World Cup Qualifying – Germany Drubs Ireland At Lansdowne Road


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Germany winger MARCO REUS (21), the emerging 23-year-old who scored 18 goals in 32 Bundesliga games for Borussia Monechengladbach last term and has already tallied four goals in his first seven league contests for Borussia Dortmund this season following a transfer which cost 17.1 million Euros in the summer, runs away from Ireland midfielder JAMES MCCARTHY (6) of English Premier League club Wigan Athletic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group 3 match watched by 51,700 spectators at Lansdowne Road in Dublin.
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An offensive onslaught of five goals inside the middle half an hour of the match proved entirely too much for the home side to handle as visiting GERMANY stormed to an impressive 6-1 victory over IRELAND in a Group 3 qualification match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Trainer JUERGEN LOEW’s heretofore sluggish side rolled to a third consecutive triumph in the bid to book a ticket to South America two summers from now. Meanwhile, the Irish, who were missing several key players from the team which competed at the 2012 UEFA European Championships in Eastern Europe earlier this summer and fielding an extremely inexpereinced international side at Lansdowne Road, slumped to a record-tying defeat on home soil. Ireland were actually playing as the “Irish Free State” 71 years ago when blanked 5-0 by visiting Spain in Dublin.

Exciting winger MARCO REUS kicked off what would be an extended Torblitz with a stunning goal from a spectacular individual effort in the 32nd minute and then, five minutes before the halftime break, added a second strike, his fifth goal on his twelfth appearance for Germany, with a left-footed laser after taking an accurate pass from Bayern Munich right back JEROME BOATENG.

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Bayern Munich midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER (7), the 28-year-old who his nearing the century mark in appearances for Deutschland, stood in for his Bundesliga teammate Philipp Lahm and served as captain of the national team for the record-tying World Cup qualification match with Ireland at Landsdowne Road in Dublin.
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Germany continued after the restart right where it had left off as central attacking midfielder MESUT OEZIL, the Spanish legionnaire in his third season with La Liga giant Real Madrid now, scored from the penalty spot in the 55th minute; aging striker MIROSLAV KLOSE of Italian Serie A side SS Lazio of Rome had been taken down in the box by Ireland defender DARREN O’DEA, the 25-year-old who plays his professional football in North America for FC Toronto of Major League Soccer.

Klose quickly found the back of the net, himself, in the 58th minute after latching onto a handsome ball into space by BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, the Bayern Munich midfielder who was wearing the captain’s armband for Germany in the World Cup qualifier with Ireland. The 34-year-old striker did need to step around the Ireland goalkeeper and slot home from a very sharp angle, too. An impressive 65th career international goal for Grandfather Klockwork Klose, then, who is doggedly STILL chasing the Germany national team record held by the legendary GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER.

Second half substitute TONI KROOS, the Bayern Munich midfielder sent on after the break in relief of Spanish legionnaire SAMI KHEDIRA of Real Madrid, scored the first of his two goals in the 61st minute with a very opportunisitic, left-footed volley and grabbed the other with a right-footed rocket from about 20 yards out in the 83rd minute.

Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich lost his shutout when Ireland added a late consolation goal by second half substitute ANDY KEOGH, the 26-year-old striker from English second division side FC Millwall of London, in injury time off of a corner kick but it was entirely too little, too late.

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Germany winger THOMAS MUELLER (13) of Bayern Munich, the 23-year-old who has started off the 2012/13 Bundesliga season well with four goals and six assists in his first six matches, endures a high elbow from Ireland winger AIDEN MCGEADY (7), the 26-year-old who was bought by Russian club Spartak Moscow from Scottish side Glasgow Celtic for a transfer fee of 9.5 million English pounds in August of 2010, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group 3 qualification match at Lansdowne Road in Dublin.
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A particularly tough game for Ireland’s new first choice KIEREN WESTWOOD, then — EVERY shot that the Germans got on target in the World Cup qualifying match at Landsdowne Road eluded the 27-year-old goalkeeper who sits the bench behind Belgium international SIMON MIGNOLET for English Premier League outfit FC Sunderland.

It should also be noted that it is not often that any given player is able to score a goal with both a left foot and a right foot in any given single football match, let alone a World Cup qualifier, itself. On this memorable night in Dublin, the Germans had not one, but two players, MARCO REUS and TONI KROOS accomplish this feat. Considering the youthful age of both, this achievement certainly seems to signal a bright future for the national team of Deutschland.

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IRELAND
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goal — Kieran WESTWOOD (FC Sunderland – Eng / 13 caps)

defense — Seamus COLEMAN (FC Everton – Eng / 7 caps, 0 go), John O’SHEA (FC Sunderland – Eng / 82 caps, 1 go), Darren O’DEA (FC Toronto – MLS / 17 caps, 0 go), Stephen WARD (FC Wolverhampton – Eng / 17 caps, 2 go)

def midfield — James MCCARTHY (Wigan Athletic – Eng / 7 caps, 0 go), Keith ANDREWS (Bolton Wanderers – Eng / 33 caps, 3 go), Keith FAHEY (Birmingham City – Eng / 16 caps, 3 go)

att midfield — Aiden MCGEADY (Spartak Moscow – Rus / 56 caps, 2 go), SIMON COX (Nottingham Forrest – Eng / 19 caps, 3 go)

striker — Jon WALTERS (Stoke City – Eng / 13 caps, 1 go)

substitutes
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FW – Shane LONG (West Bromwich Albion – Eng / 30 caps, 8 go)
for Fahey – 52nd min
FW – Andy KEOGH (FC Millwall – Eng / 25 caps, 2 go)
for McGeady – 69th min
MF – Robbie BRADY (Manchester United – Eng / 2 caps, 1 go)
for Cox – 84th min

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GERMANY
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goal — Manuel NEUER (Bayern Munich / 34 caps)

defense — Jerome BOATENG (Bayern Munich / 27 caps, 0 go), Per MERTESACKER (FC Arsenal – Eng / 83 caps, 1 go), Holger BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich / 29 caps, 1 go), Marcel SCHMELZER (Borussia Dortmund / 9 caps, 0 go)

def midfield — Sami KHEDIRA (Real Madrid – Spa / 36 caps, 2 go), Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER (Bayern Munich / 96 caps, 23 go)

att midfield — Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich / 36 caps, 10 go), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa / 42 caps, 13 go), Marco REUS (Borussia Dortmund / 12 caps, 5 go)

striker — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / 125 caps, 65 go)

substitutes
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MF – Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich / 33 caps, 4 go)
for Khedira – 46th min
MF – Lukas PODOLSKI (FC Arsenal – Eng / 104 caps, 44 go)
for Reus – 66th min
MF – Andre SCHUERRLE (Bayer Leverkusen / 19 caps, 7 go)
for Klose – 72nd min

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