It was an eventful night to say the least in Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.
The world champions lost, two more teams Portugal and Northern Ireland clinched places in France and a late, late goal broke Scottish hearts in Glasgow.
GROUP – D
After Germany was beaten, we still have no team through in this group. Stats are saying if Germany manages to get only a point in the last qualifying match against Georgia, they will officially board the plane to France. On the other hand, whoever wins between Poland and Ireland in the last round match, will qualify and the loser will go to the playoffs.
If the match finishes as a draw and Germany lose, both these teams qualify and Germany are in the playoffs. If this game finishes as a draw and Germany do not lose, then Poland qualify on head-to-head with a 0-0 score line.
The Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany
The Irish defended stoutly for long periods of the game before catching their opponents out with a long ball over the top. Substitute Shane Long latched on to the punt down the field and kept his cool, firing a right-footed shot beyond Manuel Neuer in the Germany goal.
Scotland 2-2 Poland
Scotland’s euro qualifying dream died with a sickening last gasp goal that snatched a damaging draw for Poland. Gordon Strachan’s side looked to have kept alive their hopes of making their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup when two stunning strikes from Matt Ritchie and Steven Fletcher looked to have grabbed a vital win. But Polish danger man Robert Lewandowski slid in to help home a scrappy low free-kick into the crowded Scotland box in the fourth minute of injury. It was the Bayern Munich hitman’s second goal of the night, having got the visitors off to a flier in the second minute of the game.
Georgia 4-0 Gibraltar
Georgia’s Mate Vatsadze slotted home the first after being played clean through by Tornike Okriashvili. Georgia soon doubled their tally when Anthony Bardon handled the ball inside the area which allowed Okriashvili to tuck away. Vatsadze added a third on the brink of half-time after heading home Alexandre Kobakhidze’s cross. Valeri Kazaishvili was able to maraud through late on to round things off with a decent individual goal.
GROUP – F
The second place remains up for grabs in Group F after Northern Ireland all but secured top spot, with both Romania and Hungary still in the hunt heading into the final round of fixtures.
Romania 1-1 Finland
Romania needed a late Ovidiu Hoban equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Finland and stay in pole position after Joel Pohjanpalo had opened the scoring in Bucharest.
Hungary 2-1 Faroe Islands
Hungary are a point adrift following an unconvincing 2-1 victory over the Faroe Islands, who took a shock lead through Roaldur Jakobsen before a Daniel Bode brace turned things around.
Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece
Steven Davis’ two goals sandwiched a header from Josh Magennis as Northern Ireland made sure they would be attending their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup.
GROUP – I
Portugal made certain of their place at Euro 2016 from Group I, with a Joao Moutinho goal enough to see off Denmark in Braga. The result means Denmark’s own qualification hopes hang in the balance as Albania look to finish in second place. Victory against bottom side Armenia on Sunday would be enough for the Albanians, who missed out on securing qualification alongside Portugal after losing at home to Serbia.
Portugal 1-0 Denmark
Portugal only needed a point at home to Denmark yet secured all three thanks to a second-half goal from midfielder Joao Moutinho. Cristiano Ronaldo was kept quite all the night.
Albania 0-2 Serbia
Two late strikes from Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajic have dented the Euro 2016 qualification hopes of Albania as Serbia recorded a 2-0 victory in their clash at the Qemal Stafa.