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  1. Ilkay Gundogan gives Germany lead a third time
  2. Thomas Muller netted first two for visitors
  3. Mats Hummels (og) & James McArthur levelled for Scotland
  4. FT: Scotland 2-3 Germany
  5. World champions Germany lead Group D on 16 points
  6. Scotland fourth, five points behind

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK


So, Scotland come from behind to equalise twice against the world champions but lose 3-2 to Group D leaders Germany and are up against it in their bid to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

The Scots are four points behind third-placed Republic of Ireland with two games remaining.

Steven Fletcher and Scotland team-mates reflect on the defeat by Germany
Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

Thanks for your company tonight. We'll have reaction to the qualifier and analysis on our website later.

We'll do it all again against Poland next month. See you then, cheers.

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Katie Anderson: Well played #scotland you deserved something from that. Calculators out again, then.. #SCOGER #bbcscotfootball #Euro2016 #scottishluck

Anon: Got beat 3-2. Our team gave everything...Against the world champions who played very well. Can't ask any more.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

'I believed we could get an equaliser again'

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"We were just a fraction away tonight from it being a perfect performance. Chris Martin was excellent when he went on and caused havoc. I think Steven Fletcher's link up play and work-rate was fantastic as well.

"Okay, we didn't have the shots at goal we want but, I believed at all times that we could get an equaliser again.

"With all due respect to Poland, I don't think anybody can be as good in possession [as Germany].

"Somebody out there said: 'you didn't attack them too often' - ask Brazil how they got on against them?"

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Martin Ross: This 'Scotland must beat Poland to have any chance' line isn't true. Could draw, beat Gibraltar and still get a playoff #bbcscotfootball

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John, Glasgow: Despite all the hype and all the positivity here we are again now looking more likely to come up short and exit the competition as Northern Ireland, England and Wales all going qualify, some of Gordon comments tonight are totally baffling, Steven Fletcher was superb, I don't know how he can say what he said, just so disappointed.

Anon: Gordon Strachan is talking nonsense if he thinks the players gave their all over the two games. Apart from the first 10/12 minutes of the Georgia game we were rubbish. And tonight the Germans were just toying with us - they could've scored at will if needed.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"Let's get this straight: we're still in this. Trust me, we're still in this..."

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

Asked whether he was disappointed Scotland hadn't shown similar energy in the defeat by Georgia, Gordon Strachan replies: "I don't know which people you're talking about."

"Top managers phoned me and said 'you did enough not to get beat [against Georgia] and you put a great effort in'. So, 'people' is just a throwaway line.

"But the people who know the game knew that the players tried as much as they could the other night."

Gordon Strachan

'Players can be proud'

"There's a couple of times in my managerial career where I get angry or sad. Actually, at this point, you feel for the players.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"Whatever you think, over two games they've put in some amount of work. Sometimes football is more than what you drink; what you eat and how you train.

"It's inside you. No-one can tell me that every one of those guys has something inside them that drives them on.

"To stand up, after going behind to the world champions [twice] and to keep coming back, keep plugging away - they can be proud of their performances."

Scotland manager

Gordon Strachan media conference coming up...

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Brian from Forfar: Strachan must go now. Recent results prove that, 1 point from 9 in last 3 games.

Adam in Edinburgh: Scotland have nothing to be proud of. As usual we tried when we were 'up against it' yet didn't when we had the chance to really go for it. Strachan should hang his head, he's been great for us so far but messed up royally the last 2 games in misplaced tactics and belief.

David, Isle of Lewis: We can draw with Poland, win out last game and still get third.

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Bruce Ross: A diehard currently crying into my beer. Locked in the kitchen with the lights off and wireless on. Utterly devastated. We deserve better. Gutted. Lost for words. 1998 is so long ago, a whole generation missing out on what we once took for granted.

Stewart, a Killie fan: Gordon's boys did us proud tonight... gave their all. Can't ask anymore than that.

Damage done in Georgia

Tom English

BBC Scotland

"I think Scotland did well to hold them to 3-2. They were outclassed but the damage wasn't done tonight, it was done on Friday (against Georgia). Ireland have dug it out [against Georgia] in a way that Scotland couldn't."

Group D results

Poland 8-1 Gibraltar

Rep of Ire 1-0 Georgia

Scotland 2-3 Germany

Scotland need to beat Poland next month, in their penultimate Group D game, to stand any chance of a play-off spot.

Scotland fans
Scotland supporters gave Gordon Strachan's side tremendous support throughout the qualifier

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Anon: I think a special mention for the referee tonight. I thought he was excellent tonight and kept the game flowing.

Contrasting emotions

The Scotland players, understandably deflated, applaud the supporters before making their way up the tunnel. In sharp contrast, the ecstatic Germans make their way over to the away fans to take their rapturous acclaim.

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall
The Scots fought back to equalise twice but could not prevent defeat
The German players take the acclaim of the away fans
The German players take the acclaim of the away fans


Scotland 2-3 Germany

Gordon Strachan and Joachim Low exchange a smile and a handshake on the touchline. The world champions will head back to Germany with three points but Scotland gave a spirited display in a pulsating Euro 2016 qualifier.

Scotland v Germany
Thomas Muller was Scotland's tormentor-in-chief

Scotland 2-3 Germany

A late, late, late corner Scotland. Goalkeeper David Marshall is up for it too.


Two minutes of added time at Hampden. Can Scotland make it 3-3?

Scotland 2-3 Germany

The hosts try to get speedster Ikechi Anya more into the game but Germany have been keeping a close eye on the Watford winger.

Not long now for Scotland to salvage a point.


Poland 8-1 Gibraltar (Jake Gosling)

Jake Gosling pulls one back for Gibraltar in Poland - their second goal of the qualification campaign.

Scotland 2-3 Germany

A fresh wave of German pressure sees an impressive passing move set up Gündogan whose fierce drive is beaten away by David Marshall.

Moments later baby-faced assassin Mario Gotze is replaced by Andre Schürrle, who is the double of the Dad in Outnumbered...

Scotland 2-3 Germany

Steven Fletcher has a chance! No, the flag is up as the Sunderland striker looks for the ball like a dog chasing its tail. Thunderous applause, though, from the Tartan Army.

Eight minutes plus added time remaining.

Scotland 2-3 Germany

Chris Martin and Matt Ritchie replace Scott Brown and James Forrest in a final throw of the dice by Gordon Strachan - James Bond Casino Royale style.

Maybe a cufflink with a hidden tranquilizer could take out Gotze & Muller...

Scotland 2-3 Germany

Alan Hutton draws a foul under the close attention of Toni Kroos; the German midfielder can't believe. The Scotland fans can't believe it when Charlie Mulgrew sends the subsequent free-kick against the German wall.

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Tom: A superhuman effort from Scotland. They now need to be just a little bit more superhuman. #bbcscotfootball

Steve Owens: Too much deadwood in Scotland team, need to develop new talent because I'm fed up of us never qualifying!!!


Poland 8-0 Gibraltar (Bartosz Kapustka)

And now it's eight as Bartosz Kapustka adds to Poland's tally. The poor Gibraltar keeper will be having nightmares after this one. Maybe stick ok The Thick Of It boxset afterwards...


Poland 7-0 Gibraltar (Arkadiusz Milik)

Arkadiusz Milik gets his second of the match as Poland go seven up on Gibraltar. The Poles have a firm grip on second place in Group D as things stand.

Scotland 2-3 Germany

Scotland continue to search for a third goal but the visitors look dangerous on the counter attack. You'd fancy another goal or two before this pulsating Euro 2016 qualifier draws to a close.

Toni Kroos and Scott Brown tussles for possession
Toni Kroos and Scott Brown tussles for possession

Twenty minutes plus added time remaining at Hampden.


Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia (Jonathan Walters)

It could be a devastating blow for the Scots as Jonathan Walters gives group rivals Republic of Ireland the lead against Georgia.


Better from Scotland as Alan Hutton surges forward, plays a neat give and go before firing a shot over Manuel Neuer's bar. Encouragement for the hosts, can they somehow equalise for a third time tonight?

Scotland 2-3 Germany

Germany manager Joachim Low is calmness personified. Arms behind his back, he's strolling back and forth in the technical area, as though planning a trip to his favourite Berlin book shop for a browse and coffee.

Germany manager Joachim Low
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Joachim Low is keeping his head amid the Hampden din


Germany are in the mood to add to their tally. Thomas Muller feeds Mario Gotze who in turn dabs the ball into the path of Bastian Schweinsteiger - the Manchester United midfielder's 20-yard shot is brilliantly saved by the diving David Marshall.

In the background, the visiting fans are going through their full repertoire of songs.

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Katie Anderson: Listening at home, Hampden Roar drowning out the radio! Half time and my nerves are already shot!! #bbcscotfootball #cmonscotland #SCOGER

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Lauren Mackay: And the winner of most unpredictable football team is... #scotland

Scotland 2-3 Germany

Ikechi Anya replaces Shaun Maloney as Gordon Strachan shuffles his Scotland pack with a little over half an hour remaining.


Arkadiusz Milik and Jakub Blaszczykowski add further goals to Poland's tally, who are six up against a frazzled Gibraltar.

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Anonymous: As a lover of great football that goal was class.

Jack: Just waiting for an equaliser now.


Scotland midfielder James Morrison is booked for a late challenge and that means the West Brom man will be suspended for the next Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.


Scotland 2-3 Germany (Gündogan)

They're world champions for a reason. Germany shred Scotland's defence down the right as Thomas Muller pulls the ball back for the on-rushing Ilkay Gündogan who steers the ball home via the post.

lkay Gündogan fires Germanay back in front
lkay Gündogan fires Germanay back in front

An ashen-faced Gordon Strachan looks on from the Scotland bench.