LIVE: Portugal v Northern Ireland – follow the World Cup qualifier from Brussels as it happens
20:59 GMT, 16 October 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the World Cup qualifiers as the Home Nations and the Republic of Ireland continue their bid to reach Brazil 2014. Earlier in the night, England's match at Poland was postponed following heavy rain at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or via Twitter @Ripinho.
World Cup 2014 qualifiers
Belgium 2-0 Scotland FT
Croatia 2-0 Wales FT
Faroe Islands 1-4 Republic of Ireland FT
Poland P-P England
Portugal 0-1 Northern Ireland
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21.56: We are back underway in Portugal where the hosts have sent on Ruben Amorim for Miguel Lopes.
21.51: And if you really need cheering up get this, even the Germans are capable of caving in spectacularly.
Leading 4-0 at home to Sweden in Berlin, the hosts suffered a second-half collapse to draw 4-4 – even conceding an injury time equaliser.
21.46: To try and lift the spirits we will keep going here and focus on Northern Ireland's Group F match in Portugal.
They have taken a shock 1-0 lead in Porto, and if they hold on would it really reignite their qualifying hopes.
21.41: That result leaves Scotland bottom of Group A with two points after four games – eight adrift of leaders Belgium and Croatia.
Sadly it looks like the Scots' World Cup dream is over once again but at a desperately early stage.
21.38: Full-time: Belgium 2-0 Scotland
21.36: We are into three minutes injury time in Brussels, but the sting really has gone from this game since Kompany's strike.
21.33: It's the Chelsea midfielder that strikes it, but his effort comfortably clears the crossbar.
21.31: As Benteke goes off to a huge cheer from the hosts to be replaced by Ilombe Mboyo, Belgium win a free-kick 25 yards out. Hazard stands over.
21.28: Blimey, this is a painfully slow death for Scotland. The Belgium fans are chanting ole for every pass now and the Scots can hardly get possession. There ares five minutes left.
21.25: Final change for Scotland as Matthew Phillips replaces James Morrison. Nacer Chadli is booked following a foul on Shaun Maloney.
21.22: Well here is a potential shock on the cards for you. Niall McGinn has fired Northern Ireland 1-0 ahead at Portugal after 30 minutes of action at Porto's Estadio do Dragao – yes Cristiano Ronaldo is playing for the hosts.
21.19: Kenny Miller has been thrown on by Craig Levein for Steven Fletcher with just 15 minutes left in Brussels. Scotland look no closer to pulling a goal back.
21.16: GOAL! BELGIUM 2-0 Scotland
Scotland's hopes of reaching the World Cup are surely over now. Vincent Kompany shows tidy footwork on the edge of the box before blasting into the top corner – not bad from the Manchester City centre-back.
21.13: GOAL! BELGIUM 1-0 Scotland
Seventy minutes of spirited defending comes to an end as Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, heads home a cross at the back post.
21.09: That doesn't quite end our involvement here as we will turn our attention to Scotland's Group A match in Belgium where it's currently 0-0. Stay tuned folks.
21.05: Roy Hodgson spoke to ITV over whether the roof should have been used:
'That's something which I can't answer. You will have to speak to the Polish authorities.
'I am rather hoping they will get it closed now and start to get some work on the pitch the water is lying on the surface and will need a lot of attention if we are going to play.'
21.00: And it's already been rescheduled. The match is set to take place tomorrow at 4pm (BST).
20.57: Poland v England: Match officially postponed due to rain
Singing in the rain: A Poland fan invades the pitch in Warsaw
20.55: Full time in Croatia where the hosts have recorded a 2-0 win over Wales to top Group A.
20.52: We are back underway in Belgium, where the hosts have sent Eden Hazard on for Mousa Dembele, while Scotland have replaced Kris Commons with Jamie Mackie. It's 0-0 in Brussles.
20.50: It's all over in the Faroe Islands and the Republic of Ireland have won 4-1 to get their campaign to reach Brazil 2014 back on course.
20.48: It's a fourth goal for the Republic of Ireland as Darren O'Dea has put the icing on the cake at the Faroe Islands with just two minutes left.
20.45: Sadly it is, and nothing has changed as the ball still fails to bounce. This game isn't going to go ahead but the big question is when will it
20.42: Another pitch inspection coming up – I do hope it's not a referee throwing a ball around again.
20.38: There is action on the pitch in Poland but it's only two home fans performing Jurgen Klinsmann slides on the pitch – much to the delight and ironic cheers of those still in the ground.
Across Europe, there is alarming news for Manchester City fans as David Silva has been taken off injured after just 13 minutes in Spain's clash against France. His side lead 1-0 in Madrid through a Sergio Ramos strike.
20.35: Republic of Ireland fans can breathe a sigh of relief again as a Pol Justinussen own goal has restored their two-goal lead at the Faroe Islands.
20.32: It's half-time in Brussels and credit must go to the Scots who have held out Belgium to go into the break at 0-0.
The visitors really need a win but not conceding is a good way to start.
Deadly duo: Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (left) and Eduardo put Croatia 2-0 ahead against Wales
20.29: Contrasting scenes between the England and Poland players. Roy's boys are all set to board the team coach out of the ground in their tracksuits, while the Polish team are still in their match kit.
Another twist has emerged in that the Poles do not fancy playing the match tomorrow.
20.26: Just when the Irish looked home and dry (excuse the pun). The Faroe Islands have pulled a goal back through Arnbjorn Hansen with 22 minutes left.
20.22: From Sportsmail's Matt Lawton:
Second pitch inspection due at 8.45pm UK time. If it's a no, and it has to be, plan is to play tomorrow.
20.19: Poor marking from a corner allows former Arsenal strike Eduardo to tap home and double Croatia's lead over Wales to 2-0. There is 30 minutes left in that game.
20.16: Ian is referring to the France v Ukraine match of course. The only problem is it is still raining in Warsaw and the pitch still looks absolutely drenched.
20.15: From Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman:
I was at Donetsk game in Euros. Pitch looked just like this. As soon as rain stopped it drained in minutes. #dontgiveuphope
20.13: Republic of Ireland have finally woken up now as Jonathan Walters has doubled their lead at the Faroe Islands.
No bounce: Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi throws the match ball as part of his pitch inspection in Warsaw
20.11: The message from FIFA is that they still want this game to try and go ahead in the next hour.
I love their optimism but it's still raining and the pitch is just as wet now as it was 45 minutes ago. I don't know how they are going to make this playable.
20.08: Finally a breakthrough for the Republic of Ireland, as Marc Wilson has scored a minute after the break to put the visitors 1-0 up at the Faroe Islands.
20.05: Good to see the PA announcer inside the ground has a sense of humour. U2's 'Beautiful Day' is being played over the speakers.
We are back underway in Croatia where Wales trail 1-0.
20.03: From Sportsmail's Matt Barlow:
The ref's thrown the ball nine times into puddles. That was the 9pm inspection. Still raining.
20.01: And here is that pitch inspection. The crowd are cheering every time the referee chucks the ball and it fails to bounce. Roy Hodgson can only look on and laugh – it's that farcical.
19.58: ITV have spoken to a press officer at the ground and they have confirmed there will be a final pitch inspection at 8pm.
There is still an option for the game to be delayed an hour but I really cannot see that happening. Other alternatives could be the game being played tomorrow.
19.53: Your full line-ups from Scotland's fixture in Belgium:
Belgium v Scotland
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Kompany, Vertonghen, De Bruyne, Witsel, Chadli, Mertens, Dembele, Benteke. Subs: Mignolet, Hazard, Ciman, M'Boyo, Van Buyten, Mirallas, Defour, Lombaerts, Vossen, Simons, Guillaume Gillet, Jean-Francois Gillet.
Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Berra, Caldwell, Fox, Maloney, Morrison, Darren Fletcher, McArthur, Commons, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gilks, Mulgrew, Cowie, Adam, Miller, Mackie, Martin, Phillips, Webster, Marshall.
Referee: Mauricio Morales (Mexico)
More than spitting: England keeper Joe Hart tests the conditions at Warsaw's National Stadium
19.50: And it's half-time in Croatia too where Mario Mandzukic's strike is the difference between the hosts and Wales. A fluke goal but Croatia have been dominant.
19.47: We are underway in Belgium though, as they have just kicked off against Scotland.
Meanwhile it's more bad news for the Republic of Ireland as it's half-time in the Faroe Islands and they are still being held 0-0.
19.44: Roy Hodgson has told ITV he doesn't think the game will go ahead. There isn't exactly much rush to get this game ready by the hosts. There isn't a groundsman and a pitchfork in sight.
19.40: Dare Roy Hodgson pull a Steve McClaren and put up an umbrella – not a chance!
I still can't believe that a roof closed throughout Euro 2012 has stayed open all day. Apparently the roof now cannot be closed because the rain is too heavy. Unbelievable.
19.36: To put this into perspective, when the ball is thrown in the air it simply doesn't even bounce after hitting the turf.
There will be an announcement at 8pm over whether this game will go ahead. For now it looks like they will close the roof. Stable doors and bolting horses come to mind.
19.33: Back to Warsaw though and the reason the game is in doubt is because torrential rain has made the pitch more like a paddy field.
The referee has declared the pitch unplayable but there is no official confirmation yet over whether this game is going ahead.
19.30: Bad news for Wales. They have gone 1-0 down to Croatia following an opportunistic strike from Mario Mandzukic.
19.25: Sportsmail's Matt Barlow:
A new 400m stadium with a closing roof and the game in warsaw appears in doubt.
Water pass: England boss Roy Hodgson tests the very wet conditions in Warsaw
19.20: There has been an early blow for England in Warsaw.
For the second time in 20 years the band that follows the team has been…well…banned.
They were of course shut out recently at Donestk for a Euro 2012 match but they have now been snubbed in Warsaw too.
It is believed stadium authorities took tonight's decision because the Polish FA have refused to sanction a Polish band, and would be open to accusations of double standards if they allowed their English counterparts in.
Band leader John Hemmingham said: 'It is very frustrating. We have travelled tens of thousands of miles following England are were looking forward to banging the drum for the Three Lions once more. It is massively disappointing to get such a bum note.'
19.15: Scotland make one change from the side who lost to Wales for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Belgium.
Wigan midfielder James McArthur is drafted into the starting line-up in place of Scott Brown.
The Hoops skipper was forced to withdraw from the squad with an ongoing hip problem that forced him out of Friday's clash in Cardiff at half-time.
The Scots head into the game in Brussels second bottom of Group A and know they needed a first victory of the campaign to keep their slim hopes alive.
19.10: England head coach Roy Hodgson hands 99th caps to skipper Steven Gerrard and defender Ashley Cole for the World Cup qualifier with Poland in Warsaw.
Gerrard returns after missing the 5-0 home win over San Marino through suspension while Cole comes back into the side after resting his ongoing ankle problem.
Hodgson makes a total of six changes with Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Jermain Defoe also back in the starting line-up.
Defenders Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill and Leighton Baines, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, striker Danny Welbeck plus the injured Theo Walcott make way.
19.05: Back to the World Cup 2014 qualifiers – two games are already underway.
Republic of Ireland are trying to bounce back from their 6-1 defeat to Germany as they travel to Faroe Islands, while Wales will be looking to build on their 2-1 win over Scotland with their tricky trip to Croatia.
Job done: England Under 21s celebrate Connor Wickham's injury time goal
19.00: Serbian fans of course are not on good terms with UEFA following their disgraceful antics to have a Euro 2012 qualifier in Italy abandoned – I'm not holding my breath for any serious punishments though.
18.59: From Sportsmail's Dominic King:
Let's see how serious UEFA take this. Never seen anything like that before. Actions of neanderthals. Riot police around ground did nothing.
18.56: Awful scenes in Serbia. The good news is the England Under 21s scored in injury time through Connor Wickham to seal a 2-0 aggregate victory and a place at Euro 2013.
But the scenes that followed saw England players and coaches attacked by Serbians, with Danny Rose sent off for retaliation.
The full-back seemed to gesture that he was racially abused – but either way you haven't heard the last of this game and sadly it won't be because of the football.
18.51: And a quick update on the England Under 21s before we get cracking. We are in second half injury time in Serbia where Stuart Pearce's side are drawing 0-0.
Should it stay that way, they will advance to the Euro 2013 finals after winning the first leg 1-0 at Carrow Road on Friday.
18.48: England starting XI:
Hart, Johnson, Cole, Gerrard, Jagielka, Lescott, Milner, Carrick, Defoe, Rooney, Cleverley.
18.45: Was I the only one left a little subdued after England's 5-0 win over San Marino on Friday It certainly felt strange to be left feeling shortchanged after seeing the Three Lions record a five-goal victory.
It's a much tougher test for Roy Hodgson's side tonight though as they travel to Poland for the second time this year. No sunshine and major tournaments this time though – just a tricky night in Warsaw and hopefully three valuable points to take back across the Channel. Team news coming up.
Looking for more: England's Wayne Rooney (right) will hope to add to his brace scored against San Marino on Friday when he lines up against Poland