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Summary

  1. Northern Ireland's best ever start
  2. Poland 2-2 Scotland
  3. Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland
  4. John O'Shea levels in injury-time

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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So what a night of international football it has been. It began with England's Under-21s qualifying for Euro 2015, before the senior teams took centre stage.

Northern Ireland
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And they didn't disappoint. Northern Ireland won for the third time in three Euro qualifiers with a 2-0 victory in Greece, Scotland battled to a fine 2-2 draw in Poland and John O'Shea grabbed an injury-time equaliser for Republic of Ireland in a 1-1 draw against world champions Germany.

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Poland 2-2 Scotland

Kenneth Martin: Naismith brings an energy and intelligence to the forward play even when he's not at best.

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Greece
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Northern Ireland had less than a quarter of possession against Greece. This is a pretty amazing stat, considering Northern Ireland had four shots on target compared to one from the hosts on their way to a 2-0 victory.

Poland 2-2 Scotland

Poland v Scotland
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Two goals from three shots on target for Scotland. Some wild shooting from Poland though with three quarters of attempts off target.

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Poland 2-2 Scotland

Dean, Oban Jambo: Great point tonight, for an experience player. Hutton made two massive mistakes. Still confident we will qualify. Good to see the national side doing well again.

Scotland applaud
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Anon: Great result for Scots, good point away from home, Germany will beat Ireland and Poland the next time they play them and Ireland have to play Poland twice so they will drop points: go Scotland.

Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: There's no doubt Strachan is doing good stuff but I wish he would play Jordan Rhodes instead of Steven Fletcher. Fletcher is a good footballer but he hardly ever scores whereas Rhodes is a goal machine and he can play too. Oh and he must find an alternative to Hutton, who is great going forward but cost us two goals with poor defending.

Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland only had one shot on target. It didn't even arrive until the 94th minute. But when it did, wow, what an impact.

Germany v Republic of Ireland
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John O'Shea's 94th minute equaliser denied Germany, who had 22 attempts on goal, with eight of them on target.

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Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Rian Hoskins: Well done to Ireland for coming back. Germany aren't in crisis but they may be lacking a bit of leadership with Philipp Lahm not there.

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy: What a result for @OfficialIrishFA in Greece!!

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Greece
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Dan in Pinner: Northern Ireland to do a Greece 2004?

Unfancied Greece won Euro 2004. The way they played tonight, it will be a long time before they qualify again, never mind winning the competition.

Group E table

England were not in action today, but there was still a match in Group E with Switzerland winning 4-0 against San Marino. This is how they stand in that group after three matches.

Group E table
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Paul Mulligan: Incredible results for NI and ROI tonight. The entire island of Ireland could be heading to France!

Manager reaction

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill on Sky Sports: "I'm delighted. It's a nice thing to have as statistics [won the first three qualifiers for the first time]. The workrate of the team and belief - I thought tonight every player was magnificent.

"[Kyle] Lafferty has been fantastic in the three qualifiers. His physical size, technique and pace - when he puts that together and he's playing against international defenders, they can't handle him."

Elsewhere in Europe

The late drama was not just restricted to Germany. A last-minute Cristiano Ronaldo strike in Demark gave Portugal their first Euro 2016 qualifying win.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Ronaldo beat Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to a cross before flicking the ball into the net to secure the three points which move Portugal up to third in Group I. The other game in the group, between Serbia and Albania, was abandoned in the first half following a disturbance on the pitch.

Elsewhere, Switzerland eased to a 4-0 win at San Marino for their first points in Group E. They are six points behind leaders England.

Gibraltar lost 3-0 at home to Georgia in Group D, Romania beat Finland 2-0 and Hungary edged Faroe Islands 1-0.

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis on Sky Sports: "We kept them at bay really well. Big Kyle [Lafferty] up front was the standout player - he took the second goal really well.

"The early goal settled the nerves. It's been an unbelievable start to the campaign. It's hard to put your finger on it. In the last campaign there were errors in games - at critical times we were getting punished."

Poland 2-2 Scotland

Gordon Strachan
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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, on Sky Sports: "It was a fantastic game and a fantastic atmosphere. We're pleased with a lot of things and disappointed too. We played attacking players and feel that's a strong part of our team; I believe in them.

"The surface was heavy and they did well, considering. They stuck at it. It's the hardest group: we've had four points from two games and two good performances away from home and a terrific one at home to Georgia."

Group F table

So who's happier tonight? Northern Ireland fans or Republic of Ireland supporters? I bet it is a close-run thing. Look at this table Northern Ireland fans, take pictures, drink it in, enjoy every moment.

Group F table
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Northern Ireland, who have never qualified for the finals tournament of a European Championship, are top with maximum points from three games. It is the first time they have ever won their first three games in a qualifying campaign.

Greece are meant to be the best team in the group. At the moment they are only one point above the Faroe Islands.

Poland 2-2 Scotland

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"I thought it was a wonderful game tonight and football was the winner. Two teams who were outstanding at different times and both sets of fans must've been entertained. A draw was a fair result."

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Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Vince in London: Just like Robbie Keane did to Germany 12 years ago...

Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland goalscorer John O'Shea on Sky Sports: "It was a very special moment - we have a fantastic spirit, we didn't want to come off having lost with people thinking we just did OK.

John O'Shea
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"At half-time the manager said if we do go behind we will get the chances. When Wes Hoolahan came on we played some fantastic passes.

"What a special night thankfully I was able to play my part at the end."

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Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Adrian Stanley: JOHN O SHEA!!!!!!!!!! We belittled that Waterford man for so long; Irish legendary status confirmed!

Let's hear from the man himself then.

Group D table

Group D table
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So world champions Germany are floundering in fourth place. Poland came from behind against Scotland to remain top, while Republic of Ireland stay second after John O'Shea's dramatic last-gasp equaliser in Gelsenkirchen.

Poland 2-2 Scotland

Scotland midfielder Scott Brown, speaking on Sky Sports: "We were unlucky with some chances ourselves but we defended really well. To be fair, Poland played well. We're maybe a little bit of disappointed with a point."

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Zander Twine: Get in! What a great night for the home nations!

Player reaction

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland goalscorer Kyle Lafferty, who netted in his side's 2-0 victory, says on Sky Sports: "I'm lost for words. The lads worked hard all week. We got a good result against the Faroes.

"We knew it would be a tough game. We believe in ourselves. Every single player believes we can qualify for the Euros and this is a massive statement that we have sent out. We're top of the group and we'll sit there at the end of the year."

Kyle Lafferty
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Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Ex-NI defender John O'Neill on BBC Radio Ulster

"I can't believe this. Not in my wildest dreams did I think we'd come here and win. Nine points in three games - that's Greece out of it.

"The lad from Romania watching us knows they will have their hands full next month. You have to give manager Michael O'Neill a lot of credit. He's set the team out the way it suits them.

"We've had that little bit of luck - that hasn't happened in the past. We took this game by the scruff of the neck. This is the chance we have been waiting for for such a long time."

FULL-TIME

Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland

FULL-TIME

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

GOAL

Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland - John O'Shea (90+4 mins)

John O'Shea
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We said it looked unlikely. What do we know? John O'Shea sends the travelling Irish fans into delirium with a last-gasp equaliser.

Substitute Wes Hoolahan is involved with a ball to the back post, but it is an excellent flick from another sub, Jeff Hendrick.

He keeps the ball alive and puts it back into the danger area, where O'Shea gets in front of his marker Mats Hummels to prod home a dramatic leveller with what is practically the last kick of the game.

FULL-TIME

Poland 2-2 Scotland

Gordon Strachan and Adam Nawalka share a handshake and a wry smile as the managers reflect on a point apiece from a pulsating Euro 2016 qualifier in Warsaw. Who says international football has lost its pizazz?

Poland 2-2 Scotland

Ikechi Anya finds Darren Fletcher who in turn plays the ball back into the heart of Scotland's defence. The visitors are doing an impressive job of winding down the clock...

Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Germany may only lead by one, but they are looking comfortable against Republic of Ireland. Three minutes left in injury-time for Martin O'Neill's side to snatch a point. But it doesn't look likely.

INJURY TIME

Poland 2-2 Scotland

We'll have two minutes of added time in Warsaw; we've had four goals, what chance a fifth?

Poland 2-2 Scotland

Difficult we know, but if Scotland can retain possession in midfield to somehow take the sting out of incessant Polish attacks... Two minutes plus added time remaining of a fascinating qualifier in Warsaw.

"It's going to be a long five minutes," warns BBC Scotland's Willie Miller in sombre tones. We know Willie, we know.

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Tim in Orkney: Born in Belfast. Living in Scotland. This is going to be a nail biter.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Poland 2-2 Scotland

Poland substitute Sebastian Mila carves open Scotland's defence with a nutmeg and a cracking pass to release Kamil Grosicki, whose shot comes back off the post and Scotland somehow survive.

The Poles are swarming all over Scotland's goal like determined bees; can the visitors hold out?

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Ex-Northern Ireland defender John O'Neill on BBC Radio Ulster

"It'll be interesting to see how many Greece fans there will be in the stadium at the full-time whistle."

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland

Greece were the top seeds in Group F. If they lose this then they will only have one point out of nine, while Northern Ireland will have maximum points.

Claudio Ranieri
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The home fans boo the team as a pass is misplaced with the ball going out of play. "You're getting sacked in the morning," taunt the Northern Irish supporters in Greece manager Claudio Ranieri's direction.

The Italian has only been in charge since the end of July.

Poland 2-2 Scotland

With Stevens Fletcher and Naismith earning a well-earned rest on the bench, Scotland's attacking prowess has been diminished slightly but Ikechi Anya scampers down the left and his cross is just out of James Morrison's reach.

Serbia-Albania match abandoned

Uefa confirms that the match between Serbia and Albania "has been abandoned due to a disturbance on the pitch".

The game was goalless before trouble broke out shortly before half-time.

TEN MINUTES LEFT

Can Scotland get a winner? Can Republic of Ireland equalise against the world champions? Will Greece fight back against Northern Ireland? Don't go anywhere.