Euro 2016 Qualifying Review: Germany Down Scotland, Portugal Edge Albania

Germany edged closer to confirming their spot in Euro 2016 after claiming a 3-2 win over Scotland at Hampden Park. 

Thomas Muller was on the double for Die Mannschaft, either side of Mats Hummels own-goal, but James McArthur’s volley sent the two teams level 2-2 at the break.

Ilkay Gundogan scored from a Muller cut-back in the 55th minute and Scotland were unable to respond this time round, giving Joachim Low’s men the full points.

The result sees Germany remain top of Group D, but Scotland look set to extend their unwanted run of not having qualified for major tournament since 1998.

Republic of Ireland took full advantage of Scotland’s slip, beating Georgia 1-0 in Dublin to move four points clear of Gordon Strachan’s men. Stoke City man Jonathan Walters scored the only goal of the game in the 69th minute, increasing the Irish’s chances of booking a play-off position at the least.

Robert Lewandowski, Kamil Grosicki and Arkadiusz Milik all grabbed braces as Poland thumped Group D minnows Gibraltar 8-1. Poland are second in the group, two points behind leaders Germany with the Irish third.

Northern Ireland blew their chance of securing an automatic qualification from Group F after settling for a 1-1 draw with Hungary at Windsor Park. Victory would have seen them qualify but had to be content with a draw thanks to Kyle Lafferty’s 93rd-minute effort that pulled them level, Hungary having taken a 74th minute lead through Richard Guzmics.

Romania‘s 0-0 draw with Greece ensures Michael O’Neill’s men remain top of the pool. Finland remain with a shout of snatching third after a 1-0 win over Faroe Islands.

Miguel Veloso’s thumping stoppage-time header helped Portugal secure a 1-0 victory over Albania, the latter’s first loss in I. The Portuguese remain top of the log three points clear of Denmark who drew 0-0 with Armenia.

Summary Results:

Finland 1-0 Faroe Islands

Northern Ireland 1-1 Hungary

Romania 0-0 Greece

Albania 0-1 Portugal

Armenia 0-0 Denmark

Poland 8-1 Gibraltar

Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia

Scotland 2-3 Germany

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