European Championship Qualifying - Group D
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Germany 3-1 Poland

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland in Frankfurt
Germany celebrate

Germany moved to the top of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D with a battling victory over Poland.

Thomas Muller put the world champions ahead with a simple tap-in following a sublime move.

Mario Gotze doubled the lead with a terrific individual goal, but Robert Lewandowski's eighth goal of the campaign gave Poland hope.

However Gotze's second - following in after Muller's deflected shot was saved by Lukasz Fabianski - ensured the win.

The win lifts Germany above the visitors, four points clear of the third placed Republic of Ireland, who beat Gibraltar, and four ahead of Scotland following their 1-0 defeat in Georgia.

It gives Germany revenge for last year's 2-0 defeat in Poland and puts them in a strong position with just three games remaining.

At times during this qualifying campaign, Germany have failed to live up to their world champions billing, but in Frankfurt they took charge of the game from the early stages, carving the Poles open with some sharp, precise passing - most notably for the opening goal.

Even when Karim Bellarabi was replaced by Ilkay Guendogan and Mesut Ozil was pushed out to the left, the fluidity remained.

All this came against a very good Poland team who, through Lewandowski and Krzysztof Maczynski, forced Manuel Neuer into two world-class saves.

What it means for Scotland and the Republic

Group D table

There is no question that Germany and Poland are the two best teams in the group.

Scotland did brilliantly to come away with a deserved point from Warsaw and the Republic of Ireland did likewise in Germany.

But this pair are technically better and physically stronger than both Gordon Strachan's and Martin O'Neill's squads.

It will take a monumental effort for either of them to prevent the top two now being the top two at the end of qualifying, meaning the Scots and the Irish are most likely battling it out for third.

Scotland must find a performance of guts, steel and skill to take anything from Germany on Monday.

Line-ups

Germany

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 14Can
  • 17Boateng
  • 5Hummels
  • 3Hector
  • 7SchweinsteigerBooked at 79mins
  • 18KroosBooked at 61mins
  • 13Müller
  • 8Özil
  • 16BellarabiSubstituted forGündoganat 53'minutes
  • 19GötzeSubstituted forPodolskiat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mustafi
  • 4Rudy
  • 6Ginter
  • 9Schürrle
  • 10Podolski
  • 12Zieler
  • 15Volland
  • 20Kramer
  • 21Gündogan
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 23Kruse

Poland

Formation 4-4-2

  • 22Fabianski
  • 20PiszczekSubstituted forOlkowskiat 43'minutes
  • 4Szukala
  • 15Glik
  • 13RybusBooked at 8mins
  • 11GrosickiBooked at 66minsSubstituted forPeszkoat 83'minutes
  • 6Jodlowiec
  • 8Krychowiak
  • 7Milik
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 5MaczynskiSubstituted forBlaszczykowskiat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2Cionek
  • 3Jedrzejczyk
  • 10Linetty
  • 12Boruc
  • 14Olkowski
  • 16Blaszczykowski
  • 17Peszko
  • 18Mila
  • 19Zielinski
  • 21Wilczek
  • 23Borysiuk
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamPoland
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home22
Away15
Shots on Target
Home10
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Germany 3, Poland 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Germany 3, Poland 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Maciej Rybus (Poland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tomasz Jodlowiec (Poland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Lukas Podolski replaces Mario Götze.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Lukasz Szukala.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Emre Can.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Poland. Slawomir Peszko replaces Kamil Grosicki.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Germany 3, Poland 1. Mario Götze (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Götze.

  13. Post update

    Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Maciej Rybus (Poland).

  15. Post update

    Offside, Poland. Arkadiusz Milik tries a through ball, but Robert Lewandowski is caught offside.

  16. Booking

    Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

  18. Post update

    Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

  20. Post update

    Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland76011531218
2Czech Rep7511149516
3Netherlands7313137610
4Turkey723289-19
5Latvia7043314-114
6Kazakhstan7016516-111

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales752092717
2Belgium74211631314
3Israel7403149512
4Cyprus7304121209
5Bos-Herze7223910-18
6Andorra7007327-240

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia66001331018
2Spain65011531215
3Ukraine640292712
4Belarus6114411-74
5North Macedonia6105614-83
6Luxembourg6015317-141

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany75111951416
2Poland74212161514
3R. of Ireland73311651112
4Scotland7322127511
5Georgia7205513-86
6Gibraltar7007138-370

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England66001831518
2Switzerland6402134912
3Slovenia630312759
4Estonia621335-27
5Lithuania6204412-86
6San Marino6015019-191

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland7511115616
2Romania743071615
3Hungary733153212
4Finland721468-27
5Faroe Islands7205511-66
6Greece702528-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria6510112916
2Sweden6330104612
3Russia62229458
4Montenegro612348-45
5Liechtenstein6123212-105
6Moldova602439-62

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia74301631315
2Italy7430105515
3Norway741288013
4Bulgaria722378-18
5Azerbaijan7124411-75
6Malta7016111-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal540174312
2Denmark632184411
3Albania532072511
4Serbia6114511-61
5Armenia6015511-61
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