Euro 2016 Qualifying Highlights – Day 3

Georgia 0 – 2 Germany

The Germans comfortably cruised past an uninspiring Georgia side who sit in the fifth in Group D with three points. The recent World Cup champs started and ended with fluidity of passes and string of deadly attacks. Manuel Neuer had the most relaxed afternoon as the home team only placed a single shot, which was also off target. Borussia Dortmund talisman, Marco Reus came closest in the 4th minute, unfortunately his thunderous right footed shot only rattled off the woodwork. However the 25-year old made his luck for German’s opener by being at the right position to beat Loria. Gotze deserves massive credit as he twinkle-toed through a pack of defenders. In the closing stages of the first half, the match was sealed by Thomas Muller who struck a well-taken grounder to double the visitors lead, on the other hand Georgia’s clueless defending completely let down their fans, who roared constantly to help their side mentally. Reus was hard-done in the following half too as he once again his the post with a wondrous strike, somewhat luck picked Georgia to avoid humiliation. Joachim Low’s men are now only a single point below Poland who lead the group with 11 points.

Portugal 2 – 1 Serbia

Portugal maintain their thriving momentum in Group I as they clinched their third successive win in Euro Qualifiers by edging the Serbians with a narrow 2-1 score line. The Serbian goalkeeper was tested from the 3rd minute till the final whistle, and he conceded the opener in the 10th minute via a solid header by former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho, resulting from a dangerous cross by Fabio Coentrao. Then the Serbians felt the urgency and upped their tempo with series of attacks yet it wasn’t really threatening the Portuguese shot stopper. Real Madrid’s mercurial winger Cristiano Ronaldo rifled his trademark long-range dipping strike that was brilliantly repelled by Stojkovic. It would have been a remarkable goal, conversely they saw one in the 61st minute which wasn’t favouring them. Chelsea’s powerhouse and dream team favourite Nemanja Matic scored a sensational goal with a clinical overhead kick, a rare strike, instantly into his finest one of his career. The joy for the visitors only lasted for two minutes, as a brilliant counter-attack by Portugal got Coentrao scoring in the overlap, the Estadio da Luz Stadium erupted with delight. The score remained till the final whistle, signaling danger for the Serbians as they have only clinched a single point out of four matches.

Republic of Ireland 1 – 1 Poland

Poland missed the chance to extend their lead in Group D as a late Shane Long equalizer spoiled their party at the Aviva Stadium. A rough and rampaging exhibition as there was 34 fouls resulting to eight yellow cards. The group leaders scored via their veteran attacker Slawomir Peszko in the 26th minute with a sublime strike in the penalty box. The home team was completely dominant all the way through the second half, it would have been greatly unfortunate if Long didn’t place the ball into the back of the net in the 90th minute with a cheeky chip.

Other results:

Scotland 6 – 1 Gibraltar

Hungary 0 – 0 Greece

Northern Ireland 2 – 1 Finland

Romania 1 – 0 Faroe Islands

Albania 2 – 1 Armenia

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