Qualified: Belgium, England, Germany, Poland, Russia (hosts), Spain
Results elsewhere meant runners-up Northern Ireland’s play-off place was reliable usually before kick-off in Oslo, and they could have been forgiven if their minds were already on subsequent month’s tie as they find a initial World Cup coming given 1986. In a end, carrying usually formerly conceded to Germany in a group, Northern Ireland were beaten when Stefan Johansen’s cranky was incited by Chris Brunt into his possess net, nonetheless it could not forestall Norway finishing fourth behind a Czech Republic.
The universe champions done it 10 wins from 10 as Leon Goretzka’s vast early back-heel set them on march for a autocratic win. Joachim LÃ¶w’s side did not have it all their possess way, though, losing Niklas SÃ¼le and Shkodran Mustafi to injuries and going into a interlude turn after Ramil Sheydaev’s solo effort. Three goals in 12 second-half mins from Sandro Wagner, Antonio RÃ¼diger and Goretzka put Germany in a pushing chair before Emre Can hermetic it from prolonged operation â€“ a 43rd for Germany in Group C, a European subordinate record. It was also a holders’ 16th unbroken subordinate win, equalling their possess universe record.
The Czech Republic dull of subordinate on a high as a integrate of internal favourites shone in Plzen. Viktoria PlzeÅˆ’s Michael KrmenÄÃk struck twice and club-mate Jan Kopic once to give a hosts a 3-0 lead during half-time. Aldo Simoncini helped extent a repairs for a visitors nonetheless Filip NovÃ¡k eventually forced another through, a 50th idea San Marino have conceded in this campaign. VÃ¡clav Kadlec dull off a win as a Czechs hermetic third spot.
Poland hermetic their World Cup lapse on a record-breaking night for Robert Lewandowski, nonetheless endured a late shock in Warsaw. Needing a indicate to secure a place in Russia, a hosts looked to be cruising after goals from Krzysztof MÄ…czyÅ„ski and Kamil Grosicki inside 16 minutes. Stefan MugoÅ¡a’s acrobatic bid with 12 mins left looked small consolation, nonetheless Å½arko TomaÅ¡eviÄ‡ soon levelled. Lewandowski calmed nerves with an opportunistic strike, apropos a first actor to strike 16 in a European subordinate debate for a World Cup or UEFA EURO. An possess idea hermetic it.
Christian Eriksen purebred for a sixth unbroken Denmark diversion (equalling a inhabitant record) as Ã…ge Hareide’s side wrapped adult runners-up mark and a place in a play-offs. It was a frustrating dusk for a hosts, though. The Danes dominated in Copenhagen, and played a final 27 mins opposite 10 group after Cristian Ganea saw red when he followed adult a tainted that led to Eriksen’s chastisement with another 4 mins later. Ciprian Deac’s late strike snatched a indicate for Romania.
It also finished honours even in a conflict between Group E’s bottom span as Bauyrzhan Turysbek’s second idea in 4 days cancelled out a poetic first-half chip from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Armenia could console themselves with a initial divided indicate of a campaign; Kazakhstan crawl out but a win.
Both teams are out after starting Sunday with hopes of a play-off. Scotland knew a win would take them into subsequent month’s ties and usually past a half-hour Leigh Griffiths put them ahead. Slovenia sent on Roman Bezjak for a second duration and within 7 mins he had got his conduct to Josip IliÄiÄ‡’s cranky to equalise. Slovenia were now widespread and Bezjak struck again with 18 mins left. Yet with Slovakia streamer for victory, a home side’s hopes were gone. And nonetheless surrogate Robert Snodgrass scored an 88th-minute equaliser, Scotland could not get a leader and finish behind Slovakia on idea difference. BoÅ¡tjan Cesar, who became a initial Slovenia actor to 100 caps, was sent off in combined time.
Slovakia had to win and wish Scotland did not to secure second place and things went their approach nonetheless a play-off berth is not nonetheless assured. Adam Nemec scored on 33 and 62 mins and Ondrej Duda combined a third.
Having competent on Thursday, England were means to make 7 changes and palm debuts to Harry Winks and Harry Maguire in an initial formation. That valid to be England’s propitious initial name as captain Harry Kane continued his good form, scoring a usually idea from a chastisement mark on 27 mins after Dele Alli was brought down.