Poland sealed their first World Cup spot since the 2006 tournament thanks to Robert Lewandowski excellent goal against Montenegro on Sunday. Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place meanwhile England ended their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win in Lithuania.
Poland 4 – 2 Montenegro
Poland became the last team to confirm a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia as they registered a convincing 4-2 victory against Montenegro in a Group E match. Krzysztof Maczynksi opened the goal tally for Poland and Kamil Grosicki doubled the advantage just ten minutes later. Montenegro failed to score in the first half of the game but they scored twice in quick succession to level proceedings. As as a substitute, Stefan Mugosa found the net before Zarko Tomasevic grabbed an 83rd-minute
A draw would have easily sufficed Poland's qualification for the 2018 finals but Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski put his side back in front on 85 minutes. Two minutes later, Filip Stojkovic increased the margin of the score beyond any doubt.
Slovenia 2 – 2 Scotland
Slovenia and Scotland played a dramatic 2-2 draw in Ljubljana on Sunday as both teams failed to book a place in the World Cup finals. Scotland needed a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the playoffs for the remaining World Cup berths and Celtic's Leigh Griffiths had given them hope in the first-half with an early lead. But Roman Bezjak netted twice for Slovenia in the second half of the game leaving Scotland on the brink. With just three minutes left, Robert Snodgrass set notched up a dramatic late
Lithuania 0 – 1 England
England ensured that they end their World Cup qualification journey unbeaten, as they registered another slim victory over Lithuania. It was another poor performance by them, which was rescued by Harry Kane's first-half penalty.
Manager Gareth Southgate gave debuts to Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. Apart from it, the three Lions also experimented with a three-man central
England got the penalty in the 27th minute and Kane did no mistake as his clinical take saw the ball fly low, hard and right into the left-hand corner. Despite guessing the right way, Lithuania goalie Ernestas Setkus went the right way, he had no chance. The striker became the first player to score for England in his first four games as captain in the process.
Kazakhstan 1 – 1 Armenia
Germany 5 – 1 Azerbaijan