Euro 2016: International results round-up

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Germany got off to a winning start in their first competitive fixture since winning the World Cup in July with a Thomas Müller double seeing off a plucky Scotland side in their first Euro 2016 qualifier.

Die Mannschaft took just 18 minutes to gain a 1-0 lead over the Tartan Army in Dortmund, with Müller heading past David Marshall in the Scotland goal after a superb cross by Sebastian Rudy.

But Scotland grew into the game, and struck back midway through the second half. Mario Götze, who scored the winner against Argentina in the World Cup Final, gave the ball away, and Scotland hit them on the break.


The ball found its way up to striker Steven Fletcher, and the Sunderland man played in Ikechi Anya behind the Germany defence. The Watford winger had it all to do with just Manuel Neuer to beat, but Anya was clinical and cooly slotted the ball past the Bayern Munich keeper to make it all square.

But just four minutes later, Götze was bailed out by his club and country team-mate. Scotland failed to clear from a corner, and Müller found space in the six yard box and thumped the ball into the roof of the Scotland net, and Germany held on for all three points.

Long overdue

Elsewhere, there was a shock in Lisbon, as a volley from Albania's Bekim Balaj gave them a 1-0 win over a below-par Portugal, who desperately missed their Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Northern Ireland won their first away match in over four years after coming behind to beat Hungary in their own backyard, after former Ipswich targetman Tamas Priskin headed past Roy Carroll in the Northern Irish net.

But the comeback was on when Niall McGinn tapped into an empty net just ten minutes from time after good work from Norwich's Kyle Lafferty, and the creator turned scorer eight minutes later as Lafferty bundled in from a yard to give Michael O'Neill's side a long-awaited away win.


Neighbours Republic of Ireland also staged a last minute win of their own, after a Aidan McGeady double ensured they came away from Georgia with all three points. Tornike Okriashvili must have thought that he had earned his national side a point in their opening qualifier, but McGeady's outrageous spin on the edge of the box was only matched by the strike into the top corner that followed it to win it in the dying minutes of the game.

Gibraltar had a disappointing first competitive fixture, after they were completely blown away by a rampant Poland side 7-0. Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski scored his first ever hat-trick for his country before adding a fourth in injury time, with Kamil Grosicki scoring a brace, and Lukasz Szukala scored his first ever international goal.


Armenia took the lead in Copenhagen against Denmark through Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan just after the start of the second half, but the Danes hit back with goals from Pierre Emile-Højbjerg and Thomas Kahlenberg to give them all three points. 

Finland came from behind to beat minnows Faroe Islands 1-3, with Rosenborg hitman Riku Riski hitting a double, and a Ciprian Marica penalty after ten minutes gave ten man Romania a crucial away win in Greece, with the goalscorer given his marching orders after his second bookable offence.

Euro 2016 hosts France travelled Serbia in a friendly, and took the lead from a corner. The ball bounced off several defenders in the box, and Juventus star Paul Pogba tapped home unmarked at the back post. However, the hosts got themselves back into the game, and equalized in the second half, with Manchester City Aleksandr Kolarov hitting a screamer past Les Blues keeper Hugo Lloris. 

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