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James Morrison lurks on the edge of the box as a cross is headed out, takes a touch and strikes at goal. The net swishes, but it's the outside of the side netting! Sloppy at the back from Scotland, a simple long ball causes havoc, and in the end it drops to Ilicic in the box - and it's lucky that his volley is wayward. There's no way that should have led to a chance so easily.

Gareth McAualey, who went down early on in this game, looks extremely uncomfortable out there, and Northern Ireland have a dilemma - do they play on with him half fit, or lose such a key player. For now, it's the former. Well what do you know, just moments after Brown should have been booked for a foul, Bostjan Cesar is booked for what I think is timewasting.

He is not happy, because that means a ban. In Belfast, Norway so close to levelling, as some lax defending sees the ball drop to Soderlund, and the striker unleashes a wonderful volley that dips onto the angle of post and crossbar.

That is inches away from a magnificent strike! Scotland on the attack again, as Snodgrass races down the left and tries to cross, but it's deflected behind for a corner. Given how dangerous the set pieces have been so far, it's a slight shock to see it taken short, and when the ball does come in it's wayward. A first shot on target for Norway, as Josh King tries to curl one in with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box.

It's a lovely idea, but if he pulls that off we're talking goal of the season, and in the end it's easy for McGovern. In the other game in Scotland and England's group, Malta have just scored to get to against Slovakia, only their second goal of the group so far!

That's having fallen behind inside 2 minutes. Slovenia almost punish Scotland for not taking the early chances, as Bezjak beats the offside trap and goes through on goal, but his shot is well saved by Gordon at the near post.

The first Scottish scare. Another Scotland chance, and again it comes from the right, where Forrest has made a great start. He gets the cross in, and Griffiths flicks it goalwards, but across the face and out for a goal kick.

The one tactic I wouldn't use against Northern Irealnd is just tossing the ball into the box, they deal with those so easily. But that seems to be Norway's game, and when it's cleared, they do the same from the resulting throw. Again, the hosts clear, and this time Chris Brunt leads a dangerous counter. At Hampden Craig Gordon has to rush out of his goal to head clear, which he does neatly enough.

Slovenia haven't offered anything much going forward yet. Northern Ireland playing much the better football so far, as are Scotland. Both British sides really impressing in the early stages. You can't help but fear that Scotland failing to take those early chances might come back to haunt them, but for now they are continuing to come forward at every opportunity.

Scotland have the ball in the net, as another brilliant Snodgrass ball in is headed in by Russell Martin, but he was penalised, rightly I think, for a push first.

Still, that combination has now worked well from set pieces twice. Leigh Griffiths is a real livewire up front for Scoltand, hustling, harrying, and charging forward at every opportunity. Gareth McAuley is down after a heavy fall in Belfast, and Jokic has just been shown the first yellow card of the night at Hampden for pulling down Forrest, completely unnecessarily.

Snodgrass puts it in, the flick on from Armstrong loops towards goal and is tipped over for a corner. I have to say, it's very odd in the era of teams wearing away kits with little provocation to see dark blue meeting dark green, but apparently that's ok at Hampden. Another Scottish chance, as good work from Tierny down the right leads to a deflected shot that Oblak has to turn around the post.

Slovenia break, and Jokic bursts into the box, but Andy Robertson makes a fine tackle. End to end, as James Forrest fires wide. I'd say that tactic might work against England, but is meat and drink for this back three.

Wow, Scotland almost also get the perfect start. A bit of sloppiness from the usually reliable Jan Oblak, and Scotland have a corner inside 30 seconds. Russell Martin meets it at the back post, fires at goal, and that is a magnificent save from Oblak to make up for his early slip. Another long throw from Nordveit, again cleared again.

We've had a minute's silence for the victims of the London terror attack at Hampden, and that's now underway. Scotland haven't even kicked off, and Northern Ireland are ahead!

Jamie Ward puts the hosts ahead at Windsor Park, and what a fabulous goal as he controls the ball with his back to goal, turns, and fires into the corner. Norway straight onto the front foot, and inside 30 seconds Nordveit hurls a long throw into the Norther Irish box. The Scottish management team have been urging fans to come to this crucial qualifier - although if the best you can offer is 'we might be decent', as one coach put it, it's not hugely surprising that supporters have opted to stay away!

In Belfast we're already listening to the anthems, first Norway and then God Save the Queen - but they're still all in the tunnel at Hampden, where Slovenia have only just emerged from their dressing room. Mohamed Elyounoussi, of Basle, is a real threat going forward, while another Hull man, Adama Diomande, is likely to be used from the bench. Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is probably the stand-out name, he is world class, while Kevin Kampl is the main creative force in midfield.

Does any international team have a weirder couple of mascots than Scotland? Roary and Bonnie, a pair of Scottish lions, are cheering their team on at Hampden. It looks like the kids like it Now, he has turned the country's fortunes around, and takes them into battle against the same opposition again!

Northern Ireland go into this game in third place, after Czech Republic won against minnows San Marino. But a win and they would go back into second, behind Germany, who are five from five. Norway have just three points from their four games, and they came thanks to three late goals against San Marino - so they really need to kick-start their campaign. So, just 20 minutes until both games kick off, time to look quickly at what they mean, starting with Scotland.

And, frankly, this is a must-win game if they are to have any chance of even making a play-off to get to Russia. Scotland are nine points behind England, so that's more or less it in terms of catching Gareth Southgate's men, but a win here and they would only a point behind Slovenia, who are currently second.

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They make a sub with three minutes to go Nik Omladic to shore up the defence Conor Washington's race is run, he's replaced by Kyle Lafferty. Norway make a change, captain Johansen goes off and is replaced by teenager Sander Berge. He opted to take a touch though, and the opportunity was gone.

Elsehwere in Europe, Montenegro have just levelled against Poland. But now Slovenia break, Kampl charges forward, but the hosts njust about get numbers back. At Windsor Park Norway have the ball, but aren't doing much with it. If at first you don't succeed.

They're back on the field in Belfast, what do Norway have to offer? It's time to find out Nordveit tries to take the free kick quickly, and is booked for doing that! Northern Ireland Norway Washington Northern Ireland are two up, and they deserve to be!

Scotland get away with one. Moments later Scott Brown is incredibly lucky to escape a booking for a stupid challenge. Bright play, but not yet any goal to show for it. At Windsor Park, Northern Ireland are beginning to dominate possession. Will Northern Ireland sit back now they have a lead? Northern Ireland Norway Ward 2. Kick off in both games just moments away. So, let's take a look at the two British teams' opponents, starting with Slovenia.

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