Group D opponents Poland and Ireland win to pile pressure on Scots



Scotland’s Group D opponents Poland shocked World champions Germany by securing a 2-0 win over their neighbours for the first time in their history.

Arkadiusz Milik gave the hosts an unlikely lead on 51 minutes, before Sebastian Mila added a second late on.

The win was even more of a shock given that Germany had never lost in 33 previous qualifiers, a run stretching back to 2007.

Poland now top Group D ahead of the Republic of Ireland on goal difference and will play host to Scotland on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland hammered group minnows Gibraltar 7-0 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday evening.

Robbie Keane became the all-time goalscorer in European Championship qualifying history as he bagged himself a 12 minute first half hat trick.

James McClean scored twice, Wes Hoolahan got on the scoresheet also and a comical own goal from Gibraltar’s goalkeeper Jordan Perez completed the demolition.

It was Gibraltar’s second successive 7-0 defeat in their debut qualifying campaign and with Germany up next for the minnows it can only get worse for Allen Bula’s side.

The wins for Poland and Ireland now leave Scotland trailing both sides by three points with Poland up next on Tuesday, where Gordon Strachan’s side need to pick up at least a point to prevent being left behind.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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