Faeroe Is­lands beat Greece again in Euro qual­i­fy­ing


The Faeroe Is­lands proved the first time wasn’t a fluke when it beat Greece again 2-1 in Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing on Satur­day.

Mean­while, Poland and Ger­many moved closer to clinch­ing spots in next year’s tour­na­ment in France.

Bran­dur Olsen se­cured the Faeroes’ victory in the sec­ond half, with Hal­lur Hans­son scor­ing be­fore the break. Sokratis Pa­pas­tathopou­los scored too late for Greece.

The Faeroes also won 1-0 in Greece in Novem­ber for its first com­pet­i­tive away win since 2001, and it cost the job of Greece coach Clau­dio Ranieri.

Else­where, Poland beat Ge­or­gia 4-0 be­hind a hat trick by striker Robert Le­wandowski in the last four min­utes, and An­dre Schuer­rle scored three as Ger­many routed Gi­bral­tar 7-0.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo also had a hat trick as 10-man Por­tu­gal ral­lied for a 3-2 win in Ar­me­nia.

Group D

Ge­or­gia kept it close and hit the post be­fore Le­wandowski made up for miss­ing three big chances in the first half by scor­ing his quick hat trick. He scored in the 89th and added two more in in­jury time. Arka­diusz Mi­lik scored Poland’s first and set up two of Le­wandowski’s goals. “It’s crazy,” Le­wandowski said. Schuer­rle also had a hat trick as World Cup cham­pion Ger­many stayed sec­ond in the group by rout­ing Gi­bral­tar 7-0 in Faro, Por­tu­gal.

In Dublin, Scot­land draw with Ire­land 1-1.

Jon Wal­ters scored for Ire­land just be­fore half­time, then Shaun Maloney’s strike was de­flected in by John O’Shea just af­ter the break.



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