Euro 2016: Ireland v Germany

Ireland take on Germany as the fight for Euro 2016 places continues in Group D

Patrick Madden Thu, Oct 8
LIVE: Euro 2016: Ireland v Germany

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  • Good evening.

    We are live from the Aviva Stadium as Martin O'Neill's Ireland take on the champions of the world.

    It's hard to believe, but it's nearly a year since John O'Shea rocked Gelsenkirchen and stole a point at the death. A whole year.

    A lot has happened since and in truth Ireland's Euro 2016 qualification campaign has rarely scaled the heights it did in those barmy final few minutes in the Ruhr.

    Yet tonight the boys in green welcome Joachim Löw's Germany to Dublin knowing a win would be enough to secure third place in Group D and a guranteed play-off spot. It wouldn't quite be a ticket to France, but it's a lift to the airport and a pint in departures.

    Ireland's fate lies in their own hands but a bit of assistance from elsewhere would be welcome tonight, with Scotland welcoming Poland to Glasgow.

    Gordan Strachan's side are four points adrift of third spot, and a defeat at Hampden Park would put their Euros dream to bed, while bringing Ireland's closer to reality.

    Ireland's task tonight hasn't been helped by a number of injuries to key players, including Seamus Coleman. Meanwhile Löw has the cream of his impressive crop to choose from, with only Lukas Podolski absent.

    The Germans have descended upon Dublin in their droves tonight, the Aviva will be at it's raucous best.

    This may seem like mission impossible for Ireland. But if O'Neill's men can think back 359 days and channel the spirit of Gelsenkirhchen tonight - then why not eh?

    Team news, previews, and everything else your hearts could possibly desire are on their way.

    Here's to a good one.

    Come on!!!

  • We're still more than an hour away from kick off but already the away end is resplendent with flags from Munich, Monchengladbach and, errr, Zurich.

    If you want something to tie you over in the lead up to the game you can read Emmet Malone's preview here.


  • So according to the team sheet Martin O'Neill has gone with two up top in Daryl Murphy and Jon Walters, with Hoolahan in the pocket. Stephen Ward gets the nod at left back with Robbie Brady moving into midfield. You'd imagine Hoolahan will spend a lot of the night deeper with Walters or Murphy pulling to the right in a 4-5-1. In reality, everybody will be behind the ball for large swathes of the game.
  • Formidable starting eleven for ze Germans. Thomas Muller leads the line, he's bagged eight in seven in the Bundesliga so far this season and has the same return in qualificaition with Germany.

    Gundogan and Kroos is an imperious midfield pairing, but while it might be difficult to get the ball off Germany their defence is far from infallible, with Borussia Dortmund centre-half Mats Hummels fresh off the back of a 5-1 tonking from Bayern Munich at the weekend.

    Plus 'keeper Manuel Neuer may be one of the world's best, but you always fancy one of these days he's going to get caught out when he makes one of his trademark 50-yard sprints to play sweeper.

    Be great if that was tonight...

  • A cheer goes up as the teams trot out to warm-up. The Germans are milling around nochalantly pinging passes to each other, while Ireland are stood in one big line scuttling across the pitch like crabs.
  • Let's hope Ireland can do some good drama tonight. But not too much. The right amount.
  • The Germany end is nearly packed out now. They're singing something to the tune of 'When the saints go marching in'.

    Maybe it's when the saints go marching in, but in German. A C at high school is as far as my mastery of the language stretches, so I'm not really sure.

  • It's bubbling away nicely here now.

    Choir on pitch - check.

    Brass band on pitch - check.

    Giant Ireland shirt on pitch - check.

    Looks like we're good to go.  


  • Full house in tonight, 50,064.
  • 10 minutes to go, the teams are in the tunnel.
  • The teams head out. Wall of noise.
  • Michael D has done his handshakes, time for the anthems.
  • Guttural roar after the anthems. The two teams are now huddled together for a joint photo.

    Here we go then. This is it. This is football.

    Come on!!!

  • Muller and Gotze to get us started, and we're off!
  • Referee Manzano pulls it back to a chorus of boos. at the second time of asking, we're off!
  • 1 min: Yikes. Germany go close straight away. The ball is played down the left channel to Reus who crosses for Muller, the Bayern man seeing his shot deflected over the top. Germany play keep ball from the corner.

    Good news from Glasgow, Poland are 1-0 up.

  • 2 min: Huge cheers are Ireland get their first touch in earnest, Robbie Brady intercepting the ball and lumping it down the left.

    Germany are retaining possession predictably well but twice the ball comes back to Neuer who comes under pressure. He gets it away on both occasions but again, I sense tonight could be the night he makes a blunder.

    And then a roar goes round the Aviva as Hendrick intercepts in midfield and Ireland have their first spell of pressure in Germany territory. It eventually comes to Brady on the left but his cross is too close the the 'keeper.

  • 4 min: Ireland under the cosh. Sustained Germany pressure comes from a free kick on the left and while it's cleared the ball keeps finding its way to a white shirt. Reus gets in behind Christie and squares but McCarthy is across to clear for a corner. Again it's played short, and when it's drifted into the box it goes out for a goal kick.
  • 6 min: Hector looks to release Reus down the left again but Keogh is across wih a vital interception. Keeping Reus quiet is vital to Ireland's hopes tonight, but already it's looking a big ask.
  • 7 min: Another Germany corner, this time on the nearside, after Gotze looks to switch the play for Kroos.

    Kroos whips in an outswinger and Jerome Boateng is unmarked near the penalty spot but drills his header a yard over Given's bar. That was a let off, should have been 1-0.

  • 9 min: Hoolahan wins the ball in midfield and looks to play Walters in down the inside right channel. He goes to ground and there's muted shouts for a penalty, but the balls out for an Ireland throw on the far side.

    There's a bit of possession for the home side, McCarthy turning neatly and spreading to the left. The ball comes back and it's knocked long for Murphy, who for a second threatens to get in behind Boateng, but he's offside.

  • 10 min: Another Germany corner, the fourth in 10 minutes, Brady clearing this time. This time it evades Boateng and runs out to the back.

    It's played square to Gundogan who has his pocket picked by Hoolanan. the break is on! Well it would be if the norwich schemer had any support. Instead he's forced to turn and play it back to O'Shea and in turn Given.  

  • 12 min: Germany go close. Gotze weaves his way into the irish box and cuts it back for Gundogan on the edge, His left footed shot is rising and deflects off O'Shea for another corner. Ireland look to break from the corner again but Hoolahan is pinged for a handball as he tussles with Ozil for the dropping ball.
  • It was Lewandowski with the goal for Poland after three minutes by the way. Quelle suprise.
  • 15 min: Ireland really on the rack now. More sustained German pressure sees Ozil try one from distance but it's cleared. It comes to the right for Ginter who drills it low towards a white shirt at the far post but Keogh is across to clear brilliantly. Chaos from the corner but Ireland manage to clear.
  • 16 min: Walters and Ginter tussle on the near side, Walters gets pinged, perhaps unjustly.
  • 17 min: Ireland are dropping into two banks of four without the ball, Murphy the lone ranger up top, but whenever they get possession Hoolahan is quick to find his spot in the pocket.

    Predictably though Ireland are struggling to retain the ball long enough for it to count.


    Germany think they've broken green resistance after Muller cuts inside on the left  and whips in a cross-come-shot which Ozil is on hand to flick beyond Given. But the Arsenal man was a yard offside.


  • 21 min: Still plenty of possession for Germany but not all of their cute flicks and touches are working, Muller trying to turn the ball round the corner for Ozil but well overcooking it.
  • 23 min: Worth nothing that while Ireland could easily be a few down Given hasn't had to make a save yet.

    Half shout for an Ireland penalty as the ball is drilled towards Walters at the near post. He turns it towards goal but can't get enough purchase on it and it's comfortable for Neuer.  

  • 25 min: ANOTHER German corner. They spice things up a bit by letting Ozil try an inswinger but it's well headed clear.
  • 27 min: Ireland's best moment of the game and Hoolahan is at the heart of it. The ball is switched to Ward in acres of space on the left and he carries before looking infield to the Norwich man. He plays a one two with Brady and the return is just behind him as he looks to take it on the run on the edge. There was space in front of him if the ball had been right.
  • 29 min: Germany looking a bit like a Barcelona-lite here. Plenty of neat, short passing in and around the edge but so far nobody has been able to make the incisive ball.
  • 30 minutes in and it's still IRELAND 0 GERMANY 0
  • 31 min: Gotze tries to harry McCarthy off the ball in the near corner and ends up on the deck after fouling the Everton midfielder. He dives on the ball expecting a free kick but gets his commupence when the ref blows the other way.
  • 33 min: Good spell of possession for Ireland and the Oles are loud and clear. They keep the ball well, McCarthy and Hoolahan involved regularly. Brady opts to switch back to the nearside when he has men over in the right but Ireland retain the ball.

    Hoolahan works it into Walters in the box and he has Ireland's first real shot, which is deflected into the sidenetting. First corner for Ireland and it's cleared to McCarthy on the edge who shapes to volley but misses completely.

    Early sub for Germany, Schurrle replacing Gotze.

  • 36 min: Ireland stand off Boateng and allow him to forge his way upfield and switch to Schurrle on the right. His cross is blocked but Germany have another corner. It's headed clear and looks to be dropping to Ozil on the edge but bottles it as the ball drops with three green shirts descending upon him.
  • 38 min: Another Germany corner, this time Muller takes. Again it's hacked away and McCarthy hounds down Hector on the halfway but the FC Koln fullback clears the danger.
  • 39 min: Germany go close again. Ginter threads it through to Muller who cuts the ball back from the byline. His ball evades everybody and drops nicely to Oxil at the back post but his shot fizzes just wide of Given's righthand post.
  • 42 min: Trouble for Shay Given. He pulls up after taking a goalkick and signals to the bench straight away he needs to come off. Darren Randolph comes on for his competitive debut, ahead of David Forde.
  • Bad news from Hampden Park, Matt Ritchie has equalised for Scotland.
  • 45 min: Randolph's first action is to lump clear after Muller's ball is just too long for Schurrle. From his clearance the ball drops to Brady, who cuts infield and has space to shoot but unfortunately it's on his right foot and he gets run off the ball.
  • 45+2 min: Germany probing away right until the break, with sustained possession around the Ireland box. A real edginess breaks out around the ground, with fans urging Ireland to keep them out until the break. The ball is clipped towards Ozil in the box but it's too long and Randolph claims.
  • Half way there, lads.
  • Half time entertainment is a performance from a 'football freestyler'. Which is basically a lad with peroxide blonde hair doing loads of fancy keepy-ups.
  • The teams are back out. Brady and Hendrick get us back underway. Come on!
  • 46 min: And it's as you were. Ozil finds Muller out in acres of space on the right and he plays in a dangerous cross on the half volley but it's cleared.

  • 48 min: Germany probe away on the edge of the Irish box, all 11 green shirts packed in behind the ball. The visitors are keeping it tight, waiting for a gap to appear. But Ireland are leaving little space. Kroos changes things up and spreads a wide ball out to Ginter, but green Ireland are quick to close every time. McCarthy is penalised in midfield and Germany have a free kick. They move the ball quickly and eventually it comes to Shurrle on the nearside and his cross is safely out for a goal kick.
  • 51 min: Germany are definitely winning the passing. But it's yet to come to anything.
  • 52 min: Germany are playing without a striker at the minute, Schurrle the most focal point of their attack.

    Ireland swing the ball into the German box towards Brady and Hummels attempts to clear but only manages to hoof the ball miles into the Dublin night. as it drops Walters contests with Neuer, who goes flying, and Germany have the free kick.

  • 54 min: Chance for Ireland to get the ball into the box again after McCarthy wins a free kick contesting in the air with Ozil. Brady swings it in and it's too close to Neuer.

    Neuer clears and the break is on for Germany. Reus has it on the left and cuts back inside Christie, picking out Schurrle brilliantly at the back post. Schurrle looks to take it first time and should hit the target, but he sends it over Randolph's bar. Big let off for Ireland.

    Shay Given's injury has tunred out to be a twisted knee.

  • 56 min: Good pressure for Ireland, Hoolahan with the ball inside the German box. He looks for a route through but instead moves it to Walters on the right. Walters drills the ball in low but there aren't any green shirts in the box and it's cleared.
  • B******s
  • 58 min: Brilliant feet from McCarthy in the middle, selling Gundogan and turning inside. He clips it long for the run of Murphy but Germany clear.

    Up the other end Schurrle cuts inside and slides it to Muller on the right. He squares it to Oxil who shoots low, Randolph getting a hand to it. The flag's up though, Schurrle touched it on his way through and he was miles off.

  • 60 min: More sustained Germany possession around the edge but still they can't find a way through, Muller this time trying to engineer something and thread it through to Schurrle, but Randolph is first to it.
  • 61 min: Good from Ireland. First Boateng has to leave the line to clear a dangerous cross for a throw, before Hoolahan engineers a neat one two with Christie on the nearside. The fullback was just off as he took the return, though,
  • 63 min: The atmosphere has really perked up in the last few minutes, as if the crowd can sense something special is on the cards.

    A long ball drops to Hoolahan on the edge and he tries to work an opening to shoot. He's crowded out but it's dropped to Brady who drills one left and wide.

    Shane Long coming on for Murphy. That should stretch things a bit more.

  • 66 min: That was close. Reus has the ball in behind Christie and in acres of space. He plays it low across the six yard box and thankfully it evades everybody, Brady hooking it away at the back just as Ginter was following in.
  • 67 min: Hoolahan gives the ball away and Schurrle is bearing down on the Ireland box. He threads it into Muller outside him but again there's a vital block, this time from Ward.

    Ireland are hanging in there.

  • And now Ward is coming off, replaced by David Meyler. Brady will drop to left back.


  • The roof has just come off the Aviva stadium. The ball is played long for Shane Long. The Southampton forward lets it drop over his shoulder and takes a touch, before rifling the ball past Neuer and into the top left corner.

    What a finish. What a moment.


  • Peter Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland !
  • 72 min: Time to calm down. Straight after Ireland's goal Germany nearly equalise. The ball is played into the Ireland box and Hummels heads back across and just past Randolph's righthand post.
  • 73 min: Ireland need to be careful here. The ball is cut back from the right by Germany to Gundogan, who has the most space he's had all night. His shot is poor though and sails miles over.
  • 74 min: Every interception and tackle is being celebrated like a goal now. Huge roars as Christie wins a throw on the nearside.
  • 76 min: Shane Long is looking like a real menace chasing down long balls now. He hounds the life out of Hummels looking for anothe opening but the Dortmund centrehalf keeps his cool.
  • Grainne No finger nails left here in the Cayman Islands and as for doing work???????
  • 77 min: Wow. A collector's item. The ball is pulled back from the byline and it evades everybody, bodies sprawling and stretching to try and reach it. It falls to the one man you don't want it to fall to, Thomas Muller, but unmarked he manages to steer the ball wide of the lefthand post. What a miss.
  • 79 min: Hummels swings the ball wide to Bellarabi with the outside of his right boot. It's cut back for Reus who clips the ball into the box but it's greatfully claimed by Randolph.

    10 minutes to go...

  • 81 min: Boateng drills one from 30-yards towrds the top right corner and Randolph, perhaps a bit theatrically, turns it away for a corner. Germany go short and quick, Muller in possession on the edge, but again it's broken down and Ireland can hack it clear.

    Moments later neat passing on the edge sees the ball drop for Gundogan, but his low shot is smothered by Randolph.

  • 83 min: Brady is down getting treatment on the farside. It's a welcome breather for Ireland but they've made all all three substitutions. Brady is hobbling off for now, Ireland will be hoping it's just cramp.
  • 85 min: Relentless probing from Germany. Brady is back on the pitch.

    all 11 green shirts are camped behind the ball. Schurrle tries to work in Muller on the edge but he's pick pocketed and Ireland break through Long. He cuts inside and it looks like a cynical foul from Hummels, who is booked, but replays show Long dived.

    Not that anyone will be too fussed...

  • 87 min: This is ridiculously tense. Germany are hammering away but everytime they get in behind a gren shirt clears. Muller tries to shceme his way into the box but Christis intercepts, and his clearance rebounds off Muller for a goal kick. You'd think Ireland had been given a penalty such was the roar.
  • Guess what......
  • Give Robert Lewandowski the freedom of Dublin.
  • 90+1: What a noise. the ball falls to Hendrick on the right and his cross is cleared. It comes back to him and he wins a corner.

    He takes it short and keeps it in the corner impressively, winning another. These are valuable, valuable seconds.

  • 90+2: Ireland have another corner kick and you'd think they'd won the World Cup. The ground is electric.

    It's finally out for a Germany goal kick. Ireland are so, so close.

  • 90+3: Germany back in possession and probing. Christie is out brilliantly to block Ozil's cross.

    Chance for Germany as the ball is drilled into the box and Hummels meets it with a free header, but it's straight at Randolph!!!

  • FT: IRELAND 1 GERMANY 0!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The place is bouncing, and rightly so. What an effort, what a result.

    Lewandowski's last minute equaliser in Glasgow, coupled with this win, means Ireland have secured the third place play-off spot.  

  • John on tour So are we through to t next round?
  • Not quite yet John on tour, but it's close now.
  • Harald Form Germany Congratiolation!🙌⚽⚽⚽
  • We are now live from Joachim Low's post match press conference.

  • Low: "Overall I think we have to say it is one of the most uneccessary defeats we have experience over the last few years.  We were expecting Ireland to place nine, 10, 11 men behind the ball and play long balls.

    "We avoided nine  of those long balls and kept possession but the 100th was just one too many."


  • Low confirms Bastian Schweinsteiger was absent today on doctor's advice with a groin injury and is a doubt for their game against Georgia. So too is Mario Gotze, who was forced off in the first half, also with a groin problem.
  • Here comes Martin O'Neill...
  • "Naturally, we're delighted to win the game. Unfortunatley we still have along way to go yet but it was great to beat the germans, the world champions today. It was an enormous effort."
  • "I thought we were exceptionally brave in the second half to get on the ball, which is what I asked them to do."


  • Thanks for tuning our way on a momentous night for Irish soccer. Pop over to the Irish Times website for all the reports and reaction from tonight's game.