EURO 2016 qualifying wrap: Northern Ireland stuns Greece

Jamie Ward celebrates after scoring for Northern Ireland (Getty Images)

Northern Ireland maintained its 100 per cent start in EURO 2016 qualifying Group F with a shock 2-0 win in Greece and sits two points clear of Romania.

Goals from Jamie Ward and Kyle Lafferty gave Northern Ireland a third successive Group F victory.

That is the country's best ever start to any FIFA World Cup or European championship qualifying series and a table-topping nine points would surely have been beyond the most fanciful expectations of manager Michael O'Neill after a fifth-placed finish in his maiden campaign.

But Northern Ireland is a different beast now, exemplified by Lafferty's hot streak of three goals in as many games - the latest a powerful run and finish from a predatory counter-attack.

The match between Serbia and Albania was abandoned.

Referee Martin Atkinson was forced to bring proceedings to a halt four minutes before half-time in Belgrade, with the score at 0-0, when a drone flew over the pitch carrying a flag featuring Albanian national symbols.

Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic jumped to bring the flag down, sparking scuffles between players from both sides, while a number of supporters also entered the field of play as an unsavoury melee escalated.

Riot police subsequently surrounded the pitch after the players had been taken from the field and the match was duly called off.

Romania beat 10-man Finland 2-0.

Hungary edged a 1-0 win in the Faroe Islands, while Switzerland triumphed 4-0 at San Marino in the day's only Group E fixture.

Germany suffered another blow as it was held to a 1-1 draw by Republic of Ireland.

The world champion, which lost 2-0 to Poland in its previous Group D fixture last weekend, appeared to have put a below-par first-half display behind it when Toni Kroos netted a 71st-minute opener.

Yet Republic of Ireland, confident after wins in its opening two qualifiers, stunned its more illustrious host deep into second-half stoppage-time.

Jeff Hendrick sent a searching cross from fellow substitute Wes Hoolahan back across goal and John O'Shea - earning his 100th cap - showed excellent anticipation to direct the ball low into the bottom-right corner to the delight of the travelling support.

Republic of Ireland is now level with Poland on seven points at the top of the group - three ahead of Germany and Scotland.

Having claimed a famous victory over Germany, Poland was unable to maintain that momentum but managed to pick up a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Scotland in Warsaw.

The home fans had barely finished celebrating the win against their neighbour when Krzysztof Maczynski fired in off the right-hand post after 12 minutes, but Shaun Maloney brought them back down to earth with a bump when he struck six minutes later.

Scotland went ahead against the run of play thanks to Steven Naismith's finish from a James Morrison free-kick, but Arkadiusz Milik - a thorn in the side of the Scotland defence throughout the second half and a scorer against Germany three days earlier - pulled Poland level with a sublime strike 14 minutes from time.

Georgia triumphed 3-0 in Gibraltar in the group's remaining fixture.

In Group I, Cristiano Ronaldo scored in injury-time to earn Portugal its first points of the campaign in a 1-0 win at Denmark.

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