World champions Germany moved to the top of Group D of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, following their 3-1 win over Poland on Friday. A total of eight games were played on the day featuring teams from three groups – Group D, Group F, and Group I.
Northern Ireland eased past Faroe Islands in their Group F game yesterday to move to the top of the table, while Portugal, despite not playing a match on the day, remain the leaders of Group I.
Below is a roundup of the games:
Germany 3-1 Poland
Bayern Munich can be proud about this game, since all the four goals were scored by players from the club. While Mario Gotze scored a brace for Germany, it was star forward Thomas Muller who started the goalscoring proceedings, as he drew first blood for the hosts after scoring in the 12th minute at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt.
Germany were 2-0 up when Robert Lewandowski pulled one back for Poland in the 37th minute, to make the score 2-1. However, Gotze scored the safety goal for Germany in the 82nd minute, to help them to 16 points from seven games.
Poland stay second in the table with 14 points, while Republic of Ireland are third with 12 points.
Gibraltar 0-4 Republic of Ireland
Former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Robbie Keane had the last laugh as his two goals in three minutes in the second half took away all the fight from Gibraltar, as Ireland moved past Scotland to climb into third place in Group D.
Cyrus Christie, who was playing only his second match in the national team jersey, opened the proceedings for the away side in the 26th minute of the game at the Estádio Algarve in Portugal.
Keane, who currently plays for Major League Soccer (MLS) side LA Galaxy, scored his first goal in the 49th minute, and soon after converted a penalty in the 51st minute to give Martin O'Neil's side a 3-0 cushion before an hour of play. And the Southampton striker Shane Long decorated the icing on the cake as he rose the highest to meet Jeff Hendrick's cross to head the ball home, and keep Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 hopes alive.
Other game of the Group: Georgia 1-0 Scotland
Faroe Islands 1-3 Northern Ireland
West Brom defender Gareth McAuley scored twice to give the away side a huge boost going into their final three games of the Euro qualifiers. The 35-year-old opened the scoring for Northern Ireland in the 12th minute of the game at the Tórsvøllur Stadium in Faroe Islands.
The hosts however equalised through Jóan Edmundsson in the 36th minute. But it was all Northern Ireland in the second half, as McAuley scored again in the 71st minute, and former Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty scored in the 75th minute to take his tally to six goals in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Northern Ireland are on 16 points, while Romania are in second spot, just a point behind. Hungary are third in the table with 12 points from seven games.
Other games of the Group: Hungary 0-0 Romania, Greece 0-1 Finland
Denmark 0-0 Albania
Following Friday's games, Portugal, having played only five matches, stay atop with 12 points.
Both Denmark and Albania earned a point each from their goalless draw, and are level on points at the moment. While Denmark stay in second spot with 11 points from six matches, Albania are third with the same amount of points, but having played a game less. They are also the only unbeaten side in Group I.
The top two teams from the group will receive a confirmed berth in the Euro 2016 finals in France next year.
Other game of the Group: Serbia 2-0 Armenia