On a night that Scotland needed victory against a German side brimming with in-form players, a nation can stand proud today that their bravehearts pushed their opponents all the way to the final whistle.
Scotland's effort on the pitch surprised an over-confident Germany, who walked the first 20 minutes of the game. A sublime touch into space gave Thomas Muller all the confidence he needed to strike towards goal, but even he would have felt the wicked deflection was more than lucky for a striker who has started his domestic season so strongly.
With Germany seemingly in control, Scotland prodded and poked their opponents and this was soon rewarded with a free-kick that deflected against Mats Hummels in the 28th minute. Germany were looking disorganised in defence and Scotland took advantage.
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The world champions upped the tempo slightly and Scotland, for much of the game, had to be content with allowing their opponents the majority of possession. It finally led to a well worked attack resulting in Muller's second goal.
As Scotland looked defeated after 40 minutes, manager Gordon Strachan must have been looking at his watch hoping his side could hold on for another few minutes, as, surely, another goal for Germany would end their chances before half-time.
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Against the run of play, Scotland earned a corner in the 43rd minute, which Germany couldn't clear, leaving James McArthur with masses of space to shape up and score a well placed half volley. The German defence was completely flummoxed.
In the second half Scotland pushed their opponents more, giving Germany no option but to up the tempo and move the ball quicker.
It was a more even second half, but despite Scotland's efforts, they really couldn't exploit any clear chances and a classy attack by Germany, resulting in Ilkay Gundogan slotting home, was the only difference between the two sides on the night.
Strachan will have been very pleased with the performance on the night and will believe, whilst there is a glimmer of hope for his side, they can keep fighting for qualification until the end.
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