Germany after some mixed performances in recent matches since Euro 2012 returned to form with a 6-1 trashing of Ireland in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night. It was Germany’s third win in as many matches to top the group with nine points.Germany had a difficult start against a depleted Ireland, but after 15 to 20 minutes they took control of the match and they had to wait until the 32nd minute to take the lead. Marcel Schmelzer broke free on the left and then entered the box, the ball somehow gets to Marco Reus on the right and he hammered the ball into the net. The pattern of the match remained the same and again Reus doubled Germany’s lead off a pass from Jerome Boateng in the 40th minute. Germany went into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.After the break the Irish were more adventurous but it led to no goal as at the other end, Germany would score three goals in six minutes. First striker Miroslav Klose was brought down in the penalty box and Mesut Özil drilled the ball into the net in the 55th minute before Klose himself scored a lovely goal in the 58th minute where he rounded the keeper and scored from an acute angle. The fifth came in the 61st minute when Toni Kroos scored with a placed left-footer after the Irish were once more unable to clear the ball.
Thereafter Germany slowed down the pace as the Irish were beaten, but they added a sixth through another Kroos long-ranger in the 83rd minute. In injury time, Ireland got their consolation goal of the night as substitute Andrew Keogh headed in a corner.
Germany win convincingly 6-1, but on Tuesday they face their toughest opponent in the group in Sweden at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
Ireland 1-6 (0-2) Germany – Goals: 0-1,0-2 Marco Reus (32′,40′), 0-3 Mesut Özil (55′ pen), 0-4 Miroslav Klose (58′), 0-5,0-6 Toni Kroos (61′,83′), 1-6 Andrew Keogh (90+2′)
Manuel Neuer – Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Holger Badstuber, Marcel Schmelzer – Sami Khedira (46′ Toni Kroos), Bastian Schweinsteiger – Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Marco Reus (66′ Lukas Podolski) – Miroslav Klose (72′ André Schürrle)