Ireland vs. Germany: Breaking Down Scorers Who Must Deliver for Germans

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Javier Mascherano (L) of Barcelona shields Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid from the ball during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Germany—who sits atop the Group Three table standings in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers—will take on the Republic of Ireland at 2:45 p.m. ET on Friday.

The Germans have been impressive thus far, scoring five goals in two matches and surrendering just one goal during that span.

Ireland will be looking to gain ground in the standings, but they'll have to contend with these three goal-scoring threats from the Germans:


Mesut Ozil

Ozil has been a lethal left-footed scorer for the German club so far in the qualifiers.

He got the World Cup qualifiers rolling for Germany, scoring two goals in a 3-0 rout of Faroe Islands in the first game on Sept. 7.

In the next qualifier against Austria, Ozil was the most crucial player again, adding a goal and an assist to get Germany past Austria, 2-1.

If Germany is going to gain some points in the standings, they need Ozil to be at his best like he has been so far.


Mario Gotze

The combination of Ozil and Mario Gotze has been solid for the Germans, as they're 2-0 in the Group Three table standings.

Gotze has complimented Ozil nicely, scoring a goal in the 3-0 victory over Faroe Islands.

After missing the 2-1 win over Austria, Gotze will be fit to play against Ireland on Friday, according to

This bodes well for Germany, as the rest Gotze received should give him fresh legs to help Germany defeat Ireland and extend its lead in the standings.


Marco Reus

Along with Ozil and Gotze, Marco Reus presents the best scoring threat for the Germans against Ireland on Friday.

Though he didn't score, Reus was extremely effective against the Faroe Islands, recording a team high three shots on goal, helping set up Ozil for two goals.

And then against Austria, Reus was able to find the back of the net to open up the scoring for Germany in its second World Cup qualifying match.

As long as Reus continues to put the ball on net like he has done so far, the Germans shouldn't have a problem scoring against the Irish on Friday.


Follow me on Twitter: