Right that's it from me

Be sure to stick around on site for the full report from Ewan Murray, plus all the reports and reaction from the night's other World Cup qualifiers. But from me, cheerio!

So a terrific victory for Wales …

… but there must be concerns about the team they'll be able to put out against Croatia next week. Bale and Ledley will both be doubts, Ramsey will be suspended. But, for today, it's job done. Chris Coleman's side are up to third in the group, albeit seven points behind the Croats.

Peep! Peep! PEEEEEEP!!!

And that's that.

90+5 min: Maloney punts the resultant free-kick yards and yards and yards over the bar. Really poor effort in the circumstances.

90+4 min: RED CARD! And it's Aaron Ramsey! He gives the ball away 30 yards from his own goal as McArthur picks his pocket. The ball looks to be running through to Myhill, but Ramsey hauls him down regardless.

90+3 min: Tick-tock, tick-tock …

90+2 min: Gunter misjudges a diagonal ball and Maloney pulls the ball back for Adam, who sidefoots into a defender from the edge of the box.

90+1 min: Scotland can't get a foot in. To paraphrase the great Barry Davies: "Scotland can't win it if they don't have the ball."

89 min: Four minutes of added time to play. At a minimum.

88 min: Ledley stumps off, to be replaced by Simon Church.

87 min: "SHAPE! SHAPE! SHAPE SHAPE!" screams someone on the touchline, who is either desperate for Wales to keep their discipline or aggressively ordering a yoghurt.

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86 min: "I wonder if Barça's fans get as nervous watching their team play keepball as I do when Wales do it," wonders Ianto. "I'm guessing no."

85 min: Ledley goes down injured. They could do without any more knocks – if they hold on to this it's still imperative that they beat Croatia in Cardiff on Tuesday and they could do with Ledley, and crucially Bale, in the lineup for that.

84 min: McGregor to the rescue. King picks up Davies' pass 10 yards from goal and tries to beat the keeper at his near post. The Besiktas man jams out a foot and makes a good sharp stop.

82 min: Wales are stringing together more passes than a village idiot on Mastermind. Bellamy breaks through and should really do better than to flop a poor pass to Ledley.

80 min: Jonathan Williams looks some player. He's gliding above the tumult at the moment. That Palace youth system just keeps on producing. Like a cough in its last throes. Only nicer. Much nicer.

78 min: "Scotland ain't going to Brazil and I would good to see Wales there," writes Steve Murray, whose either feeling very gloomy or trying to tempt Fate. Or both. "We are a poor team with poor players. Come on Wales..."

77 min: Wales look to play some possession stuff in order to draw the sting from Scotland.

75 min: Hampden falls into stunned silence. Those goals came from nowhere really. Wales weren't exactly hammering on the door.

GOAL! Scotland 1-2 Wales (Robson-Kanu 74)

Oh my word! Williams skitters forward, feeds King, the other sub. His cross is spot on and finds Robson-Kanu storming forward between two defenders. He plants his header past the helpless McGregor. Two goals in 93 seconds.

GOAL! Scotland 1-1 Wales (Ramsey 72pen)

Ramsey thunders the spot-kick home – just – off the underside of the bar. Something horribly familiar about this for Scotland.

71 min: RED CARD! PENALTY! Snodgrass slides into Gunter on the right edge of the box and picks up a second yellow. It's late and just inside the area. Right decision on both counts I think.

70 min: "Sitting in my snowy Halifax backyard with my part Scottish Border Collie," writes Martin Hubley. "No sign of that wayward ball [50 min] yet or he would have been all over it." It's on its way. Give it 10.

69 min: … struck sweetly by Bellamy, but McGregor tumbles to his right to make the save.

68 min: The goalscorer Hanley clatters into Williams like a juggernaut ploughing into a piñata. Yellow card. Dangerous free-kick …

67 min: It's a blizzard at Hampden now, or at least it would be if I were not such a stickler for the strict definition of blizzard.

66 min: Ramsey spins and flicks and drops a shoulder and rolls away from another tackle to keep possession. Five seconds later his team-mates give it away sloppily.

64 min: Scotland win a free-kick on halfway. And they're beginning to take their time over these set pieces.

63 min: … whipped in by Maloney. And again. And eventually Wales come away with the ball. Charlie Adam replaces Dorrans.

62 min: Miller finds space on the left and finds Maloney inside the box. King sticks to his task, but concedes a corner …

60 min: Mulgrew shanks a cross into the first defender.

58 min: GOA … no, hang on, it's a foul. Williams, who has settled into this game as snugly as a cat on a pillow, dinks a cross towards the backpost. McGregor fumbles, King pokes home, but a combo of King and Ledley (I believe) have impeded the keeper. One of those you-always-see-them-awarded free-kicks in favour of the keeper, but this time justified I think.

57 min: Andy King – a player I really rate – replaces Collison.

56 min: Gunter does well to get on the end of Williams' raking pass. He skitters into the area and jabs his shot wide, via a deflection of Hanley's hand. Wales appeal for a not-on-your-nelly penalty.

54 min: Wales respond immediately and put Scotland back under pressure. They force a couple of corners, the second of which is headed clear by Mulgrew.

53 min: OFF THE POST! A lovely effort from Snodgrass, so cheeky it needs five minutes on the naughty step. It's curled from the edge of the box, Myhill is beaten, but thunks back off the inside of the post.

52 min: Dorrans wins a free-kick at the corner of the area. Scotland take it quickly to put Mahoney in behind, his low cross is set to be a tap in for Miller but Ricketts gets back to make a very fine clearance.

50 min: Burke finds space in midfield and feeds Hutton down the right. His cross is nodded down by Miller. Burke picks it up again, exchanges passes with Snodgrass, but Ricketts flies in to make the block and from the rebounds Dorrans blazes the ball off towards Nova Scotia.

49 min: Wales pile forward and Scotland again look a bit skittish when under the cosh. Again, though, there's a certain lack of control and incision from the visitors and Scotland scramble clear.

48 min: Maloney swings in a cross that drifts straight into Myhill's bellybutton.

47 min: "Football doesn't interest me very much. OK?" writes Alan Jennings for some reason.

46 min: Collison bundles over Snodgrass, who's got a nice line in jerking his foot in front of his tacklers. That's not a euphemism, by the way.

Peep! Off we go again, then.

Half-time change

And it's a biggie. Gareth Bale can't continue and Crystal Palace's Jonathan Williams replaces him.

Great minds thinking alike dept

Elsewhere in Group A, the leaders Belgium are one up in Macedonia, but they're not impressing.

Half-time analysis

In hindsight, despite Scotland's blundering, Wales didn't really create any chances in that half. They had chances to create chances – indeed Scotland handed them good chances to make good chances. But from those good chances to create good chances they only created scrappy half-chances. And by the time Scotland scored it wasn't really against the run of play anymore.

"Fairly disappointing to see that Scotland's tactics for stopping Bale are to put a defender on him and kick him until that defender gets booked, then put a different defender on him and repeat," notes Nathan Jones. "Typically awful defending from Wales, though."

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PEEP! PEEP!! Well, well, well. Scotland did their best to hand Wales the initiative, but the visitors failed to take advantage. And Hanley, bungler in chief, has popped up at the other end to deliver a good ol' fashioned suckerpunch.

GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Wales (Hanley 45+2min)

Would you credit it? He spent the first 20 minutes clanging and howling about the Scotland half like some sort of rusty mechanical wolf, but he's just powered Scotland into the lead. A swinging corner, a bullet header, and Scotland go ahead.

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45 min: Mulgrew fizzes a ball across the six-yard box and Davies, under pressure from Burke (like Ripley in Aliens), bundles out for a corner (unlike Ripley in Aliens) …

44 min: "I wondered why Scotland persist with Kenny Miller, but he does hold his head in his hands following a piss poor miss with a level of experience that the younger squad members can learn from," notes Gavin Harrow. He's one of those players – much like Gary Caldwell – whose continued presence at the top levels of the game has me scratching my noggin.

42 min: The magic sponge seems to have done its work and Bale is back in the action.

41 min: Hanley goes through Bale to leave the Welshman flat on his back. It's not a particularly clever challenge. The magic sponge looks to be getting a run out.

39 min: The snow is getting heavier at Hampden, which The Internet tells me is currently basking in 1C temperatures. Anyone know when and where the coldest World Cup qualifier is likely to be?

38 min: … which Mulgrew whips into Myhill's arms, with neither a forward nor a defender within five yards.

37 min: Ledley bundles into Snodgrass from behind, to give Scotland a dangerous free-kick, 40 yards out …

36 min: Pass, pass, pass from Wales, before Ramsey first-times one out of play for a Scotland throw.

35 min: Myhill comes flying off his line in an attempt to sweep up a pass bound for the onrushing Hutton. It's an error of judgment from the keeper, but Ashley Williams gets him out of a hole by getting there first.

33 min: Wales will be kicking themselves now. Scotland are no great shakes, obviously, but no side with any ounce of quality is going to be that error-strewn for 90 minutes. And the visitors have failed to take advantage of the three or four very good opportunities handed to them.

32 min: Maloney finds space and feeds Snodgrass down the left. His cross is a beautifully flighted forehead-seeking missile, but Miller can't quite contort his body enough and can only nod over. Scotland are growing into this now.

30 min: Burke does brilliantly to spin away from two challenges on halfway. Robson-Kanu yanks him back and picks up a deserved booking.

29 min: McArthur chops down Bale, who picks himself up rather gingerly.

28 min: A neat turn by Snodgrass gives him a yard or two of space just outside the Wales area. Burke looks to chest down his cross but the defenders swarm round and clear.

26 min: A diagonal ball drops over Hutton, and Hal "9000" Robson-Kanu shrugs off the challenge before squaring low into the box. Scotland scramble clear but it breaks to Davies, who might shoot but passes. Then Collison, who might shoot but passes. Then Bale, who might pass but shoots. McGregor punches away.

25 min: Burke again surges forward, but this time his cross isn't the best.

24 min: "Only Scotland could make Wales look like Barcelona," notes Simon McMahon.

23 min: What on earth are Scotland playing at? This time it's McArthur who is harried off the ball 40 yards from his own goal. Bellamy's pass isn't well directed, though, and the home side escape again.

22 min: Burke gets some space on the Scotland right and sends in a cross so tasty it deserved to be served with a side salad and lemon wedge. Miller gets his bonce on the end of it but can only send his header well over Myhill's bar. Still, hope for Scotland.

20 min: Scotland just can't get out of their half. And Hampden is getting increasingly restless.

18 min: Hanley makes another rick – he's making more clangers than Oliver Postgate – this time by handing the ball straight to Bale 40 yards from goal. The Blackburn defender's blushes are only spared by the fact that Bale is so surprised to receive the ball that he can't control the thing and can only poke in the rough direction of Bellamy.

16 min: Wales have had 78% of the possession thus far. And the home fans turn up the volume in an attempt to get their side going.

15 min: Hanley gets in the way of a Bale shot. Corner. Scuffed in by Bellamy, flicked on by Ledley, booted clear by Snodgrass. Scotland on the ropes here.

13 min: "Gareth Bale! What an onanist!" roars the Hampden crowd. I'm paraphrasing a touch there. He nips between a hesitant Hanley and McGregor and almost comes away with the ball to give Scotland another scare.

12 min: … whipped in by Bale and punched clear by McGregor, who does pretty well to make contact through a crowd of players.

11 min: Bellamy skips round Dorrans on the right touchline and gets a boot to the shins. Dangerous free-kick …

10 min: Snodgrass slides into Gunter and gets a toe on the ball, but it's a somewhat reckless challenge. He picks up a booking which will rule him out of the Serbia game next week.

9 min: BOOOOOOO!!! Those on the Hampden terraces are making sure Gareth Bale knows exactly what they think of him, following that penalty-winning tumble in Cardiff.

7 min: Very little pressure on the ball from Scotland …

6 min: Bellamy almost gets in behind the Scotland back four from a long ball forward.

5 min: Mulgrew loses possession 40 yards from his own goal and Wales break forward again. In these opening exchanges Scotland have been edgier than a experimental jazz quartet who only play parts of a fridge.

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3 min: Stretcher for Fletcher. He looks in a lot of pain, but his 12th international appearance comes to an end – he lasted only 85 seconds. On comes Kenny Miller.

2 min: What an opening couple of minutes for Scotland. Now Steven Fletcher crumples to the turf having landed awkwardly following a challenge for a header. He's done by the looks of it.

1 min: Wales – red shirts, red shorts, green socks – kick-off. Bale has the chance to slip Bellamy in. It's cut out but Caldwell's pass out of the area is intercepted by Ramsey, who has a shot well blocked. Scotland go into utter panic and Robson-Kanu is very unlucky to concede a free-kick when challenging McGregor for a cross. If the referee had not blown, he would've had a tap in.

Peep! Off we go then, with snow zig-zagging in the Glasgow air.

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Anthemwatch

Two singers looking very chilly belt out Flower of Scotland and Land of my Fathers. Good stuff.

On paper, you'd have to say Wales have the edge man-for-man. They've got a bottom-half-of-the-Premier-League feel to their XI, while Scotland are more top-half-of-the-Championship look. If you were coming up with a combined XI how many of the Scotland side would be in there? Two, perhaps? Or am I being harsh?

Elsewhere in Group A …

… it has finished Croatia 2-0 Serbia. Not the result that either Wales or Scotland would've wanted really.

Tonight's teams

Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Mulgrew, Hanley, Caldwell, Dorrans, Snodgrass, McArthur, S. Fletcher, Maloney, Burke. Subs: Gilks, Mackay-Steven, Whittaker, Webster, Adam, Naismith, Miller, Commons, Rhodes, Marshall, Bannan, Martin.
Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Davies, Ledley, Rickets, A. Williams, Collison, Bellamy, Robson-Kanu, Ramsey, Bale. Subs: Price, Lynch, Richards, Collins, King, Vaughan, Church, Vokes, J Williams, Fon Williams, Easter, Nyatanga.

So the big news there is that Gareth Bale starts. Chris Coleman told us the Spurs man "had bruising on his ankle" and "didn't sleep on Tuesday and was ill on Wednesday". But unlike Craig David he spent his Thursday and Friday recuperating and is fit to start for the visitors.

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Preamble

The last time Hampden saw this fixture in World Cup qualiying, Graeme Souness captained the home side – whose XI included Alex McLeish, Kenny Dalglish and Mo Johnston – in a 1-0 defeat courtesy of Ian Rush's first-half goal in March 1985. Scotland had the last laugh, though, with Davie Cooper's 80th-minute penalty at Ninian Park in their final qualifying game meaning Scotland pipped Wales to a spot at Mexico 86 on goal difference (via a play-off with Australia). Even then, both sides might have made it to Mexico had Spain not come from behind to beat Iceland in Seville a fortnight later.

Thirty years and several football epochs later, we find the two teams scraping their bums along the bottom of Group A, with qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil a forlorn hope. Neither side is quite out of it, but, let's be honest, we're about as likely to see Eric Pickles winning Rear of the Year as we are to see either Wales or Scotland in Brazil next year.

It looked a tall order for both sides as soon as the groups were drawn, even if Serbia, the second seeds in the group, are clearly not the team they were three or four years ago. Belgium were the side from Pot Three that everyone wanted to avoid, while Macedonia are a cut above no-hopers like Azerbaijan and the Faroes in Pot Five. And, from Scotland's perspective, Wales are fairly clearly the strongest team in Pot Six.

So it's not really surprising that the pair have mustered only five points between them thus far. Wales's only points from their four games are the three they earned by beating Scotland at the Cardiff City Stadium in October. They've also been well beaten by Belgium at home, and Croatia and Serbia away. And Scotland have scraped together their two points from home draws with Serbia and FYR Macedonia. That home draw with the Macedonians provoked outrage, but it struck me at the time that the visitors were a useful outfit, certainly not the minnows-there-for-a-beating as which they were portrayed – and they backed that impression up with a home win over Serbia.

Back-to-back wins in this international double-header would at least put a light to the damp kindling of optimism in both camps. And in that desperation lies the neutrals' hope for the evening – nothing less than a win will do for either side so it's all about ATTACK! ATTACK! ATTACKATTACKATTACK!!! In which case we should probably expect a moribund 0-0.

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