There are goals, there is controversy and there are always penalties. Most worrying for Scotland, it is Wales, though, who have the mantle of winners. This match was almost a doppelganger in terms of scoring as the match in Cardiff last year, with Scotland taking the lead then losing.
It was even more disappointing than that occasion because Scotland were clearly the poorer side for long spells last night and the enterprise of the new manager, Gordon Strachan, in his selection was not matched by a boldness or sureness in play.
Two players could serve as touchstone to this match. Robert Snodgrass, a midfielder of invention in his day job at Norwich City, became a creature of the night at Hampden. He was rash, so recklessly impetuous in the tackle that his second-half sending-off for a penalty converted by Aaron Ramsey was inevitable, even predictable.
The other conspicuous player was Grant Hanley, who one would not call a touch player. But two interventions, two touches proved crucial to the outcome of this World Cup qualifier. This was an appearance that was destined to end in tears though the big defender had one shout of joy. His most exhilarating moment occurred when he trotted half the length of the pitch to apply his napper to a Charlie Mulgrew corner to give Scotland a one goal-lead just before half-time. This was about as deserved as a banker's bonus.