European Championship Qualifying - Group D
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Euro 2016 qualifying: Scotland 2-3 Germany

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Hampden
Ilkay Gundogan scores for Germany against Scotland
Ilkay Gundogan's shot found the net via the post to give Germany victory

Defeat by Germany leaves Scotland scrambling for points from their last two qualifiers to reach the play-offs for Euro 2016.

Thomas Muller's shot deflected past David Marshall to put Germany ahead.

Mats Hummels scored an own goal after Manuel Neuer could only palm Shaun Maloney's free-kick off the defender.

Germany went in front again as Muller headed in and, although James McArthur fired Scotland level, Ilkay Gundogan slotted home the visitors' winner.

How Scotland can still qualify

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

Scotland, following Republic of Ireland's win over Georgia on Monday, need to take at least four points from their last two games and hope the Irish lose twice if they are to snatch third place.

Martin O'Neill's Ireland end their campaign with a home fixture against Germany and a trip to Poland - thus facing a difficult end to qualifying.

Gordon Strachan's men play Poland (h) and Gibraltar (a) in October - and former Scotland international Pat Nevin is confident that they can still claim a play-off place.

"If the Republic of Ireland don't get any more points, which would be unsurprising, and Scotland draw with Poland and get a win against Gibraltar, they would get third," Nevin told BBC Sport. "I think that is fairly likely. Ireland still have to do something very special."

There are nine qualifying groups and the team that finishes with the best record in third claims an automatic place. The other eight teams finishing third go through to a play-off stage.

If Scotland and Republic of Ireland both finish on 15 points then Strachan's team would progress because they have the better head-to-head record.

Scots improvement despite defeat

Scotland's dismal 1-0 defeat in Georgia on Friday meant points against Germany were vital if Strachan's side were to have a realistic chance of automatic qualification for the finals in France.

James McArthur scores for Scotland against Germany
McArthur's controlled volley brought Scotland level a second time

The hosts were never likely to cut Germany open, with their best hope of hurting Joachim Low's side always likely to come from set pieces.

So it proved, as Maloney's delivery from wide on the left was too hot for Neuer to handle and McArthur's strike came as he lurked on the edge of the penalty area to capitalise on a half-cleared corner to make it 2-2.

Unfortunately for Strachan's side, their resolve was not sufficient to keep Germany dominating possession and sealing the win.

Germans' masterful movement

Germany remain a little suspect in defence but they can afford to be with the quality they possess going forward.

Ilkay Gundogan scores for Germany against Scotland
Gundogan finished well to give Germany all three points

Their full-backs Jonas Hector and Liverpool's Emre Can provided width, central midfielders Toni Kroos and Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger kept the ball moving constantly, while the front four - Muller, Gundogan, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze - passed and moved until their opponents were tied up in knots.

Their sharpness and slickness kept the Scottish defence permanently on its toes and, but for a handful of good stops from Marshall, the damage might have been greater.

Man of the match - Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller was once again the principal thorn in Scotland's side, drifting in off the right to score twice, just as he did in Dortmund a year ago.

Thomas Muller scores for Germany against Scotland
Muller took his tally of goals against Scotland in the campaign to four

His ability to be in the right place at the right time is the mark of his genius.

Although his first goal took a fortuitous nick off Russell Martin, Muller was lurking to head his second in off the post after Marshall had made a save to deny Can, with Charlie Mulgrew only able to hack clear after the ball had crossed the line.

And Muller turned creator for the winner, returning a crisp pass for Gundogan to fire in off the post.

Line-ups

Scotland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Hutton
  • 4Martin
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Mulgrew
  • 6McArthur
  • 8BrownSubstituted forMartinat 81'minutes
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forRitchieat 81'minutes
  • 7MorrisonBooked at 55mins
  • 15MaloneyBooked at 58minsSubstituted forAnyaat 60'minutes
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 11Anya
  • 12Gordon
  • 13Ritchie
  • 14Griffiths
  • 16Whittaker
  • 17Naismith
  • 18Russell
  • 19Fletcher
  • 20Greer
  • 21McGregor
  • 22Martin
  • 23Forsyth

Germany

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 14Can
  • 17Boateng
  • 5Hummels
  • 3Hector
  • 7Schweinsteiger
  • 18Kroos
  • 13Müller
  • 21Gündogan
  • 8ÖzilSubstituted forKramerat 90+2'minutes
  • 19GötzeSubstituted forSchürrleat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mustafi
  • 4Rudy
  • 6Ginter
  • 9Schürrle
  • 10Podolski
  • 12Zieler
  • 15Volland
  • 16Bellarabi
  • 20Kramer
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 23Kruse
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
50,753

Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home4
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scotland 2, Germany 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scotland 2, Germany 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Jerome Boateng.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Christoph Kramer replaces Mesut Özil.

  5. Post update

    Jerome Boateng (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Martin (Scotland).

  7. Post update

    Emre Can (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Martin (Scotland).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jerome Boateng (Germany).

  10. Post update

    Chris Martin (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. André Schürrle replaces Mario Götze.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Offside, Scotland. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Scotland. Matt Ritchie replaces James Forrest.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Scotland. Chris Martin replaces Scott Brown.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 7th September 2015

As It Stood

A

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

B

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

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain76011731418
2Slovakia7601135818
3Ukraine7502123915
4Belarus7115514-94
5Luxembourg7115417-134
6North Macedonia7106615-93

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany86112271519
2Poland85212972217
3R. of Ireland84311751215
4Scotland83231410411
5Georgia8206514-96
6Gibraltar8008246-440

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England77002432121
2Switzerland75021661015
3Estonia731345-110
4Slovenia7304141049
5Lithuania7205413-96
6San Marino7016025-251

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland8521126617
2Romania844071616
3Hungary834164213
4Finland831478-110
5Faroe Islands8206512-76
6Greece803528-63

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria76101221019
2Sweden7331105512
3Russia7322104611
4Montenegro722368-28
5Liechtenstein7124214-125
6Moldova7025310-72

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy8530115618
2Norway8512108216
3Croatia84311651115
4Bulgaria822479-28
5Azerbaijan8134613-76
6Malta8026313-102

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal650184415
2Denmark733184412
3Albania632173411
4Armenia7025511-62
5Serbia6114511-61
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