WARSAW: World Cup winners Germany came unstuck at the start of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat away to Poland.
Joachim Low’s men, who last lost a qualifying tie 33 matches ago against the Czech Republic in October 2007, dominated for long spells but could not find a way past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Germany piled on the pressure after falling behind against the run of play to Arkadiusz Milik’s header on 51 minutes, and almost snatched an equaliser when a fierce volley from substitute Lukas Podolski rattled the crossbar.
Poland, though, were not to be denied victory over Germany at the 19th attempt when substitute Sebastian Mila slotted in a second with two minutes left as the National Stadium erupted.
Robbie Keane plundered a hat-trick as the Republic of Ireland maintained a perfect start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 7-0 demolition of minnows Gibraltar.
Keane struck three times inside 12 first-half minutes to wrap up a second successive Group D victory before he and his team-mates had even broken sweat to leave the visitors in tatters.
The Ireland skipper, winning his 136th cap, has now scored 65 senior international goals, only three fewer than West Germany star Gerd Muller, whose haul of 68 came in just 62 appearances for his country.
James McClean added a second-half double either side of keeper Jordan Perez’s own goal, and Wes Hoolahan capped a fine individual display with the seventh with 59 minutes gone.
** Diego Tardelli scored twice as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 to win the Superclasico de las Americas in Beijing.
Brazil, including Barcelona’s Neymar in their side, took the lead on 28 minutes when Tardelli volleyed in his first international goal. Argentina’s Lionel Messi had a penalty saved, before Tardelli sealed victory with a second-half header.
This was Brazil’s third successive win as they look to rebuild following their 7-1 World Cup humiliation by Germany.