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EURO 2016 qualifying roundup: Germany downs Poland, Keane sets records for Ireland

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Germany’s Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Germany and Poland in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


Eight more EURO 2016 qualifying matches took place today across the continent. Check out a quick roundup of all the action below.

Germany 3-1 Poland

Poland stunned Germany with a 2-0 win in their first meeting in qualifying, but the defending World Cup champions took the second meeting 3-1 to gain control of Group D. All four goals in the match came from Bayern Munich players, as Thomas Mueller and Mario Gotze (2) tallied for Germany, while Robert Lewandowski scored Poland’s lone goal. Germany is now unbeaten in 21 straight EURO qualifying matches at home.

Georgia 1-0 Scotland

Scotland hasn’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, and they blew a massive opportunity to improve their shot at qualifying for EURO 2016 with a 1-0 loss away to Georgia. Scotland could have moved into a temporary tie at the top of Group D with a win, but a 38th minute strike from Valeri Kazaishvili was enough to sink Gordon Strachan’s side.

Gibraltar 0-4 Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland took advantage of Scotland’s loss and handled business against minnows Gibraltar with an easy 4-0 win. Robbie Keane has scored 12 goals in his last eight matches for the LA Galaxy, and his superb form carried over for Ireland, as the captain scored two goals to become the all-time leading scorer in EURO qualifying history with 23. With the win, Martin O’Neill’s men jumped Scotland into third place in Group D.

Faroe Islands 1-3 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has never played in the European Championship before, but after a 3-1 over the Faroe Islands, they now sit atop Group F with 16 points through seven matches. With the match tied at one apiece, Faroe Island’s Joan Edmundsson was sent off after receiving his second yellow card, as Northern Ireland quickly scored two goals in five minutes to take the match. West Brom’s Gareth McAuley had two goals for his country, who now face Hungary on Monday.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group F

Hungary 0-0 Romania
Greece 0-1 Finland

Group I

Denmark 0-0 Albania
Serbia 2-0 Armenia