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Scotland denied victory after staging comeback

Scotland applaud their away fans at full-time. Credit: PA

Scotland had to settle for a 2-2 European Championship qualifying draw in Warsaw after coming from behind to threaten a famous win against a Poland side fresh from victory over world champions Germany.

The Poles looked set to build on their historic triumph when Krzysztof Maczynski fired them into an 11th-minute lead following a mistake by Alan Hutton.

But Shaun Maloney finished off an excellent move seven minutes later and Scotland took a second-half lead when Steven Naismith flicked home James Morrison's long free-kick.

However, Arkadiusz Milik atoned for some earlier misses when he fired home with 14 minutes left after Hutton was caught out again.

Scotland were ultimately grateful for the Group D point after surviving a late barrage that saw Kamil Grosicki hit the post.



Reus: Scotland have a very strong team

Marco Reus has warned Germany that Scotland will be no pushovers when the two sides meet in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Dortmund on Sunday.

"The Scots won twice against Croatia," the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who missed the World Cup through injury, said at a press conference.

"They have a very strong team, which plays competitively at a high level and closes the space well.

"We need to be much better than against Argentina. In front of goal we need to be more determined and use our chances better.

"Scotland definitely have a chance of finishing in second place. With Darren Fletcher they have a real leader, up front they have quick and dangerous players. You have to be patient against them."

Scotland vs Nigeria match fixing probe

Scotland's friendly against Nigeria on Wednesday night is understood to be the subject of a police investigation for match-fixing.

The National Crime Agency, which investigates serious and organised crime, is reported by the Daily Telegraph to have asked FIFA to issue an alert over attempts to fix the game at Craven Cottage.

No Scotland players are understood to be involved.

A Scottish FA spokesman told Press Association Sport: "We are liaising with the relevant authorities and will prepare for the match as normal."

Scotland to face Nigeria

Gordon Strachan will look to guide Scotland to their sixth game without defeat when they face Nigeria on May 28 after the Scottish Football Association confirmed the Craven Cottage friendly.

The governing body has announced the Dark Blues will face the Super Eagles in London at the home of Barclays Premier League side Fulham.

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