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Thomas Muller inspires Germany to victory in Scotland

Poland, meanwhile, rattled eight past Gibraltar.

Image: Richard Sellers

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GERMANY GAVE IRELAND a helping hand in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 by beating Scotland in a thrilling encounter in Glasgow.

While Ireland were struggling at home to Georgia two goals from Thomas Muller were making sure Germany were keeping to their side of the bargain.

Muller’s first goal on 18 minutes looked set to herald a long night for the hosts, but soon after the Bayern Munich man’s left boot found the corner, Mats Hummels’ own-goal brought Scotland level and Hampden Park to its feet.

Within six minutes, Muller silenced the home crowd again with a close range header, but Scotland refused to let the world champions out of sight and a powerful James McArthur found a route to the net via a deflection minutes before half-time.

The 2 – 2 scoreline made for uncomfortable reading in the Aviva Stadium where Ireland remained deadlocked with Georgia. However, before Jeff Hendrick laid on Ireland’s opener, Muller was again proving a thorn in the side for Scotland and he picked out lkay Gündogan who blasted in the fifth and final goal of the game on 53 minutes.

Elsewhere in Group D, Poland routed Gibraltar 8 – 1 to leave them second o 17 points behind Germany (19) and ahead of Ireland who rise to 15.

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