There were 21 goals scored across Thursday’s eight Euro 2016 qualifying matches.
But perhaps none was enjoyed more than this header from Josh Magennis, which helped Northern Ireland secure their once-unlikely passage to Euro 2016 with a 3-1 victory over Greece in Belfast.
The Kilmarnock forward’s first international goal came in between two strikes from captain Steven Davis as Michael O’Neill’s side reached their first major tournament since 1986.
Victory over Finland, who held Romania 1-1 this evening, on Sunday will see Ireland finish top of Group F and leave Romania and Hungary fighting for the other automatic qualification place.
Four successive draws for Romania have allowed the Hungarians to catch up, and they moved to within a point of their rivals tonight by coming from behind to snatch a 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands.
It was a mixed night for the other home nations as the Republic of Ireland enhanced their qualifying chances with a stunning win over Germany, but Scotland cruelly crashed out at home to Poland.
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The Scots conceded a last-gasp equaliser to Robert Lewandowski in a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park, after Matt Richie and Steven Fletcher had magnificently cancelled out the Bayern Munich striker’s opener.
And that result coupled with a famous triumph for the Republic over the world champions, courtesy of a 70th-minute winner from substitute Shane Long, sealed Scotland’s unfortunate fate.
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The Boys in Green face Poland in Warsaw on Sunday in a match which will decide who automatically joins Germany in the Finals, assuming Joachim Low’s side beat Georgia, who thrashed Gibraltar 4-0.
Portugal booked their place in France next summer courtesy of a 1-0 win over Denmark – their sixth victory in a row and their fourth by that scoreline during their Group I campaign.
Joao Moutinho marked his 80th cap with his third international goal – a disappointing total considering the midfielder’s talent – but this solo effort was worth its weight in gold.
Denmark’s hopes of qualifying now rest on Armenia thwarting Albania this weekend. Two stoppage-time goals, one from Manchester City’s Aleksander Kolarov, saw Serbia beat their fierce rivals 2-0.
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