Scott Brown’s second half strike capped a transitional year for Scotland under manager Gordon Strachan with a well-fought 1-0 win over Norway.
The hosts dominated much of the game, passing up several opportunities to find the net, but after weathering the storm Brown’s low drive into the bottom corner was enough to secure a win for the Scots.
Norway started the better of the two sides and put pressure on Scotland right from the start, with ola Kamara coming close to breaking the deadlock with a header that was stopped on the line by David Marshall and Gordon Greer.
Morten Gamst Pedersen was afforded time and space on the left side of midfield and caused the Scotland backline problems with a number of dangerous crosses into the box, one of which should have been turned home by Marcus Pederson only a matter of yards out.
Pederson was afforded a glorious chance after 58 minutes, running on to a cut back pass 12 yards out, but he saw his shot saved by the legs of Marshall.
And Scotland punished Norway just minutes later, when a loose ball fell to Brown on the edge of the box, who lashed his effort into the bottom left corner Orjan Nyland’s goal.
Norway continued to press the visitors in an attempt to find a leveller, with Anders Konradsen putting the ball inches wide of the post when he should have found the net instead.