Live Commentary: Wales 2-1 Scotland - as it happened

Gareth Bale scores a brace
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Sportsmole brings you all the action from this 2014 World Cup qualifying Group A encounter as it happens live.

Good evening and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Wales and Scotland in Cardiff.

Both teams have yet to win in Group A, with hosts Wales having lost both their matches so far and Scotland having drawn their two games.

It promises to be an exciting encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium and you can catch all the action as it happens live here.


FTI hope that you enjoyed our live text commentary of the game. It's goodbye from me for now.

FTThe win Chris Coleman's first as coach of the Wales national team and the Dragons are off the mark in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. They go above Scotland in Group A with three points in fourth spot, while the Scots remain on two points and slip to fifth.

90+4minsIt is all over at the Cardiff City Stadium and Wales have won 2-1 against Scotland. The visitors went ahead after 27 minutes when James Morrison found the target, but Gareth Bale turned on the style for the Dragons in the second half. The Tottenham winger earned a penalty and successfully converted it in the 80th minute before firing in an unstoppable shot from outside the area in the 89th minute for the winner.

90+2minsJust around two minutes of stoppage time remain in this pulsating game of football. The Wales supporters inside the stadium are in full voice.

90minsFour minutes of stoppage time have been awarded by the fourth official.

89minsGOAL! GARETH BALE SCORES! What a sensational goal from the Tottenham Hotspur winger! A Wales freekick near the centreline is taken short, and Bale runs with the ball and then fires in from 25 yards with his left foot.

87minsIt is GAME ON at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Scotland pouring themselves forward in search of what is likely to be a winner. Wales on the backfoot at the moment.

86minsHUTTON! He shoots at the Wales goal, but it goes just over the crossbar.

85minsSUBSTITUTION. Jamie Mackie comes on for Kris Commons.

84minsSUBSTITUTION. Kenny Miller comes on for James Morrison for Scotland.

83minsThere has been a goal in the other game in Group A going on at the moment. Belgium are leading Serbia 3-0 away from home now.

81minsWow, it is game on now for the final 10 minutes of this Group A clash. Will there be a winner here?

80minsGOAL! Bale slots in his penalty and makes it 1-1 for Wales.

79minsPENALTY! Gareth Bale goes down under a challenge from Shaun Maloney inside the Scotland area, and the referee points to the spot.

77minsWales earn two corners in succession, as the Dragons press on for the equaliser. However, they fail on both occasions.

75minsFLETCHER! The striker heads Charlie Adam?s cross into the Wales goal, but the Scotland man is deemed offside, and the goal is disallowed.

73minsYELLOW CARD. Joe Allen goes into the referee?s book for his challenge on James Morrison.

71minsSUBSTITUTION: Joe Ledley goes off and on comes Hal Robson-Kanu for Wales.

71minsBale picks up the ball on the right flank, turns two players inside out and fires at the Scotland goal, but fails to find the target.

69minsRamsey tries to go solo for Wales and fires at the Scotland goal, but fails to keep it on target.

67minsGreat chance there for Scotland. Morrison tries to go solo, but Price makes a good save.

65minsSUBSTITUTION: Craig Davies comes on for Steve Morrison for Wales.

64minsOH! Was that a penalty!? Bale crafts a low cross from the right for Ramsey on the edge of the Scotland penalty area, and the Arsenal man goes down under a challenge from Charlie Adam. Wales appeal for a penalty, but the referee waves play on.

63minsWales are looking downbeat the moment as well as unimaginative. Bale has gone quiet in the last few minutes. They need to pick themselves up quickly if they want to stage a comeback against Scotland.

62minsYELLOW CARD. Ramsey receives a yellow card for his challenge on Hutton. This means that the Arsenal midfielder will miss Wales?s next 2014 World Cup qualifier.

61minsHutton again delivers an inviting cross from the right flank, aiming for Fletcher. However, Wales clear away the danger with ease.

60minsHalf an hour left in this match, half an hour left for Wales to pick up their first point of the qualifying campaign. If they lose, then it will be Chris Coleman?s sixth defeat in a row as the Dragons coach.

57minsIn the other game in Group A going on at the moment, Belgium are leading Serbia 2-0 away from home.

55minsTen minutes gone in the second half at the Cardiff City Stadium, and Scotland still lead Wales 1-0.

53minsYELLOW CARD to Gareth Bale for arguing with the referee over that Ramsey incident.

52minsRamsey goes down inside the Scotland penalty area from a challenge from Shaun Maloney, but the referee refuses to point to the spot. The replay shows that Ramsey tripped over himself.

51minsBrilliant challenge from Fox on Bale, as he slides in and concedes a corner. This is Wales?s first corner of the game, would you believe...

50minsScotland fail to create anything productive from the corner, though...

49minsWHAT A CHANCE! Charlie Adam releases Alan Hutton down the right flank and he delivers in a sensational cross that Price tips out for a corner.

48minsWales have made a positive start to the second half and are taking the game to the Scots at the moment.

46minsSUBSTITUTION: Charlie Adam comes on for Scott Brown for Scotland at the start of the second half.

46minsAnd now the second-half action begins, with Wales kicking off proceedings...

HTThe match will resume in a matter of minutes. It is Wales 0-1 Scotland at the break, thanks to a James Morrison goal in the 27th minute.

HTChris Coleman will not be happy with the way his team defended for the goal, as he stares at his sixth successive defeat as the Wales coach. Steve Fletcher has looked brilliant so far for Scotland - probably the best player on the pitch at the Cardiff City Stadium.

HTIt is half-time at the Cardiff City Stadium, and it is Scotland who are in the lead. A James Morrison strike in the 27th minute has given the visitors the advantage in this Group A encounter. Wales have had chances, with Gareth Bale looking especially dangerous down the right flank, but the Dragons have failed to capitalise on them.

45+1minsJust a minute of stoppage time has been awarded by the fourth official.

44minsOH! So close there for Scotland, as Steven Fletcher knocks down an Alan Hutton cross inside the Wales penalty box for James Morrison, who skies his shot.

42minsAnother chance for Wales there. Once again, Bale gallops down the right flank and crafts a brilliant cross that Ramsey cannot keep on target.

40minsFive minutes left for half-time. Scotland lead Wales 1-0, thanks to a goal from James Morrison in the 27th minute.

38minsOh, good chance there for Steven Fletcher as the cross from the left finds it way to him, but he cannot get a proper shot and Lewis Price makes an easy save in the Wales goal.

37minsRamsey does brilliantly to get the better of Fletcher down the left and then tees up Allen, but the latter?s shot from outside the 18-yard box goes wide.

36minsBales take the freekick... But it sails over the Scotland crossbar.

35minsYellow card for Gary Caldwell for a bad challenge. Freekick to Wales.

34minsOH! Allen does brilliantly inside the Scotland penalty area and floats a ball looking for Ramsey, but it is brilliantly headed away from danger.

33minsKris Commons take the freekick and aims it for Fletcher, but the latter fails to collect it and the ball goes out of play.

32minsFreekick to Scotland now way outside the Wales penalty area. Will they be able to double their advantage?

30minsHalf an hour gone and Scotland lead Wales 1-0, thanks to a goal from James Morrison.

29minsSteven Fletcher goes for goal with a left-footed shot from outside the Wales penalty box, but fails to keep his shot on target. Scotland are looking very dangerous now.

27minsHow about that! Nobody picked up Morrison?s run and now Wales are 1-0 behind. Chris Coleman will not be pleased with the way his side defended there.

26minsGOAL! James Morrison scores and makes it 1-0 to Scotland! Allan McGregor?s goalkick is flicked on by Steven Fletcher and Morrison blasts home from close range past Lewis Price.

25minsWHAT A CHANCE FOR WALES! Gareth Bale is once again the architect of the move, as the Tottenham Hotspur winger gallops down the right flank, gets the better of Daniel Fox and floats in a cross that Steve Morison heads just wide of the post.

24minsScotland were caught out there for a moment. That was the best chance either side have had had so far.

23minsCHANCE! Joe Allen steals the ball inside his own half, passes it to Aaron Ramsey, who then gives it back to his Wales teammate on the edge of the Scotland penalty area. However, Allen?s attempt on the Scotland goal is blocked twice. Goalless it remains at the Cardiff City Stadium.

21minsThe teams are cancelling each other out at the moment, but it is pretty exciting at the moment.

19minsRamsey receives the ball on the left and tries to send Ledley through, but his ball is too heavy and runs out of play.

18minsKris Commons takes the freekick and aims it at the far post, but the Welsh defenders clear away the danger with ease.

17minsFreekick to Scotland in a very dangerous position. Can they capitalise on this...?

15mins15 minutes gone in this match, and it is goalless. Wales have had the chances so far, but Scotland are not going to give it up just yet.

12minsWales are looking very positive now, as they are taking the game to the Scottish. Bale has looked very enthusiastic so far.

11minsAnother good chance for Wales there. Bale gets in behind Fox on the right and cuts in on his left foot. Berra tries to close him, before he unleashes a shot that goes inches wide of the Scotland goal.

6minsBale shoots from 25 yards but his effort is offtarget. Bale will be a dangerman for Wales this evening.

4minsScotland are dominating territory in the opening minutes of the match at the Cardiff City Stadium, earning a freekick in a dangerous position but eventually not capitalising on it.

2minIt has been a positive start to the game at the Cardiff City Stadium, with both sides making some good tackles in the midfield.

1minAnd here we kick off proceedings with Scotland...

7.40pmThe two sets of players have now come on to the pitch as the national anthems are about to be played.

7.30pmWe are just 15 minutes away from kickoff at the Cardiff City Stadium...

7.30pmWe are just 15 minutes away from kickoff in Cardiff...

7.26pmChris Coleman: "The players know we let our country down, big style. But the players we have are a good set - a little bit quiet, but we have a lot of young boys. They are good guys, they want to do well and we can do a lot better than we did against Serbia. We have put more pressure on ourselves for the Scotland game because of the nature of the defeat against Serbia, but maybe that is a good thing because it has made me make some big decisions, and all the players are in a corner where there is only one way they can go - if you are stuck in a corner, you have to fight your way out."
Craig Levein: "These guys we have play in the biggest leagues in the world every week in front of TV audiences of millions and they cope with it. I don't think there is going to be any worry at all in our team about being able to handle the pressure."

7.25The game kicks off at 7.45pm, and now let us go through what the two managers had to say in their pre-match press conferences...

7.20pmFor Wales, this is Ashley Williams?s first match as the captain, while his predecessor Aaron Ramsey starts in midfield. He is joined in the middle of the park by Joe Allen, Joe Ledley and Gareth Bale. Steve Morison is the lone striker upfront for the Dragons.

7.17pmSo the big teams for Scotland is that both Darren Fletcher and Steven Fletcher start tonight. The former has recently recovered from a chronic bowel condition, while the latter has reconciled with coach Craig Levein.

7.15pmThe team news is finally out and here is how the two teams will line up tonight.
Wales: Price; Gunter, Davies, Vaughan, Blake, Williams; Allen, Ledley, Morison, Ramsey; Bale
Scotland: McGregor; Hutton, Berra, Caldwell, Fox; Brown, Fletcher, Commons, Maloney; Morrison, Fletcher

7.13pmThe game tonight will also evoke some dark memories. On September 10, 1985 following Scotland?s 1-1 draw with Wales at Cardiff?s Ninian Park, Jock Stein suffered a heart attack and passed away in the stadium?s medical room. That draw saw Scotland secure a playoff against Australia that would eventually lead them to qualification to the 1986 World Cup finals.

7.11pmOn the other hand, Scotland are fourth in Group A with two points from as many matches. Craig Levein?s side drew 0-0 with Serbia at Glasgow?s Hampden Park and then played out a 1-1 draw with Macedonia at the same venue in September.

7.10pmHeading into the match, Wales find themselves at the bottom of the group, having failed to register a single point in their opening two games. The Dragons went down 2-0 to Belgium at home before being thrashed 6-1 at Serbia last month.

7.08pmHello and welcome to Sportsmole?s live coverage of the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Wales and Scotland tonight. This is a Group A fixture that will be held at the Cardiff City Stadium, and you can follow all the action live here.


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