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Thomas Muller double downs Scotland

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Scotland celebrate James McArthur's equaliser, but it meant very little in the end as the Scots suffered a 3-2 defeat against Germany
Scotland celebrate James McArthur’s equaliser, but it meant very little in the end as the Scots suffered a 3-2 defeat against Germany

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller scored a brace as Germany claimed a 3-2 victory over Scotland at Hampden Park in Group D of Euro 2016 qualifiers on Monday night.

The victory puts the world champions in a commanding position in the group and makes it very difficult for the Scots to make France 2016.

The defeat leaves Gordon Strachan’s team four points behind third place Republic of Ireland and six behind second place Poland.

Muller gave the Germans the lead on 18 minutes, before the home side hit back on 28 minutes, as Mats Hummels scored an own goal. However, the Bayern man was on hand to fire the visitors back into the lead on 34 minutes.

Scotland would not lie down though and equalised just two minutes before the half-time break through Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur.

The world champions were not going to be denied and Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan fired home the winner nine minutes into the second half. The hosts never looked like equalising and their hopes of Euro 2016 qualification now looks bleak.

Gordon Strachan’s side will have to win both their remaining games against Poland and Gibraltar to have any chance of finishing in a play-off spot.

Even that may not be enough though if Republic of Ireland win either of their remaining games against Germany and Poland.

Does Scotland have any chance of qualifying for Euro 2016?

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