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Gary Rose and Neil Johnston

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  1. Post update

    Well, that's all folks.

    Who said the Euro 2016 qualifiers were going to be drab and boring? Northern Ireland come from behind to win away to Hungary, the Republic of Ireland triumph away to Georgia, Scotland give the world champions a scare.

    We're back on Monday to see how England get on away to Switzerland. And on Tuesday, it's the turn of Wales. Thanks for your company.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: Scotland lost but troubled the world champions. Scottish players inspired by the shirt, not inhibited by it. England take note.

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    Elsewhere in Europe...

    Full-time in the other qualifiers around Europe and undoubtedly the biggest surprise result is Albania's 1-0 win at Portugal. Bekim Balaj's fierce volley secured the points for the away side and Portugal will be hoping to see Cristiano Ronaldo back from injury as soon as possible.

    Elsewhere, it was the Robert Lewandowski show as the Poland striker scored four as his side beat Gibraltar 7-0. Finland came back from a brief scare to beat Faroe Islands 3-1, while Greece lost 1-0 at home to Romania.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Former Everton midfielder Peter Reid: Scotland's fans take a bow. Outstanding.

  5. Manager reaction

    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    More from Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "I thought we would get a point and I actually thought we would win it at one stage. There were no points, we had the performance but the next game is a big game and we will look forward to that challenge when it comes round."

    On the referee: "It is not for me to talk about the referee. I will leave that to the assessor. I will let other people discuss it."

  6. Manager reaction

    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, speaking to Sky Sports: "I feel disappointed for the people who came to watch us, and the players as well. To have put in that kind of work, going out there against really physical players, they stood up to it.

    "Germany were going to make chances, that was going to happen, but we played with a real freedom in the second half."

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Former Scotland captain Colin Hendry: So the referee sends off one of our boys for kicking the ball away. So what about being the last man and dragging your opponent down?

    Hendry is clearly unhappy that Germany forward Thomas Muller was not red carded for hauling down Shaun Maloney in the dying stages.

  8. Player reaction

    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was disappointing. We were probably the team towards the end, we were in the ascendency at that point.

    "We are trying to get points on the board. The gaffer changed things for the second half and we played well. It shows how well we had done that we have come away disappointed with this result against Germany."

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    Andy in Armagh: Gordon Strachan has got Scotland going places. At long last there is a man who knows what he is doing in charge of the national team, and someone who can inject belief and organisation into his players. His tactics are always spot on.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Since Gordon Strachan took over he has put belief into the players. The Scottish players have that cocky belief in themselves. They believe they can stand up to teams and take them on.

    "If you have that belief you have that chance to take on teams. Scotland created a good few chances, more than most teams. The thing I love about Scotland is they go out and they give everything for that shirt."

    Gordon Strachan gestures to his players
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    Mark Lynch: What an absolutely awful piece of refereeing in the last two minutes. How did he not add on the extra time?

    Matt I: Scotland doubters just kept having to lower their score line prediction as the game wore on. Immensely proud of Scotland.

    Tony Paterson: Glorious failure is still failure for Scotland. If we can't defend we'll drop lots of points. Martin-Hanley never a partnership.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Lots of positives for Scotland to take into their next game. Up next in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign? Georgia at home on 11 October followed by Poland away on 14 October.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Germany were very good in the first half, Scotland were slightly better in the second half but I have to say I was disappointed with the referee.

    "In short, he bottled it. He bottled it with two or three big decisions. The most important thing was Scotland played well but the referee? Hang your head in shame."

    Manuel Neuer thanks the fans
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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Gordon Strachan has seen his players give absolutely everything in Dortmund but he looks angry as he makes his way towards the tunnel.

    The Scotland manager is clearly unhappy with the decision to send off Charlie Mulgrew.

    We're going to hear a lot more about this.


    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    All over. A brave, brave performance by Scotland against the world champions.

    Gordon Strachan applauds the away fans
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    Elsewhere in Europe...


    Robert Lewandowski completes his hat-trick before quickly adding his fourth for good measure and make it 7-0 to Poland against Gibraltar, who have certainly had a tough introduction to competitive football as a Uefa member.


    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Astonishing finish. Thomas Muller is denied his hat-trick by a post - a low long-range strike - before the Germany forward is yellow carded for hauling back Shaun Maloney.

  18. RED CARD

    Germany 2-1 Scotland - Charlie Mulgrew

    Scotland will finish with 10 men as Charlie Mulgrew receives a second yellow card and is sent off.

    Mulgrew looks stunned - the booking was for kicking the ball away after the whistle had gone.

    Charlie Mulgrew of Scotland is sent off
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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Marco Reus is helped off the pitch and play resumes.

    It's now or never for Scotland. There's still time for one last chance.

    An injured Marco Reus of Germany is carried off the pitch
  20. Three minutes to go

    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Three minutes of added time.

    Play is held up as Marco Reus crumples to the ground following a heavy challenge.

    The hosts are preparing to send on Matthias Ginter.

    Marco Reus of Germany is injured
  21. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sho Rahman: If Scotland don't get a point from this game they're gonna be devastated. They've matched Germany tonight.

    Kevin Lloyd: How many times have we seen Scotland push big teams, before being inept against other minnows?

    Connor McQuade: Regardless of the result tonight, highly encouraged by Scotland's performance tonight. Bodes well I hope

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is just tiredness now for Scotland. Alan Hutton was pulled out there but it was not his fault, he tried to get as close as he could to their man but no-one came to help. But Scotland survived it."

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    The answer is no.

    Germany win another corner but they are in no rush to take it.

    Mario Gotze goes close with a close range finish which falls narrowly wide.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Time running out for Scotland.

    Another corner for Germany. The visitors pack their penalty area with 10 blue shirts. But it comes to nothing.

    Can Scotland counter-attack?

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    Elsewhere in Europe...

    The dream for the Faroe Islands was alive for just 12 minutes as Finland have since scored three goals to lead 3-1.

    No changes in the scores from elsewhere in Europe, with Poland perhaps taking their foot off the pedal against Gibraltar as they still lead 5-0, while Romania and Albania are beating Greece and Portugal 1-0 respectively.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall (right)

    Lots of tired legs on show now from both sets of players.

    Germany know they have been in a game. They have had to fight for these points and they are not guaranteed yet.

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    Sam from Telford: England have adopted Andy Murray. Can we adopt the Scottish football team too? They play better football.

    Calum, Aberdeen: If we get Hanley out of the team Scotland might actually be able to achieve something internationally, unfortunately Strachan has other ideas and persists. Great performance otherwise lads.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Do you think Sebastian Rudy might not fancy playing against Ikechi Anya every week? He has worked his socks off tonight. The way the Germans play they are quite cavalier, they do push up really far."


    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Scotland are still pushing forward in search of a second equaliser. Steven Naismith is replaced by Shaun Maloney.

    Gordon Strachan reacts
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    Pawel in Edinburgh: What a display from "outsiders". Albania are winning at Portugal, the Faroe Island are drawing with Finland. And Scotland are producing a great performance against the world champions.

  31. Post update

    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Germany free-kick.

    I'm sure it will have looked good on the training ground but it goes horribly wrong on the pitch as Thomas Muller fails to prevent Toni Kroos's cross into the area from going out.

    Very ordinary from the world champions.

  32. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mubarak Hasan: Just when I thought Scotland will park the bus.. Heartbreak

    Paul Flanagan: Whatever happens tonight Strachan is showing he can squeeze every last drop out of players he has available.

    William Lewis: What a response from the world champions!

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Whatever the final outcome, Gordon Strachan will be heartened by what he has seen by his players against the world champions. There has been no rolling over. Anything but. Scotland have been bright and breezy and have given Germany a real scare.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "This has been a real joy to see Scotland having a go. They are toe-to-toe with Germany and there is enough fight in this Scotland group to give other teams a game in this group."

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    Elsewhere in Europe...

    Albania Portugal

    Bit a surprise elsewhere in Europe as Albania are winning 1-0 at Portugal, with Bekim Balaj firing home seven minutes into the second half. It is a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal, I might add, but an impressive scoreline at the moment nevertheless.

    Elsewhere, Gibraltar's resolve against Poland has been broken. Four goals in 10 second-half minutes - including two from Robert Lewnadowski - means the away side lead 5-0 and still 25 minutes to go in that game.

    Elsewhere, Finland have equalised against Faroe Islands, while Romania are still beating Greece 1-0.

  36. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Scots Wehey: Ach... we just annoyed them.


    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    Pressure straight away from Scotland. Steven Naismith is in a good attacking position and brought down close to the edge of the Germany box by Erik Durm, who is booked for his troubles. Charlie Mulgrew's poor subsequent free-kick hits the wall.

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    Germany 2-1 Scotland

    This is breathless. This is relentless. And this is not over. Scotland are still in this.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Painful, very, very painful. That goal is a gift to Germany. The delivery was good but they have got lucky because the ball has pinged around fallen to the right player for them. Can Scotland come back again? Is it at all possible? I think they believe they can."

  40. GOAL

    Germany 2-1 Scotland - Thomas Muller

    One step forward, two steps back for Scotland. . . .

    They are level for just four minutes as Thomas Muller pokes Germany back into the lead after the visitors fail to deal with a corner.


    Scotland players react as Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates
  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Kenny Kong: Scotland fully deserves that goal. What a counter.

    Alex Patterson: GOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Kev in Formby: Scotland are putting in a better display than I have seen from England in years. Imagine England here tonight.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You know what? I can believe this, I can believe this scoreline with the second half display. I've been saying get in behind the Germany defence and do it with Ikechi Anya. They have been pushing up and that chance was coming. Do they go for a winner now? It has shocked the stadium here but it is not a shock when you watch this game. I think Scotland want to go win it now."

  44. GOAL

    Germany 1-1 Scotland - Ikechi Anya

    Can you believe it?

    Ikechi Anya writes his name into Scotland folklore with a brilliant, composed low finish past Manuel Neuer after a powerful run into the Germany half.

    The world champions are stunned. Scotland are in dreamland. And it all started with a misplaced pass from Mario Gotze - the man who scored the winner in the World Cup final.

    Ikechi Anya of Scotland scores their first goal
    Ikechi Anya celebrates with teammate Steven Naismith
  45. Post update

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "There is no shadow of a doubt, on chances in the second half, Scotland are the better side. There were too chances for Naismith and one for Fletcher too."

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    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Into the the final half an hour. This game is far from over.

    Scotland fans are in full voice. They believe.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "David Marshall had to be big, he got out there and it was a superb save."


    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Screams of penalty from Scotland's players as Steven Fletcher's header strikes a German player's hand. The referee is not interested.

    Steven Fletcher of Scotland heads at the Germany goal

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Almost 2-0 - and it would have been but for a great save from David Marshall, who denies Marco Reus. The subsequent corner comes to nothing.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is on Steven Naismith's weaker left foot. He is capable of taking that but you try that and one in 10 goes on target. He will be gutted about that - particularly because I think he had time to take a touch."

  51. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    What a chance. What a horrible finish.

    Steven Naismith is unmarked eight yards out as a pin-point cross lands at his feet but the Everton man swings out a boot which flies horribly high and wide.

    That could be costly.

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    Dave, Oxford: Scotland, serial over achievers. Get realistic, 3rd rate league and choice of players. No real Scottish superstars any more. Wish there were.

    Ian Manson: Even though this is a German side in transition after a huge triumph they are still formidable. Scotland not being outclassed by them is something to proud of.

    Rupert in Dorset: Reason to be cheerful, Scotland are doing way better than Brazil did against Germany


    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    One Fletcher on. One Fletcher off. Sunderland striker Steven comes on for Barry Bannan as skipper Darren is replaced by James McArthur. Bold move by Gordon Strachan who has clearly not given up on this.

  54. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dean Ritchie: I have a feeling Scotland will get Germany on the back foot, but not make anything of it.

    John Regan: Strachan is a pragmatist. Anything Scotland get here is a bonus, but he'll plot a course through the group. I'm optimistic.

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    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Germany in sloppy pass shock as Jerome Boateng is guilty of gifting possession to a blue shirt.

    Scotland fans are making themselves heard.

  56. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

    If Scotland can maintain this tempo then we're in for a terrific second-half in Dortmund.

    But the visitors need to keep their discipline. Grant Hanley is booked for a blatant push on Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle volleys over from the resulting set-piece.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a brilliant piece of play. Brilliant break forward by Alan Hutton and a top, top strike by Steven Naismith."

    Alan Hutton of Scotland is chased Marco Reus

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Brilliant by Steven Naismith. The Scotland forward has the ball at his feet on the edge of the Germany area. He dances past one defender. Then another.

    But agony is etched across his face as his finish clips the outside of the post and the chance is gone.

    Terrific start to the second-half.

    Steven Naismith of Scotland reacts
  59. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Flanagan: Way too much negativity from some Scotland fans. We're only 1-0 down away from home at HT vs. World Champs. All to play for

    Aidan McCauley: Come on Scotland, never mind the ney-sayers!

    Andrew Forbes: Hate the pessimism on display. 1-0, against the World Champions! I could imagine worse!

    Tim Oliver: I have more confidence in Scotland winning against Germany than Gibraltar in this same situation.

  60. KICK-OFF

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Huge 45 minutes coming up for Scotland. It's all systems go. . .

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    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    The players are on their way out. . .

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Scotland have to know that when they get possession they hold it well and break well. I want to see the ball given to Anya as often as possible. Two or three times they have got very, very close to getting through."

  63. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Scotland fans in Germany

    Paul Flanagan: Way too much negativity from some Scotland fans. We're only 1-0 down away from home at half-time v world champions. All to play for.

    Andrew Hobs: Hate the pessimism on display. It's 1-0 against the world champions. I could imagine worse!

    Tim Oliver: I have more confidence in Scotland winning against Germany than Gibraltar in this same situation.

  64. Half-time stats

    Germany 1-0 Scotland


    The possession and shots on target stats may not make for pleasant reading for Scotland fans, but they are definitely still in this game.

    There have been chinks in Germany's armour which Scotland's pacy players could exploit. Another goal for Germany, though, and it will be hard to see them getting anything.

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    Luke Dickinson: Faroe Islands beating Finland who are 128 places higher in the rankings. Not bad!

  66. Post update

    Elsewhere in Europe...

    One surprise in the half-time scores from elsewhere in Europe as Christian Holst bagged just before half-time to give Faroe Islands a 1-0 lead at home to Finland.

    Elsewhere, it is as you were with Poland beating Gibraltar 1-0 at the break, and Romania 1-0 up in Greece.

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    Steve in Edinburgh (between 36 and 40 mins) has certainly got things going....

    James, Coatbridge: So, Steve is comparing us to English fans and media, I think he has been having an extended liquid lunch.

    Robert from Reading: Scotland should be full of hope, Strachan is doing a great job.

    Dave in Edinburgh: There is a massive difference between being full of hope and expecting a victory. That might make you deluded but by no means arrogant.

  68. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Can Scotland re-group and haul themselves back into this?

    As Pat Nevin says, they are certainly not out of this. But you get the feeling that if the world champions get a second goal early in the second half then the floodgates could open.

    Time for a Tartan hero to step forward. Darren Fletcher? Charlie Mulgrew?

  69. Post update

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Germany are certainly the better side, they are passing the ball beautifully and creating chances but Scotland are not out of this, purely because Germany push up. With Anya's and Naismith's pace, this game is not dead yet."

  70. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    William Lewis: This is sad to watch, Germany are going to massacre Scotland like they did against Brazil. Wow.

    Harry Whittingham: Look on the bright side Scotland fans. Brazil were 5-0 down to the Germans by now. #bbcfootball


    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Scotland players leave the field
  72. Post update

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "How often do you see a pass from a goalkeeper that gets the entirety of the stadium not only applauding but gasping slightly as well. It was a brilliant tackle by Manuel Neuer.

    "But the thing is, when Germany are attacking, there is no-one within 70 or 80 yards of the goalkeeper, Scotland know that. The fact that Neuer had to make that astonishing tackle is because of that and they might get caught out."

  73. CLOSE!

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Incredible by Manuel Neuer.

    The Germany keeper almost sets up a goal as he keeps possession after a sliding challenge on Ikechi Anya outside his own area before sparking an attack down the left with a clever pass.

    Andre Schurrle crosses into the danger area and Grant Hanley's attempted clearance is heading for the Scotland net before David Marshall sticks out a hand to save the visitors.

    Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany savs a ball
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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Germany have weaknesses. They are the world champions but even in that wide area there are weaknesses. When you face them, you do come with a chance, but you need to make sure you don't give anything away as well."

  75. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Henry is right, Scotland are doing better than Brazil, who were hammered 7-1, did at the hands of Germany in the World Cup. But there's a long way to go yet and the world champions are unlikely to take their foot off the gas. Five minutes to the interval.

  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Henry Shah: Scotland doing better than Brazil.

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    Steve in Edinburgh: So, Germany have just won the World Cup, which Scotland yet again failed miserably to qualify for, and because of a few friendly results Scotland are full of hope? And they say English fans are arrogant and deluded.

  78. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    A rare counter-attack thanks to Barry Bannan's delightful pass from the edge of his own area. But it comes to nothing as Steven Naismith can't keep possession. The story of Scotland's night so far. . .

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    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Thomas Muller

    No shame in conceding a Thomas Muller goal. His recent record shows he has a knack of hitting the back of the net in games that count.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Scotland can't afford to be missing key players, but that is the way it is. They will hope to get them back for the games they may feel they can get something more from."

  81. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Credit to Germany. Russell Martin handles the ball inside his own area while attempting to make a clearance but the home players do not make a fuss as the referee indicates it was not intentional.

    Gordon Strachan breathes a sigh of relief.

  82. Post update

    Elsewhere in Europe...

    Gibraltar defender Joseph Chipolina (left) and Poland forward Robert Lewandowski

    Everyone loves a fairytale in football right? The underdog triumphing, David beating Goliath. Well, sadly, that is not looking like it will be the case with Gibraltar, they trail Poland 1-0 thanks to Kamil Grosicki's strike.

    Just one other goal in tonight's other qualifiers to bring you news of. A 10th-minute penalty by Ciprian Marica has put Romania 1-0 up in Greece.

  83. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Wave after wave of German pressure.

    This time Marco Reus lets fly from outside the area but his effort is palmed away by David Marshall. The ball falls to Andre Schurrle but Russell Martin makes a vital block to prevent the Chelsea man making it 2-0.

    Scotland cannot get out of their own half.

  84. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Toni Kroos in action for Germany

    There are eight Scotland players inside their own area. But they can't clear properly and the ball falls at the feet of Toni Kroos, whose first time shot flies over David Marshall's bar. This is relentless.

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    John Dykes: Too much talk about Germany's defence, when they can go out and score 7 past Brazil. Nicking a dodgy goal won't get you far.

    Nick Bruzon: And so it begins. 1-0 Germany......

    Craig Wilcox: Where has talk of Scotland having a fighting chance come from? Germany will run away with this once they get out of 2nd gear

  86. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    A snap shot by Marco Reus keeps David Marshall on his toes. Germany are in cruise - or should that be Kroos - control.

  87. Post update

    Germany 1-0 Scotland

    Big few minutes coming up for Scotland. The home fans are bouncing, the hosts are looking to kill this game early. A second now and the floodgates could open.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Scotland are not that big at the back and it is not a sophisticated goal, it is not complicated. They put the ball in and I am not surprised Germany are ahead from that move, because that has been their tactic so far. Thomas Muller has enormous technical ability. It was an odd header, but it does not matter how he angles it, he knows how to head a ball."

  89. GOAL

    Germany 1-0 Scotland - Thomas Muller

    Brilliant by Thomas Muller as the Germany forward outjumps Russell Martin and Alan Hutton to put the world champions ahead following Sebastian Rudy's cross into the area. This could be a long night for Gordon Strachan.

    All too easy - and not unlike the sort of goal you might see right across Scotland every weekend.

    Germany's Thomas Mueller, left, heads the ball toward goal
    Thomas Mueller of Germany is congratulated by team mates
  90. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Brian McDonald: I disagree with the tournament increase to 24 teams. Means more one-sided matches and less prestige. Also, Sunday night football?

    Ijaz: Even with a few key players missing, this Germany squad is frightening

    Rian Hoskins: Defence could potentially be a weak point for Germany with Lahm retired and Hummels not starting. But the attack is frightening.

  91. Post update

    Germany 0-0 Scotland

    More pressure from Scotland, who are starting to grow into this contest. This time the ball drops to Charlie Mulgrew just insie the area and he smashes his effort towards goal. It thunders agonisingly off the woodwork but it would not have counted because the offside flag is up.

  92. Post update

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "We talked about Anya, very few people can stay with him."

  93. Post update

    Germany 0-0 Scotland

    'Flower of Scotland' booms around the Signal Iduna Park as Barry Bannan's effort from 15-yards is deflected narrowly over after a fine run by Ikechi Anya finds James Morrison who tees-up the Crystal Palace man. Great move by Scotland.

  94. Post update

    Germany 0-0 Scotland

    Darren Fletcher update.

    The Manchester United midfielder has looked lively in the opening 10 minutes and his long ball forward to Ikechi Anya is cut out by Manuel Neuer before any damage can be caused.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Do you know what? I could have scored that! I would have felt confident of putting that away. It is a terrible miss for a player of that standard."

  96. CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Scotland

    How did he miss?

    Thomas Muller is unmarked and eight yards out when he connects with a cross into the Scotland box but cannot keep his header on target.

    What a let off for the visitors.

  97. Post update

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "In the the first few minutes of this game Scotland are trying to play the balls long for the pace of Ikechi Anya. That is where they are going to go. Apart from that, Scotland have looked OK when they have had the ball, they have just not been able to get enough of it though."

  98. Post update

    Germany 0-0 Scotland

    First serious shot of the game and it's Chelsea's Andre Schurrle who cuts in from the wing before firing over David Marshall's bar. The first of many to come?

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    Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew (Left) and Germany's Christoph Kramer

    Andrew, Stalybridge: This is why upping the Euros to 24 teams was a great idea. First night and there's genuine excitement for teams about finishing 2nd/3rd and qualifying. It's like Germany are only there for bonus points, and everyone else still has something very real to play for.

    Steve: Scotland shouldn't get downhearted even with a heavy defeat. The overblown new finals mean you only need around four points to get into a playoff.

  100. Post update

    Germany 0-0 Scotland

    Germany are dominating possession in these early exchanges. The game was about 100 seconds old before Scotland got a touch. An early home corner is comfortably cleared.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Have Scotland touched the ball yet?"

  102. KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Scotland

    The stadium is rocking. We're under way.

    German fans perform a choreography
  103. Post update

    Germany v Scotland (19:45 BST)

    A sign of things to come? Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has just dropped the pennant in the centre circle.

  104. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    A difference of opinion...

    Rob Kershaw: could be interesting as Germany just look disfunctional. Not the same killing machine after some key players' retirements.

    Scott Kelly: Cant believe people are saying THIS Scotland team can beat THIS Germany team. Germany will score then the floodgates will open.

  105. Post update

    Germany v Scotland (19:45 BST)

    The national anthems are over. The handshakes are over. We're ready. Are you sitting comfortably?

  106. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Adam: Don't underestimate the impact of your captain retiring. #lackoflahm Come on Scotland!

    Shohidur Rahman: Looking at Germany's defence there are definitely goals there for Scotland if they're brave.

  107. Post update

    Germany v Scotland (19:45 BST)

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan on Sky Sports: "I am looking forward to this, the fans been fantastic around the town today, it is good to see.

    "We have had big decisions all around the team this week and we feel the team we have picked is our best chance to give Germany a good game here. There have been three or four big calls. We all know the importance of everybody to play well."

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    Darren Fletcher
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    Wow. The teams are walking out to a raucous reception from a full house inside the Signal Iduna Park. Home fans have unveiled a huge golden star to celebrate the team's World Cup triumph. The national anthems are about to start.

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    Martin McHugh: The Scots are in for a right thumping. 6-1.

  111. What the papers says

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    Sunday Mail

    There has been no shortage of stories in the build-up to Scotland's visit to Dortmund. Germany and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski says he expects Germany's opponents to play "dirty". That, as you can imagine, has not gone down well with Gordon Strachan. The Sunday Mail says the Scotland manager has hit back at Podolski's comments, while skipper Darren Fletcher has told the world champions 'don't disrespect us'.

  112. Getting shirty

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    Germany: Here are the kits for today's game.

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    When was the last time Scotland reached the finals of a European Championship?

    You have to go all the way back to 1996 when they drew with the Netherlands 0-0, before losing to hosts England 2-0. And even though they beat Switzerland 1-0 thanks to an Ally McCoist goal, it was not enough to progress from Group A.

    They also qualified for Euro 1992 in Sweden, but those two are so far their only appearances at a European Championship.

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    Waleibraheem1: Scotland to beat Germany at home is actually a tall order. But in football you never say never.

    Mark Croasdale: As a Blackburn fan, bit surprised Jordan Rhodes doesn't make the Scotland squad when Grant Hanley does?

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    Gibraltar ready to rock?

    History will be made as Uefa's newest member, Gibraltar, play their first competitive fixture as they host Poland.

    The team composed of fire fighters, teachers and policemen face the daunting task of trying to outshine the likes of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

    It would be quite the upset if they managed to sneak a win.

  116. Busy night ahead

    This is not the only Euro 2016 qualifier taking place tonight. Portugal host Albania, Romania visit Greece while Finland are away to the Faroe Islands. And there's one more game. . .

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    Douglas Cameron: Let's go Scotland, anything less than 7-1 and we're better than Brazil.

    Geoff Naylor: Can't understand where the optimism comes from for the Scottish team. Not one Scottish player would get in the German fourth team.

    Andrew Duffy: Just came from Dortmund and what an atmosphere in the city by the Scotland fans! Good luck.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin in Dortmund

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I am delighted Manchester United have given Darren Fletcher his chances this season, but I don't think he has been at his best. Gordon Strachan said it will be a couple of months before you see him at his best. It will be tough for him tonight because he is against some incredible players. But he is back, he is out on the pitch and he is there on merit, so you cannot be more happy for any other player in football right now. What a battle he has had."

  119. Scotch on the rocks?

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    After masterminding Germany's World Cup triumph, you would expect Joachim Low to have sunk a glass or three of champagne since returning from Brazil. But Scotland have arrived in Germany with a 'real' drink for the Germany boss to celebrate his magnificent feat this summer. The Scottish FA have tweeted this picture of a bottle of whisky awaiting Low at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park stadium with the message 'A gift for Germany coach Joachim Low'.

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    Skipper Darren Fletcher says Scotland's players are relishing the opportunity to topple world champions Germany in their opening match of Euro 2016 qualifying. "You've got to look forward to that challenge and not be scared of it - you have to embrace it. What a scalp it could be," says the Manchester United midfielder.

    But do Scotland really have any chance against the world champions? Will the Tartan Army be celebrating a famous win in Dortmund? Can Gordon Strachan's men pull off a major shock?

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  121. Team News

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    Scotland defender Russell Martin passes a fitness test. The Norwich captain did not train on Saturday due to a groin strain, but has recovered in time. David Marshall is preferred to Allan McGregor in goal, with Steven Naismith leading the line in his 30th international appearance.

    Scotland team: Marshall, Hutton, Russell Martin, Whittaker, Hanley, Mulgrew, Morrison, Darren Fletcher, Bannan, Anya, Naismith. Subs: Allan McGregor, Greer, Maloney, Steven Fletcher, Bryson, McDonald, Burke, Reynolds, McArthur, Forsyth, Chris Martin, Gordon.

    Due to retirement and injury Germany boss Joachim Low fields just six of the side which started in the World Cup final against Argentina, with under-fire striker Mario Gomez spearheading the attack.

    Germany team: Neuer, Rudy, Howedes, Boateng, Durm, Kroos, Kramer, Gotze, Reus, Schurrle, Muller. Subs: Zieler, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Podolski, Sam, Rudiger, Gomez, Weidenfeller.

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    K Love: I'm very hopeful Scotland can at least get a draw.

    Kyle McIlwraith: A fighting performance from Scotland would do but a draw would be superb! Second place in the group is possible though.

    Michael Tombs: Scotland could easily nick a draw. Naismith will get chances against an inexperienced defence.

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    Talk about tough starts! Scotland will certainly have to be brave if they are to emerge unscathed from their visit to Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park.

    The sound of bagpipes have been heard in Dortmund all day. Will Scotland fans be celebrating later?

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