2016 Euro Qualifier: Thomas Muller Brace Guides Germany To Overcome Scotland Hurdle
World Champion Germany is now at the verge of making it into the Euro 2016 finals. They are now at the top of Group D with 19 points after notching up a 3-2 win over a spirited Scotland side at Hampden on Monday.
Thomas Muller, who scored a brace to lift Joachim Loew’s side, opened the account in the 18th minute. The Bayern Munich star’s shot deflected off David Marshall to give the Germans the early lead. Scotland struggled for possession as the Germans displayed their characteristic flair in the attack.
Yet Gordon Strachan‘s men grabbed a 27th minute equalizer against the run of play from a free kick. Mats Hummels scored a goal after Manuel Neuer fumbled to grab a free kick. Muller headed home to bring the Germans back in the lead. But the Scots restored parity once more at the stroke of the half-time through James McArthur’s sensational strike.
The Bayern Munich star once again rose to the occasion, this time as a provider. Ilkay Gundogan made the most of his assist in the 54th minute to take the world champions to the driver’s seat again. His shot ricocheted off the post before going in the net.
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Scotland, after this defeat, trail third-placed Ireland in the group. Poland, after thrashing Gibraltar 8-1, remained in the second place, two points behind Germany.
The Scots surprised the Germans with a couple of unlikely equalizers and a spirited display.