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EURO2016 QUALIFYING WRAP: Keane nets fastest hat-trick, Spain back on winners list as Poland upset Germany

This weekend played host to 16 more qualifiers for the 2016 European Championships which saw a couple of scoring records broken by Robbie Keane.

The Republic of Ireland captain netted an 18-minute hat-trick to take the title of the player to score the quickest treble in European qualifying while moving past Turkey's Hakan Sukur's previous record of 20 goals in qualifying campaign for the UEFA tournament.

The LA Galaxy star scored in the 6th, 14th and 18th minutes to help kickstart Ireland's 7-0 thrashing of Gibraltar which allowed them to join Poland on six points at the top of the Group D table.

The Poles, who had beaten Gibraltar 7-0 in September, upset World Cup winners Germany 2-0 in Warsaw thanks to second-half goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila.

The other Group D fixture on Saturday saw Scotland edge Georgia 1-0 in Glasgow courtesy of Akaki Khubutia's 28th-minute own-goal.

Euro2012 champions Spain returned to the winners' list with a 4-0 away triumph over Luxembourg following their shock 2-1 defeat to Slovakia on Thursday.

Goals from David Silva, Paco Alcacer (who scored three days ago), Diego Costa (first international goal) and Juan Bernat allowed Vicente del Bosque's men to move to second in Group C where they sit behind the unbeaten Slovakians after their 3-1 win in Belarus which came thanks to a double from Marek Hamsik.

In the other Group C match, Ukraine edged Macedonia 1-0 to move to third place with two wins from three outings.

In other Eurio2016 qualifying fixtures, Romania and Hungary drew 1-1, as did Armenia and Serbia while Northern Ireland defeated the Faroe Islands 2-0.

Finland drew 1-1 with Greece, Denmark forced a 1-1 draw with Albania, Austria edged Montenegro 1-0, Moldova and Russia played out a 1-1 draw, Slovenia got the better of Lithuania 2-0 and Sweden bettered Liechtenstein with a 2-0 result.

And in Tallinn, England beat Estonia 1-0 thanks to Wayne Rooney's 73rd-minute free-kick which was his 43rd goal for his country.

Further fixtures this week take place on Monday and Tuesday with highlights including Bosnia-Herzegovina hosting Belgium, Republic of Ireland away to Germany, Denmark at home against Portugal and Scotland travelling to Poland.

Euro2016 qualifying - Matchday 3

Group C

Ukraine: 1 (Serhiy Sydorchuk 45+2') Macedonia: 0 Arena Lviv, Lviv - 33,900

Belarus: 1 (Timofei Kalachev 79') Slovakia: 3 (Marek Hamsik 65'/84', Stanislav Sestak 90+1') Borisov Arena, Borisov - 4,500

Luxembourg: 0 Spain: 4 (David Silva 27', Paco Alcacer 42', Diego Costa 69', Juan Bernat 88') Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City - 8,500

Group D

Republic of Ireland: 7 (Robbie Keane 6'/14'/(p) 18', James McClean 46'/53', Jordan Perez (og) 52', Wes Hoolahan 56') Gibraltar: 0 Aviva Stadium, Dublin - 35,123

Scotland: 1 (Akaki Khubutia (og) 28') Georgia: 0 Ibrox, Glasgow - 48,000

Poland: 2 (Arkadiusz Milik 51', Sebastian Mila 88') Germany: 0 National Stadium, Warsaw - 56,934

Group E

Estonia: 0 (red card: Ragnar Klavan 48') England: 1 (Wayne Rooney 73') A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn - 9,692

Lithuania: 0 Slovenia: 2 (Milivoje Novakovic 33'/37') LFF Stadium, Vilnius - 4,000

Group F

Romania: 1 (Raul Rusescu 45') Hungary: 1 (Balazs Dzsudzsak 82') Arena National, Bucharest - 54,000

Finland: 1 (Jarkko Hurme 55') Greece: 1 (Nikolaos Karelis 24') Olympiastadion, Helsinki - 23,500

Northern Ireland: 2 (Gareth McAuley 6', Kyle Lafferty 20') Faroe Islands: 0 Windsor Park, Belfast - 10,500

Group G

Austria: 1 (Rubin Okotie 24') Montenegro: 0 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna - 44,200

Russia: 1 (Artyom Dzyuba (p) 73') Moldova: 1 (Alexandru Epureanu 74') Otkrytie Arena, Moscow - 42,000

Sweden: 2 (Erkan Zengin 34', Jimmy Durmaz 46') Liechtenstein: 0 Friends Arena, Solna - 22,528

Group I

Armenia: 1 (Robert Arzumanyan 73') Serbia: 1 (Zoran Tosic 89') Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan - 7,500

Albania: 1 (Ermir Lenjani 38') Denmark: 1 (Lasse Vibe 81') Elbasan Arena, Elbasan - 12,800

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