Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:42 pm
Germany and Scotland provisionally went level with Poland at the top of Group D in Euro 2016 qualifying following respective wins over Georgia and Gibraltar on Sunday.
Goals in the final six minutes of the first half from Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller gave the Germans a 2-0 win at Georgia.
Meanwhile at Hampden Park, a Shaun Maloney brace was followed by a Steven Fletcher hattrick as Scotland romped to a 6-1 demolition of Gibraltar.
The result is Scotland’s biggest win in competitive football since getting a 6-0 win over Faroe Islands almost a decade ago.
The wins for Germany and Scotland leaves both nations on 10 points apiece in second and third place respectively, behind Poland that plays at fourth placed Republic of Ireland later tonight.
Poland lead the group with 10 points, but visit an Irish side that could form a four-way tie for top spot in the group with a win over the Poles.
In other qualifying matches played on Sunday, Romania maintained top spot in Group F courtesy of a 1-0 win in Bucharest over second from bottom Faroe Islands.
With 13 points, the Romanians hold a one point lead on Northern Ireland that kept strengthened their chance of reaching next year’s competition in France with a 2-1 win at home to Finland.
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