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Summary

  1. Republic finish third and into play-offs
  2. One more goal would have sent them through
  3. Poland and Germany qualify automatically
  4. Result: Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland
  5. Northern Ireland finish top of Group F
  6. Scotland win 6-0 away against Gibraltar

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Poland celebrate qualification

    In the end it was celebrations for Poland and commiserations for the Republic of Ireland at the conclusion of Group D.

    They will get a second stab at it. And we have one more evening to go - join us on Monday for England's final game. See you there! 

    Robbie Brady of Ireland
  2. Manager reaction

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports: “Before we played Germany if you had offered me third I would have taken it. But that win gave us the confidence to come and play here. We didn't make it but we are still fighting strongly. Whoever we play in the two games in the play-offs, we will have as good a chance as they will have.

    “We had to go for it in the second half, I actually thought we might have got a second goal, and that would have taken us through. Right until the end we were there but we were perhaps lacking that cohesiveness we had against Germany. 

    "You can’t go through 10 games, and including the play-offs will be 12 games, without losing a few players on the way. John O’Shea could have been a bit more careful [in picking up a second yellow card] but that’s the way it is. Who knows? We might lose some more through injures at club level." 

    On Shane Long, who came off with an injury: “I still have to get the news though from the doctors but he’s in a bit of pain at the moment."

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  4. Manager reaction

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports: "We’re obviously disappointed. We knew it was going to be a difficult game. To come here with the same energy as we showed against Germany, that was always going to be difficult with such a short turnaround, and away from home.

    "We made life difficult for ourselves at times and we weren't quite able to do it. Despite putting a lot of pressure on them it wasn't to be. But we are still in there, we can still make it.

    "I thought Richard [Keogh] might have scored his chance, we knew that in the last 15 minutes we would get a decent opportunity to score a goal, and that was it. We didn't take it, it’s gone, but we live to fight another day."

    Martin O'Neill
  5. 'It's a great job to have.'

    Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan: "I'm so proud to be the Scotland manager; it's a great, great job to have. There's disappointments along the way, that's for sure. But I've got to say it's been a fantastic experience.

    "I'm still enjoying the evening; the players' performance; the fans' performance and I'm going to enjoy that for a bit before I start thinking about me."  

    Gordon Strachan at his press conference
  6. Dreams can come true...

  7. As good as David Healy

    Robert Lewandowski

    Robert Lewandowski took his tally in qualification to 13 with his stunning header tonight.

    That is a joint record with Northern Ireland legend David Healy during qualifiers for Euro 2008.

    Other notable scorers:

    12: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Netherlands (Euro 2012); Davor Suker, Croatia (Euro 1996)

    11: Raul, Spain (Euro 2000); Toni Polster, Austria (Euro 1996); Ole Madsen, Denmark (Euro 1964)

    10: Eduardo, Croatia (Euro 2008); Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgaria (Euro 1996); Darko Pancev, Macedonia (Euro 1992) 

  8. A date for your diary

    Get 12 December in your diary - that's the date for the full draw for Euro 2016.

    France's Euro 2016 mascot
  9. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    The Republic of Ireland will learn their play-off opponents NEXT SUNDAY.

  10. 'We let ourselves down'

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman: "We are all disappointed after doing brilliantly against Germany. We let ourselves down. We had the confidence and expected to win.

    "We have a big month now in November and we have to get going again. For periods of the group we would have snatched your hand off for a play-off place."

    Seamus Coleman
  11. FULL-TIME

    Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "The full time whistle brings the game and Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign to an end. Tonight's win was certainly convincing but realistically it does little to ease the pain inflicted by Poland at Hampden on Thursday. To be fair, the players promised a performance and they delivered.

    "They now trudge across the pitch to applaud the supporters. Disappointment doesn't always bring disconnect though and the fans rise as one to show their appreciation for a squad that allowed them to believe for long spells of this campaign.

    "The kilts and passports go back in the cupboard for now but they'll be dusted down late next year and once again we will allow ourselves to believe that maybe, just maybe this one will be different. Who needs France? It's all about Russia."

    Scotland players and manager at full time
  12. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robert Lewandowski's header was just brilliant. Superb technique.

  13. Get Involved

    Charles Kahanji:What a game. It was played like a World Cup final. Even the perfectionist, Roy Keane won't fault his players.

    Abdul Ibn-La'Ahmed: Look on the bright side, ROI. Henry is retired and France aren't in the play-offs...

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    Lewandowski shoots
  14. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Well they will already be without John O'Shea and Jon Walters - both of whom are suspended for the first leg.

    John O'Shea complains about his sending off
  15. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "It's a massive month now for Ireland, they have to hope their players stay fit. We'll have to see whether Ireland are seeded or not, and wait to see who they get in the play-offs. Hopefully they'll have a full strength squad to choose from.

    "Tonight they just couldn't reproduce the big performance against Germany."

  16. Euro 2016

    Who has qualified?

    Congratulations to:

    Czech Republic

    Iceland

    Belgium

    Wales

    Spain

    Poland

    Germany

    Switzerland

    England

    Romania

    Northern Ireland

    Austria

    Italy

    Albania

    Portugal

    France

  17. Post update

    The two legs of the play-off will be held between 12 and 17 November. Cancel all of your plans!

    Martin O'Neill
  18. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "That was the big chance, the one for Richard Keogh. He just didn't get the power on it. Martin O'Neill's changes did bring Ireland into the game towards the end of the match but I think probably Poland deserved to win. 

    "It's been a big campaign from Ireland, but now they've got to refocus for the play-offs."

  19. Play-off picture

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    It's a place in the play-offs for the seventh time in the last 11 major tournaments. Can the nearly men make it through? They have a second chance in November.

    Poland deserved the win, just about, and in the end the one class player on the pitch proved the difference. 

  20. Germany top Group D

    Germany 2-1 Georgia

    Germany celebrate

    It's all over in Leipzig and Germany have done just enough to get the win and top the group. Don't they always do just enough?

    They had a bit of a wobble when Georgia equalised, but Max Kruse came off the bench to nab the winner.

  21. FULL-TIME

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    The whole Poland squad are on the pitch! Poland have qualified, it's the play-offs for the Republic. 

    Robert Lewandowski
    Jonathan Walters
  22. YELLOW CARD

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robert Lewandowski is close to bundling in a third as Ireland have to push men forwards now. A corner, a free-kick, anything will do for the men in green but instead it's Poland on the attack. 

    Lewandowski is then tripped by Jon Walters and he is booked. Walters will miss the first leg of the play-offs. IF...

  23. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Has that sending-off just stemmed any sort of momentum? Or can Ireland still find a chance?

  24. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "John O'Shea knew straight away didn't he? It was right under the nose of the referee. Easy decision. But that could affect them in the play-offs...

    "It is so tense now..."  

    John O'Shea
  25. RED CARD - John O'Shea

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Ah he has to go there! John O'Shea is left as the last man and just hauled Robert Lewandowski down. A second booking and a red. No arguing.

  26. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Got to be John O'Shea up front now...

  27. INJURY TIME

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON!

  28. Get Involved

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    Brian McLaughlin: The late show for Ireland it seems...

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    James McCarthy goes over the top of Karol Linetty
  29. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "Martin O'Neill is willing his team forward, desperate for this equaliser. They have got to go for it."

    Martin O'Neill
  30. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    A final call:

    A win in Poland and a place in the finals is the Republic of Ireland's.

    A 2-2 draw and the Republic are there in place of Poland.

    Defeat in Poland and it's the play-offs for the Republic.

  31. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Thank you Adam! That is good to know. Robbie Keane is furious that a throw-in decision doesn't go his way.

    Robbie Keane
  32. Get Involved

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    Adam Walczak: The Poles sang "jestesmy z wami" meaning "we are with you"... Not "you only sing when you're winning"...  

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  33. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Brady finds a good delivery when it matters but Wes Hoolahan's shot is well blocked by a Polish shirt. Fine work. You can cut the tension with a knife...

  34. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Ireland free-kick. Late on. Plenty of late goals scored in the competition already...

  35. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Thomas Gaughan: Is there any chance that Ireland would go straight to France as best third-placed team?

    Unfortunately not, Thomas. Hungary are currently the best third-placed team, but Ukraine can leapfrog them if they beat Spain tomorrow. 

    And for the real hardcore permutation fans among you, it's also possible for Turkey to do it, but only if they beat Iceland and Kazakhstan climb off bottom and above Latvia. Still with us?

    Remember results against each group's bottom team are discounted when calculating this.

  36. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Don't be a Richard Keogh header away from qualification, Ireland. You'll never forgive yourselves.

    Will they get another chance? If you're just tuning in after the Antiques Roadshow and Heartbeat, the republic of Ireland are into the final 10 minutes in Warsaw.

    For reasons that we won't go into now for lack of time, a 2-2 draw will send Ireland to the finals of Euro 2016. One goal away...

    Martin O'Neill shows frustration
  37. HAT-TRICK!

    Gibraltar 0-5 Scotland

    Steven Fletcher has a hat-trick (again) against Gibraltar as Scotland rack up the goals.

    Follow that game here.

    Steven Fletcher celebrates his hattrick
  38. Germany back in front

    Germany 2-1 Georgia

    Inspired substitution by Joachim Low. Max Kruse comes off the bench and puts Germany in front with a calm left-foot finish after a great through ball by Mesut Ozil.

    Germany are going to qualify as group winners, with Poland second unless anything changes.

  39. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "What a chance. It's a huge chance for Richard Keogh. He just didn't get any power on it did he?  

    "With Wes Hoolahan on the pitch, it's settling Ireland down. When he gets on the ball he takes three or four touches and just calms the play. He's been excellent since coming on."

  40. GREAT SAVE!

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Was that the chance?! Aiden McGeady beats his man on the right, stands up a cross and centre-half Richard Keogh is there with the header. Put it in the corner and you can pack your bags for France! But he puts it down the middle and Lukasz Fabianski keeps it out.

  41. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Into the final 10 minutes. Ireland yet to really test Lukasz Fabianski in the Poland goal. 'Don't die wondering' was the pre-match plea of Martin O'Neill.

    Have a go!

    Jonathan Walters rises for the header
  42. SUBSTITUTION

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Did I tell you that Wes Hoolahan is on for James McClean? He is. The Norwich playmaker could add that touch of class up there. Poland have added an extra centre-back, he's a giant too as Lukasz Szukala trots on.

  43. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Keane for the header! No! Great ball in, it looks like a free header but Kamil Glik is there to flick it away. 

    This could be a torturous final 15 minutes for fans of both nations...

  44. Late show

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    John O'Shea celebrates his late goal against Germany

    You're not wrong Kevin.

    The Irish have scored three key late goals in the group so far:

    Georgia (a) McGeady 90

    Germany (a) O'Shea 90+4

    Poland (h) Long 90+1

  45. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "What a touch it was from Robert Lewandowski but that's brilliant from Seamus Coleman - he recognised John O'Shea had been caught out.

    "Ireland have got a history of scoring late in games during this qualification campaign. They just have to stay in the match." 

    Robert Lewandowski
  46. CLOSE!

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    What a tackle! Robert Lewandowski with a touch of real class, world class really, as he flicks a pass into his path with his heel and undoes the Irish defence. Or so it seems, as as he is about to pull the trigger Seamus Coleman makes up the yards to pull off an amazing challenge.

    Grzegorz Krychowiak is then left free from the corner and heads wide!

  47. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    'GET IT IN THERE!' is the cry from Martin O'Neill as left-back Robbie Brady tries to play an intricate pass down the channel when an early cross was on the cards. Fuming.

    Robbie Brady for the Republic of Ireland
  48. Get Involved

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    Kevin Bunn: It's Hoolahan time. Get the Irish Messi genius on.  

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  49. A reminder

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    A win in Poland and a place in the finals is the Republic of Ireland's.

    A 2-2 draw - or higher, so 3-3 etc - and the Republic are there in place of Poland.

    Defeat in Poland and it's the play-offs for the Republic.

    Robert Lewandowski attempts the shot
  50. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Will Ireland get one big chance in the final 20 minutes? And can they take it? Automatic qualification may well depend on those two key questions. Jeff Hendrick drives into the penalty area but he gives away a soft free-kick. 

  51. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "What a save from Darren Randolph, he came right out and smothered with his chest. 

    "Since the substitutions Ireland have come into the game a little bit more now. James McClean is spreading the play out wide and you feel that's where they can really benefit."

  52. Germany creaking

    Germany 1-1 Georgia

    Germany's defence has gone to pieces since Georgia's equaliser, and Tornike Okriashvili has a golden chance to put them in front.

    The ball in from the right is just behind him but he manages to dig out a shot towards goal, which Manuel Neuer has to stretch to tip over the bar.

    If Germany did fall behind a draw could be good enough for Poland and the Republic of Ireland.

    Georgia celebrate their equaliser
  53. GREAT SAVE!

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    A huge save! Poland had been rather under the cosh for 10 minutes or so but they break out with real quality. They slice through and find Kamil Grosicki into the area, one-on-one, but Darren Randolph spreads himself to make a key save. 

  54. SUBSTITUTION

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Former Borussia Dortmund man Jakub Blaszczykowski is on for Poland for the final half hour or so. The former skipper gets a huge ovation.

  55. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Richard Todd: The omens are there. Cometh the hour, cometh the Keane machine. A Bank Holiday would be declared in Dublin if he scores. 

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  56. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Adam Nawalka, Poland manager

    Poland coach Adam Nawalka is readying a center-back on the bench. He's going to shut up shop.

    Ireland attack down the left, Jeff Hendrick plays it in and there's chaos in the area! Robbie Keane considers an overhead kick but eventually the hosts scramble it out. This could be a long half hour for the hosts...

  57. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Now we will see how Poland's nerves are. A goal for Ireland would leave Poland in the play-offs. And their fans know it. It's all sounding a bit tense now in Warsaw...

  58. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "You have to credit Poland, they had the momentum before the break and they've continued that into this second half.

    "But with Aiden McGeady now on that's a real positive move from Ireland. I'd like to see them get a lot more crosses into the box. They've got Jonathan Walters who can connect with them."

    Grosciki and McClean
  59. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Tom Hendryk:Head-to-head rule is stupid. Makes goal difference pointless! Everyone plays each other home and away, surely that counts more?

    Ahmed Mohamed: The days when six goals in six games meant a striker on form, but 15 in six games? What sort of form is Robert Lewandowski on?!

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  60. SUBSTITUTION

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Keane's first touch is a 30-yarder which drifts wide as Martin O'Neill makes another positive change. Ireland go 4-4-2 as Aiden McGeady comes on for Glenn Whelan.

  61. Post update

    Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Scotland ramping it up and Steven Fletcher now on a hat-trick after a low finish.

    Read more from that game here.

    Steven Fletcher celebrates
  62. SUBSTITUTION - KEANE ON

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Keane is on for Shane Long! If ever there was a man made for the occasion...

    Shane Long is stretchered off
  63. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Bad news for the visitors as Shane Long goes down in pain after a tackle from Kamil Glik. Long looks in trouble...

  64. That wasn't in the script

    Germany 1-1 Georgia

    Georgia equalise, and it's a fantastic left foot volley from the edge of the box by captain Jaba Kankava.

    He was the man who gave the penalty away, but he's more than made amends with a stunning strike.

    A Georgia win would mean that a draw in Warsaw would put Germany into the play-offs...

  65. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Germany's goal has no impact on what the Republic of Ireland need to do though. A 2-2 draw would still put the Irish through and Glenn Whelan at least makes Lukasz Fabianski work with a drive from 25 yards. 

  66. Germany take the lead

    Germany 1-0 Georgia

    Germany finally hit the front - but it took a penalty to break the deadlock.

    Mesut Ozil tricked his way into the box and was tripped.

    After goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili was booked for trying to put Thomas Muller off, the German stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way and rolled in the spot kick.

    That puts Germany back on top of the group.

    Thomas Mueller scores
  67. Post update

    Gibraltar 0-3 Scotland

    Steven Fletcher gets another international goal with a good back-post header.

    Follow that game in full here.

  68. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Poland, as you'd expect, have made a bright start to the second half. The Republic look solid enough though, keeping them out - though Michal Pazdan does flash a header across goal...

  69. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "If Ireland can keep Poland out and still have 15 minutes left on the clock the crowd will start to get nervy and that's when they can strike."

    The Polish manager shouts instructions from the touchline
  70. PENALTY APPEAL

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    An instant penalty appeal from the hosts as Pawel Olkowski gets in between two Irish shirts and throws himself to the floor. Referee Cuneyt Cakir is close and is having none of it. Get up!

  71. KICK-OFF

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    We are back under way. Ireland are one goal away from an auto qualification spot.

    Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill
  72. Get Involved

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    Robert Thompson: Not sure if my maths is right, but, if Georgia beat Germany... Does that mean a draw in Warsaw would put Germany in third?

    Indeed so, Robert.

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  73. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Keane has been out warming up at half-time in Warsaw. He couldn't do it again. Surely. Surely not?

  74. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    We shall see Tom. Martin O'Neill did say before the game that Hoolahan was fit for half an hour...

    Wes Hoolahan
  75. Get Involved

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    Tom, Roundhay Leeds: I think the time has come for Wes Hoolahan to come on and weave some magic in this second half, we have to score so get him on please! 

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  76. 'All gone to plan'

    Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "It's all gone according to plan for Scotland in that first half. Gordon Strachan will be pleased at the dig and desire shown by his players. The full-backs in particular have been in the mood. The players leave the field to a thunderous round of applause from the 10,000 or so Scotland fans in the stands."  

    Follow that match here.

    Scotland celebrate
  77. Get Involved - the 2-2 question

    #bbcfootball

    peutlantMarmot: Watching in San Diego, struggling to understand why a 2-2 draw works for the Irish, but not 1-1?

    An excellent question and you are not alone my friend.

    Uefa uses head-to-head records to decide who finishes higher when teams are level on points. 

    Republic of Ireland and Poland drew 1-1 in Dublin, so a 2-2 draw in Warsaw would put the Irish through on 'away' goals, as it were. 

    If it were to finish 1-1, Poland would go through because the next criteria used to separate sides is goal difference in the group as a whole. The Poles are on +23 as it stands, while Ireland are on +12.  

    Clear enough?

  78. What do the Republic need?

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    One more time with feeling then:

    A win in Poland and a place in the finals is the Republic of Ireland's.

    A 2-2 draw - or higher, so 3-3 etc - and the Republic are there in place of Poland.

    Defeat in Poland and it's the play-offs for the Republic.

  79. HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Georgia

    A frustrating first half for the world champions, who have failed to find a way past Georgia goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili. A point will be enough for Germany to qualify though.

    Poland celebrate
    Jonathan Walters
  80. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "Its been an enthralling half. Since the Irish equaliser it's been wave after wave of Polish attacks, they just need to settle down after the break, Ireland. They need to stay in the game as long as possible, because a 2-2 draw will send them through. It's not all over yet."

  81. HALF-TIME

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    And that's half-time. Thoroughly enjoyable half too. 

    Martin O'Neill shouts instructions from the touchline
  82. Get Involved

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    Shohidur Rahman: Lewandowski is unstoppable. What a player.

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  83. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    The good news, if you can call it good news, for the Republic is that if they can find an equaliser, it would now put them through.

    A 2-2 draw is better for Ireland than a 1-1. Got it?

  84. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    That's 15 (FIFTEEN) goals in six games for Robert Lewandowski.

    Ridiculous. If it happened to you in a computer game you'd cry 'cheat!'. 

  85. Post update

    Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    Ireland players look dejected

    "It's down to nervousness, Ireland not clearing their lines. It's a really good downward header from Robert Lewandowski, but you can't allow a player of his calibre so much space in the box. Darren Randolph had no chance."

  86. GOAL - Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

    Robert Lewandowski (42 mins)

    What a header! That is phenomenal work from Robert Lewandowski!

    Krzysztof Maczynski crosses in from the right after a neat passing move, Lewandowski has a few yards of space and exploits it brilliantly, he heads in from 13 yards out with so much power, it's brilliant.

    A head like a traction engine!

    Poland going through, top of the group as it stands...

    Robert Lewandowski scores
  87. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Tattz: By my calculations (and Joachim Low's), Ireland only need to complete about another 89 long balls before they will score.  

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  88. Post update

    Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

    Shaun Maloney has chipped in a clever second for Scotland - who are out of contention don't forget.

    Follow that game here.

    Scotland celebrate
  89. Get Involved

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    Matt Greenslade: Sweden, Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey... you really don't want to be going into the play-offs.

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  90. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    It's a night for cool heads all right. Perhaps Killer can get down there nearer the touchline in the second half.

    James McClean, a man whose head I imagine is permanently set to 'hot', gives away a silly free-kick and now Ireland have some defending to do. But the free-kick is awful. Right into Glenn Whelan's side.

  91. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "When Ireland are in possession they're struggling to use it and Poland are building momentum. They're just panicking a bit at the moment. But both defences have looked nervous."

  92. BreakingKrul out for the season

    Newcastle United

    Some breaking, and bad news for any Newcastle fans reading. GoalkeeperTim Krulhas been ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate knee injury sustained while playing for the Netherlands yesterday.

    A horrible blow.

    Tim Krul is injured whilst playing for Holland
  93. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Poland now do get down the sides of the Republic of Ireland and when a cross comes in it's panic stations in that penalty area.

    Ireland just about get it away but it's rather more luck than judgement .A few slices here, a missed kick there. Where's Richard Dunne when the Irish need him?

  94. Elsewhere in Group D

    Germany 0-0 Georgia

    It's been all Germany so far, and then out of nothing Georgia create the best chance of the game. Tornike Okriashvili has a great chance to open the scoring, but is denied by a fine save to his left-hand side by Manuel Neuer. Might be a few German nerves now....

    They need a point to secure qualification.

    Germany v Georgia
  95. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Poland having a good spell of possession now but (touch wood) they are not slicing through the Irish ranks like they managed on a few occasions in the opening 15 minutes. 

    I'll keep repeating this, for my own sanity if nothing else, but a 1-1 draw will see Poland through. 

  96. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "The Republic of Ireland are trying to force the issue a bit too much at the moment, they're looking to get the ball up to Shane Long too quickly. 

    "Poland like to play on the counter attack, so Martin O'Neill's side have got to be a bit more organised."

    James McCarthy battles for the ball for Ireland
  97. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Steady on!

    We get a nice rendition of 'you only sing when you're winning' from the home fans - or the Polish version anyway. If anyone knows the lyrics let us know.

    The Republic are well drilled but they are a bit limited in their approach. They haven't got the wide men into the game at all yet. 

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    Ireland celebrate their goal
  99. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    We get a breather. Much needed. That was as exciting a spell of international football as you'll get.

    Poland going through with Germany as it stands. But any other draw from here suits the Irish. 2-2, 3-3, you keep on going...

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    Scott Wilcox: What a game! 

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    Thierry Henry's handball
  101. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Poland look a real threat, they whip in a great cross which just about evades Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern man also has a half-hearted shout for a penalty after a tussle with John O'Shea.

    O'Shea was wrestling with the big man there, a hand full of shirt. Seen them given...

    John o'Shea battles with Robert Lewandowski
  102. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "The assistant referee put his flag up very early - he initially spotted Robert Lewandowski was offside in the build-up to the goal.

    "But the Republic of Ireland were undone too easily - again."

  103. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    I can't keep up! Poland have the ball in the net after some drastic defending from Ireland, the men in white cut through all too easily and only some last-ditch sliding in keeps the ball out. The ball does run to Pawel Olkowski and he fires in, but the offside flag was raised. Someone give us a breather!

  104. Post update

    Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "What a game! Jonathan Walters has been the Republic of Ireland's best performer throughout this campaign. There was a bit of luck in getting the penalty though - the referee got it wrong."

    Jonathan Walters celebrates
  105. GOAL - Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    Jon Walters (Pen 16 mins)

    Jon Walters steps up and fires in, low and hard! Superb start to the game in Warsaw.

    Poland going through as it stands though.

    Jonathan Walters scores the penalty
  106. PENALTY TO IRELAND

    Poland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Wow! Instant response! Shane Long goes up for a header right on the edge of the area and a defender is pinged for a high foot! His foot was at head-height but that is still soft. Stunned silence around the stadium...

  107. Post update

    Poland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "It's sloppy marking. Grzegorz Krychowiak was in acres of space, once he had his first touch you would have expected an Irish challenge but he had loads of time. Credit to him, Darren Randolph was totally deceived."

    Poland take the lead
  108. GOAL - Poland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

    Grzegorz Krychowiak (13 mins)

    A fine goal for Poland puts the national stadium into lift-off!. A corner is hit high out to Grzegorz Krychowiak 22 yards out, he takes a touch and then rattles a shot through a crowd of bodies and into the corner. Superb hit!

    Grzegorz Krychowiak celebrates
  109. CLOSE!

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    The Darren Randolph 70-yard ball to Shane Long was the key against Germany the other night and we've already seen it launched twice so far. Poland wise to it so far.

    Chance! Poland get in behind for the first time, it's cut back to Michal Pazdan and he is brilliantly closed down. Corner. 

  110. Giroud at the double

    Denmark 0-2 France

    Olivier Giroud might be behind Theo Walcott in the pecking order at Arsenal these days, but he certainly isn't wasting any time for his country - he's scored twice in the opening six minutes of France's friendly with Denmark.

    Not been a good day for the Danes, who will now be in the play-offs after Albania overtook them for the second automatic qualification spot in Group I.

  111. Post update

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    A 0-0 draw sees Poland through so it will be intriguing to see how the home players and fans react if it stays goalless deep into the match. So far the crowd are vociferously whistling any spell of Irish possession. 

    Martin O'Neill
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  113. Post update

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    James McClean, arms like a graffiti artist's doodle pad, thinks he has won a corner but the referee penalises him for a challenge. Good pressing from Ireland so far though. The tempo of a Premier League game so far. And arguably the quality too. 

  114. Post update

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    Jeff Hendrick is tackled

    "It's a good start from the Republic of Ireland, they're looking comfortable.

    "Robert Lewandowski was triple-teamed the first time he got the ball, with the immediate challenge coming from John O'Shea. That is what they have to do tonight - make sure Lewandowski is under pressure as soon as he picks up the ball."

  115. Post update

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Double team! Robbie Brady shoves Robert Lewandowski into the side of James McClean and the Polish skipper ends up holding his ribs. To the relief of most, and the disappointment of a sizeable minority inside the national stadium, Lewandowski is up. He gives a quizzical look at referee Cuneyt Cakir and we are back on with it.

  116. Post update

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Roy Keane is already angrily gesticulating in the dugout as Martin O'Neill stands out alone in the technical area. My mind casts back to Poland 1-1 England at this time of year in 1991. A Gary Lineker scissor kick was enough to secure qualification then. But 1-1 won't do tonight for the Republic. They need goals.

    Gary Lineker in 1991
  117. What do the Republic need?

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Another quick reminder for you.

    A win in Poland and a place in the finals is theirs.

    A 2-2 draw - or higher, so 3-3 etc - and the Republic are there in place of Poland.

    A 0-0 or 1-1 draw in Poland could be enough to qualify - but only if Georgia win in Germany.

    Defeat in Poland and it's the play-offs for the Republic.

  118. Vote result

    We've been asking you whether the Republic of Ireland will reach Euro 2016 and, if so, how?

    You're a confident lot, with 44% saying they will do it via the play-offs, 38% saying they'll do it tonight and only 18% of the opinion that they won't make it.

    Let's find out...

  119. KICK-OFF

    Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Under way! Shane Long charges down the kick-off. Defend from the front. 

  120. Post update

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "What an atmosphere, this is one of the best stadiums I've been to, without a doubt. I'm sure the Irish fans beyond the goal to our left will be making plenty of noise as well."

  121. Post update

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    John O'Shea exchanges flags with Robert Lewandowski. It may be the closest he gets to him all night...

    O'Shea wins the toss and turns Poland around. Good bit of early antagonism.

    Robert Lewandowksi
  122. LINE-UPS

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Poland: Fabianski, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Wawrzyniak, Linetty, Krychowiak, Olkowski, Maczynski, Grosicki, Lewandowski. Subs: Szczesny, Cionek, Jedrzejczyk, Szukala, Zielinski, Kapustka, Blaszczykowski, Peszko, Mila, Sobiech, Borysiuk, Boruc.

    Rep of Ireland: Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Brady, McClean, McCarthy, Whelan, Hendrick, Walters, Long. Subs: Forde, Wilson, McGeady, Keane, Meyler, Murphy, Christie, McShane, Gibson, Hoolahan, McGoldrick, Elliot.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

  123. Post update

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Here we go then, the players are out at the superb stadium in Warsaw. A great atmosphere building, which of these sides will secure a spot at next summer's finals tonight?Or will it be both? 

    A Poland fan in the crowd
  124. Post update

    Gibraltar v Scotland (19:45 BST)

    As we focus on the culmination of Group D in Warsaw you can follow full commentary of Scotland's clash with Gibraltar in this page here.

  125. Who's off to France?

    Football

    So Albania and Romania are the two latest nations to book their place in next summer's European Championship after securing second place in their respective groups.

    These are the 13 nations that have qualified along with hosts France so far.

    England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Austria, Romania, Albania.

    And tonight we'll find out which two out of Germany, Poland and Republic of Ireland will join them.

  126. Post update

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at the National Stadium, Warsaw

    "Having Seamus Coleman back is really positive, I think he'd fit into pretty much any team in Europe. John O'Shea and Richard Keogh have played really well as a central defensive partnership, too. 

    "And Darren Randolph, I'm sure the back four will have confidence in him, Martin O'Neill does. Before joining West Ham he'd been excellent over the last few seasons at Birmingham."

  127. The Polish approach?

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Poland

    Let's not forget that it is all to play for for Poland tonight as well.

    They can secure automatic qualification with a win, while a 0-0 or 1-1 draw will also be enough.

    Do they go for the win or play for a draw?

  128. Who's in the play-offs?

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    The Republic of Ireland can qualify automatically tonight with a win or a high-scoring draw. But if they don't they will be in the play-offs.

    Who may they play?

    There is still a lot to play for but it could be Sweden, Russia, Croatia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ukraine...

  129. Post update

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

  130. 'Don't die wondering!'

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill: "The turnaround between games is very quick, we have had to travel here and there are one or two tired legs in there. 

    "Wes Hoolahan is not fit enough to start but is available for the last half hour or so if we need him. He has been a fine player for us.

    "We are in the play-offs already but this is the one here. We have given ourselves a chance and you don't want to die wondering. We have to win tonight and the players know it. They are ready."

    Fans
  131. Post update

    I can answer that one for you Tricky...

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  133. Vote

    The question we are asking this evening is: Will Republic of Ireland reach Euro 2016?

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  134. 'He's really brilliant'

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Robert Lewandowski

    The Republic must find a way to contain free-scoring Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski tonight, a task which boss Martin O'Neill concedes will be difficult.

    Lewandowski has scored 14 goals in his last five games for club and country.

    "Outside of the very, very best players in the world, Ronaldo and Messi, Lewandowski is in a bracket of a number of players who are not far behind. He's really brilliant," said the Republic manager.

    "Someone like that, whom you can rely on, is going to cause you problems. You have to cope with that and try and come through."

    Good luck Richard Keogh and John O'Shea...

    Robert Lewandowski
    Image caption: 'He's on fire!'
  135. Handbrake off?

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    A place in the play-offs is assured for the Republic of Ireland tonight before kick-off.

    So they can just go for the win or high scoring draw tonight. Will they go for all-out attack?

  136. Defying the odds

    NORTHERN IRELAND TOP GROUP F

    Northern Ireland top Group F

    Did anyone have a punt on this?

  137. Blood, sweat and tears

    It is a huge day for Irish sport. Northern Ireland have won their group, and in the rugby Ireland beat France 24-9 but saw Johnny Sexton, Paul O'Connell and Peter O'Mahony suffer injuries.  

    Ouch. Follow the reaction to that one here.

  138. Elsewhere in Europe

    Faroe Islands 0-3 Romania

    So Northern Ireland top Group F, with Romania finishing second and qualifying after a 3-0 win in the Faroe Islands. Hungary lost 4-3 to Greece and finish third, so will wait to find out if they qualify automatically or have to go through the play-offs.

  139. What do the Republic need?

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Group D

    After Shane Long's heroics against Germany, Martin O'Neill's side can get their names on the list for Euro 2016 this evening.

    A win in Poland and a place in the finals is theirs.

    A 2-2 draw - or higher, so 3-3 etc - and the Republic are there in place of Poland.

    A 0-0 or 1-1 draw in Poland could be enough to qualify - but only if Georgia win in Germany.

    Unlikely? yes. Impossible? No. 

    Defeat in Poland and it's the play-offs for the Republic.

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    Matt Rhodes: So N. Ireland, Iceland and Albania have all qualified for Euro 2016. Who would have predicted that at start of campaign?

    You can't script sport Matt. Except for nearly all of the time...

  141. Post update

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    As the Republic of Ireland gear up for their big match in Warsaw, neighbours Northern Ireland are celebrating their magnificent achievement of topping Group F.

    Hugs, backslaps, joy all round from the men in blue this evening. Bring on the draw in December!

  142. Team News

    Poland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Evening all!

    Martin O'Neill makes five changes for the key game in Warsaw. Seamus Coleman returns at right-back, Shane Long is rewarded for his goal against Germany with a start and James McClean adds some width. Looks quite an attacking side to me. Can they do it?

    Republic XI: Randolph; Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Brady; Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick, McClean: Walters, Long   

    Martin O'Neill
  143. Handover

    And let's end on a high. Shamoon Hafez signing off and in comes the man Tom Rostance.

    Enjoy!

  144. Post update

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    Former Northern Ireland defender John O’Neill

    BBC Radio Ulster in Helsinki

    "It wasn't the best of games but at the end of the day Northern Ireland got the point they needed to win the group.

    "What more can you ask?"

    Northern Ireland fans
  145. Elsewhere in Europe

    Armenia 0-3 Albania

    It's finished Armenia 0-3 Albania, which means Albania have qualified for a major tournament for the very first time.

    They overtake Denmark to grab second spot in Group I, behind Portugal who won 2-1 in Serbia.

  146. FULL TIME

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    Only a draw, but a point is enough for Northern Ireland to top the group. A superb effort from Michael O'Neill's men.

    Northern Ireland celebrate
  147. Post update

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky comes charging out for a long punt up field and deals with it well.

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  149. Post update

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    It's a poor free-kick, hitting the first man.

  150. Post update

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland have a free-kick deep in the Finland half...

  151. Post update

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    Three minutes of added time.

  152. Elsewhere in Europe

    Greece 4-3 Hungary

    Yep Hungary will finish third in Group F now, as Greece go 4-3 up with a goal from Panagiotis Kone four minutes from the end.

  153. Post update

    Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

    A minute to go, is there a winner in this?

    Steven Davis of Northern Ireland