After a wild first half, Germany prevailed against Scotland in a Group D Euro qualifier at Hampden Park on Monday, 3-2. Thomas Muller tormented the Scots by playing a role in all three goals, and now Scotland must battle for points in their last two qualifiers to reach a berth in Euro 2016.
The scoring got started in the 18th minute, when Muller's shot took a deflection off Russell Martin and found its way past a hapless David Marshall. But Gordon Strachan's side would equalize 10 minutes later when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot that went straight towards center back Mats Hummels, who put the ball into Germany's net for an own goal.
The even score was short-lived as Emre Can's shot was blocked by Marshall, but Muller was in the right place at the right time to head the ball in to give Germany the 2-1 lead.
Nine minutes later, James McArthur struck an impressive right-footed volley from distance that went through traffic and past the leaping arm of Neuer to even the match. The score remained level at halftime, but the World Cup champions would storm right back.
In the 54th minute, Muller executed a fine cross that found an unmarked Ilkay Gundogan near the penalty mark. The 24-year-old's game-winning strike hit the post but still found its way into the goal to put the Germans up for good.
It was clear that Germany outplayed the home side. Joachim Low's squad controlled possession for 70 percent of the match and took 16 shots compared to five by Scotland.
Germany lead Group D with 19 points, and are two points ahead of second-place Poland. Ireland are in third place with 15 points, followed by Scotland at 11 points. At the bottom of the group are Georgia (6 points) and Gibraltar (0 points).
Up next for Germany is road match against Ireland, while Scotland host Poland on Oct. 8.