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Summary

  1. Maloney curls in fantastic winner
  2. FT: Romania 2-0 N Ireland
  3. Visitors' 100% start comes to an end
  4. Faroe Islands stun Greece in Athens

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap for the evening then ladies and gentleman. Join us tomorrow from mid afternoon as England continue their campaign against Slovenia. Adios

Martin O'Neill clocked up seven 'disappointeds' during that brief interview. His side are still well placed to challenge for a place at France 2016 though.

Manager reaction

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill: "I'm naturally disappointed. For the away side we were in reasonable control of the game, we didn't give away too many chances and they scored form a corner.

"It was a really tough game. A derby game as it was considered. It was frenetic, stop start in many aspects and overall I didn't think that we would lose the game. To lose a game on a set-piece is disappointing. We didn't react quickly enough and that was suicidal.

"My first reaction to the Grant Hanley challenge in the first half was that it was a red card but I have not seen any replays since. There may have been another defender to cover but I haven't seen it since.

"Poland have won today, it's a long process but we have seven points on the board. Scotland still have to come to us."

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As your reaction on social media shows, it is the Faroe Islands' 1-0 win in Athens that has captured the imagination most tonight.

Kolokk: Wow... Faroe Islands beat Greece away? I didn't know that the financial recession has hit their football too.

Niall ODonnell: Faroe Isles beating Greece - Hellas Bells!

Matt Rhodes: They will be dancing in the streets in the Faroe Islands tonight!

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Still no reaction from the Republic of Ireland camp by the way. We'll bring you the views of Martin O'Neill as soon as we hear them. Should Robbie Keane have played?

Ronaldo hits a(nother) record

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
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Cristiano Ronaldo became the record goalscorer in European Championship football as Portugal beat Armenia 1-0 in Faro.

The Real Madrid forward took his tally in qualifying and tournament matches to 23, passing Dane Jon Dahl Tomasson's total with a close-range finish on 71 minutes.

Roy Hodgson in training
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Scotland face England on Tuesday night. Roy Hodgson's men will have to watch that set-piece routine very closely...

Manager reaction

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Gordon Strachan celebrates
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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "I am a proud man tonight. That was an epic duel. We knew what was going to happen and we dealt with that. It was hard, we kept trying to play and from a Stuart McCall corner kick we scored a goal!

"Stuart had the idea. It was a variation on what we were going to try and it worked, you need to be a great player to score a goal like that. Ireland were a handful all night, it was like a British cup tie. This is the hardest group of them all and one goal decides every game."

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

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

"There's still first place up for grabs in this group here, we have Romania, Hungary and Greece all to come to Belfast. If we can get ourselves a good result in the next game against Finland, we are right back in the hunt.

"Romania are not going to look forward to coming to Belfast, I can imagine we will cause them a lot more problems because we will have a lot more of the ball that night."

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Scotland triumph at Celtic Park

Graham Allen: A goal from Shaun Maloney and Scotland worthy of winning any football match!

Femi John: Heart vs Quality. No complaints. Fair result. Congrats Scotland.

William Byrne: Have to hand it to Strachan. He's building a team and a fortress. Bitterly disappointed!

Manager reaction

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill on Sky Sports: "I think we know we can play better than that, but tonight we came up against a really good side, we defended fantastically well, we could have done better with our chances on the counter attack, and we came within 15 minutes of getting a fantastic result. I couldn't ask for much more from them.

"To be sitting on nine points is testament to the work rate of this group of players. There is an opportunity for us to get 15 more points, and if we can get close to that we'll give ourselves a great chance."

Next up

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Scotland's next qualifier is a home tie (banker?) against Gibraltar, while the Republic of Ireland face Poland. Beat Poland and the Irish will be back in business.

Player reaction

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

David Marshall looks on
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Scotland keeper David Marshall on Sky Sports: "Ireland put in a lot of crosses. I thought we defended really well."

Match-winner Shaun Maloney: "It was pretty brutal. It wasn't pretty at times. I'm just glad to be on the winning side. You try to pick your spot with the goal. It [Scott Brown's backheel assist] was worked on the training ground, although I'm not sure it was fully like that."

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Faroes flying

Chris Eastwood: Faroe Islands win away in Greece. Where are the people saying they shouldn't be in qualifying? This is a dream for them!

Ross Anderson: Greece have now been beaten in successive home games against Northern Ireland and Faroe Island. I smell a sacking.

Tom Garry: Greece 0-1 Faroe Islands is an incredible full-time score. The Faroe Islands have a population of less than 50,000 people.

As it stands

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

Table
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Romania's win lifts them to the top of the table but Northern Ireland are still brilliantly placed in Group F.

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Biggles: If you want the Home Nations, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to contest in Euros / World Cups in future, we collectively need to play each other more! The fight from the lads in Glasgow tonight, you can't buy it! Better than playing dead friendly matches.

Greece 0-1 Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands in the play-offs? You never know.

In their qualifiers for the last World Cup they picked up one point from 10 games. What a win!

Still positives for Northern Ireland

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

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

"The amount of possession Romania had told, and that was the story of the game. When we come to places like this you have got to retain the ball better and not have to resort to last-ditch challenges all the time to keep clean sheets.

"We knew this was going to be a tough game, but Northern Ireland approached the game in the right way, they defended when they had to defend, but you can't over-emphasise how difficult it is to defend for an entire 90 minutes.

"Unless you get a goal or something to hold onto, that's something that's very difficult to do.

"But after the 3-2 defeat in Luxembourg last year, if you had told me we'd have nine points from three away games and one home game, I'd have thought you were crazy."

As it Stands

Table
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All to play for in Group D. With two sides qualifying automatically, and one via the play-offs, Poland, Germany, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are very much all in play.

There are no qualifiers until March now, too.

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

"An extraordinary night - not the greatest game of football. The better team, the stronger team in the second half was probably Ireland. The one piece of genius play was from Scotland."

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Shaun Maloney celebrates
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Shaun Maloney takes all of the applause and adulation from the stands at Celtic Park. The Wigan man curled in a beauty to give the Scots the win and leave Germany, Scotland and Republic of Ireland all on seven points.

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Matthew Allatt: Unbelievable that Greece can go from winning the competition 10 years ago to losing to the Faroe Islands.

FULL-TIME

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

FULL-TIME

Faroe Islands win

The shock of the Euro 2016 qualifying week has come in Piraeus in Greece where Claudio Ranieri's side have been beaten 1-0 by Faroe Islands, who are ranked 187 in the world. That moves the Nordic islands above the 2004 champions, who now sit rock bottom of Group F. What now for Ranieri?

Another shock of sorts occurred in Nuremberg where world champions Germany only defeated Gibraltar 4-0. Thomas Muller scored twice in the win. They move to level on points with Republic of Ireland and Scotland on seven points in Group D - Poland lead with 10 points after their 4-0 win in Georgia.

FULL-TIME

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Shaun Maloney celebrates
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Relief and joy all round as Scotland get right back in the mixer.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

And it's so close! Chris Martin flicks on the free-kick onto his own bar! The keeper's up for the corner! It's all going on. Scotland defend it well. Gordon Strachan having kittens...

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Irish free-kick. Deep.

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

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

"When Michael O'Neill gets them together he can pick out the good points of tonight when we have defended well.

"But the point where we've fallen down is that, while we defended in Greece and Hungary, we haven't defended for prolonged spells in games like tonight. And that's something we need to work on, we shouldn't give ourselves so much defending to do."

INJURY TIME

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Martin O'Neill gets the ball off manager Gordon Strachan
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FOUR MINUTES added on. John O'Shea scored in stoppage time in Germany of course. Can the men in white do it again?

YELLOW CARD

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Would they though? Would they Ed?

Stephen Quinn takes the law into his own hands with a shocking tackle on the halfway line, leaves Charlie Mulgrew in a heap and is booked...

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Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Daniel Woodley: David Marshall is one of the most underrated goalkeepers in world football. Always dominates his six yard box.

Ed Fairhead: A fit Maloney, McCarthy and McArthur would probably dominate Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

Faroe Islands still lead Greece 1-0...

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

No real response from Northern Ireland to that second Romanian strike. Not much left in the tank.

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Stuart McCall
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I wouldn't go as far as to say a Scotland win here would blow Group D open, but it would certainly leave it ajar. There's a draft coming in.

Ireland pump it long, Scotland pack the defence. Five minutes left...

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Robbie Keane - once of Celtic - has not been able to get into the game since he came on. SIX MINUTES left at Celtic Park.

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

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

"I'm disappointed we haven't kept the ball better. I think that's a confidence thing. But at the end of the day, we're sitting with nine points from three away games and a home game.

"The Faroes are winning tonight as well, so it's still a good night to be a Northern Ireland fan.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, and our qualification was not going to rest on this game, it's going to rest on two games with Faroes and Greece at home. Anything tonight would have been a bonus."

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Robbie Brady whips in a testing cross from the right and the Irish have a corner. Tense times - and Scotland keeper David Marshall is then clattered as he takes the corner. Fine goalkeeping.

GOAL

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland - Paul Papp (79 mins)

Paul Papp celebrates with teammates
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He doesn't miss those! Two for Romania, two for defender Paul Papp! He steals in to meet a teasing back post cross and slams in a header from close range. That could well be that for the night.

SUBSTITUTION

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

That was Scotland's first competitive goal against the Republic of Ireland since May 1961.

Robbie Keane is belatedly introduced, in place of Jeff Hendrick. Can he save his side again?

What do the goals mean?

In Group D, Scotland, Germany and the Republic of Ireland would now all be joint second on seven points.

In Group F, Romania are heading to the top and leapfrogging Northern Ireland.

Twelve minutes or so remain.