ROI annihilated by Germany

Republic of Ireland 1 - 6 Germany
Published Friday, 12 October 2012
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The Republic of Ireland have lost 6-1 to Germany in their World Cup qualifying Group C match in Dublin.

ROI annihilated by Germany
German players celebrate scoring during the match in Dublin. (© Getty)

Marco Reus and substitute Toni Kroos both struck twice as Germany trounced the Irishmen to maintain a 100% start to their campaign.

Reus set up victory with an eight-minute double at the end of the first half, and Mesut Ozil effectively wrapped up the points with a 55th-minute penalty.

However, they were not finished and Miroslav Klose's 58th-minute effort set the stage for Kroos to make it 5-0 after 61 minutes and 6-0 seven minutes from time as substitute Andy Keogh's late header counted for little.

The Germans were in cruise control on Friday in the Irish capital. Low decided Klose had done his evening's work with 73 minutes gone when he sent on Andre Schurrle in his place.

Long was booked for a 77th-minute foul on Kroos with Ireland simply unable to win possession as the visitors toyed with them.

Westwood earned ironic cheers from the home fans when he safely fielded Boateng's shot 10 minutes from time, with the mood turning ugly.

It became even uglier seven minutes from time when Kroos ran into space to blast past Westwood from 22 yards to continue the rout.

Substitute Andy Keogh's injury-time header provided scant consolation.

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s magowan in belfast wrote (837 days ago):
When you consider the amount of players NI have to select from and the fact that the FAI have a habit for poaching half decent players to stop them playing for the country of their birth,is it any wonder the NI are in the doldrums at the minute,but as they say 'the only way is up'.In no way would i gloat over the ROI result as i feel sorry for the genuine ROI fan who lives in that country,it is the muppets from NI who have thrown their allegiances behind the Republic who i have no sympathy for.
seamas in belfast wrote (837 days ago):
WTF. That’s a matter for those football associations. Did you hear the one about Peter Robinson waking up from a 50 year long coma? Good news says the nurse. Linfield beat a team from Dublin last night. What was the score asks Peter. 2 goals and 8 points to 1 goal and 4 points.
Belfast ROI fan in Belfast wrote (837 days ago):
poor display, absoultley atrocious. I actually began to appreciate the German and brillaint they were! Still have high hopes for the al-Ireland team in making it to Brazil though... It wouldnt be the same without the mightly irish fans there, espcially the Northern contingent lol I wonder how much a flight from Belfast to Rio will cost??!! C O Y B I G
Iain in Belfast wrote (837 days ago):
Ben, thanks for the advice but its not relevant. Considering how dire England are for a supposedly great football nation, one world cup on home soil is all you have to crow about. Not much for a country that claims to be among the best. Even Uruguay have won more than you lot and they have a population which is similar to Scotland. The ROI's limitations are coming home to roost so they may well get used to it. As for poking fun at the ROI, well their fans take plenty of time to do the same about the NI team so if you are going to give it out on a regular basis, be prepared to take it after getting such a tanking at home.
WTF in Ards wrote (838 days ago):
Ben in London (whereabouts in the ROI is this village called London btw?) What do you mean 'An Ireland team'? Did you leave out the word 'all'? If so you should know there is very little support for an all Ireland team. Now let the grown-ups discuss this matter. I asked a perfectly reasonable question in that if there is ever a United Ireland politically would it be plausible for the 'British' players to declare for any of the other UK countries? If not, why not? Sauce for the goose etc., ie McClean and Gibson both declared for a 'foreign' FA. I'm not having a go at these two players either.
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