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Germany, Poland Qualify for UEFA European Championship

Bayern Munich's best come up big for their countries to clinch qualification.

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With their 2-1 victories on the final match day of Group D qualifying, Germany and Poland punched their tickets to the 2016 UEFA European Championship on Sunday.

Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller both scored for their countries to help secure the victories, and Manuel Neuer's four saves was just enough to help Germany hold off Georgia to win the group.

Poland got an early goal through Grzegorz Krykowiak, but Michał Pazdan conceded a penalty three minutes later on a foul to Shane Long to allow Jonathan Walters to equalize from the spot for the Republic of Ireland. The game looked tight until halftime, but  ewandowski hammered home a header off of a Krzysztof Mączyński cross to put Poland ahead for good.

Germany had an equally tough time getting three points in Leipzig, unable to find the back of the net despite Müller's cheeky chance creation. Mesut Özil drew a penalty in the second half, and Müller was able to put Germany ahead from the spot. Germany conceded an equalizer though despite superhuman efforts from Manuel Neuer, Jaba Kankava volleying a corner kick clearance from Mats Hummels. Max Kruse eventually found the winner, passing in a great through ball from Özil.

Lewandowski's and Müller's goals made them the two leading goalscorers in qualifying, Lewandowski scoring 13 goals in 10 matches and Müller scoring nine goals in nine matches. Germany qualified for their 12th straight Euros, Poland for just their third (second through the qualification process).

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