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Tom Rostance

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  1. Post update

    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

  2. Post update

    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.

  3. 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."

  4. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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!

  5. Post update

    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?

  6. Ronaldo hits a(nother) record

    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

    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.

  7. Post update

    Roy Hodgson in training

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

  8. Manager reaction

    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Gordon Strachan celebrates

    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."

  9. Post update

    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."

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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!

  11. 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."

  12. 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.

  13. Player reaction

    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    David Marshall looks on

    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."

  14. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

  15. As it stands

    Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland


    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.

  17. Post update

    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!

  18. 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."

  19. As it Stands


    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.

  20. Post update

    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."

  21. Post update

    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Shaun Maloney celebrates

    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.

  22. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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


    Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland


    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.


    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Shaun Maloney celebrates

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


    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...

  27. Post update

    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Irish free-kick. Deep.

  28. Post update

    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."


    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Martin O'Neill gets the ball off manager Gordon Strachan

    FOUR MINUTES added on. John O'Shea scored in stoppage time in Germany of course. Can the men in white do it again?


    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...

  31. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

  32. Post update

    Faroe Islands still lead Greece 1-0...

  33. Post update

    Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland

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

  34. Post update

    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Stuart McCall

    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...

  35. Post update

    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.

  36. Post update

    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."

  37. Post update

    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.

  38. GOAL

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

    Paul Papp celebrates with teammates

    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.


    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?

  40. 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.

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    Anon: Bring back the Home Nations and include the Republic of Ireland as well. Passion, pace and intensity, everything that makes the British and Irish style of playing the game the best.

  42. Post update

    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "One thing it was calling for was some intricacy. Straight off the training ground. We were directly behind it and it curled into the bottom corner."

  43. GOAL

    Romania 1-0 Northern Ireland - Paul Papp (74 mins)

    Paul Papp celebrates

    Northern Ireland's resistance is broken as Paul Papp lashes the ball into the top corner with his left foot from 10 yards out. It came from a cross from the left-hand side which Gareth McAuley could not clear. The Romanian was booked for his celebration, but judging from the crowd's reaction, he and his countrymen will not mind too much.

  44. GOAL

    Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland - Shaun Maloney (74 mins)

    Shaun Maloney celebrates with teammates

    What a goal! Remember when Shaun Maloney scored a big goal for Wigan against Manchester United a few years ago? Similar scenes here as Scotland work a smart corner on the left, Scott Brown lays it back to Maloney and he curls it calmly into the far corner from 15 yards or so. Celtic Park loses it.


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    So close to the opener! Charlie Mulgrew with a fantastic delivery, brilliant free-kick, and Jon Walters can only head against his own crossbar and away...

  46. Post update

    Into the last 20 minutes. No goals in either of our featured games. Will that be the way at the final whistle?

  47. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Roy Keane talks to the referee

    We've not seen Robbie Keane yet but Roy Keane is into the action - having an intense conversation with referee Milorad Mazic as they debate the merits of a midfield challenge.

    Mr Keane disagreed with the decision it seems...

  48. Euro 2016 latest

    Joan Edmundsson

    Things have got worse for coach Claudio Ranieri and Greece - Faroe Islands have taken the lead.

    It's 1-0 to the tiny Nordic country thanks to former Newcastle loanee Joan Edmundsson's second international goal. The 23-year-old steered in Brandur Olsen's effort which was going wide.

    This will surely be the Faroes' greatest win.

    In Nuremberg, Germany are now 4-0 up against Gibraltar following an own goal by Yogan Santos. And in Belgrade, behind closed doors, Denmark have fought back from a goal down to take the lead against Serbia. Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner scored the first and Simon Kjaer has added a second with a header from Tottenham's Christian Eriksen's delivery.

  49. Backs to the wall for NI

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

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

    "In the games I played for Northern Ireland, we had many games like this when we were backs to the wall at away grounds where there is an intense atmosphere.

    "But the manager used to say to us, 'Enjoy defending, this is what you do and this is what you're paid for. Enjoy the defending and enjoy the hostility', and I hope that's what the boys out there are feeling."

  50. Post update

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Corry Evans watches the ball

    Twenty-two minutes left in Bucharest. A goalless draw would be a fine result indeed in their pursuit of qualification...


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Two changes for the Irish - neither of whom is Robbie Keane.

    To Hull and back for Martin O'Neill as Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn are on for Darron Gibson and Shane Long. Jon Walters up front.

  52. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    You wonder if anyone will get a better chance to break the deadlock than Chris Martin. It looked a banker...

  53. Text us on 81111

    Steve McClaren looks on

    Derby manager Steve McClaren will be keeping a close eye on proceedings at Celtic Park, as Andy in Derby highlights: Chris Martin up against team mate Richard Keogh in the Scotland v Republic of Ireland game - good Derby presence with Jeff Hendrick on the pitch and Cyrus Christie and Johnny Russell on the bench.

  54. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    What a chance! He has to score! Scotland should be ahead as Steven Naismith drives into the penalty area from the right, he stays on his feet and picks out sub Chris Martin.

    Martin has the whole goal to aim at - but drags it wide!

  55. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Chris Martin's first touch sees him skim a header over the top. Nerves certainly in the air now, the first half to-and-fro has subsided as the hosts realise they need a win and the visitors look more content with a point. Twenty-five to go.


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Seamus Coleman is booked for blocking off the overlap from Andrew Robertson. Into the last half hour at Celtic Park, it's looking more and more like a 0-0 as the clock wears on.

    The Robbie Keane joker card is still to be played though...

  57. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a shot by Aiden McGeady - that was a great save by the goalkeeper. Ireland are having their best spell of the game and they are not playing as much long-ball football."


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    'I just can't get enough' by Depeche Mode is the terrace chant of the moment at Celtic Park, but the second half has been a disappointing sequel so far.

    But that's a good effort, Aiden McGeady showing wonderful technique to crack in a low half-volley which David Marshall has to push away.

  59. Euro 2016 latest

    Claudio Ranieri

    Can it get any worse for Greece coach Claudio Ranieri? Following his side's home defeat by Northern Ireland during the last qualifiers, the Euro 2004 champions are now being held 0-0 by world number 187 Faroe Islands, who have yet to pick up a point in Group F. If the Greeks fail to win then that will be one point from four games. How much longer will the Italian hang on to his job?

  60. Football League update

    Away from the internationals, there are two games bubbling along in the Football League this evening.

    In League One, Sam Winnall gave Barnsley an early lead at Oakwell against Colchester, but Sanchez Watt hit back for the away side after 14 minutes. 1-1 there.

    And it is the same scoreline one division below, where Ivan Toney gave Northampton the lead at Cambridge, but the home side replied straight away - Adam Cunnington with the U's goal less than 90 seconds after the restart.


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Shane Long heads goal wards

    Best chance for a long time at Celtic Park as Republic of Ireland force a corner. The initial cross is cleared, Jon Walters climbs highly to flick the ball on and Shane Long tries to divert it home from four yards out. David Marshall reads it well and clutches it.

    Derby striker Chris Martin then comes on to replace Steven Fletcher up front for Scotland.


    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    He's still got it! Fine save from Roy Carroll to repel Romania skipper Razvan Rat, at the end of a lovely reverse pass. The left-back looked to dink it over Carroll but the former Manchester United man stood up big and saved with his chest.

  63. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Unsurprisingly the pace has dropped since the restart. But then Aiden McGeady shows his quality, whipping in a fine ball early, Jon Walters runs across his marker to meet it but his header is deflected over the top. The Stoke man has to leave the field as he has a big cut on his forearm and Scotland keeper David Marshall makes a fine claim.

  64. Post update

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Aaah! A sickening clash of heads between Northern Ireland skipper Gareth McAuley and Romanian counterpart Razvan Rat as they go up for a header. The kind that makes your teeth go on edge. That looked very, very painful but the two men are back on their feet after a brief hiatus.

  65. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    Steven Naismith looks on at opponent John O'Shea

    "I agree with Kevin Kilbane. It's a must win for Scotland and a must-not-lose for Ireland."

  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Michael Blighe: I'm with Derek (20:53). Bring back the Home Nations, at least it's something England would have half a chance of winning!

    Craig Smyth: Just seen the half-time scores. Does this mean Gibraltar are better than Brazil?

    Republic of Ireland would not be in the 'Home Nations' tournament of course.

  67. KICK-OFF

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Michael O'Neill looks on

    And back in play in Bucharest.

  68. KICK-OFF

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Back under way at Celtic Park.

  69. Text us on 81111

    Bouncing in Bucharest

    Steve and the boys in Bucharest: Cracking atmosphere in here tonight! Still plenty of time to sneak a winner. Come on NI! GREEN AND WHITE ARMY!

  70. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane on BBC Radio 5 live

    "A point would be very good for Ireland."

  71. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Keane is on the bench for the Republic of Ireland of course. The 65-goal man will be on at some stage - surely. Here come the teams.

  72. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara


    Traditional Scottish refreshment at half-time.

  73. As it stands

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland


    Northern Ireland are sitting pretty at the summit of Group F. Qualification beckons?

  74. 17 fouls in 45 minutes

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Scotland v ROI stats

    It's been tasty. 100mph stuff at Celtic Park.

  75. Post update

    A fine ambition there Joel...

  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Derek Mitchell: Great game so far Scotland v Republic of Ireland. This is why they should bring back the Home Nations.

    Hugh Dickinson: Scotland v Ireland might be lacking in quality, but it's great entertainment - can't keep my eyes off it!

    Joel Ejike Ikemba: I think I'll want Scotland to win because of my Scottish girlfriend, I just want to dial her number and hear her happy.

  77. Half-time

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

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

    "When Kyle Lafferty gets to run at the defence he causes Romania problems. The Northern Ireland defending has been good at times, they have rode their luck, but it's 0-0 at half time and that's an achievement.

    Kyle Lafferty
    Image caption: Kyle Lafferty has caused Romania's defence problems

    "Romania are still finding their feet as a team, maybe that's why the ground isn't completely full tonight, they aren't sure of their team and they're not sure which way their team could go. If Northern Ireland can get a goal it gives them something to hang onto and it puts Romania under real pressure.

    "Northern Ireland do need to keep the ball better, but it all comes down to goals. Romania haven't scored one so it's so far, so good."

  78. Post update

    Germany 3-0 Gibraltar

    Thomas Mueller celebrates

    And the world champions are 3-0 up over Gibraltar at the break. Talk of record-breaking scores may go on hold - but then again fitness could be an issue after the break.

  79. As it stands

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Group D

    The draw very much suits the Republic of Ireland this evening. Poland's 4-0 win in Georgia means that Scotland will be five points behind the Poles - who must be early favourites for that second spot. If you take Germany as favourites to win it that is...


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Gordon Strachan gives a thumbs up

    Well that was all very enjoyable indeed. Commitment, passion, energy and determination by the bucketload.

    Quality? Not so much.


    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

  82. Post update

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland have been under the cosh but a rare breakaway sees them open up a great chance! Kyle Lafferty gets clear down the left flank, he has men arriving but goes for the shot instead and it's tame at the near post. Square it!

  83. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Go with your right foot mate, not left. He's goes for his favoured left. It was unnecessarily acrobatic."

  84. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Call me old-fashioned, but I'd take this over watching Spain any day of the week. It is very, very British.

    Chance! Steven Fletcher is free, it's another fine cross from Shaun Maloney but he can't make a telling connection...

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    The temperature rises in Glasgow

    Jack Poskett: Trying to follow the Scotland v Ireland game, seems like a blood bath! I guess, to be fair, both countries are better at rugby.

    Mark Duffell: Blimey. Scotland v Republic of Ireland is like a 1970s clogging fest between Leeds and Chelsea. No way this ends without a sending off. Old school.

    John Dunthorne: Looks like a mid-table Championship game. More heart than skill!

    Rich: Loving the 100 miles-an-hour stuff from Glasgow. Proper game.

  86. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Grant Hanley needs some treatment as Shane Long stands on his Achilles as the pair tussle for the ball. That was either accidental, or very nasty indeed...

    Last five minutes of a gripping first half.

  87. Euro 2016 latest

    Partizan Stadium

    It is now 3-0 to world champions Germany against Europe's newest whipping-boys Gibraltar. Thomas Muller got the second in Nuremberg, taking his international tally to 26 in 61 matches, while Mario Gotze, who scored in the final, grabbed the third. Any bets this will remain 3-0?

    Over in Belgrade, Serbia had no fans celebrating Zoran Tosic's strike because they are playing behind closed doors (see picture above) against Denmark. This is the first of two games they are playing in an empty stadium as punishment for the trouble that occurred when they hosted Albania in their previous qualifier.

  88. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    John O'Shea is playing the 'Richard Dunne' role of last line of defence for the Republic to perfection thus far. Sliding tackles, stretching headers, last-gasp blocks with various parts of his anatomy...

  89. NI hanging in there

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

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

    "I don't know how Northern Ireland have got away with that there, Lucian Sanmartean waltzes through the defence, I've not seen anyone do that to this Northern Irish team. The goal was open and it should have been 1-0 to Romania.

    "This is warming up to be a great game. You can gauge what the Romania fans are making of their team so far, because it's getting very, very loud.

    "Northern Ireland need to get to half-time at 0-0. They are riding their luck a little bit at the moment."

  90. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    What a cross! Scotland dial up the pressure, Shaun Maloney whips in a brilliant cross and Seamus Coleman just does enough to stop Charlie Mulgrew heading home the opener. Fantastic wing play - and seconds later Ikechi Anya drills over another from the other side.

    Republic of Ireland are hanging on...

  91. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Roy Keane looks on from the bench

    If you wanted a man in your midfield in a game like this, you'd take Roy Keane every time. In fact, the Republic would probably take him still now...

  92. CLOSE!

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Chance! Romania should be ahead but Bogdan Stancu miscontrols a tap-in and Chris Baird hacks it away! Northern Ireland's 100% record under heavy threat in Bucharest.


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Boom! Another booking, another thunderous 50/50 leaves Steven Whittaker in a heap this time. Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick is in the book, there was no pulling out of that one. Roy Keane looks on with a glint of admiration.

  94. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Grant Hanley challenges for the ball

    Grant Hanley - lucky not to be sent off earlier on - catches Republic of Ireland keeper David Forde as they go up for the ball. He's putting himself about tonight! Forde is OK to continue after some treatment. A red card is on its way...

  95. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think the referee [Milorad Mazic] has done OK - he's allowed the game to flow. You never expected this to be a pretty game."

  96. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Aiden McGeady is in danger of losing his head here. The Republic of Ireland man - born in Falkirk - is coming in for some 'treatment' from the stands and is trying to silence them on his own.

    He's already been booked, flies into a powerful challenge on the sidelines and then tries to beat three men just outside of his own box and loses it in a dangerous area. Pass it!

  97. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Moore: Being English, I am watching and can't decide who to support in the Scotland v Ireland game. I can't help but root for the Irish.

  98. Post update

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Tremendous energy on display at Celtic Park. The Republic burst forwards after a fine touch in the middle from Jon Walters, James McClean wastes the chance with a poor cross and Scotland instantly counter, Steven Naismith getting clear on the right and winning a corner. Harum scarum stuff...

  99. Northern Ireland chance

    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

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

    "It was brilliant play from Northern Ireland. The ball from Chris Baird to Kyle Lafferty was brilliant, he takes them on and and they can't close him down. For a minute there I thought Chris Brunt's shot was going in inside the left-hand post, but that was a tremendous chance.

    "Romania are terrified when Lafferty runs at the defence. He needs more service to get those opportunities."


    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    What a chance for Romania! Alexandru Chipciu slams a shot against the underside of the crossbar after a smartly worked throw-in. Roy Carroll was well beaten. Just before that, Chris Brunt shot just wide for Northern Ireland...

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    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Sutherland: "Huge crowds still not inside 15 mins after kick-off. Fans not happy."


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Aiden McGeady - being booed with every touch since kick-off - earns himself even more abuse as he clatters Steven Fletcher and goes into the book. Both sides will be lucky to end the game with 11 men at this rate! It's being played at the tempo of an Old Firm game...

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    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Kyle Lafferty is tackled

    Northern Ireland looking well drilled and organised. So far, so good.

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    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "There is many a referee that might have given a red card."


    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Grant Hanley, you are a lucky boy! A bad touch from Hanley is pounced on by the nuisance Shane Long, Long toes it clear and Hanley just hacks him down! He's a long way from goal - just inside the Scotland half - but nobody would have caught him.

    Referee Milorad Mazic shows a yellow card to a relieved Hanley. Scotland could be down to 10...

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    Alan in Glasgow: Wish the Tartan Army would forget the booing and get behind the team like usual. Come on Scotland.

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    Germany 1-0 Gibraltar

    The floodgates have opened - Thomas Muller puts the world champions ahead. Could be a long night...

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    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Steven Naismith runs with the ball

    Scotland link play together neatly on the edge of the box as first Shaun Maloney and then Steven Naismith threaten to get into the area, but John O'Shea steps across to block Naismith off brilliantly. Scotland settling into the game now, with the Republic looking to use that pace up front.

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    Germany 0-0 Gibraltar

    Our match stats tell me that Gibraltar have had 7% of the possession so far. SEVEN.

    What was that, kick-off? Still goalless though...

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    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Left-back Andrew Robertson has just arrived on the scene, but in these early exchanges he has got the better of Aiden McGeady."

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    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Steady start in Bucharest - which I will no doubt call Budapest at least once this evening, apologies in advance - as the table-toppers Northern Ireland look to control in midfield.

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    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    There is the tempo, noise and feel of a big Celtic game in the Champions League already. The place is rocking as left-back Andrew Robertson delivers a wicked cross to the near post but John O'Shea does brilliantly to clear his lines. Fabulous ball in.

  113. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Open start at Celtic Park. Scotland threaten next, with Steven Fletcher rising unmarked to meet a swirling right-wing corner, but the Sunderland man leans back and heads over the top.

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    Romania 0-0 Northern Ireland

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

    "What an atmosphere, in many ways it resembles the night we had against Wales in the Millennium Stadium a few years ago. It's not full here, but it is some noise.

    Northern Ireland fans with a flag

    "Northern Ireland deserve to be top of the group, but I think we're all agreed this will be the hardest game so far. I just hope the players realise they are top of the group on merit and keep passing the ball and playing as we have done throughout the campaign."

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    Scotland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Scotland concede a cheap free-kick inside 45 seconds, Jon Walters flattened by a blue shirt. James McClean takes the dead ball but skims it poorly into the wall.

    Walters then fires in a low shot which is well held by David Marshall. Fine start from the visitors in white.

  116. KICK-OFF

    And we are under way in Romania and Glasgow too...

  117. KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Gibraltar

    Joachim Loew looks on from the bench

    Under way in Nuremberg where Gibraltar have kept a clean sheet so far...

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Scotland can't afford anything else but a win - a draw at a push. Scotland have one or two weaknesses - Grant Hanley and Russell Martin are not blessed with great pace in central defence."

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Anthem time. The teams emerge to what is very nearly the theme from 'Top Gun' before a passionate rendition of both anthems. In a European qualifying campaign which has been flat at times, this is a proper international game. Bagpipes and all...

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    Romania v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Arena Nationala

    The teams are out at Bucharest - where the roof of the impressive stadium is closed this evening. Can Northern Ireland keep their fine campaign on track?

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Celtic Park is rocking. Plenty of green shirts dotted about the stadium, a lively atmosphere in store.

  122. LINE-UPS

    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Scotland team line up

    Scotland: Marshall, Whittaker, Russell Martin, Hanley, Robertson, Maloney, Mulgrew, Brown, Anya, Naismith, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gordon, Chris Martin, Berra, Dorrans, Bannan, Greer, Darren Fletcher, Burke, Russell, May, Gilks.

    Rep of Ireland: Forde, Coleman, Keogh, O'Shea, Ward, McGeady, Hendrick, Gibson, McClean, Walters, Long. Subs: Randolph, Clark, Christie, Keane, Meyler, Pilkington, Brady, Quinn, Pearce, Murphy, Given.

    Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan on Sky Sports: "I don't know what Ireland are going to do [tactically]. I know what we'll try to do. We'll have to see how the game pans out. We set our game plan out in training - the players pick it up from that.

    "All the games so far have been must-win. We'll see what happens."

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    Gibraltar - the new American Samoa?

    Sam Robson: For Gibraltar's sake, I hope it doesn't happen, but Australia's 31-0 record win may be in jeopardy tonight, should Germany feel like going for it!

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill: "This is always an intimidating place. It's nice to be back. It should be a cracker. Shane Long has been champing at the bit and it will suit him this evening.

    "With Poland winning earlier on it makes this an even bigger game."

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Shane Long has one goal in 19 competitive games for the Republic of Ireland. In his defence, a lot of them were as substitute appearances. Can he deliver tonight?

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    Andrew from Belfast: Northern Ireland are on the cusp of achieving something great in this qualifying campaign. I know it's not an easy prospect, but any sort of positive result tonight would put us in a very strong position for qualification. This is our time, I can feel it!

    Peter: Realistically, although it might be a novelty to watch some teams play in major finals for the first time in years, the main problem is that it is going to totally dilute a tournament that is, more often than not, of a higher quality overall than the World Cup.

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady could have played for Scotland, while Scottish forward Shaun Maloney could have played for the Republic. Republic substitute Alex Pearce used to play for Scotland Under-21s.

    Could be a few players getting heated responses from the stands this evening...

  129. Who qualifies?

    Gareth Bale

    After three rounds of qualifying games across the board, the picture is looking rosy for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. But who does qualify for the finals in France?

    The 53 teams in nine qualifying groups of six will be reduced to 24 teams in the finals.

    All first and second-placed teams go through, plus the best third-placed team.

    All other third-placed teams go into two-legged play-offs with the winners to progress.

    Hosts France qualify automatically.

    Catch up with the latest tables here.

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    Stephen Glynn: There is not a chance that both of Scotland and Ireland could both get there. One through the play-off maybe.

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    Germany v Gibraltar (19:45 GMT)

    A quick scan of the bookies suggest that Gibraltar are around 200-1 to win in Germany this evening. In a two-horse race! They are 100-1 to draw. In the history of unlikely football results, a Gibraltar win would be right at the very top of the list.

    Even German fans must be tempted to back the minnows...

  132. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dafydd Williams: England, Wales and Northern Ireland will make it to Euro 2016 but difficult to see both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland there as well.

    Ken Gorry: Of all Republic of Ireland's away fixtures left to play, this one worries me most. The Scots will fight for everything but would love both teams to make it.

    L Higgins: Hope it's not a cricket score against Gibraltar. Can they not, instead of parking the bus, park the rock of Gibraltar?

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I was chatting to former Republic boss Brian Kerr - he said that was the team he picked. I was surprised by Robbie Keane's exclusion. It's about pace in attack [which is why Shane Long was picked]. Ireland expect Scotland to push on to them and expect gaps behind the defence."

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    "Germany will win the group - there's absolutely no question about that" says Republic boss Martin O'Neill. The Germans are currently only third in Group D but you could easily see them not dropping another point from here on in.

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    Scotland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 GMT)

    Robbie Keane's record of 65 goals for his country is outstanding - but time waits for no man and the 34-year-old is perhaps not best suited for games away from home any more. Shane Long will run all night long up top for the Republic of Ireland.

    Keane to come on after 65 minutes?