European Championship Qualifying - Group D
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Scotland 2-2 Poland

Poland players celebrating
Robert Lewandowski's double put Poland second in Group D going into the final round of games

Scotland's hopes of reaching Euro 2016 ended as Poland equalised with the final kick of the match at Hampden.

Robert Lewandowski scrambled the ball over the line as the hosts failed to clear a stoppage-time free-kick.

It had appeared Scotland's faint hopes of qualification were still alive as superb goals by Matt Ritchie and Steven Fletcher put them in front.

But Lewandowski, who had silenced the home crowd with an early opener, repeated that feat in the last seconds.

What it means

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

A point would only have been good enough for Scotland had the Republic of Ireland lost at home to Germany.

But Martin O'Neill's side beat the world champions 1-0 in Dublin to consign Gordon Strachan's men to fourth place in Group D.

It means the match against bottom side Gibraltar in Portugal on Sunday is a dead rubber.

Man of the match - lethal Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski scores for Poland against Scotland
Robert Lewandowski (far right) has netted a dozen goals in Group D

Scotland defended stoutly for much of the game but lapses at the outset and the end allowed the deadly Lewandowski to punish them.

With 12 goals in his last four club games and 10 already to his credit in this qualifying campaign, the Bayern Munich striker needed just over two minutes to add to that tally, beating David Marshall at his near post after peeling off the shoulder of Russell Martin.

He kept Martin and Grant Hanley occupied throughout, though the defensive pair largely kept him quiet.

That was until the final act of the match as Kamil Grosicki's deflected free-kick rebounded off the post for Lewandowski to smuggle it into the net.

Resilient Scots

It was a cruel, if rather typical, end to the game for Scotland, who had done themselves great credit in coming from behind to lead.

Bournemouth winger Ritchie's ferocious drive just before half-time gave them an impetus largely lacking in the first half.

And Fletcher's beautifully taken curling finish looked like being enough to win - until Lewandowski's late intervention.

Matt Ritchie scores for Scotland against Poland
Matt Ritchie levelled for Scotland with his second international goal

Where now?

After Sunday's meaningless game in Gibraltar, Strachan will have to decide whether he sees a future for himself as the national manager.

The Scottish Football Association has already stated its desire to keep him in the post.

Although there have been some poor performances and results in recent months, the consensus is that Scotland are improving under the 58-year-old.

When asked about his future after the game, he said: "The players are the priority at the moment. To talk about me is all wrong. I will leave that to other people.

"I have people in this building hurting and I need to look after them."

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan
Gordon Strachan's contract expires after Sunday's match against Gibraltar

The stats you need to know

  • Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals in Euro 2016 qualifying than 29 of the participating countries
  • Scotland have never beaten Poland in Glasgow
  • The Scots have only won one competitive game in 2015 - against Sunday's opponents Gibraltar in March
How the night unfolded
19:49 BST: Robert Lewandowski puts Poland ahead in Glasgow, before the Republic of Ireland had even kicked off against Germany. 1. Germany 20pts 2. Poland 20pts 3. Republic 16pts 4. Scotland 11pts
20:08 BST: Mesut Ozil has a goal in Dublin disallowed for offside as the Republic struggle to contain Germany. 1. Germany 20pts 2. Poland 20pts 3. Republic 16pts 4. Scotland 11pts
20:32 BST: Matt Ritchie equalises for Scotland with a stunning goal. 1. Germany 20pts 2. Poland 18pts 3. Republic 16pts 4. Scotland 12pts
21:03 BST: Steven Fletcher puts Scotland ahead for the first time with another brilliant goal as they close in on third place. 1. Germany 20pts 2. Poland 17pts 3. Republic 16pts 4. Scotland 14pts
21:19 BST: Shane Long stuns Germany with a goal to put Republic of Ireland ahead - and into the top two. 1. Germany 19pts 2. Republic 18pts 3. Poland 17pts 4. Scotland 14pts
21:35 BST: With the last kick of the game, Robert Lewandowski scrambles in a dramatic equaliser for Poland - eliminating Scotland. 1. Germany 19pts 2. Poland 18pts 3. Republic 18pts 4. Scotland 12pts

Line-ups

Scotland

  • 1Marshall
  • 2HuttonBooked at 67mins
  • 4Martin
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Whittaker
  • 8BrownBooked at 56mins
  • 7FletcherSubstituted forMcArthurat 74'minutes
  • 11Ritchie
  • 10NaismithSubstituted forMaloneyat 69'minutes
  • 6ForrestSubstituted forDorransat 84'minutes
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 12Gordon
  • 13Robertson
  • 14Greer
  • 15Berra
  • 16McArthur
  • 17Maloney
  • 18Russell
  • 19Griffiths
  • 20Dorrans
  • 21McGregor
  • 22Martin
  • 23Rhodes

Poland

  • 22Fabianski
  • 20Piszczek
  • 15Glik
  • 21Pazdan
  • 13RybusBooked at 22minsSubstituted forWawrzyniakat 71'minutes
  • 8KrychowiakBooked at 83mins
  • 5Maczynski
  • 16BlaszczykowskiSubstituted forOlkowskiat 83'minutes
  • 7MilikSubstituted forJodlowiecat 62'minutes
  • 11Grosicki
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2Cionek
  • 3Jedrzejczyk
  • 4Szukala
  • 6Jodlowiec
  • 10Linetty
  • 12Boruc
  • 14Wawrzyniak
  • 17Olkowski
  • 18Mila
  • 19Sobiech
  • 23Borysiuk
Referee:
Viktor Kassai

Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamPoland
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Scotland 2, Poland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scotland 2, Poland 2.

Goal!

Goal! Scotland 2, Poland 2. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Kamil Glik (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Scotland).

Attempt saved. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Kamil Glik (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McArthur (Scotland).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Poland).

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Poland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lukasz Piszczek.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Graham Dorrans replaces James Forrest because of an injury.

Booking

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland).

Alan Hutton (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Pawel Olkowski replaces Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Attempt missed. Lukasz Piszczek (Poland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Jodlowiec (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

Matt Ritchie (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jakub Wawrzyniak (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Scotland).

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. James McArthur replaces Darren Fletcher.

Corner, Poland. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Jakub Wawrzyniak replaces Maciej Rybus.

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Shaun Maloney replaces Steven Naismith.

Booking

Alan Hutton (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

Attempt saved. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Lukasz Piszczek with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Tomasz Jodlowiec replaces Arkadiusz Milik because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Scotland 2, Poland 1. Steven Fletcher (Scotland) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Scotland).

Kamil Glik (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Scotland).

Attempt missed. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lukasz Piszczek with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 8th October 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland86111531219
2Czech Rep86111610619
3Turkey8332119212
4Netherlands83141310310
5Latvia8044416-124
6Kazakhstan8026516-112

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales853092718
2Belgium85211731417
3Israel8413149513
4Bos-Herze83231210211
5Cyprus83051213-19
6Andorra8008330-270

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain87011831521
2Slovakia8611135819
3Ukraine8512123916
4Belarus8215714-77
5Luxembourg8116419-154
6Macedonia8107616-103

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany96122281419
2Poland95313192218
3R. of Ireland95311851318
4Scotland93331612412
5Georgia9306914-59
6Gibraltar9009250-480

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England88002632324
2Switzerland8503168815
3Slovenia84041510512
4Estonia831446-210
5Lithuania8305614-89
6San Marino8017127-261

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland9621157820
2Romania945082617
3Hungary944185316
4Finland932489-111
5Faroe Islands9207614-86
6Greece9036311-83

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria87101631322
2Russia84221741314
3Sweden8332119212
4Montenegro832388011
5Liechtenstein8125221-195
6Moldova8026312-92

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy8530115618
2Norway8512108216
3Croatia84311651114
4Bulgaria822479-28
5Azerbaijan8134613-76
6Malta8026313-102

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal760194518
2Denmark833285312
3Albania732275211
4Serbia7214711-44
5Armenia7025511-62
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