LiveFaroe Islands 0 - 1 Scotland: Dykes goal puts team within a win of World Cup play-off spot - as it happened

Scotland are in the Faroe Islands for tonight's World Cup qualifier as Steve Clarke’s men look to take another step towards a play-off place for the tournament in Qatar next year.

Live coverage of Scotland's World Cup qualifying clash with Faroe Islands. (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

The Tartan Army have bounced into Torshavn for the match at the Tórsvøllur Stadium following Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 defeat win over Israel, courtesy of Scott McTominay’s stoppage-time goal.

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Three points will be a huge step towards securing second place having won the last three World Cup qualifiers with Austria and Moldova having been dispatched before the Israel’s pitched up at a packed and partisan Hampden Park.

However, few Scotland fans will need reminding of the pitfalls presented by the Faroes. Away draws in 1999 and 2002 were sobering and ultimately embarrassing experiences for the country’s football team. The minnows have been on an upward trajectory over recent years.

We’ll have all the info and pre-match build-up, team news, match action, reaction and analysis this afternoon, this evening. Refresh for updates.

Faroe Islands v Scotland LIVE: Updates, reaction and analysis from the World Cup qualifier

Last updated: Tuesday, 12 October, 2021, 22:49

  • Faroe Islands 0 - 1 Scotland [Dykes]
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There has been an increased intensity to the play but still a lack of quality. Gestsson has not been tested in the Faroes goal.

Once again the Manchester United midfielder broke from deep but his finish was wayward.

HT: Faroe Islands 0 - 0 Scotland

Well, this hasn’t been enjoyable. Tense, frustration and somewhat of a struggle.

Scotland are very lucky not to be behind in Torshavn with the home side the better side, creating the best opportunities.

The team have lacked any sort of fluidity and rhythm. Billy Gilmour has shown flashes but it has been interspersed with slack play from midfielder partner Scott McTominay.

Dykes has struggled to link effectively with Christie and John McGinn, while Ryan Fraser was brought into the team to provide an attacking outlet and someone who would provide the front three with ammunition from wide. That hasn’t happened.

Scotland have looked their best through Tierney and Robertson with runs in behind the right hand side of the Faroes defence.

Scotland’s best performer has been Craig Gordon. Not only did he make a splendid save down to his right but he also held a difficult free kick towards the end of the half.

A big improvement required.

Faroes go close again

A poor header from McTominay drops to Færø at the edge of the box. His fizzing effort was diverted behind by Hanley.

Christie out of Moldova match

Ryan Christie will be suspended for the visit to Chisinau after picking up a yellow card.

Tierney with a brilliant piercing pass to find the run of Christie but Nattestad was in position to cut out the cut back.

Great save from Gordon!

A huge let-off for Scotland as Craig Gordon produces a wonderful save as another long ball causes issues in the visiting defence. A rebound was blocked before, minutes later, another effort was headed over by Nattestad.

McGinn pounces on a loose ball from a knockdown and slides a great pass into an onrushing McTominay but his shot was repelled by goalkeeper Gestsson and out for a corner.

It has been a tight affair so far. Scotland started strongly but Faroe Islands have created the best opening.

Billy Gilmour showed his class with a weaving run in the middle of the park.

The game is lacking a semblance of rhythm.

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