Germany vs. Republic of Ireland: 6 Things We Learned

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Germany vs. Republic of Ireland: 6 Things We Learned
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Germany ensured their qualification for the 2014 World Cup on Friday night with a 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland at the Rhein Energie Stadion in Cologne. 

Although this match was never expected to be the most thrilling of affairs in Germany's march to World Cup qualification, it did eventually prove an important test in not only the national side's ability to qualify, but Joachim Low's ability as a coach to alter and rotate his squad whilst keeping a consistent level of excellence. 

With a number of injuries reported earlier in the week to star players such as Marco Reus and both Sven and Lars Bender, Low was forced to rethink any plans he had initially prepared for the match. As such, Arsenal's Mezut Ozil was chosen as the makeshift lone striker, while Chelsea's Andre Schurrle slotted in to a starting position on the left-hand side of the attack. 

Yet, such setbacks proved inefficient, as Low's side walked to their seventh win of the year with a relative sense of ease and comfort as Ireland struggled to handle the sheer quality on show in western Germany on the night. 

Click "Begin Slideshow" to see what six points we took from this momentous night for the German national team. 


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