Well, what an impressive performance from Scotland. This result breathes new life into their efforts to make it to Russia next year. Their hopes are still slim, but they are still alive. But more importantly, this performance sets a precedent for Scotland. More of that will give them a real chance.
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Lithuania - Scotland
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 2 September 2017
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FULL TIME Lithuania 0-3 Scotland
GOOD SHOT, GOOD SAVE! Martin cut on to his right side and lashed a low shot towards the right hand corner, but Setkus got down really well to make the save.
COULD HAVE BEEN FOUR! The pass back to the goalkeeper was a little short, with Ritchie racing on to it, but the Newcastle man slipped at the crucial time and collided with the keeper.
Just three minutes of stoppage time to be playrd at the end of the match.
Armstrong was probably man of the match for the time he was on the pitch. There have been a number of standouts for Scotland. Robertson has been exceptional as well.
Scotland are coasting now. Lithuania also know that this game is over and has been over for quite some time. The three points are in the bag and there is once again some hope.
This has been without doubt the best competitive Scotland display for quite some time. Maybe since the win over Ireland in thel last qualification campaign? It's been a joy to watch.
- OffStuart ArmstrongScotland
- OnJohn McGinnScotland
McGinn is coming on for Scotland. This will be the Hibernian midfielder's second competitive cap.
Significant news for Scotland in one of the other games in this group, with Slovakia taking the lead against Slovenia. That's not the best news for Strachan and his players.
Of course, Martin scored the goal that could still prove so crucial to Scotland in this World Cup qualification campaign, netting a late winner against Slovenia earlier in the year.
- OffLeigh GriffithsScotland
- OnChris MartinScotland
Griffiths is coming off for Scotland here, with Chris Martin coming on to replace him.
- OffVykintas SlivkaLithuania
- OnOvidijus VerbickasLithuania
Another change for the home side, although the game is already gone for them.
- Yellow cardFiodor CernychLithuania
There's another booking, with Cernych seeing yellow for a late challenge on Phillips.
As strong as Scotland have been in this match, it's worth mentioning just how poor this Lithuania team is. They haven't at any point created much in the way of goalscoring chances.
This is complete control from Scotland now. They saw off the Lithuania fight back are now passing the ball around the centre of the pitch purely to see out this game. Points in the bag.
SERNAS SHOT! Straight down the other end from the kick off, Sernas shoots at the Scotland goal, but Gordon makes the save. It might have picked up a touch from Berra on the way.
- GoalJames McArthurScotland
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Lithuania 0 Scotland 3 (73 mins - James McArthur). And there's the goal that will surely kill this as a contest! McArthur bursts through the Lithuanian defence with a well-timed run and finishes into the net via a deflection.
Well over the bar. McArthur took up a good position about 25 yards out from goal, but under no real pressure he puts his shot over the bar. That was a chance for the midfielder.
ARMSTRONG DRAWS THE SAVE! The Scotland midfielder fires another shot off at goal, but Setkus makes the save to deny him. The Celtic man was pinged more than a few shots off.
- OffArturas ZulpaLithuania
- OnLukas SpalvisLithuania
And there's the first change of the night from the hosts who are throwing everything into this now.
- Yellow cardCharlie MulgrewScotland
There's the first booking of the match, with the yellow flashed to Mulgrew for a late challenge.
- OffJames ForrestScotland
- OnMatt RitchieScotland
There's the change from Scotland and on comes Ritchie for the final 20 minutes.
Scotland have this game by the throat, but they could use a third goal to settle things. Lithuania have worked themselves back into the game in the second hal. Giving it a go.
The energy has been sapped from Scotland in the last 10 minutes or so. There's not as much verve to their play, and so that's maybe why Strachan wants to introduce Ritchie now.
Looks like Strachan might be about to make a change. Ritchie is down on the touchlin and is receiving instruction from the Scotland coaching staff. Will he come on for Phillips?
There is a feeling here that Scotland will need a second goal just to quell this minor fightback from Lithuania in the last five minutes or so. The hosts starting to grow in stature.
FORREST DRAWS THE SAVE! That was a decent enough effort from the Celtic winger, but the goalkeeper got enough on the save to push it away from danger. Good strike from Forrest.
That last chance just illustrates how Scotland mustn't let Lithuania back into this game. Yes, they might have a 2-0 lead, but one goal for the hosts changes the dynamic of the tie.
SLIVKA CHANCE! That probably should have been a lifeline for Lithuania. Slivka took the touch inside the box, but the Hibernian man put his finish just past the post. That was close.
NO TAKERS! McArthur gets to the byline, rounds the goalkeeper and plays a low pass right across the face of goal, but there was nobody on hand to tap the ball home. Shame.
For all the Scotland players who have impressed this evening, Forrest has been a little quiet. It's not that he's played poorly, he just hasn't played as well as the others across the attack.
Indeed, there appears to be a more measured approach to Scotland's play at the start of this second half. Strachan will have told his players there's no need to go gung-ho.
This is once again complete domination from Scotland at the start of the second half. They'll want to control the midfield a little better in this half. That was maybe the one criticism.
Griffiths was trying to create a yard for himself to wrap his left foot around the ball after more good play from Robertson, but this time the Lithuanian defence were wiser to it.
This Scotland performance has been packed full of excellent individual displays. All over the pitch, there are players who have really made an impression on the contest, Robertson being one of them.
UNABLE TO TURN IT IN! The cross from Robertson on the left was once again exceptional, but Griffiths just couldn't divert it on target at the back post. The angle was very tight.
This is another good start by Scotland. They have been on top from start to finish this evening. They'll be looking to add to the scoreline, to add a bit more gloss to it.
ARMSTRONG SHOT! The Celtic playmaker sprints through the middle of the Lithuanian midfield with the ball at his feet, but his shot from the edge of the box is straight at the keeper.
Snap shot from the first half...
Another dangerous cross from Robertson, but the Lithuanian defence just about dealt with it. It might have been a different story had Griffiths anticipated the cross going near post.
That looked like being an early chance for Scotland at the start of this second half. Phillips was in behind the Lithuanian defence and had Grifiths alongside him, but the pass was cut out.
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The second half is under way! Scotland have a 2-0 lead over Lithuania.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Lithuania 0-2 Scotland. Well, that was an excellent 45 minutes from Scotland. They have been on top from start to finish and could even have scored more than two.
Scotland won't want half time to come. They have been really impressive in these opening 45 minutes. In this kind of mood, they could rack up the score. They've had so many chances.
The only way Lithuania are going to get back into this game is through set pieces, but this freekick is played straight out of play for a Scotland goal kick. That was a waste from the hosts.
Just in the last few moments, Lithuania have started to apply some pressure as they look for a way into this match before the half time break. Scotland need to keep them out.
Novikovas sends his shot over the bar. It was a difficult one for the Lithuanian attacker to take, but the Scotland defenders just allowed him a yard or two of space to work with.
Even at this late stage of the first half, the pressure from Scotland on the Lithuania possession is intense. The hosts are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment.
Robertson has got his goal and is catching the eye on the left wing, but the contribution of Tierney on the right side should also be noted. The Celtic man has been exceptional so far.
Where has this Scotland team been for the rest of the World Cup qualification campaign? They look full of ideas and verve. Lithuania have no idea how to cope with them.
Lithuania have struggled to keep hold of the ball in the Scotland half since the opening 10 minutes or so. Scotland are 2-0 up and are looking for more! They aren't content with what they already have.
This has been really impressive stuff from Scotland. You could have forgiven Strachan's side for being rather tense given what is at stake, but they have been fluid and confident.
Robertson has had quite the year, and that goal will just add to it. He has become a Liverpool player and a father over the last couple months. That goal was sensational. Brilliant.
- GoalAndrew RobertsonScotland
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Lithuania 0 Scotland 2 (29 mins - Andy Robertson). What an exceptional goal from Scotland! Neat build up play on the edge of the box sees Robertson set himself up for the shot on the edge of the box and he curls a left footed finish into the top corner.
Far too often in the past Scotland have failed to make the most of their pressure on opponents, but they haven't made that mistake tonight. They have the goal their dominance warrants.
That goal had been coming for quite some time. Scotland have looked really rather dangerous in the final third, with Griffiths and Phillips particularly lively for the away side.
- GoalStuart ArmstrongScotland
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Lithuania 0 Scotland 1 (25 mins - Stuart Armstrong). Scotland have the lead and that had been coming! Griffiths whipped the corner kick into the area and Armstrong got on the end of it to power a header into the ground and into the back of the net.
ANOTHER SCOTLAND CHANCE! Griffiths creates the shooting chance for himself with a lovely drag back inside the box, but the deflection takes the effort wide of the far post. Nice idea.
NOT FAR AWAY! Griffiths lines up the freekick from about 30 yards out, where he scored two against England from, but his swings his strike wide of the target. That wasn't too far away.
GOOD SAVE FROM GORDON! Novikovas strikes the freekick from 20 yards out, but the Scotland goalkeeper had a good starting position and made the diving save to prevent the goal.
That probably should have been a yellow card for Brown. He was high in the tackle on Slivka, but the referee decided to keep his cards in his pocket on this occasion. Very lucky.
Interesting that Berra has started at centre back for Scotland this evening. Th 30-year-old returned to Hearts this summer and there are places up for grabs in his position in the national team.
The high pressing from Scotland has been impressive in the early stages of this match. Lithuania are struggling to keep hold of the ball when they have it. All that's missing right now is a goal.
Yet more pressure from the visitors, with Scotland winning a corner kick. Griffiths took the set piece from the left side, but Berra couldn't turn it in. He swung a leg at it to try and make contact.
Strachan will be pleased with what he has seen from his team early on in this game, but he will surely be concerned with how they haven't found the net yet. They need to score when they're on top.
ARMSTRONG SHOOTS WIDE! The Celtic playmaker decides to take the shot on himself and flashes an effort past the post. The goalkeeper probably had that covered, though.
Scotland started this match really well, but there is a sense that they have allowed Lithuania back into the contest. The hosts are getting a grip of things. That's a worry for Strachan.
Of course, it should be noted that this game is being played on an artificial pitch. The Celtic players will be used to that, but what about the guys who play down in the English leagues?
Phillips has started very well for Scotland. This is actually his first competitive start for Scotland and he was something of a surprise inclusion for this must win match. Playing well, though.
ANOTHER CLEAR CHANCE! This is end to end stuff at the moment, with Phillips this time creating the opportunity for himself, but he manages to shoot over the bar from 12 yards out.
LITHUANIA SHOULD HAVE SCORED! Scotland got away with one there. A loose pass gave the ball to Novikovas inside the box, but he put his shot wide of the near post. He needed to hit the target.
The two goals scored against England in June were actually the first goals Griffiths had scored for Scotland. His international record is nowhere near as good as it is for Celtic.
Grifiths was on his way again, getting in behind the Lithuania backline, but he decided to play the pass to Phillips rather than take the shot on himself and the interception was made.
JUST WIDE! That was very close to an opener for Scotland! Robertson feeds the pass into Griffiths, whose first touch sets him up for the shot, but he flashes his effort just past the near post.
Brown pleads his innocence, but the Scotland captain looking to throw a limb into the face of an opposition player. Didn't look to be deliberate, but a foul to the hosts nonetheless.
There are six Celtic players in this Scotland lineup this evening. It seems quite obvious that Strachan is looking to bounce off the success of the Hoops under Rodgers over the past year.
Strong start to the match by Scotland sees Armstrong surge into the Lithuanian half, but the Celtic midfielder couldn't quite pick out the pass to Griffiths, who was making the run in behind.
First and foremost, Scotland need three points from this match. Anything less than that would put paid to their slim hopes of snatching a play-off place from this group. They need a win.
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The match is under way! It's Lithuania against Scotland in World Cup qualification.
There is a feeling that Scotland are finding some form towards the end of this World Cup qualification campaign, but have they left it too late? They have a four point gap to close.
Strachan says this game isn't a must win for Scotland, but there's surely no way they can make it to Russia next year if they fail to claim three points this evening? They need a win, don't listen to Strachan.
Of course, Scotland drew 2-2 with England in their last qualifier. That was one of the most exhilirating games of the year, with Leigh Griffiths scoring a quickfire double before Harry Kane pegged the hosts back in stoppage time.
Strachan has made a lot of changes to his Scotland team for this game. Only one of the side that faced Lithuania at Hampden last year has kept his place in the starting lineup.
TEAM NEWS: Lithuania - Setkus, Freidgeimas, Kljanskas, Vaitkunas, Sernas, Novikovas, Slivka, Kuklys, Zulpa, Borovskij, Cernych. /// Scotland - Gordon, Tierney, Mulgrew, Berra, Robertson, Brown, McArthur, Armstrong, Forrest, Phillips, Griffiths.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the game to let me know your thoughts. How slim are Scotland's chances of making it to the World Cup? Can Lithuania claim the win tonight? Tweet me!
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