Highlights: Poland qualify, Denmark and Northern Ireland in play-offs

Poland beat Montenegro 4-2 to qualify for the FIFA World Cup while Denmark and Northern Ireland secured play-offs and Slovakia pipped Scotland to second in Group F.

Poland celebrate after confirming their return to the World Cup finals stage
Poland celebrate after confirming their return to the World Cup finals stage ©AFP/Getty Images
  • Poland beat Montenegro to seal World Cup qualification
  • Denmark and Northern Ireland confirmed in play-offs
  • Slovakia pip Scotland to second but not certain of play-off
  • Watch highlights by clicking on the match scorelines
  • Permutations: who can qualify on Monday and Tuesday?

Qualified: Belgium, England, Germany, Poland, Russia (hosts), Spain

Group C

Norway 1-0 Northern Ireland

Results elsewhere meant runners-up Northern Ireland's play-off place was confirmed just before kick-off in Oslo, and they could have been forgiven if their minds were already on next month's tie as they seek a first World Cup appearance since 1986. In the end, having only previously conceded to Germany in the group, Northern Ireland were beaten when Stefan Johansen's cross was turned by Chris Brunt into his own net, though it could not prevent Norway finishing fourth behind the Czech Republic.

Leon Goretzka back-heels the opener
Leon Goretzka back-heels the opener©Getty Images

Germany 5-1 Azerbaijan

The world champions made it ten wins from ten as Leon Goretzka's outrageous early back-heel set them on course for a commanding win. Joachim Löw's side did not have it all their own way, though, losing Niklas Süle and Shkodran Mustafi to injuries and going into the interval level after Ramil Sheydaev's solo effort. Three goals in 12 second-half minutes from Sandro Wagner, Antonio Rüdiger and Goretzka put Germany in the driving seat before Emre Can sealed it from long range – the 43rd for Germany in Group C, a European qualifying record. It was also the holders' 16th successive qualifying win, equalling their own world record.

Czech Republic 5-0 San Marino

The Czech Republic celebrate
The Czech Republic celebrate©AFP/Getty Images

The Czech Republic rounded of qualifying on a high as a couple of local favourites shone in Plzen. Viktoria Plzeň's Michael Krmenčík struck twice and club-mate Jan Kopic once to give the hosts a 3-0 lead at half-time. Aldo Simoncini helped limit the damage for the visitors but Filip Novák eventually forced another through, the 50th goal San Marino have conceded in this campaign. Václav Kadlec rounded off the win as the Czechs sealed third spot.

Group E

Poland 4-2 Montenegro

Poland sealed their World Cup return on a record-breaking night for Robert Lewandowski, but endured a late scare in Warsaw. Needing a point to secure a place in Russia, the hosts looked to be cruising after goals from Krzysztof Mączyński and Kamil Grosicki inside 16 minutes. Stefan Mugoša's acrobatic effort with 12 minutes left looked mere consolation, but Žarko Tomašević promptly levelled. Lewandowski calmed nerves with an opportunistic strike, becoming the first player to hit 16 in a European qualifying campaign for a World Cup or UEFA EURO. An own goal sealed it.

Denmark 1-1 Moldova

Christian Eriksen: on target again for Denmark
Christian Eriksen: on target again for Denmark©AFP/Getty Images

Christian Eriksen registered for the sixth successive Denmark game (equalling a national record) as Åge Hareide's side wrapped up runners-up spot and a place in the play-offs. It was a frustrating evening for the hosts, though. The Danes dominated in Copenhagen, and played the last 27 minutes against ten men after Cristian Ganea saw red when he followed up the foul that led to Eriksen's penalty with another four minutes later. Ciprian Deac's late strike snatched a point for Romania.

Kazakhstan 1-1 Armenia

It also ended honours even in the battle between Group E's bottom pair as Bauyrzhan Turysbek's second goal in four days cancelled out a lovely first-half chip from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Armenia could console themselves with a first away point of the campaign; Kazakhstan bow out without a win.

Group F

Celebrations for Slovakia as they pipped Scotland
Celebrations for Slovakia as they pipped Scotland©AFP/Getty Images

Slovenia 2-2 Scotland

Both teams are out after starting Sunday with hopes of a play-off. Scotland knew a win would take them into next month's ties and just past the half-hour Leigh Griffiths put them ahead. Slovenia sent on Roman Bezjak for the second period and within seven minutes he had got his head to Josip Iličić's cross to equalise. Slovenia were now dominant and Bezjak struck again with 18 minutes left. Yet with Slovakia heading for victory, the home side's hopes were gone. And although substitute Robert Snodgrass scored an 88th-minute equaliser, Scotland could not get a winner and finish behind Slovakia on goal difference. Boštjan Cesar, who became the first Slovenia player to 100 caps, was sent off in added time.

Slovakia 3-0 Malta

Slovakia had to win and hope Scotland did not to secure second place and things went their way though a play-off berth is not yet assured. Adam Nemec scored on 33 and 62 minutes and Ondrej Duda added a third.

Lithuania 0-1 England

Having qualified on Thursday, England were able to make seven changes and hand debuts to Harry Winks and Harry Maguire in an experimental formation. That proved to be England's lucky first name as captain Harry Kane continued his good form, scoring the only goal from the penalty spot on 27 minutes after Dele Alli was brought down.

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