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Live Reporting

Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    FT: Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    So, Scotland lose to Costa Rica in Alex McLeish's first game in his second spell in charge of the national side.

    It's the same result as when the sides met at Italia 90. We'll have more reaction and highlights at our website later.

    Thanks for your company, good night.

  2. Post update

    FT: Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    "It was a good exercise," says Scotland's Matt Ritchie. "Obviously, a new squad, a new manager and new ideas. You could see from the first half that to the second half, it was much improved.

    "I think that was down to the lads getting to know one another. It was a good night but obviously not the result we were hoping for. We created some good chances in the second half and hopefully we can continue to improve and be ready for the qualifiers."

    Scotland's Matt Ritchie
    Image caption: Matt Ritchie says Scotland manager Alex McLeish has introduced new ideas to the squad
  3. 'If guys don't step up, bin them' - Miller

    FT: Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    I think Alex McLeish will give more players an opportunity in the Hungary game and have a good look at them. He's got every right - if these guys don't step up to the plate and don't take the opportunity, then bin them. It's as simple as that.

  4. Debutants 'a plus' for McLeish

    FT: Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Scotland head coach Alex McLeish: "We were never really up on them the way we wanted to be, high on the back three and make the goalie kick.

    "Maybe a bit of apprehension, some new caps in the team. We've got five guys on the pitch who haven't played for Scotland before and that's a plus.

    "The next step is, can they maintain and stay in the set-up? Getting a wee taste of that hopefully would've whetted their appetite.

    "Second half was better - much more tempo, much more urgency. Just a little bit laboured in the first half.

    "There's some young kids that we're still going to look at. It's an ongoing process, it's not going to be overnight.

    "You could see they're a well-drilled side, they've played together for a long time."

    Scotland manager Alex McLeish
    Image caption: Alex McLeish says Scotland's improvement won't happen overnight
  5. Mulgrew positive despite loss

    FT: Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Speaking after the match, Scotland skipper Charlie Mulgrew said: “It’s been a good week, it’s been different.

    “It’s difficult when it’s a friendly but it’s up to us to create that atmosphere. In the first half we didn’t press as a team and didn’t sit off as a team, and that’s where we got most of our problems.

    “We sorted that at half-time and [there were] definitely encouraging signs.

    “The message was nice and clear at half time, get up higher, get pressing. You saw that in the second half, they never had much and we dominated."

    Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew
    Image caption: Charlie Mulgrew says there were "encouraging signs" in the defeat at Hampden
  6. Get Involved

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    Thefootballblether: Defeat for Scotland in Alex McLeish's first game back. Disappointing but got to search for green shoots of hope. Robertson head and shoulders above rest, get one of the strikers re-familiarised with a barn door and could be promising.

    Michael Griffin: I thought the Scotland team that finished the game was much stronger than that which started. A lot more zip and energy.

  7. Get Involved

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    Craig Currie: Was that positive or not? Unsure some decent showings but formation needs work.

    Emz Adam: Well, that was appalling Scotland.

    Alan P: Scotland: are you Hungary for more?

    Lindyloo: Andrew Robertson is world-class.

  8. 'Difficult to judge Scotland' - Miller

    FT: Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    "It was better in the second half and we showed more appetite, but I didn't think it could get any worse. Let's put it that way.

    "We sat off them in the first half and allowed them to dictate play and our possession was very poor. We created hardly any opportunities; the second half was much better and the substitutions helped as well.

    "It's difficult to judge because Costa Rica just settled for it in the second half, didn't they?"

    Scotland players at full-time
  9. The boos say a lot

    FT Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

    There were notable boos at full time which suggest not many onlookers saw too much to get excited about tonight.

    Costa Rica were far too comfortable in the first half and although Scotland showed more intent thereafter, it wasn't entirely inspiring.

    Oli McBurnie, Scott McTominay and Scott McKenna have not done their chances much harm but for a first match in charge and talk of building excitement and belief, this side simply did not deliver.

    A better showing is required against Hungary.

  10. FULL-TIME Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Boos accompany the full-time whistle as Costa Rica see out added time to secure victory in the first game of Alex McLeish's second spell in charge of Scotland.

    Stats from Hampden
  11. Get Involved

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    Derek Brown: This is poor. Get the feeling that Costa Rica could score more if they wanted to.

    Graeme: Terrible Scotland performance tonight. Terrible team selection. Big Eck has his work cut out!


    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Three minutes of added time at Hampden.

  13. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Callum Paterson whips in a sumptuous cross... headed narrowly wide by Andrew Robertson.

    Will that prove to be Scotland's best chance to restore parity?

  14. McGinn industry

    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Substitute John McGinn has brought some added zip and energy to Scotland's midfield as they search for an equaliser.

  15. Robertson continues to threaten

    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Scotland hit Costa Rica on the counter attack as Andrew Robertson shows the opposition a clean pair of heels but Matt Ritchie can't get a clean shot away from Robertson's centre.

    Skipper Charlie Mulgrew is replaced by Hibernian midfielder John McGinn.

    Scotland defender Andrew Robertson
    Image caption: Andrew Robertson has impressed on an otherwise disappointing night for Scotland
  16. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Stuart Armstrong does well to regain possession on the right before teeing up Matt Ritchie but Acosta is there to block the shot.

    More frustration for Scotland, as Matt Phillips comes on for Oli McBurnie.

  17. Better but not enough

    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Scotland’s second half performance has improved but not enough to suggest many players have impressed.

    Matt Ritchie did have a great opportunity moments ago as did Robertson but there has not been enough threat, not enough to get supporters overly engaged in the action.

    One thing Alex McLeish would have wished for would have been moments to build confidence, moments to give a sense that momentum can be built over the coming fixtures.

    It hasn’t emerged leaving a rather flat feeling around the stadium.

  18. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Another Scotland chance is lost. Andrew Robertson, the hosts' most impressive player on show, sends a low cross into the box but Oli McBurnie can't connect from six yards out.


    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Scotland come alive as substitute Callum McGregor threads a superb ball through to Matt Ritchie, whose fierce drive is parried high into the air by Keylor Navas... and drops onto the roof of the net.

    "Good play from Scotland and a real opportunity," says BBC Sportsound's Willie Miller.

  20. Can Scotland find an equaliser?

    Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

    Alex McLeish's side trail by that early Marco Urena strike and are stepping up their efforts to restore parity but they've lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.

    Half an hour remaining at Hampden.