Scotland beaten by World Champions Germany

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Germany beat Scotland 2-1 in Dortmund in their Group D Euro 2016 qualifier. In the other matches in Group D, Ireland beat Georgia 2-1 and Poland thrash minnows Gibraltar, 0-7. Group F saw victories for Northern Ireland, Romania and Finland. In Group I, Portugal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Albania in Lisbon and Denmark overcomes a hapless Faroe Islands.

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Thomas Mueller, Germany’s top scorer at the World Cup 2014, gave the hosts a deserving lead in the 18th minute after brilliant work from Sebastian Rudy who was making only his second appearance for Germany. Scotland equalized in the second half through Ikechi Anya who latched onto a brilliant pass from Steven Fletcher who came off the bench in the half. Scottish celebrations were, however, short lived as Mueller scored his second of the game capitalizing on some calamitous defending by the Scottish defense. Charlie Mulgrew was sent off after receiving a second yellow late in the second half. The home side could have also had a player sent-off in Erik Durm earlier in the half had the referee produced a red card instead of a yellow.

In the group’s other game, it was an Aiden McGeady show as the Irishmen scored twice including a brilliant last gasp winner in the 90th minute to give Ireland the victory. McGeady opened the scoring in the 27th minute before Okriashvili equalized with 20-yard strike. The visitor kept pushing for the winner with McGeady being the chief architect and it was the Irishmen who gave the visitors the three points producing a lovely curling strike from just outside the box.

Newcomers Gibraltar faced the daunting task of facing a tough Polish side. Gibraltar starting line-up consisted of only two professional footballers in Wiseman and Walker and were on the receiving end of a resounding 0-7 defeat. Robert Lewandowski scored four of the seven goals with the other two coming from Kamil Grosicki and Lukasz Szukala.

In group F, Northern Ireland won their first match away from home in four years in Budapest. Norwich City man Kyle Lafferty produced the match winner in the 88th minute. The group other matches saw victories for Romania and Finland.

Group I produced the shock of the evening as underdogs Albania beat Bento’s Portugal in the absence of star man Cristiano Ronaldo, A superb volley from Bekim Balaj earned Albania a stunning 1-0 win over Portugal in their Euro 2016 qualifier. Denmark beat Armenia 2-1 in the Parken Stadion in Copenhagen, goals coming from Pierre Hojbjerg andThomas Kahlenberg