Germany vs. Republic of Ireland: World Cup Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Joachim Low's Germany take on the Republic of Ireland on Friday night at RheinEnergieStadion in a tricky game that could see them qualifying for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Although Germany overcame Ireland by six goals to one in the first encounter between these two sides, tonight's hosts have been overcome by a number of injuries over the past week and will be stripped down to the bare minimum for tonight's task.
So join us for all the tackles, passes, corners and goals as we make our way through this exciting fixture between these two sides. Germany are on the verge of the World Cup and Bleacher Report will be covering every minute of it.
FULL TIME: GERMANY 3-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Germany were able to wrap up qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a relatively comfortable match against the Republic of Ireland with a 3-0 victory in the heart of Cologne.
Sami Khedira was fortunate to put the home side in front in the twelfth minute when a through ball from Philipp Lahm allowed the midfielder a shot at goal that unfortunately rebounded off the pursuing Ciaran Clark and past his own keeper.
The second half proved no different from the first in the manner in which Germany were able to dominate with ease in terms of possession and chances created and the breakthrough finally came from a moment of brilliance from Andre Schurrle to put his side 2-0 up in the 58th minute.
Then, moments from full time, Toni Kroos was able to break from a late Ireland attack and execute the full extent of the opportunity by playing through Mezut Ozil who calmly slotted the third goal past David Forde to ensure all three goals and points for Germany.
GOAL! MEZUT OZIL - GERMANY 3-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Just as the game was approaching it's inevitable conclusion, Germany chose to add insult to injury with a third and final goal to wrap up the game. This time it came through Toni Kroos and an efficient counter attack as he released Mezut Ozil to calmly knock the ball past the Irish keeper with relative ease.
Mario Gotze now on for Andre Schurrle for the remaining few minutes of the game. The Bayern midfielder is still short of full fitness and will relish a couple of minutes in a competitive match.
No respite for Ireland as Germany bring on striker Robbie Kruse for Sami Khedira. Kroos is of course then expected to move back and sit alongside Schweinsteiger with Kruse sitting up front in the lone striker role.
Jerome Boateng then hits another wonderful shot for Germany as the central defender puts his foot on the ball, stops it, and then hits a curling shot off the top right corner of the goal posts. Even the defenders are lining up for a shot now!
A wonderful shot from Toni Kroos, an expert at curating such chances, was saved well by Forde after the initial pass from Khedira. Germany still pressing for that third goal after a late charge from Ireland.
And of course that wonderful goal from Andre Schurrle.
And of course that outstanding goal from Andre Schurrle.
Can Ireland score please? Our players are falling asleep— Stefan (@bvbawesome) October 11, 2013
The general mood of most neutrals and Germany fans, I'm sure.
The game is now slowly calming down as Germany put their foot on the breaks and begin the process of ensuring the win. Ireland also opening up a little as they chase down a vital opportunity to get back in to the game.
2-0 to Germany. Beautiful flick by Kroos, Schurrle spins on the ball and scores with his left foot. Ireland had started 2nd half well.— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) October 11, 2013
GOAL! ANDRE SCHURRLE GERMANY 2-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
And sure to form Andre Schurrle finally gets his goal after countless attempts. This time it was a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner from Toni Kroos. Germany now in cruise control.
Andre Schurrle really going to town against Seamus Coleman at the moment. The Chelsea winger has continuously picked the ball up on the line and drove straight at the heart of the Irish defence.
Germany settle back in to the rhyme of things in the second half after a minor chance from Anthony Stokes. Andre Schurrle still looking potent on the left hand side, while Philipp Lahm continues his barrage on the right.
HALF TIME: GERMANY 1 -0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
So far, so good for Germany as we reach the half way point of tonight's World Cup qualifier between Germany and Ireland. Despite a bright start from the visitors, Germany eventually broke through the Irish defensive wall when Anthony Stokes was dispossessed deep in his own half and Sami Khedira's deflected shot was enough to pass David Forde.
Unfortunately for the Irish goalkeeper things were only going to get busier as Germany continued to press. Chelsea's Andre Schurrle and Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller came close before Bastian Schweinsteiger missed a golden opportunity before the stroke of half time. Yet one goal remains the distance between the two sides for now.
CHANCE - Lahm once against skips down the right flank and swings in a cross that finds Andre Schurrle at the back post. The Chelsea striker knocked a strong header towards goal, but David Forde was on hand to punch the shot clear.
Germany slowly tightening their grip on the game now.
A Youtube clip highlighting Sami Khedira's 'lucky' opening goal against Ireland.
Martin Harnik has just pt Austria up 1-0 in Sweden which of course means that Germany do not even have to win tonight to still go through, if that result stays as it is. (Not that's very likely though)
Philipp Lahm enjoying a lot of space and time to attack Kelly on the left hand side of Ireland's defence. Thomas Muller and Mezut Ozil naturally drifting inside, dragging markers in with them, leaving the entire wing open to the Bayern Munich full back.
That came after Lahm cut out an Irish counterattack. Have to say it's deserved. 12th minute.— Ciarán Fahey (@cfaheyAP) October 11, 2013
Quarter of an hour gone here in Germany and as of yet no surprises.
GOAL! GERMANY 1-0 IRELAND - SAMI KHEDIRA
Just as things were beginning to look good for Ireland, Anthony Stokes losing the ball deep in his own half only for Philipp Lahm to intercept and slip Sami Khedira through on goal.
10 minutes gone on the clock and Germany dominating in terms of possession with just under 70 per cent of the ball. Yet Ireland will be happy with the way things have gone so far. McCarthy and Gibson industrious in midfield while the likes of Doyle and Stokes offering useful out balls.
Still, Germany continue to attack for now.
Both sides settling in to their game plan for the evening. Germany dominating possession and setting up camp on the half way line, while the Irish keep things very tight and narrow in front of their own goal and hope to break on the counter attack.
And we're off! Germany playing in their famous black and white while the Republic of Ireland play in their emerald green strip.
And the line ups for Germany are in:
Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Mertesacker, Jansen - Khedira, Schweinsteiger - T. Müller, Kroos, Schürrle - Özil
Philipp Lahm returns to right back while Arsenal new boy Mezut Ozil takes up the responsibility as Low's false striker for the evening. Chelsea's Andre Schurrle makes it in to the starting eleven, while Marcell Jansen comes in at left back to replace the injured Marcel Schmelzer.
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