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  1. Snodgrass (3), Chris Martin and Fletcher score for Scotland
  2. Alfred Effiong finds net for Malta
  3. Malta have Caruana and Gambin sent off
  4. Scotland secure winning start on road to Russia 2018

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Solid start for Scotland

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    I'll say goodbye now on what was a good night for Scotland. Top of Group F with a healthy goals for balance, you can't ask for any more.

    There were a few shaky moments in the first hour but there were a number of positives, not least the return of Robert Snodgrass, who helped himself to a memorable hat-trick.

    Thanks for your company and all of your contributions.

    Robert Snodgrass
    Image caption: Snodgrass was Scotland's man-of-the-match in Malta
  2. Strachan happy with Scots attitude

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan: "We played closer to each other in the second half and their mentality shone and their ability shone. It's been a good night; stressful at one point.

    "We're lucky we have a bunch of lads that can deal with the anxiety that manifests itself at 1-1.

    "I thought Barry Bannan was excellent under pressure, Matt Ritchie, Robert Snodgrass and Darren Fletcher as well."

  3. Post update

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    We're still waiting to hear from Scotland manager Gordon Strachan. He needs to hurry up, the BBC Radio Scotland team are getting a tad carried away, plotting our road to Russia in 2018. It's a good start but much stiffer tests await...

  4. 'That will do nicely'

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Rob Maclean

    BBC Scotland

    "That was a much more relaxed end to the game than I think we were expecting after a sometimes twitchy first half. Chances taken after the interval. Penalty gift helped. And two red cards for Malta. But three points and five goals will do nicely. Snodgrass and Ritchie were big players."  

  5. Post update

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    In his post-match assessment, Malta boss Pietro Ghedin is full of praise for Scotland and demonstrates commendable restraint when asked about the performance of the referee.  

    "You need to go for 90 minutes, not 45 or 60," says the Italian.

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  7. Hosts unhappy

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Penalty incident
    Image caption: Game changer - Chris Martin goes down, Scotland awarded a penalty and Malta reduced to 10 men

    Malta were absolutely seething with a sense of injustice during that second half. They felt the ball should have been knocked out of play for a foul in the build up to Scotland's second goal and the penalty and red card for the third will need an X-Files investigation since it was so bizarre.

  8. Post update

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    I hope Robert Snodgrass got his hands on the match ball as a memento of his hat-trick. Referee Yevhen Aranovskiy of Ukraine was not for giving it up after blowing the final whistle.

    There's probably some daft Fifa protocol banning an exchange on the pitch.

  9. Job done

    FT: Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Well, we may have been grumbling a bit at half time but Scotland are now perched nicely at the top of Group F.

    There was a degree of fortune about it, with the opener a cross that drifted in and the penalty for the third was simply crazy but there's no doubt Scotland merit three points.

    Who next? Lithuania at Hampden on 8 October.

  10. FULL-TIME Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Scotland celebrate
    Image caption: Scotland pick up maximum points from their opening World Cup qualifier
  11. RED CARD

    Malta 1-5 Scotland

    It just gets worse for the hosts... Luke Gambin is sent packing for a nasty kick at hat-trick hero Robert Snodgrass. He actually had two swipes after the pair had slid in to contest a ball in the centre circle. That's Malta down to nine men.

  12. Post update

    Malta 1-5 Scotland

    The table looks pretty good at the moment...

    League table
  13. Sitting pretty

    Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Rob Maclean

    BBC Scotland

    "Let's freeze that Group F table right there. Scotland on top. England playing second fiddle after that lucky late goal in Slovakia."

  14. Post update

    Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Last change for Scotland and Ikechi Anya will get a run out, replacing Matt Ritchie, who played the pass of the night for the second goal.

  15. GOAL Malta 1-5 Scotland

    Robert Snodgrass

    And the hat-trick arrives! Steven Fletcher surges forward and clips the crossbar with a deft, angled chip. Robert Snodgrass is first to the loose ball and is cool enough to dummy a defender on the line before slotting in his third goal of the evening. Take a bow Snoddy!