Highlights: Scotland Vs Germany 2015, Scotland V Germany, 07 September 2015

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Scotland, following Republic of Ireland's win over Georgia on Monday, need to take at least four points from their last two games and hope the Irish lose twice if they are to snatch third place.

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Martin O'Neill's Ireland end their campaign with a home fixture against Germany and a trip to Poland – thus facing a difficult end to qualifying.

Gordon Strachan's men play Poland (h) and Gibraltar (a) in October – and former Scotland international Pat Nevin is confident that they can still claim a play-off place.

“If the Republic of Ireland don't get any more points, which would be unsurprising, and Scotland draw with Poland and get a win against Gibraltar, they would get third,” Nevin told brianowens.tv Sport. “I think that is fairly likely. Ireland still have to do something very special.”

There are nine qualifying groups and the team that finishes with the best record in third claims an automatic place. The other eight teams finishing third go through to a play-off stage.

If Scotland and Republic of Ireland both finish on 15 points then Strachan's team would progress because they have the better head-to-head record.

Scots improvement despite defeat

Scotland's dismal 1-0 defeat in Georgia on Friday meant points against Germany were vital if Strachan's side were to have a realistic chance of automatic qualification for the finals in France.

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Gundogan finished well to give Germany all three points

Their full-backs Jonas Hector and Liverpool's Emre Can provided width, central midfielders Toni Kroos and Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger kept the ball moving constantly, while the front four – Muller, Gundogan, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze – passed and moved until their opponents were tied up in knots.

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Their sharpness and slickness kept the Scottish defence permanently on its toes and, but for a handful of good stops from Marshall, the damage might have been greater.

Man of the match – Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller was once again the principal thorn in Scotland's side, drifting in off the right to score twice, just as he did in Dortmund a year ago.

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Muller took his tally of goals against Scotland in the campaign to four

His ability to be in the right place at the right time is the mark of his genius.

Although his first goal took a fortuitous nick off Russell Martin, Muller was lurking to head his second in off the post after Marshall had made a save to deny Can, with Charlie Mulgrew only able to hack clear after the ball had crossed the line.

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And Muller turned creator for the winner, returning a crisp pass for Gundogan to fire in off the post.

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