Published Friday, 12 October 2012
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.