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|
|Republic of Ireland||1-1||Poland|
|Euro 2016 Qualification Standings|
|4||Republic of Ireland||5||2||2||1||11||4||+7||8|
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:
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.
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:
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
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:
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:
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
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:
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.