are missing under Levein it's not there and not going to be there ... We have had worse teams get better results ... End of .. Not many games have I thought if we get beat then at least we get rid of the manager ... It's a sad state"

    Barney, Neilston: "Guys, Levein eventually admits it's a "Must Win" game , and then puts NINE men behind the ball ? Wasn't impressed with Belgium tonight - but the fact that they could've MURDERED us - shows just how DIRE we are ! A real "JOBSWORTH" effort from Levein!"

  93. 2123: 

    Matt Phillips is on for James Morrison as Scotland look for something to cheer as we enter the final 10 minutes.

  94. 2124: 

    Fellowhoodlums: "New #Scotland manager needs some tactical/selection nuance. So that rules out Strachan for starters. #bbcsportsound"

    JamesWalker42: "This has to be the most inept Scotland team I have seen in 40 years. Woeful, pathetic, embarrassing"

    Mark Brogan: "This is painful to watch #bbcsportsound"

  95. 2125: 

    Eight minutes remaining in Brussels, and every touch by the home side is accompanied by the traditional Ole!

    The Scots look like they'd be happy to hear the final whistle now. Painful viewing and it's all too comfortable for Group A leaders Belgium.

  96. 2127: 

    Anonymous: "Scotland - my 7 year old son has summed it up......'I wish I was born somewhere else'. This is all so sad."

    Jim from Stirling (in Belgium): "Levein's system just doesn't work at national level, never worked at club level either. He must be out before we face the mighty Luxembourg!"

  97. 2128: 

    A flicker of hope for Scotland as full back Alan Hutton looks to get a shot in on goal after collecting a long diagonal but the back-tracking Eden Hazard snuffs out the danger.

    It's a tough watch...

  98. 2129: 

    Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who scored the first goal, comes of to a hero's ovation and is replaced by Ilombe.

  99. 2131: 

    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: "I feel so sorry for the brilliant Tartan Army having to watch yet more humiliation. Craig Levein doesn't deserve them. Billy Davies should take over now. A man with real passion and ability. Shame it's too late."

  100. 2132: 

    John Glen: "#bbcsportsound just seen Pep Guardiola outside Hampden!"

    Robbie Devenney: "Gordon Strachan for me, even if the quality stays the same at least his interviews will give us a smile @BBCthomasmcg #bbcfootball"

  101. 2133: 

    I'd love to offer some cheer and report on some late Scotland attacking endeavour but the visitors are cutting a dispirited side as we enter added time.

  102. 2134: 

    Mike Pithie: "Watching the tex in Florida - not even one word of hope. Worst manager ever - just not used to high expectations."

    Say hello to the Golden Girls for me...

  103. 2135: 

    BBC presenter Dougie Donnelly: "I would never have believed presenting Scotland v Brazil in the Stade De France in 1998, that it would be 20 years before our next World Cup."

  104. 2136: 

    The Red Devils consign Scotland to the bottom of Group A and all but torch faint hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil with goals from Benteke and Kompany. Where do Scotland go from here?

  105. 2137: 

    Anonymous: "The score doesn't reflect the doing We've just suffered... Bring back Bertie!"

  106. 2139: 

    Lee Brown: "#bbcsportsound Why Strachan? Do people want more of the same mediocrity Scotland have suffered under Levein?#sticklersforpainandfailings"

  107. 2140: 
    BBC Sportscene pundit Pat Nevin

    "How many of our players would get a game for Belgium?"

  108. 2141: 
    Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon

    "It looks like we're struggling to even get third place. It's turned out to be a terrible group for us but we have to keep going and try to finish high up as we can. I still believe Craig Levein is the man to do that."

  109. 2142: 

    Gerry from Garrowhill: "When oh when oh when is Scotland going to LEARN HOW to play football? 16 and 17 year olds have never really seen their national team win a major competition. Lifetimes are passing with nothing to show for it. There must be a serious restructuring of the game here starting at the top, because it does not work."

    From Kyle Ferguson: "Levein far too cautious at all times. Brought a negative, wee team mentality to #Scotland and it failed.#StrachanSOS #bbcsportsound"

  110. 2144: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat in the King Baudouin Stadium

    "Scotland's slim hopes of reaching the next World Cup have been well and truly extinguished by a Belgium side that plays will real verve and imagination. Scottish resistance was no doubt brave but questions will have to be asked about manager Craig Levein's tenure, with the team picking up just two points from a possible 12 in Group A."

  111. 2145: 

    On a cheerier note, Sweden come back from 4-0 down to Germany to draw 4-4! Were they whistling the Rocky theme tune?

  112. 2146: 

    Peter from Edinburgh: "Scottish football, from top to bottom, is an utter shambles. The game is finished in this country. Administrators that embarrassed the game over the summer, too many governing bodies, players that lack basic skills and a population that is falling out of love of the game."

  113. 2147: 

    Sam from Catrine: "The problem is that the players are lacking in the basics, learn to control and pass the ball would help."

    Nick in Fife: "Levein has to go. Greame Souness to galvanise the team."

    Ben: "You can't put a spin on the game, Scotland were just out classed, that's the bottom line."

  114. 2150: 
    Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor

    "I thought the first two games we played well and we can't just blame those two games. I think Craig Levein is the man to lead us forward. I'm sure I speak for all the boys when I say we're 100% behind him"

  115. 2152: 
    Scotland captain Darren Fletcher

    "Two goals have come from set pieces and we've switched off. It's disappointing. Anyone who's watched Belgium will know they're a counter attacking team. It's two points so far and we sit bottom of the group. We're desperate to do well for the manager.

    "We've not had any luck but there's no point in letting our heads go down."

  116. 2154: 

    Anonymous: "Are we helped by a media who have spent the last three days speculating about the next manager? Get behind the team on advance of a major game. Leave the speculation until after the game. Have the media ever really been behind Craig Levein?"

  117. 2155: 

    Scotland are now in cold storage - in a competitive sense at least - until March when they face Wales at Hampden Park and then a trip to Serbia.

    Before then, it's friendlies away to Luxembourg (14 November) and at home to Estonia (6 February)

  118. 2157: 

    Frustration for everyone connected with Scotland and those harbouring faint dreams of cheering on the national side at the finals in Brazil.

  119. 2159: 
    Scotland manager Craig Levein

    "I felt Belgium had run out of steam a wee bit and it was a terrible time to lose a goal. Let's not kid ourselves, they're a very good side.

    "Sometimes all you need is one goal; we did enough to create the chances but not enough to get that goal.

    "The question was could we take our chances? In all honesty, they were too good for us.

    "We must look at a team like Belgium and aspire to be as good as them. They changed their youth set up about 12 years ago."

  120. 2201: 
    Craig Levein cont:

    "We can't keep hoping we're going to qualify for major finals and slide down the rankings. I want to stay on as Scotland manager; the rest isn't up to me. I'll continue to do the job to the best of my ability and we'll see what happens.

    "The fight's not gone out of this team and I've got to commend them for that. The fans were behind the team and made a lot of noise.

    "I would've loved to have got a result for them. It's straightforward: I'll just continue to do my job."

  121. 2203: 

    Shug in Auchinleck: "Applaud the players for their effort but I'm sorry that's the minimum u expect from them. It's not good enough just to put a shift in"

    Neil S in Aberdeen: "Bye Bye Craig Levein; get Gordon Strachan in now"

    Tricia in Dundee: "We cant just blame the manager. We don't have quality players and we always talk ourselves down we are always negative about the national team and manager"

  122. 2205: 

    Mr Mallal: "There is only one man for this job and you heard it here first: big Kenny Daglish, top manager and a winner."

    Joyce Mackenzie: "Can this Scottish team even beat Luxembourg next month ?! Doubtful!"

    Roger Mitchell: "Saw D Donnelly tweet. I in fact said to Davie Provan in 2003 that I'd never see Scotland in another World Cup."

  123. 2207: 

    So, Scotland boss Craig Levein vows to continue as manager of the national side. What do you make of his post-match comments?

    Tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg

    And/or text using 80295.

  124. 2210: 

    Barry Sim: "Craig needs to do some of the players, they have had too many chances"

    Steven Moncur: "Craig Levein is tactically inept, always has been - time to go ....."

  125. 2213: 

    David Wright, Kilmacolm. "Craig Levein is theoretically a 'good COACH' - but not a good manager. This might sound daft, but I'd keep him as an assistant/coach, with a manager such as Strachan in charge of the team."

    Bruce from EK: "It's a fine line to win at this level and Levien doesn't have it. Get Strachan in."

    Anonymous: "Levein's tactics wrong since day one. Lithuania. Czech Rep all the way through to tonight. He is tactically inept!"


    Chris Lonsdale: "No manager will fix this mess without the SFA sorting themselves out. They are a disgrace. It's been coming for years."

    Jamie Ross: "Need to get someone in for the next game. If not, stay with the manager! #bbcsportsound"

    Brian Duffy: "And I want to win the lottery Craig, but some things just aren't going to happen!"


    Gail Shevlin: "*looks confused* Does he get a choice?!"

    Andrew Smart: "Gulp!"

    Gordon Kelly: "1993 The year I stopped following Scotland. Brian McClair booed by 'Scotland fans' v Portugal at Ibrox. Never regretted it since! #bbcsportsound"


    Alan Forbes: "Happy days ahead for all countries playing Scotland then. No worries of us actually going to win a game."

    Ricky: "It's a shame about his lack of ability though!"

    Bringthemonjpn: "I have watched Scotland losing so many times, all over the world. But when we win it's great. I'm still up for this campaign."

    Rickysource: "Surely it's not up to him to decide now?"


    From Mike (expat in London): "Levein has to stay. We sack him and get who? We start back from square 1 again. Everyone thinks too short-term. All the chopping & changing will continue to have the same effect."

    Anonymous: "Belgium's number 1 sport is bike racing. Tells u everything. Our players are overated and simply not good enough no matter who takes job. Everyone should wake up we're heading for pot 5. Why are we surprised by all this? You are all missing the main point: the players are average."

  130. 2250: 

    With a heavy heart, I think I'll call it a night. Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil are hanging by a thread following defeat by Group A leaders Belgium.

    Craig Levein's side are bottom of the group; two points from four games makes for grim reading. Levein, however, has vowed to tough it out as Scotland boss.

    "I want to stay on as Scotland manager; the rest isn't up to me. I'll continue to do the job to the best of my ability and we'll see what happens," he said afterwards.

    "It's straightforward: I'll just continue to do my job."

    Scotland are in cold storage - in competitive terms at least - until Wales visit Hampden next March.

    Thanks for your company tweets and texts tonight. We're back at the weekend as the SPL returns following the international break.


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