Republic of Ireland demolished a hapless Gibraltar side 7-0, which included a hat-trick from the timeless Robbie Keane. The win means Martin O’Neill’s men climb to the top of the Group D with two wins from two in their European Championship qualifying campaign.
In the same group, Germany found themselves undone by a stubborn display from Poland in Warsaw. Goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila ensured a historic win over the World Champions. Germany had a host of chances but failed to convert.
The squad, which was absent of Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil, nearly led through Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi, who was making his full debut for the national side. The midfielder ghosted into the box and met Gotze’s cross, only to put it wide of Szczesny’s goal.
Elsewhere, Scotland beat Georgia 1-0, which was a flattering score for the visitors. An own goal on the half hour mark was enough to secure the win.
In Group F, Kyle Lafferty was on the score sheet as Northern Ireland beat Faroe Islands 2-0 to also leave them with two wins from two.
Group I saw Albania build on their impressive victory over Portugal with a well earned point at home to Denmark. Striker Ermir Lenjani scored seven minutes before half time for Albania, but substitute Lasse Vibe equalised with ten minutes remaining.
Last night saw the Netherlands come from behind to beat Kazakhstan 3-1, in what was Guus Hiddink’s first victory in charge during his latest reign. Goals from Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar, Ibrahim Afellay and Robin Van Persie allowed the team to bounce back from their defeat to Czech Republic last time out. Belgium were also victorious in Group B with the destruction of Andorra in Brussels. A double from Kevin De Bruyne and a goal from Liverpool-bound Divock Origi added to the ruthless performance.
Group H saw Italy whimper past a poor Azerbaijan side 2-1 to make it to a maximum six points from six. In the same Group, Croatia conquered a stubborn Bulgaria side thanks to an own goal from Nikolay Budurov.
Wales capped an impressive night at the Cardiff City stadium by holding Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 – which may prove to be a crucial point in their bid for qualification.
Scotland 1-0 Georgia
Republic of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar
Poland 2-0 Germany
Hungary 1-1 Romania
Finland 1-1 Greece
Northern Ireland 2-0 Faroe Islands
Armenia 1-1 Serbia
Albania 1-1 Denmark
Wales 0-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Latvia 0-3 Iceland
Holland 3-1 Kazakhstan
Turkey 1-2 Czech Republic
Belgium 6-0 Andorra
Cyprus 1-2 Israel
Malta 0-3 Norway
Bulgaria 0-1 Croatia
Italy 1-0 Azerbaijan