Euro 2016 Qualifying Results: Scores, Group Tables and Top Players from Sunday

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 29, 2015

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 29:  Anthony Bardon of Gibraltar marshalls Scott Brown of Scotland during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Gibraltar at Hampden Park on March 29, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Europe's giants were back in action on Sunday with the hopes of moving closer to Euro 2016, where Germany, Portugal and Scotland were among those claiming victory in their latest qualifiers.

With a selection of the continental elite still struggling to find form in their qualification campaigns, the groups have once again been shaken up on the road to Paris.

Read on for a breakdown of the latest group standings, along with all of Sunday's scores and a sample of the players who impressed most.

Sunday's Euro 2016 Qualification Results
Northern Ireland2-1Finland
Romania1-0Faroe Islands
Republic of Ireland1-1Poland
Euro 2016 Qualification Standings
Group A
1 Czech Republic5410116+513
2 Iceland5401122+1012
3 Netherlands5212116+57
4 Turkey512268−25
5 Latvia5032211−93
6 Kazakhstan5014413−91
Group B
1 Wales532072+511
2 Israel430195+49
3 Belgium4220121+118
4 Cyprus5203910−16
5 Bosnia-Herzegovina512256−15
6 Andorra5005220−180
Group C
1 Slovakia5500112+915
2 Spain5401143+1112
3 Ukraine530262+49
4 Belarus5113410−64
5 Macedonia5104512−73
6 Luxembourg5014314−111
Group D
1 Poland5320163+1311
2 Germany531194+510
3 Scotland5311115+610
4 Republic of Ireland5221114+78
5 Georgia510449−53
6 Gibraltar5005127−260
Group E
1 England5500151+1415
2 Slovenia5302104+69
3 Switzerland5302113+89
4 Lithuania5203310−76
5 Estonia511315−44
6 San Marino5014017−171
Group F
1 Romania541071+613
2 Northern Ireland540184+412
3 Hungary522143+18
4 Finland511357−24
5 Faroe Islands510427−53
6 Greece502315−42
Group G
1 Austria5410102+813
2 Sweden523073+49
3 Russia412163+35
4 Montenegro412132+15
5 Liechtenstein5113111−104
6 Moldova501428−61
Group H
1 Croatia5410152+1313
2 Italy532084+411
3 Norway530278−19
4 Bulgaria512267−15
5 Azerbaijan5104411−73
6 Malta501419−81
Group I
1 Portugal430142+29
1 Denmark421164+27
5 Armenia401336−31

Top Players

Steven Fletcher, Scotland

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher scored three en route to a 6-1 drubbing of Gibraltar on Sunday to give Scotland a major boost in their bid to make it to Euro 2016.

The hat-trick was the first scored by a Scotland player in 46 years, per BBC Sport, with Colin Stein the last representative to notch three for the national team in one fixture:

BBC Sport @BBCSport

FT Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar - Steven Fletcher scores the first hat-trick by a Scotland player since Colin Stein in 1969 http://t.co/vI3oZwIoKA

Fletcher hadn't scored a goal for Scotland since netting against Iceland in a World Cup qualification match six years ago, breaking his own drought in the process.

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The Black Cats forward may not be in the hottest form in the Premier League, but Fletcher's third finish in particular was the embodiment of elegance, with Bleacher Report's Stefan Bienkowski showing his admiration:

Stefan Bienkowski @SBienkowski

That was a lovely finish from Fletcher.

This was a fine display to show just what Fletcher is capable of at his best, even if the opposition put up by Gibraltar was weak.

Marco Reus, Germany

Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus is looking to make up for lost time since missing out on Germany's World Cup triumph last year and was in talismanic form against Georgia this weekend.

Low's maestro opened the scoring after 39 minutes, and Bleacher Report's Cristian Nyari was right to pick Reus out as a particularly impressive performer:

Cristian Nyari @Cnyari

Important three points for Germany. Dominant performance despite what the scoreline suggests. Özil, Reus & Boateng the standout players.

He may even consider himself unfortunate not to have added to his goal tally, thudding the woodwork on several occasions as he continued to provide a bulk of Germany's creativity.

The 2-0 win in Tbilisi was a frustrating display from the world champions, but Bundesliga writer Jonathan Harding hints the forward's standards at international level are now coming to match that which he does for Dortmund:

Jonathan Harding @JonBloggs66

Reus starting to do for Germany what he does for @BVB? #reliable #GEOGER

Sunday's visitors looked panicked at times in attempting to cut out a bigger lead, but Black and Yellows star Reus consistently looked like one of the game-changing players on display.

Kyle Lafferty, Northern Ireland

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 29:  Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland scores with a header to make the score 2-0 during the EURO 2016 Group F qualifier at Windsor Park on March 29, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty I
Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland cemented second place in Group F on Sunday thanks to a 2-1 win over Finland, with Kyle Lafferty bagging a first-half brace to haul in all three points for his side.

The Norwich City striker, currently on loan at Caykur Rizespor, scored in the 33rd and 38th minutes to give Northern Ireland the push they needed for victory. Betway pointed out just how reliable Lafferty has been in qualification thus far:

betway @betway

Only Danny Welbeck has more goals in #EURO2016Qualifiers than Kyle Lafferty. He has 4 goals in 5 games. #NIRFIN http://t.co/jeLFi8SEi6

The forward may well be disappointed at having failed to complete his hat-trick, but the result in itself may serve as sufficient satisfaction.

Lafferty's movement in the area exploited Finland's defensive shortcomings on several occasions, doing well not only to get in good scoring positions himself, but opening up spaces for others to attack too. 


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