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Summary

  1. NI HAVE QUALIFIED FOR EURO 2016
  2. FT: Rep of Ireland 1-0 Germany
  3. Long with dramatic strike across goal
  4. Rep win on Sunday sees them qualify
  5. FT: Scotland 2-2 Poland
  6. Scotland cannot qualify for Euro 2016
  7. Liverpool appoint Klopp as new manager

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    What a night! Plenty of drama, ups and downs and heartbreak/joy.

    More of the same all weekend? We'll be here. See you there. 

  2. Friday night lights

    England are among the teams in action on Friday night - Roy Hodgson's men have the luxury of a dead rubber as they were already through.

    Here's the full list of games:

    Liechtenstein v Sweden - 19:45

    Moldova v Russia - 19:45

    Montenegro v Austria - 19:45

    England v Estonia - 19:45

    Slovenia v Lithuania - 19:45

    Switzerland v San Marino - 19:45

    Macedonia v Ukraine - 19:45

    Slovakia v Belarus - 19:45

    Spain v Luxembourg - 19:45

  3. 'Unnecessary defeat'

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Germany manager Joachim Low: "It was an unexpected and totally unnecessary defeat.

    "In the second half we played a bit negligent. Ultimately, we lacked the ultimate consequence and the last pass. And then we make a single mistake and it is a goal."

    Jogi Low
  4. Twitter reacts...

  5. 'I am hugely disappointed'

    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    More from Gordon Strachan: "You have to hold your hands up and say well done (to Ireland). We have played against Poland and Ireland and not been beaten.

    "I am hugely disappointed. After working hard for a year and at the end of the year for something like that to happen in the last seconds of a game...that's a year's work. I can't remember us getting anything lucky. Anything we got has been earned."  

  6. 'I am proud of them'

    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Gordon Strachan

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "If I'm like the rest of the nation, I am hugely disappointed for the players. The group of lads gave as much as they could give. That's what I see at the moment. I feel a bit sorry for them, to have put so much work in and to have scored two wonderful goals. I am proud of them. They have been a bit unfortunate."  

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    Malcolm Harvey: A spectacularly Scottish way to crash out. Still, could be worse. We could be English rugby fans...

  8. Dancing in the streets of Harare?

    Middlesex batsman Balbirnie and his Ireland team-mates begin a one-day international series against Zimbabwe tomorrow.

  9. 'They made the most out of very little'

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Mats Hummels

    Germany defender Mats Hummels: "What happened is what happens with teams like Ireland and that is that we had a lot of possession.

    "We had our chances but they used their only one. Ireland made the most out of very little. Now we know it can get very tight in the last game and we have to be dominant against Georgia and not let anything happen."

  10. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Martin O'Neill totally forgot the word 'play-off' there. His mind went blank. That's what drama can do for you...

  11. 'A sensational effort'

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill: "The players put in a fantastic effort. To beat the world champions is a sensational effort.

    "We showed bravery and courage. We had to withstand a lot of pressure, which you'd expect, and we did that.

    "We have reached the play-offs now and we can go for it on Sunday now."

  12. What on earth is going on?

    So. Just to de-tangle what surely must be one of the most complicated qualification scenarios in football ever, here's where we are in Group D. 

    Republic of Ireland and Poland play in Warsaw in both teams' final match on Sunday. 

    A draw would leave both teams on 19 points. 

    Germany currently lead the group on 19 points, but will be expected to beat Georgia at home in their final game. 

    If though, all three teams end up on 19 points, both Poland and Republic of Ireland have better head-to-head records than Germany, and both would finish above them.

    As to who finishes higher between Poland and Republic of Ireland if both teams finish on 19 points, here's how it works:

    A 0-0 draw in Warsaw means Poland go through - they will have scored more away goals in meetings between the two sides. 

    A 1-1 draw in Warsaw means Poland go through - they have a better goal difference of the two sides.

    A draw of 2-2 or higher would mean Republic of Ireland go through - as they will have scored more away goals in meetings between the two sides.

  13. Portugal through

    Elsewhere, Portugal booked their ticket to Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Denmark in Braga.

    Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as Portugal ensured they would top Group I. Denmark, who have played their last game, will still qualify if Albania fail to win in Armenia on Sunday.

  14. Post update

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Windsor Park is still rocking - there will be a good night out in Belfast tonight. And Dublin for that matter!

  15. 'This shows the potential of this team'

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill: "The players were outstanding. Right through the team, magnificent, It's a privilege to be here, I'm proud to stand here as their manager.

    "How have we done it? I'm not really sure! The players deserve the ultimate credit. We have confidence and belief which comes from winning games. This shows the potential of this team and of football in Northern Ireland."

  16. 'I won't sleep tonight'

    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young at Hampden: "Every fan leaving the ground will feel the same. The heart and soul has been ripped from us. This was going to be my final campaign. That's the tin hat on that now. I feel absolutely torn apart and shattered. I won't sleep tonight. People will wonder how on earth that happened. It's always us."

  17. Post update

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Gareth McAuley celebrates

    Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley: "I've had some highs in individual games in my career but there has been real belief in this campaign.

    "I can't put into words what it means."

  18. Group D head-scratcher

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Republic of Ireland, Poland and Germany could yet all end up on 19 points on Sunday evening...

  19. Germany NOT YET through

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    They need a point against Georgia to be sure, to be sure...

  20. RECAP

    An incredible night of action. Let's recap things:

    Northern Ireland HAVE QUALIFIED FOR EURO 2016

    Scotland's chances are over, they are out of the picture.

    The Republic of Ireland can qualify on Sunday - if they beat Poland. If it's a draw - well we need an abacus to work that one out...

  21. Player reaction

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Steven Davis celebrates

    Steven Davis: "An unbelievable night. We showed what we were all about we couldn't ask for it to go any better." 

    Josh Magennis: "I honestly can't put it into words. It came off my shoulder but I don't care! We have been working on set-pieces all week, they are a big part of how we play. We may not have the best quality but we never give up. Once you have that fight you can be a formidable team."

  22. FULL-TIME

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

  23. 'Dreams are dead'

    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Scott Brown and David Marshall look dejected

    "After a poor first half that started with a Lewandowski goal and finished with a stunning Matt Ritchie equaliser, Scotland took control of proceedings at Hampden and started to believe that it could be their night.

    "An equally outstanding Steven Fletcher goal just after the hour mark and it was dreamland. But what a cruel and nightmarish ending. That’s it for Scotland - dreams of France are dead and they died once again on the bed of glorious failure. Bring on the World Cup."

  24. Post update

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    Michael O'Neill congratulates Steven Davis

    "I am speechless. I'm just taking it all in. It's unbelievable, Northern Ireland have qualified for Euro 2016.

    "The music is roaring and the fans are dancing, here at Windsor Park. Tonight Greece just couldn't live with them." 

  25. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    STILL they play on in Dublin...

  26. Post update

    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    Matt Richie looks dejected

    "I've seen some incredible things over the years but I don't think i'll ever see anything more extreme than this. Poland have scored with a complete and utter fluke, and Scotland are out."

  27. FULL-TIME

    Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Scotland's Euro 2016 hopes are over. What an end to the game. Drama.

  28. GOAL - Scotland 2-2 Poland

    Robert Lewandowski (90 mins)

    Robert Lewandowski scores

    What drama! Right at the end! Poland had their goalkeeper up for a free-kick, real kitchen sink job, the ball goes through a ruck of bodies and hits the inside of the post. The ball runs across the line and agonisingly for the Scots Robert Lewandowski is the fastest to react and hooks in on the line.

  29. NORTHERN IRELAND QUALIFY

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Northern Ireland fans

    Tremendous scenes at Windsor Park as one of the goalscorers Josh Magennis is at the foot of a pile-on. 

    Northern Ireland were without four key players tonight and they have still got the job done.

  30. BreakingFULL-TIME

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    NORTHERN IRELAND QUALIFY FOR EURO 2016

  31. Post update

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    "The adrenaline should be bursting out of these Scotland players, but it's not - they're looking tired."

  32. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Still five minutes of normal time remaining in Dublin. Germany pressing...

  33. Post update

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Uncertainty around Hampden Park - I don't think anyone knows anymore what Scotland need to do on Sunday...

  34. Post update

    Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Into added time in Belfast - what a night!

  35. Germany heading through

    SMS Message: Germany would be through. One of Ireland and Poland has to drop points on Sunday. Your maths is shocking BBC. from Matt
    Matt

    Thanks Matt - my maths do not represent the entire Corporation...

  36. Post update

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Into the last five minutes...

  37. Get Involved

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    International clubs? We know what you mean...

  38. GOAL - Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

    Christos Aravidis (86 mins)

    It (shouldn't) make any difference but Greece have a goal - a carbon copy of Northern Ireland's opener as Christos Aravidis taps in a cross from the right.

  39. Post update

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    "After news of Shane Long's goal for the Republic of Ireland broke here the crowd went eerily quiet -  I think everyone had got their calculators out trying to work what is going on in terms of the qualification. 

    "On the pitch the players are visibly tiring but they have to hold on. They could also do with Germany equalising against Republic of Ireland, too..."

  40. Get Involved

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  41. CLOSE!

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Oh what a chance! Thomas Muller has made a career of putting these away but he somehow side-foots wide from the penalty spot after a cutback from the left found him in space. What a chance!

    I can't believe he missed that...

  42. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Germany would not be through as it stands - they play Georgia at home in their last game though...

  43. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Shane Long of the Republic of Ireland celebrates

    The Republic are 15 minutes away from a famous, famous win. Good grief.

    There's a party on in France next summer and NOBODY wants to miss it...

  44. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Shohidur Rahman: Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland all winning. Amazing!

    Chris Davies: What a night of football! Come on ROI and NI!

    Daniel Woodley: What a phenomenal finish from Shane Long!!! A vital goal for Republic of Ireland! Can they do the unthinkable and hold on?

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  45. Post update

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "The news of Ireland’s goal against Germany seems to have reached the stands here at Hampden. Looks of disbelief all round as fans rummage in their sporrans for the calculators."

  46. As it stands

    Northern Ireland - start booking your tickets.

    Republic of Ireland - are beating Germany, as it stands a draw in Poland would see them qualify.

    Scotland - remain in fourth and can still make the play-offs. 

  47. GOAL - Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany

    Shane Long (70 mins)

    Shane Long of Republic of Ireland scores

    Oh my word! Shane Long! A ridiculous night continues as the substitute puts the Republic of Ireland in dreamland!

    It's a goal Jackie Charlton would approve of. Thoroughly. Darren Randolph belts the ball 75 yards downfield, with a bounce, Long reads it and gets there before Jerome Boateng and thumps it into the corner!

  48. Post update

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    "Having watched Scotland for so many years there is still such a fear factor. They've conceded late goals in games like these many times before..."

  49. Post update

    Ah, now then. Mmmmmm.

    Positions are indeed decided on head-to-head records, with Scotland edging the Republic of Ireland on that score. Where Poland fit in, I'll come back to you...

  50. Get Involved

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    SMS Message: Can you clarify whether positions are decided by goal difference or head to head record if points are the same? If Scotland win both games & Ireland beat Poland, is there a scenario where Ireland qualify automatically & Scotland get into the playoff position in 3rd? from David
    David
  51. Elsewhere in Group F

    Daniel Bode celebrates

    You wouldn't imagine there are too manyFaroe Islandsfans-for-the-night left in Windsor Park now Northern Ireland are 3-0 up butHungaryhave equalised against the minnows in Budapest. 

    More importantly though,Finlandhave just taken the lead againstRomania. Meaning as things stands, Northern Ireland willwin their group. 

    Not a bad way to book a place at your first major finals since 1986...

  52. Time for heroes

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Into the last 20 minutes in Glasgow now - don't forget you can follow full coverage of that game here.

  53. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    A goal for the Republic would really blow this group wide open now. There are 28 minutes left in Dublin, where the second half was late restarting. Any chance?

  54. Get Involved

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

  55. Klopp signs as Liverpool boss

    Jurgen Klopp
  56. 'Passion and parties'

    Northern Ireland 3-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "There are two things people from Northern Ireland are famous for and that's passion and parties. At Windsor Park you can see the passion on the pitch and in the stands, and tonight you will see the parties."

  57. 'Calm heads needed'

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "That Fletcher goal came just as the Poles were edging back into the second half. fabulous strike from the Sunderland man. Sounds like the roof is coming off Hampden Park. How will the visitors respond? They have looked dangerous throughout this match. Time for calm heads from Scotland."

  58. Post update

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Ah, the old 'spirit' reasoning Pat...

    It's all gone very quiet in Dublin. Who would have thought that 0-0 to Germany could be a bad result?

    Well, if it stays like this in Dublin and Glasgow it might not be - as a win in Poland in their last game would give them automatic qualification.

  59. As it stands

    Northern Ireland fans

    Northern Ireland - are heading to France. Get booking those tickets!

    Republic of Ireland - currently two points above Scotland and could still secure automatic qualification.

    Scotland - could still secure a play-off space. Depends on what happens with the Republic. 

  60. 'One of the best goals I've seen!'

    Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    "Absolutely incredible! That is one of the best goals I have ever seen Scotland score! I don't know where to look. Poland have been by far the better team for much of this game but for pure spirit, there is no doubt in my mind. Scotland deserve this."

  61. GOAL - Scotland 2-1 Poland

    Steven Fletcher

    Scotland's Steven Fletcher celebrates

    Oh my word! Where has that come from?! Steven Fletcher - hammered almost universally all night on social media - produces possibly the finest finish of his career to lift a 20-yard curler into the top corner! Scotland won the ball back in midfield and one pass found him on the edge of the box, but it was a brilliant strike!

    That puts Scotland right back in the race for third...

  62. CLOSE!

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Can the Republic continue to shut Germany out? Marco Reus does well down the left to find Andre Schurrle at the back stick but he can't keep the volley down and it's over, on the stretch...

  63. Post update

    Northern Ireland 3-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "Unbelievable... Blimey. I think we're definitely going now you know." 

    Get yourself a ferry ticket Gerry...

  64. Klopp signs as Liverpool boss

    Jurgen Klopp

    Big news - if very much expected news - on the domestic front too. Welcome to the Premier League Jurgen...

  65. BreakingKLOPP CONFIRMED

    Liverpool

  66. GOAL - Northern Ireland 3-0 Greece

    Steven Davis (59 mins)

    Steven Davis celebrates

    It's three! What a night this is turning out to be for Steven Davis and for Northern Ireland. Again Greece can't handle a set-piece as skipper Davis lofts a header back into the far corner, What scenes...

  67. Post update

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Scotland look a side with more bite and belief in this second half. The wide men are stretching the game and Scott Brown is also starting to drive from the middle of the park the way he does for Celtic. The Poles still look dangerous though and fancy their chances when they come forward."

  68. Post update

    Northern Ireland 2-0 Greece

    Luke: Northern Ireland. England cheering with you. Welcome to the party. What a goal!  

    Stephen Kennedy: I once said Josh Magennis has a touch like a bouncy castle. I now retract that statement. What a hero.

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  69. Post update

    Northern Ireland 2-0 Greece

    BBC Sport NI's Richard Petrie: "Windsor Park is rocking again as Euro qualification is surely secured now.

    "Josh Magennis's goal provokes a rendition of the 'bouncy' and the fans are in full voice."

  70. KICK-OFF

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Better late then never, we are back in play in Dublin...

  71. Post update

    Northern Ireland 2-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "Josh Magennis has repaid Michael O'Neill's faith in him tonight. Unbelievable. Who would have thought it?

    "Magennis has been a constant thorn in the side of the Greek defence tonight and deserves his goal." 

  72. Post update

    Northern Ireland 2-0 Greece

    What a moment for Northern Irish football. They are on their way to the finals...

  73. GOAL - Northern Ireland 2-0 Greece

    Josh Magennis (49 mins)

    Josh Magennis celebrates

    He's in tears! What a story! Kyle Lafferty's stand-in bundles in the second goal, it's a first international goal for Josh Magennis and the former Cardiff goalkeeper - yes really! - has sent Windsor Park into full-on party mode. It's a corner, he goes for the header, it comes off his shoulder - but who cares? He's off to France...

  74. GREAT SAVE!

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Scotland conceded at the start of the game and it's almost a repeat as David Marshall is forced into making a fine save right from the restart. Down to his right to keep out a low drive from Arkadiusz Milik...

  75. KICK-OFF

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    And back in play in Glasgow too...

  76. KICK-OFF

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Back under way in Belfast, bang on the button.

  77. Rory reads the future

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy's mostly well known for being brilliant at golf, but as it turns out he's not bad at reading the future as well. 

    He gave BBC Sport Northern Ireland a 1-0 prediction for tonight's game at Windsor Park... He's right so far at least...

    You can watch the video here.

  78. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Germany bossed the first half but were disappointing in the final third. Dare I say they are lacking a proper centre-forward? I'm sure I said that during the World Cup and that worked out OK.

    They could have done with nabbing Robert Lewandowski actually...

  79. Post update

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Forrest Whittaker

    Dr Chris Young: Forrest Whittaker down the left. Last King of Scotland for Poland to contend with 

    Very good doc. That's James Forrest and Steven Whittaker of course. Not the Hollywood A-lister... 

  80. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Matt Ritchie scores

    Scott Lees: What a goal from Matt Ritchie! You won't hit the ball any better...

    Stephen Kennedy: The guy sitting beside me went for a burger and missed the Steven Davis goal. All I could say was: "Hope you enjoy that."

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  81. As it stands

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Worth repeating the fact that as it stands, Scotland are out, thanks to the Republic's point at home to the world champions.

  82. HALF-TIME

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

  83. 'Stick plan B in the drawer'

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "The second half takes on a completely different look after that stunning Matt Ritchie strike. Poland had been in complete control with the home side creating very little. The question is, will the Scotland goal do to Poland what the visitors goal did for Scotland? Gordon Strachan sticks plan B back in the drawer and now looks ahead to the second half."

  84. Post update

    Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    "For the first 25 minutes I thought Scotland were basically out. They couldn't even get near Poland, they looked second best in every position but slowly and surely they've come into the match again and got better and better without ever really taking control. 

    "And the one opportunity they have had, it wasn't even a half chance. Matt Ritchie was 25 yards out and facing the wrong way but he absolutely leathered it home."

  85. SUBSTITUTION

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Still playing in Dublin, where Shay Given has been replaced by Darren Randolph of West Ham.

  86. HALF-TIME

    Scotland 1-1 Poand

  87. GOAL - Scotland 1-1 Poland

    Matt Ritchie (45 mins)

    Matt Ritchie celebrates

    Pick that one out! What a hit!Matt Ritchiedrags Scotland's chances of qualifying back into the realms of possibility with an absolute belter. One touch to set, and then a left-foot drive from 25 yards out into the top corner!

  88. HALF-TIME

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

  89. Get Involved

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Northern Ireland fans

    David G: Is this seriously going to happen?? 30 years in the making.

    sf-copy:  Everyone talks about Wales's achievement in this campaign but Northern Ireland's is much more impressive.

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  90. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    What an escape! Greece have one shot blocked in the goalmouth and then seconds later Kostas Mitroglou rattles a shot against the inside of the post.

    As the woodwork reverberates, referee Bas Nijhuis blows for half-time...

  91. CLOSE!

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Germany piece together a neat, flowing move down the right but when it is cut back to Mesut Ozil on the edge of the area he can only shoot into the side-netting. Shay Given is struggling now though.

  92. Post update

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "We're now in the last few minutes of the half and Northern Ireland just need to take the sting out of the game. Run the clock down. 

    "Greece have been knocking the ball around well and I'd like to see the home side get their passing game back going again."

  93. Post update

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    It's not going to be all plain sailing for the hosts as Kostas Mitroglou threatens to convert a fine cross at the far post but that man Steven Davis is back in his own box this time to hook it out. 

  94. Get Involved

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

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  95. SUBSTITUTION

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Germany make an early change as Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze limps off to be replaced by Wolfsburg's former Chelsea man Andre Schurrle. Guile replaced by pace. 

    For all of Germany's play, they have yet to have a shot on target. 

  96. Davis the goal machine

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Prior to this week, Northern Ireland goalscorer Steven Davis last found the net in February 2014, for Southampton in a 2-2 draw with Stoke.

    He now has two in a week after notching in Saints' 3-1 win at Chelsea on Saturday.

  97. Post update

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Michael McGovern celebrates

    Northern Ireland potentially just 50 minutes of playing time away from a place in the Euro 2016 finals. What a night.

    Windsor Park genuinely bouncing now. Great atmosphere. 

  98. Post update

    Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "Stuart Dallas made sure he got the ball in the six-yard box and who was there for Northern Ireland? Captain Fantastic, Steven Davis. And what a ball from Corry Evans, too.

    "Northern Ireland just need to keep the momentum now."

  99. GOAL - Northern Ireland 1-0 Greece

    Steven Davis (35 mins)

    Steven Davis scores

    That is a bit of quality! Lovely move from Northern Ireland as Corry Evans slips a pass inside the full-back, Stuart Dallas takes one touch and then slots a cross across the face of goal and there is captain Steven Davis, sliding to convert from close range! Windsor Park erupts - set sights for France 2016...

  100. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    Michael McGovern in the Northern Ireland goal does really well to come off his line and punch a dangerous cross away. Greece threatening.

  101. As it stands

    Northern Ireland - are heading to France. This is because the Faroe Islands are winning in Hungary.

    Republic of Ireland - are assured of a play-off place. This is because Poland are winning in Scotland.

    Scotland - don't ask. 

  102. Get Involved

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

  103. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    Gordon Strachan

    "Scotland have to open it up and get it wide, they have to score now or their qualification hopes are ended. The last five or 10 minutes have been a lot better, but Poland are looking very dangerous on the break."

  104. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "It's been good positive play from the lads. As long as they keep pushing up the pitch looking for the ball off Josh Magennis, Northern Ireland will continue to cause problems.

    "There are big question marks around the Greece defence. Sooner or later they'll make a mistake, so the home side have to keep the pressure high."

  105. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Gordon Strachan wears the look of a man trying to solve a quadratic equation. or trying to remember if he locked the back door. Problems.

    And almost more problems as Poland again sweep upfield, they free Jakub Blaszczykowski on the right of the penalty area and his low shot is inches wide...

  106. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Scotland push and probe, left and right but every attack simply crashes against the Polish defensive wall. Gordon Strachan's side need to find an extra gear because the visitors look very comfortable at the moment."

    Follow the Scotland game here.

  107. CLOSE!

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    The best bit of play all night for Northern Ireland! Stuart Dallas drives at the Greek defence and his low cross is hastily swiped at by a white shirt. Josh Magennis reacts well to power in a drive but Vangelis Moras makes a superb block. Electric, you could say.

    Jamie Ward then smashes over from 25 yards. Windsor Park on standby...

  108. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Mesut Ozil has a goal disallowed

    Mesut Ozil possibly touches in a lovely low Thomas Muller cross - but the Arsenal man had strayed a yard or two offside. Reprieve for the hosts. Even if he didn't, he was directly obstructing the keeper's view, very much interfering with play.

  109. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    The George Best, 'Spirit in the Sky' chant gets a strong rendition around Windsor Park as the hosts continue to press hard. There is a lack of quality and conviction up front though. Josh Magennis is a game lone striker but his touch and awareness are lacking so far. They can't keep hold of it.

  110. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Poland continue to look so dangerous on the break. Scotland in a mess.

  111. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Ilkay Gundogan has a shot deflected just over the crossbar as Germany continue their utter dominance. A goal for the men in white looks a matter of time. 

  112. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    Former Northern Ireland defender John O'Neill on BBC Radio Ulster: "Northern Ireland don't have to go gung-ho. If the Greeks want to play the game at a slower pace we can afford to bide our time."

  113. Thank you Faroes...

    Hungary 0-1 Faroe Islands

    Now this is interesting... 

    The Faroe Islands have just gone ahead against Hungary, meaning that as it stands, whatever happens at Windsor Park tonight, Northern Ireland will have qualified for next summer's Euro 2016 finals.

    Can the Faroe Islands hold on in Budapest? They've already beaten Greece twice...

  114. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    A sentence to go with our 'I never thought...' theme.

    A goal for the Faroe Islands has just been celebrated in Belfast...

  115. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "The Poles have conceded just seven goals in eight games so far in group D and might fancy their chances of defending this lead. They continue to press though as the Scotland players struggle to get a foot hold in this game."

  116. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    Michael O'Neill

    "Northern Ireland are letting Greece play the ball around the back but as soon as it reaches midfield the pressure is on from Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas.

    "It's important they keep it nice and calm. Even though they're closing the ball down well, the home side don't want a rush of blood to the head when they're in possession."

  117. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    Germany have started, well, like world champions. Stroking the ball about like they own it. Marco Reus has a shot blocked before Jerome Boateng heads over.

  118. Scotland out as it stands

    Steven Naismith looks dejected

    As things stand, Scotland cannot qualify for Euro 2016 - but the Republic are assured of a play-off place.

    That could all change of course...

  119. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    The hosts continue their bright start as they look for an opener. Northern Ireland perhaps a goal away from France remember. Will nerves become a factor as the game wears on? Greece - out of it, behind the Faroe Islands, have nothing to play for.

  120. Get Involved

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Alastair Syme: Not surprised by that, Strachan only picking players who play for higher up clubs, not in-form players. Terrible team choice.  

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  121. Get Involved

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

  122. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Are Scotland’s play off hopes slipping away after just three minutes?"

    Follow the Scotland game in full here.

  123. Post update

    Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Hampden Park

    "Scotland had decided to play incredibly openly, but unfortunately for them them there is one obviously top quality player on the pitch, and he's just scored.

    "It looked like Robert Lewandowski was a tiny bit offside, but you couldn't tell with the naked eye."  

  124. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Germany

    That Poland goal could be good news for the Republic - and Scotland were actually behind before the game in Dublin had even kicked off!

  125. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "Northern Ireland have started really strongly, on the front foot. They're in their faces, getting the ball forward early. Greece look indecisive in their back line." 

  126. GOAL - Scotland 0-1 Poland

    Robert Lewandowski (3 mins)

    Robert Lewandowski celebrates

    We said he is averaging three goals a game - andRobert Lewandowskidoesn't take long to get the Polish ball rolling in Glasgow. He runs on to a fine pass through and slots in at the near post. Offside? Just on I think...

  127. Post update

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    Northern Ireland go direct - to good effect. Oliver Norwood flicks the ball on and Josh Magennis is on the hunt. He tries to get the shot away but the text commentator's friend Sokratis Papastathopoulos cuts it out.

    From the corner, Norwood slices wide.

  128. KICK-OFF

    Northern Ireland 0-0 Greece

    Game on in Belfast - and elsewhere!

  129. Post update

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "Even if Northern Ireland don't qualify for Euro 2016, which, touch wood, is highly unlikely, manager Michael O'Neill will still be offered a new contract. Because he has transformed Northern Irish football so much for the better. 

    "And if they do qualify then they'll be hurriedly trying to get something sorted out, because O'Neill is out of contract in the summer."

  130. Post update

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    A Northern Ireland fan

    BBC Sport NI's Richard Petrie: "Northern Ireland supporters crank up the volume inside the stadium on what they hope will be a historic night of celebration in Belfast.

    "A rapturous reception greets the players as they come onto the pitch. Windsor Park is a sea of green and a cauldron of noise."

  131. Post update

    Scotland v Poland (19:45 BST)

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan: "They're the ones, they are ready, the attacking ones have been in great form recently - and that is important because I have had to leave out some very good players.

    "You won't always get everything right 100% of the time but I picked this team for this game."

  132. Post update

    The players are in the tunnels around the games - here we go...

  133. Get Involved

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  134. Best in the world?

    Scotland v Poland (19:45 BST)

    In fact, Scotland will face the world's best striker in Robert Lewandowski, according to visiting coach Adam Nawalka.

    "For me, he is the number one," said Nawalka.

    "He's the best striker in the world. I know him personally, I know his skills. I can count on him."

    Is Lewandowski the best striker in the world? He may be the best free transfer in the game...

  135. 'Today's heroes, tomorrow's legends'

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at Windsor Park

    Past glories to inspire today's heroes at Windsor Park...  

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  136. Wrong Scotland team?

    Scotland v Poland (19:45 BST)

    David Fawkes on Facebook: "Strachan should announce a 12/13 man squad from now on as he seems hell bent on using the same players. Time will come when he complains of a lack of players with international experience - one person to blame for that!"

    Philip Vass on Facebook: "Wrong keeper and wrong striker disappointing as we have good players but never seem to pick the ones in best form." 

  137. Post update

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Windsor Park sings along to 'Sweet Caroline' - my evening may have already peaked...

  138. How's your form?

    Scotland v Poland (19:45 BST)

    Robert Lewandowski
    Image caption: Three per game. That's par for this man

    Poland striker Robert Lewandowski in in good touch. Red-hot form.

    The Bayern Munich man has scored 12 (twelve) goals in his last four games, including a remarkable five in nine minutes as a sub the other week.

    David Marshall - you are in our thoughts...

  139. 'Control your performance'

    Northern Ireland v Grece (19:45 BST)

    Michael O'Neill

    Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill: "I told them: You're not in control of the result but you are in control of your performance."

  140. Post update

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

  141. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Chris Martin: Josh Magennis is more likely to play at Euro 2016 than Robin van Persie. Let that sink in.  

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    Josh Magennis
  142. Post update

    Believe it Adrian, it happened!

    We are closing in on kick-off around Europe now. The start of a very lengthy process to eliminate eight teams from next year's group stages starts here...

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  144. Post update

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Gerry Taggart

    BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

    "It's 30 years since Northern Ireland qualified for a major tournament, they're playing against a team that is bottom of the group, that hasn't won a game, that's scored just two goals... but we all know they have slipped up in the past against teams of this calibre. 

    "It will be important for Northern Ireland to make it as hostile as they can in the first 20 minutes, attack straight from the whistle."

  145. The view from Windsor Park

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Drink it in lads...

  146. 'We'll take a play-off place'

    Republic of Ireland v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Quote Message: Although we know there will be plenty of moments when we will be defending, we want to be positive and cause Germany problems. I can't be spending every two minutes thinking about what's going on with Scotland but if you could guarantee us a place in the play-offs we would take that. from Martin O'Neill Republic of Ireland manager talking to Sky Sports
    Martin O'NeillRepublic of Ireland manager talking to Sky Sports

    No guarantees Martin. I can't give you one.

  147. Get Involved

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  148. 'Strachan has gone for experience'

    Scotland v Poland (19:45 BST)

    Sunderland's Steven Fletcher will play up front on his own, so there is no starting place for in-form Leigh Griffiths. Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie also starts, but there's no place in the starting XI for Shaun Maloney.

    Former Scotland captain Willie Miller: "I think Steven Fletcher is the man to start with. I wouldn't have been unhappy if both of them (he and Leigh Griffiths) had played. Matt Ritchie is untried at this level. It's OK playing well for your club. I haven't seen him turn it on in the dark blue jersey so far. Steven Whittaker comes back and gets the nod. I think that is down to Gordon Strachan going for experience. It's going to take a big performance to get the full three points. Everybody is surprised that Shaun Maloney is not starting. He has been the talisman."

    You can follow a separate live page on the Scotland match here.

  149. 'Atmosphere starting to build'

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Northern Ireland fans

    BBC Sport NI's Richard Petrie at Windsor Park: "The atmosphere is starting to build inside Windsor Park with most fans adopting a mood of cautious optimism ahead of the potentially decisive Group F encounter.

    "Those supporters who snapped up the extra 1,500 tickets put on sale last week within the space of three minutes will boost the capacity to 11,700 and increase the volume levels as the self-styled 'Green and White Army' attempt to help Michael O'Neill's men across the line."

  150. Can the Republic qualify?

    Republic of Ireland v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Republic of Ireland face Group D leaders Germany at 19:45 BST. After that, it’s a final match against second-placed Poland on Sunday before they learn their Euro 2016 fate.

    Scotland are champing at the bit behind them, however, and the Irish could still miss out on the third-place play-off spot. So, what exactly do they need to progress?

    • Win against Germany and Martin O’Neill’s side are guaranteed the third-place play-off spot.
    • Two draws would not be enough if Scotland win both their final matches - Gordon Strachan’s side have a superior head-to-head record.
    • Two losses and the Irish would be relying on Scotland to also either lose one or both their matches.
  151. 4x4

    Republic of Ireland v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Germany's front four v Ireland's back four is, dare I say, a mismatch.

    It's Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze (both Bayern Munich) and Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) v Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh (both Derby County), John O'Shea (Sunderland) and Stephen Ward (Burnley).

  152. Post update

    Scotland v Poland (19:45 BST)

  153. Get Involved

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    SMS Message: I'm 26 years old and this is the biggest game Northern Ireland have played in my lifetime. For years I have heard stories from my dad about George Best gliding down the wing, kicking the ball out of Gordon Banks' hands, about the famous qualifying successes in 1981 and 1983 and all about the famous victory over Spain at the 1982 World Cup. Tonight at Windsor Park this Northern Ireland side have a chance to give my generation some glory! from Andrew, Richhill
    Andrew, Richhill

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  154. How can Northern Ireland qualify?

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Michael O’Neill’s side are currently top of the Group F table on 17 points, but automatic qualification is not yet guaranteed.

    They face competition from Romania on 16 points and, more crucially, Hungary on 13 points - both teams could push Northern Ireland into third. So, what are the permutations?

    • Win one of their remaining fixtures, and Northern Ireland secure automatic qualification.
    • Lose both matches and Northern Ireland are relying on Hungary to fail to beat both Faroe Islands and Greece.
  155. Get Involved

    I never thought...

    "I've been watching NI for the last 15 years while working as a BBC summariser and never thought we could make a major tournament. It would be incredible."

    BBC pundit and former Northern Ireland international John O'Neill never thought he would see his nation in a major finals again - keep the faith John!

    Usain Bolt
    Image caption: I never thought... I'd see Michael Johnson's 200m record broken

    But we want to know your tales of the unexpected. What has happened - in football, in sport, in life - that you never imagined possible?

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  156. 'He didn't have the baby though did he?'

    Republic of Ireland v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Roy Keane

    In the words of Barry Davies: "Look at his face! Just look at his face!"

    If you haven't seen Roy Keane's answer to the above question yet - click here. Keane on Keane gold.

    Robbie is not starting tonight.

  157. All going on in Albania

    Albania v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Albania police

    Albania could qualify for their first ever major international tournament tonight, but that's just one of several intriguing stories surrounding their home match against Serbia.

    The reverse fixture in Belgrade in October last year was abandoned after a drone carrying a political message was flown into the stadium, prompting a violent crowd disturbance and a brawl between players in Belgrade. 

    On Thursday as the Serbia team bus arrived in Tirana, stones were thrown and a window was cracked, and tonight there will be 2,000 police officers in attendance, despite the Serbian Football Federation saying no plans have been made for their fans to travel.

    And the latest twist in the saga? Ismail Morinaj, the man who flew the drone into Serbia's stadium in Belgrade last year, was one of three arrests made by Albanian police in the build-up to the game...

    Albania drone
  158. Who wants to live forever?

    Northern Ireland v Greece (19:45 BST)

    Sporting immortality is the reward for a Northern Ireland match-winner against Greece, according to former manager Nigel Worthington.

    Victory would clinch qualification for Euro 2016 and a first major tournament appearance since 1986.

    "There's a wonderful chance for someone to make themselves a hero - the player who scores the winner will be held in high esteem forever," said Worthington.

  159. Countdown to kick-off

    Republic of Ireland v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Scarves
  160. Team News

    Republic of Ireland v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill makes four changes to the side that defeated Georgia 1-0 on 7 September. In come Derby defenders Cyrus Christie and Richard Keogh, Burnley defender Stephen Ward and Ipswich forward Daryl Murphy.

    Republic of Ireland XI: Given, Christie, Keogh, O Shea, Ward, McCarthy, Hendrick, Walters, Hoolahan, Brady, Murphy.

    Two changes for world champions Germany from the side that won 3-2 against Scotland at Hampden Park on 7 September.

    Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is injured while there is no place for Liverpool defender Emre Can. In come Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter and his club team-mate Marco Reus.

    Germany XI: Neuer, Ginter, Boateng, Hummels, Hector, Ozil, Kroos, Gundogan, Reus, Gotze, Muller.

  161. Who can qualify tonight?

    As well as Northern Ireland, Germany, Poland, Albania, Denmark, Romania and Portugal could book their place at Euro 2016 this evening.