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Summary

  1. Sub Long with late close-range finish
  2. Cool finish across keeper from Peszko
  3. FT: Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland
  4. Lafferty with volleyed finish & header
  5. FT: Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar
  6. Fletcher with first Scotland hat-trick since 1969

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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That is a wrap from us for the night - see you soon!

'Late goals not by accident'

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Martin O'Neill
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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill: "I'm absolutely delighted with them. Our second-half performances was outstanding. We were tentative in the first half and gave away a silly goal.

"But after that we were terrific. We deserved it and we might have on it.

"The most important thing to say at half-time was that we were still in the game and we had to keep belief. The players will always give it everything. We've scored lots of late goals but that shows the character in that team. That word is overused but it is not an accident. They may lack some things but they don't lack character.

"If we show that drive and determination there is no reason why we can't go on winning."

Who's on their way to France?

The top two of each group will book an automatic place in next summer's finals. So who is the driving seat as it stands?

Group A: Czech Republic & Iceland

Group B: Wales & Israel

Group C: Slovakia & Spain

Group D: Poland & Germany

Group E: England & Slovenia

Group F: Romania & Northern Ireland

Group G: Austria & Sweden

Group I: Portugal & Denmark

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Frank Davies: Get rid of Keane and start picking Long. Keane a yard too slow and well past his sell by date.

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Lukasz Fabianski has a point. He punched the ball out for a corner right at the end but he was under heavy pressure. You'd expect to see a foul given nine times out of 10.

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Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski: "They put more pressure on us in the second half. We were trying to defend and catch them on the break, we had a lot of crosses to deal with and defend well. I thought we were unlucky.

"I think we deserved to win but they will say they deserve a point. We did well for almost 90 minutes but a lack of concentration right at the end has cost us. They got the corner for the goal but there should be a free-kick for a foul on me."

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Martin O'Neill's side took 63 minutes to have their first attempt on target in the match. After that it was all hands on deck.

Player reaction

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Shane Long
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Republic of Ireland goalscorer Shane Long: "For the first 45 minutes Poland were brilliant but we changed the shape and we were right in the game then. Scoring against England was a great feeling for me personally but that is up there. It will be between us and Scotland for that second place and we can't drop any more points.

"Losing is massive and it keeps them within touching distance. We need to win our home games and make it a fortress. It was an electric atmosphere from both sets of fans, and it helped us to get back into the game."

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That's three late goals for Ireland in their five qualifiers. Mental strength, 'the luck of the Irish', call it what you like. They've been vital.

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Daily Star journalist Chris McKenna: Imagine that. Bring on a Premier League striker and he scores a goal.

Tight at the top

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Group D
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That late, late goal means that Republic of Ireland are just three points off the top of Group D. Poland stay unbeaten and stay on top, but only a point clear of Germany and Scotland. All to play for. Gibraltar may have to settle for a place in the play-offs.

Elsewhere in Europe

Hungary could not find a way to break down Greece in Group F - and that's good news for Northern Ireland, who are four points above them in second place.

Portugal moved to the top of Group I with a 2-1 victory over Serbia with goals from Ricardo Carvalho and Fabio Coentrao coming either side of Nemanja Matic's stunning equaliser.

FULL-TIME

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Shane Long celebrates
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There it is. Shane Long gets the plaudits from from John O'Shea and it's a point apiece.

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Norwich midfielder Elliott Bennett: Get in there, Wesley. Won't see Wes head many - but a great assist.

Bournemouth's former Republic of Ireland defender Ian Harte: Love it.

Ipswich Town's Irish striker Noel Hunt: Booooooooooom!!!! Shane Long, get in there!!!

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Germany will be pleased with that goal too.

Ireland get a corner...

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At times in the first half it looked like Poland would win this comfortably but after the break the hosts have been much improved. Robert Lewandowski has been kept quiet but now shoots over from 25 yards. Is that the last effort of the night?

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There are five minutes added on as well. Still time for a winner for somebody. Poland win a corner...

GOAL

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Shane Long goal
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They have done it! Ireland equalise in stoppage time. The corner is whipped in, Wes Hoolahan heads it back down and substitute Shane Long is there to stab it over the line via a deflection.

You have to say they deserve that.

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Robbie Brady's delivery is better - Lukasz Fabianski makes a hash of it and it's a corner...

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That's not how it works Mike. And you know it.

Ireland have just a few minutes left now. One last chance?

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Mike Gardner: Mila should have been sent off there. Slight touch to the face and goes down like he's been shot. Disgrace.

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He certainly has Sarah. I'd be surprised if he can turn it on like a tap though. 'Go out there and smash one in from 25 yards, will you Harry?'

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Sarah Murphy: Bring Harry Arter on for ROI. He's scored a couple of scorching goals for Bournemouth over the last couple of weeks.

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James McClean has made a real difference since coming on but his latest delivery is horrible, straight out of play.

Ireland have less than five minutes to find an equaliser. Poland looking good for a place in France next summer.

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Robbie Savage

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"Great tackle by James McClean. Thankfully Milik got up and carried on! Wow - didn't know your foot could get in that position."

YELLOW CARD

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James McCarthy slaps Polish sub Sebastian Mila off the ball - that should be a red card but the referee books both men. He got away with one there.

SUBSTITUTION

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Shane Long is now on, for Glenn Whelan. Is it too late?

CLOSE!

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That was the chance! James McClean with another fine ball in, it hits the heels of Robbie Keane and he then leaves it for Seamus Coleman, arriving like a train, Coleman blazes it wide though! Hit it hard as you like, but it was wild.

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James McClean does well again, excellent delivery from out wide. Nobody there again.

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Noel Fitzpatrick: Get Long on for Walters.

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A leg breaker, or a rallying cry? That challenge from James McClean certainly divides opinion. He almost divided Arkadiusz Milik.

Robbie Keane wriggles down the left and cuts it back, but Wes Hoolahan's effort is blocked. Still no further changes for Ireland. Get some forwards on!

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Leo Nally: That was that a horrible tackle by McClean. Could have broken his leg.

Dylan Sweeney: Great passion by McClean!

Shay McEvoy: Got to admire McClean's commitment - hopefully that'll inspire the rest of the players.

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Fifteen minutes to go. Ireland arguably deserve an equaliser for their dominance in the second half but can they force one home?

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That was very close for Robbie Keane and for Ireland. Poland have been a shadow of their former selves in this half, but how much of that is down to Ireland?

James McClean then crunches Arkadiusz Milik in the middle. Good grief. John McClane would be pleased with that.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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James McClean's introduction almost conjures a goal! He beats his man and puts in a magic cross, Robbie Keane gets the header in and a combination of Lukasz Fabianski and the post keep it out!

Almost goal number 66...

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Conor McCrory: Robbie Brady has been working hard to make up for his mistake which led to the Polish goal, but why is he running at men and putting balls in the box instead of McCarthy or Hoolahan?

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McGeady
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Sunday World journalist Kevin Palmer: Is McGeady meant to be a winger, a midfielder or what? Looks like he's doing an audition for Riverdance every time he gets a pass.

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cOLEMAN
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It's a gutsy second-half showing from Ireland but have they got the quality to make it count? Seamus Coleman does well again to beat his man and find Jon Walters but he can only steer a header on goal. Tame.

Daryl Murphy remains on the bench. Scoring goals for fun for Ipswich.

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Panic stations in the Polish defence almost leads to the ball falling for Robbie Keane before Wes Hoolahan slams a shot well wide. Here is a change, and it's out wide. Aiden McGeady hauled off, James McClean on.

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Ant Killeen: Way too one dimensional. Get Long on to partner Keane - we need more pace going forward. Brady's deliveries have been poor tonight, Grandma could put in a better free kick.

Mark: Brady has been shocking this evening!

James Marshall: Rep of Ireland dying in the group of death. Goal required to bring them back to life.