Germany v Ireland –
Final Score/Result: Germany 3-0 Ireland, Germans Confirm their place in World Cup 2014
Man Of The Match: Toni Kroos
Andre Schurrle, Mesut Ozil Score
Keane Clashed With Joachim Low after the match
Republic of Ireland were already out of contention, while Germany needed a win in this match to qualify automatically from this group. But for caretaker manager Noel King, who took over from Giovanni Trapattoni, the main objective of this game was to avoid the 6-1 thrashing they received during their last meeting with Germany – and his side did manage to avoid it.
A new look Irish midfield was fielded in this game, with Gibson coming back into the starting line-up, while Germany fielded a line-up without a natural striker. The home side got an early lead in the game as Sami Khedira scored with a deflected shot. The Real Madrid midfielder was set up by Philipp Lahm after he intercepted a ball in the center of the park. At that moment Irish fans must have feared for the worst, but Germany failed to extend their lead in the first half, despite dominating possession and creating chances.
Finally, 13 minutes into the second half, the Germans managed to double their lead as Andre Schurrle scored a wonderful goal. Toni Kroos found him with a delicately chipped ball over the defence and the first touch of Schurrle, turn and the finish was nothing short of world class. Germany added another in the dying moments of the game as Mesut Ozil was put through by Kroos and the Arsenal man obliged with a composed finish. It was a wonderful counterattack from the German side.
The match ended with a bit of controversy as Robbie Keane, who didn’t feature in this game due to an injury, clashed with Germany manager Joachim Low and the pair had to be separated in the end amidst heated arguments.
‘Robbie Keane asked me why I didn’t shake Noel King’s hand and I said “hey Robbie of course I will do that later on but first of all, because of the joy and demands of the occasion, I want to go on the pitch and give my players high fives”. I did that and only then did I shake Noel King’s hand.’ – Joachim Low explained.
Low also applauded his team’s attacking prowess and said that they were the deserved winners of this game.
‘We have shown we are group leaders and deserved to be where we are having won eight of nine matches. We now have a little bone to pick with the Swedes after the first match.
‘It was one of the most deserved victories ever. The team have done their best to finish their attacking moves. Ireland were playing very defensively but from a football point of view my team did exactly right.’ – he added.
Germany v Ireland – Statistics
Stats and Heat Maps Courtsey – Whoscored.com and Soccernet.com
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos showed once again why he is considered among best attacking midfielders in the game currently. The 23-year-old ran the show for Germany in the midfield and ended the game with two wonderful assists. He made six key passes, had a pass success rate of 97% and 13 accurate long balls on this match. The above heat map shows his movement and positioning in the game against Ireland.