Germany 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2016 - UEFA Euro | 2013883

UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round | Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
14 October 2014 - 20:45 (local time)

Germany 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

Kroos(71) Full-time O'Shea(90+ 4)
Germany Republic of Ireland

Centurion O'Shea stuns Germany

GERMANY 1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1 - John O’Shea marked his 100th cap with an injury-time equaliser to stun World Cup winners Germany and maintain Ireland’s unbeaten start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
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Germany looked to be on course for a narrow victory courtesy of a 71st minute goal from playmaker Toni Kroos but O’Shea popped up in the box in the 94th minute to turn home a pull-back from Jeff Hendrick.

It brought memories of Ibaraki during the 2002 World Cup Finals when Robbie Keane struck a late equaliser against Germany to earn Mick McCarthy’s side a 1-1 draw and O’Shea was delighted to mark his entry into the Centurions Club with a special goal.

“It was an absolute fairytale ending,” said O’Shea afterwards. “To get the hundred caps and score the goal to equalise against Germany and hopefully keep the momentum going to qualify for France.”

Martin O’Neill made three changes from the side which defeated Gibraltar on Saturday with Glenn Whelan, Stephen Quinn and Jonathon Walters coming in from Darren Gibson, Jeff Hendrick and Wes Hoolahan. Ireland adopted a 4-4-1-1 formation with Aiden McGeady playing behind skipper Robbie Keane with Whelan and Quinn in the centre and Walters and James McClean on the flanks.

The game start ominously for Ireland when German left-back Erik Durm cracked a long-range shot off Forde’s crossbar but remarkably although the home side had the bulk of the possession but struggled to find a way through a well organised and disciplined Irish defence.

Rüdiger, Kroos and Ginte were all off-target before Forde saved from Julian Draxler in the final moments of the first-half.

Ireland began the second period brightly and it took a vital interception from German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to stop a cross from McClean being turned home by the in-rushing Keane.

At the other Forde found himself called into action a lot more than in the first half and he produced excellent saves to deny Bellarbi, Podolski and Kroos while Muller failed to connect properly with a flick from Hummels.

Ireland lost Glenn Whelan ten minutes after half-time through an injury picked up when he collided with Poldolski’s foot and he was replaced by Jeff Hendrick. Robbie Keane, who had battled bravely in the lone striker role, was called ashore after 63 minutes and replaced by midfielder Darren Gibson which resulted in Joanthon Walters going up front and Aidan McGeady moving to the right wing.

The German goal just came just as the game was entering its final 20 minutes when Kroos was allowed too much room, wasn’t closed down and used the opportunity to pick his spot from 25 yards with a low right-footed shot that crept past Forde’s out-stretched hand and in off his right-hand post.

The Irish goalkeeper then kept Ireland in the game as he made a great block to deny Götze, after the scorer of the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup Final was sent clear after the Germans unlocked the Irish defence.

The introduction of Wes Hoolahan for Quinn saw Ireland start to pose a greater threat going forward and they almost snatched a late equaliser when they opened up the Germans with some excellent passing. Walters picked out Hoolahan but his shot from six yards was brilliantly blocked by the covering Durm to deny a certain goal.

However, as the game crept into four minutes of added on time, Ireland kept pushing forward and in the final moments of the game good work down the right saw McGeady find Hoolahan in support and his deep cross was knocked back across goal by Hendrick for O’Shea to show his rarely seen predatory instincts and side-foot the ball past Neuer from six yards.

“It was a really big goal for us,” said O’Neill who was full of praise for this team and their character

“They are ecstatic, absolutely ecstatic. To come back in that fashion was absolutely fantastic,” said O’Neill. “There is a terrific will to keep going in the side.”

It certainly was precious equaliser and the point gained keeps Ireland in second place in the group, level with Poland who drew 2-2 in Warsaw with Ireland’s next opponents Scotland.

Germany: Neuer(GK) (C); Rüdiger,  Boateng,  Hummels, Durm; Ginter (Podolski 46), Kroos; Bellarabi (Rudy 86), Götze, Draxler (Kruse 70);  Muller.

Republic of Ireland: Forde (GK); Meyler, O’Shea, Wilson, Ward; Walters, Whelan (Hendrick 53), Quinn (Hoolahan 76), McClean; McGeady; Keane (C) (Gibson 63).

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Germany v Republic of Ireland

With some big names like Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Reus, Ozil and Gomez out of tonight’s game and Lahm and Klose having gone into retirement much of the talk pre-match has centred around what sort of Germany we can expect to face this evening.
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Martin O’Neill commented, “There might be some new faces but it will be the same German design regardless of this week’s defeat to Poland. They will be playing at home and it is still very much a strong German side that we can expect. Germany are favourites in the group and earned that right by being the World Champions. Even if they hadn’t beaten Argentina in the finals I think they would feel themselves, with their record for qualification in World Cups and European Championships, that they quite rightly deserve the tag.”

During his pre-match press conference, O’Neill was keen to stress the importance of confidence from two wins against Georgia and Gibraltar and put to bed any notions that the players will have been scarred by previous encounters against the Joachim Low’s side.

“I think that this is where any player worth their salt wants to be. Obviously we are delighted to be here but more important than just being here, we want to go out and perform.”

John O’Shea looks set to reach 100 caps if he plays this evening, a landmark attained only by Steve Staunton, Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Kevin Kilbane and Damien Duff in the green jersey. Fellow centurion, Robbie Keane was full of praise for the Waterford man at the pre match press conference. “To get 100 caps for your country is great. He has been brilliant since he came in from the start, and he's a big, big player. These are the games where people will be looking to players like John O’Shea for the experience he has. He has been brilliant on the field but he has been off the field as well. He is a proper leader.”

Tactical Lineups

Germany

1 Neuer (G)(C) 3 Ginter 5 Hummels 11 Bellarabi 13 Müller 14 Draxler 15 Durm 16 Rüdiger 17 Boateng 18 Kroos 19 Götze

Substitutes

  • 12 Ron-Robert Zieler (G)
  • 22 Roman Weidenfeller (G)
  • 2 Shkodran Mustafi
  • 7 Sebastian Rudy
  • 10 Lukas Podolski
  • 23 Max Kruse

Republic of Ireland

1 Forde (G) 2 Ward 3 Wilson 4 O'Shea 6 Whelan 7 McGeady 10 Keane (C) 11 McClean 12 Meyler 18 Quinn 19 Walters

Officials

  • Referee Damir Skomina
  • Assistant Referee Jure Praprotnik
  • Assistant Referee Robert Vukan
  • Additional Assistant Referee Slavko Vinčić
  • Additional Assistant Referee Roberto Ponis
  • 4th Referee Manuel Vidali
  • Uefa Delegate Georges Lüchinger
  • Referee Observer Jean Lemmer
  • Philip Röber
  • Manfred Wichmann

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 3" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Antonio Rüdiger (Germany).
  • 4" Karim Bellarabi (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) misses the target.
  • 5" Erik Durm (Germany) misses the target.
  • 6" Toni Kroos (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 9" Karim Bellarabi (Germany) fouls.
  • 9" Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland).
  • 13" John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Mario Götze (Germany).
  • 14" Toni Kroos (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) misses the target.
  • 16" Toni Kroos (Germany) misses the target.
  • 19" Mats Hummels (Germany) fouls.
  • 19" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 20" Matthias Ginter (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 23" Thomas Müller (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 25" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 26" Toni Kroos (Germany) misses the target.
  • 32" Toni Kroos (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 32" Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) has an effort on goal.
  • 32" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 39" Toni Kroos (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 39" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Toni Kroos (Germany).
  • 40" Toni Kroos (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Matthias Ginter (Germany) misses the target.
  • 41" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 41" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 43" Erik Durm (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44" Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 45+1" Mario Götze (Germany) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 45+1" Julian Draxler (Germany) has an attempt on goal.
  • 45+1" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Lukas Podolski (in) - Matthias Ginter (out) (Germany)
  • 46" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 46" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Mats Hummels (Germany).
  • 49" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 49" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 49" Manuel Neuer (Germany) blocks a shot.
  • 49" Lukas Podolski (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 49" Mario Götze (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 53" Karim Bellarabi (Germany) has an attempt on goal.
  • 53" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 53" Jeff Hendrick (in) - Glenn Whelan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 54" Toni Kroos (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 55" Toni Kroos (Germany) has an effort on goal.
  • 55" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 55" Toni Kroos (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 56" Mario Götze (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 56" Thomas Müller (Germany) has an attempt on goal.
  • 56" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 59" Lukas Podolski (Germany) fouls.
  • 61" Jérôme Boateng (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 63" Darron Gibson (in) - Robbie Keane (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 67" Thomas Müller (Germany) is penalised for a foul on John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 67" Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 68" Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Mario Götze (Germany).
  • 70" Max Kruse (in) - Julian Draxler (out) (Germany)
  • 71" Toni Kroos (Germany) scores!
  • 72" Karim Bellarabi (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 76" Wes Hoolahan (in) - Stephen Quinn (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 78" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 78" Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" Toni Kroos (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 79" Jérôme Boateng (Germany) has an effort on goal.
  • 79" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 79" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 80" Mario Götze (Germany) has an attempt on goal.
  • 80" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 81" Toni Kroos (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 81" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 85" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 85" Mats Hummels (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland).
  • 85" Mats Hummels (Germany) is booked.
  • 86" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 86" Sebastian Rudy (in) - Karim Bellarabi (out) (Germany)
  • 87" Mario Götze (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on David Meyler (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+2" Thomas Müller (Germany) is flagged for offside.
  • 90+3" Max Kruse (Germany) fouls.
  • 90+3" Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+4" John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Germany
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

9 1

Shots on Target

8 2

Shots off Target

6 0

Fouls Committed

11 7
  • Germany

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals1
  • 1Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 8Shots on Goal2
  • 6Shots Wide0
  • 5Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 1Save(s)7
  • 19Total Shots3
  • 11Fouls Committed7
  • 9Corner(s)1
  • 2Offside(s)5