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International Blues: Naismith scores, Ireland hold Germany

Adam Nurkiewicz

Steven Naismith's excellent start to the season continued with a goal in Scotland's hard-earned 2-2 draw with Poland in Warsaw.

Naismith guided home James Morrison's cross to give Gordon Strachan's side a 2-1 lead after 57 minutes. Sadly for Scotland they couldn't hold onto the lead as Arkadiusz Milik scored an equaliser with 14 minutes left to secure a point for Poland.

Earlier in the game Krzysztof Maczynski had put Poland ahead on 11 minutes only for Shaun Maloney to equalise seven minutes later.

The draw means Scotland can be quietly satisfied with the international break, having beaten Georgia at Ibrox at the weekend.

The Republic of Ireland will also be pleased with their work over the past week after following up Saturday's 7-0 thrashing of Gibraltar with a credible 1-1 draw with world champions Germany.

Aiden McGeady started the game in Gelsenkirchen, while Darron Gibson came on as a second half substitute. Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were ruled out through injury.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos looked to have secured the points for the Germans when he fired home from the edge of the box on 71 minutes. However, Ireland captain John O'Shea, on his 100th international appearance, steered home an equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure a dramatic point.

Ireland are now second in Groupn D behind leaders Poland on goal difference. Germany are three points behind in third, with Scotland fourth.