Twelve months on: A look back at Ireland’s 6-1 defeat to Germany

The scoreline:

Ireland 1 Germany 6

The teams:

Ireland: Westwood, Coleman, Ward, O’Shea, O’Dea, McCarthy, McGeady (Keogh 69), Andrews, Fahey (Long 51), Cox (Brady 84), Walters.

Germany: Neuer, Schmelzer, Badstuber, Mertesacker, Boateng, Khedira (Kroos 45), Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Mueller, Reus (Podolski 66), Klose (Schurrle 72).

Key moments:

32 mins: Minutes after being harshly booked for diving,  Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus latches onto a loose ball after Marcel Schmelzer’s run into the box and blasts past Keiren Westwood.

40 mins: The man nicknamed ‘Rolls Reus’ doubles his tally after taking a Jerome Boateng pass in his stride and shooting into the far corner with devastating precision.

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54 mins: Darren O’Dea comes through the back of Miroslav Klose and Germany are awarded a penalty. Mesut Özil, at the time with Real Madrid, steps up to coolly dispatch the spot-kick.

58 mins: Klose adds a fourth from an acute angle four minutes later to ensure that it’s is going to be an embarrassingly night for Irish football.

61 mins: Substitute Toni Kroos, on as a half-time substitute for Sami Khedira, gets in on the act by rifling in a volley from 20 years after John O’Shea’s poor headed clearance.

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83 mins: Kroos adds a second with an even better hit from the edge of the box to ensured Ireland wil suffer their biggest ever competitive defeat at home.

90 mins: A consolation for the home team and one rare opportunity for the 51,700 in attendance to cheer as sub Andy Keogh heads past Neuer after Germany fail to pick up the Millwall man from a corner.


  • Total Shots: Ireland 6 Germany 14
  • Shot On Target: Ireland 4 Germany 11
  • Corners: Ireland 3 Germany 6
  • Fouls: Ireland 9 Germany 9

(via: BBC Football)

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Germany midfielder Schweinsteiger rolls out clichéd line about Irish ‘fighting spirit’

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