Germany 2 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2015 - FIFA Womens World Cup | 2011901

FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Round | Albstadion, Heidenheim
17 September 2014 - 18:00 (local time)

Germany 2 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Behringer(28) Mittag(34) Full-time
Germany Republic of Ireland

Battling Irish push Germany all the way

GERMANY 2 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 0 - World No.2 and European Champions Germany finished their World Cup campaign with ten wins out of ten but the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team emerged from this game in Heidenheim with their reputation greatly enhanced.
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17th Sep 2014

After conceding two disappointing goals in a six minute spell midway through the first half the Irish regrouped, kept the free-scoring Germans scoreless for the rest of the game and almost got the goal their second-half performance deserved when Louise Quinn headed narrowly wide.

After the game, Ireland manager Sue Ronan said: “It is a strange feeling to be disappointed after losing 2-0 to Germany in Germany but that’s how we feel. We were poor in the first half and conceded what we would feel were two sloppy goals. But we regrouped at half-time and got on the ball in the second half and posed them a lot of questions. We defended much better and it would have been interesting if we had managed to pull a goal back.

“It’s been a good campaign. We are disappointed we didn’t get second place because that was our objective but we have ended up with a record number of points, six clean-sheets and a group of players that have the potential to have a real go at trying to qualify for Euro 2017. “

The opening German goal after 26 minutes came, ironically, from Ireland’s best chance of the first half. A Megan Campbell free-kick on the edge of the German penalty area failed to beat the wall and when Julie Ann Russell’s effort from the rebound was charged down the home side swept forward on the counter-attack, catching the Irish out. The move ended with Melanie Behringer sweeping the ball past Byrne from 12 metres.

It was a disappointing goal to concede and worse was to follow six minutes later. Behringer shanked a shot across the face of the penalty area and Anja MIttag showed tremendous skill and composure in meeting the ball with a crisp volley that she blasted past Byrne into the roof of the net.

The Irish regrouped after that and after the break played much better, posing a much greater threat to the German defence. Louise Quinn went close to pulling a goal back when she headed a Megan Campbell free-kick just past the post with German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer at full stretch. The Germans had chances to add to their total but found the Irish defence hard to break down and when they did Emma Byrne produced some excellent saves to deny them.

The Germans now head to the World Cup in Canada next summer while the Irish can begin their preparations for the Euro 2017 with optimism and will eagerly await the draw on April 13.

Republic of Ireland: Emma Byrne (Arsenal); Áine O’Gorman (UCD Waves), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Niamh Fahey (Arsenal), Karen Duggan (UCD Waves); Shannon Smyth (Amazon Grimstad). Dora Gorman (UCD Waves), Megan Campbell (Florida State University), Ruesha Littlejohn (Sandviken), Fiona O’Sullivan (Notts County), Julie Ann Russell (UCD Waves). Subs: Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City) for F O’Sullivan (64), Stephanie Roche (ASPTT Albi) for Russell (72), Sophie Perry (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Littlejohn (90). Unused subs: Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City); Niamh Reid-Burke (Raheny United), Meabh de Burca (Galway WFC), Ciara Grant (UCD Waves), Rachel Graham (Raheny United).

Germany: Angerern (GK) (C), Peter, Krahn, Kemme, Laudehr (Faisst 46), Behringer, Marozsán, Hendrich, Leupolz (Henning (69), Mittag, Šašić (Bajramaj 46).

Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine).

Ireland set for German test

The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team will complete their World Cup qualifying campaign this evening in Heidenheim when they face Group 1 winners Germany.
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17th Sep 2014

The Germans captured the group, and a place in next summer’s World Cup finals in Canada, with a 4-1 on Saturday over Russia in Moscow, a result that slightly opens the door for Ireland to finish in second place.

For that to happen Ireland need to beat Germany, a result that would send shockwaves around the football world, and improving Croatia need to beat Russia as a draw would be good enough for the Russians to pip the Irish for runners-up spot based on the head to head.

But, while Ireland can come second, they cannot reach the play-offs. Only four teams will play-off for the right to join the seven group winners at the World Cup finals and this will be decided on the results of the second placed teams against the sides in their group finishing in 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th places. The two points Ireland dropped in drawing 1-1 away to Croatia have come back to haunt them as the sixth seeds in Group 1 will finish the group in fourth place.  

As World No.2 and European champions, Germany don’t lose many competitive games and are currently on a run of 12 straight competitive wins since their 1-0 defeat by Norway in their final group game of Euro ’13. The big motivation for Silvia Neid and her team today is make it 10 wins from 10 games in the group, a feat denied to them in qualifying for Euro ’13 when Spain held them to a draw.

With 17 points from nine games Sue Ronan’s side have already gathered their best haul in a World Cup qualifying campaign, easily surpassing the 13 accumulated in the 2011 campaign. They have also kept an impressive six clean-sheets and come into this game without conceding a goal in last 407 minutes of action.

Today’s game will bring back memories of last April in Tallaght when Ireland almost recorded their greatest ever result in Women’s football. They eventually lost 3-2 to a fluke goal in injury time having led 1-0 for over an hour and bounced back to equalise in the 88th minute after Germany had gone 2-1 in front.

After their win on Saturday in Slovakia, the squad flew to Germany on Sunday and have spent the week preparing for today’s game on the banks of Danube in Ulm. Raheny United winger Siobhan Killeen has been ruled out because of concussion and will be replaced in squad by clubmate Rachel Graham while Niamh Fahey will undergo a late fitness on the knee injury she picked up on Saturday.  

Sue Ronan won’t name her team until just before the game but, no matter what happens today in Heidenheim, the squad can look back on a job well done and look forward to the Euro 2017 with a lot more optimism.

SQUAD:  Goalkeepers: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Niamh Reid-Burke (Raheny United). Defenders: Áine O’Gorman (UCD Waves), Sophie Perry (Brighton & Hove Albion), Meabh de Burca (Galway WFC), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Niamh Fahey (Arsenal), Karen Duggan (UCD Waves), Megan Campbell (Florida State University). Midfielders: Julie Ann Russell (UCD Waves), Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Dora Gorman (UCD Waves), Ciara Grant (UCD Waves), Shannon Smyth (Amazon Grimstad). Forwards: Fiona O’Sullivan (Notts County), Denise O’Sullivan (Glasgow City), Stephanie Roche (ASPTT Albi), Ruesha Littlejohn (Sandviken).

Tactical Lineups

Germany

1 Angerer (G)(C) 4 Peter 5 Krahn 6 Laudehr 7 Behringer 10 Marozsán 11 Mittag 13 Šašić 14 Kemme 15 Hendrich 16 Leupolz

Substitutes

  • 12 Almuth Schult (G)
  • 3 Josephine Henning
  • 8 Verena Faisst
  • 17 Isabelle Linden
  • 18 Svenja Huth
  • 19 Fatmire Alushi
  • 21 Laura Benkarth (G)

Republic of Ireland

1 Byrne (G)(C) 2 Fahey 3 Campbell 4 Quinn 6 Gorman 8 Littlejohn 9 F. O'Sullivan 11 Russell 14 Smyth 17 O'Gorman 19 Duggan

Officials

  • Referee Kateryna Monzul
  • Assistant Referee Natalia Rachynska
  • Assistant Referee Maryna Striletska
  • 4th Referee Angelika Soeder
  • Uefa Delegate Camelia Nicolae
  • Referee Observer Marcel Vanelshocht
  • Hans Scheuerer

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Célia Šašić (Germany).
  • 2" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 2" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) has an attempt on goal.
  • 2" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 4" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Melanie Behringer (Germany).
  • 5" Melanie Behringer (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 6" Melanie Behringer (Germany) fouls.
  • 6" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 7" Célia Šašić (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 11" Anja Mittag (Germany) is flagged for offside.
  • 17" Melanie Leupolz (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 17" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) misses the target.
  • 17" Melanie Behringer (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 19" Karen Duggan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Célia Šašić (Germany).
  • 19" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Melanie Leupolz (Germany) misses the target.
  • 20" Célia Šašić (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 23" Fiona O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 26" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Dora Gorman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28" Melanie Behringer (Germany) scores!
  • 33" Anja Mittag (Germany) misses the target.
  • 34" Anja Mittag (Germany) scores!
  • 37" Simone Laudehr (Germany) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 38" Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Tabea Kemme (Germany).
  • 38" Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 40" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 42" Simone Laudehr (Germany) misses the target.
  • 44" Célia Šašić (Germany) misses the target.
  • 45" Célia Šašić (Germany) is flagged for offside.
  • 45+1" Simone Laudehr (Germany) misses the target.
  • 45+1" Melanie Behringer (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Fatmire Alushi (in) - Célia Šašić (out) (Germany)
  • 46" Verena Faisst (in) - Simone Laudehr (out) (Germany)
  • 50" Aine O'Gorman (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 51" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) fouls.
  • 51" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 57" Verena Faisst (Germany) has an effort on goal.
  • 57" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 58" Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Melanie Behringer (Germany).
  • 59" Tabea Kemme (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland).
  • 59" Tabea Kemme (Germany) fouls.
  • 60" Aine O'Gorman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Anja Mittag (Germany) has an effort on goal.
  • 63" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 64" Denise O'Sullivan (in) - Fiona O'Sullivan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 65" Fatmire Alushi (Germany) misses the target.
  • 69" Josephine Henning (in) - Melanie Leupolz (out) (Germany)
  • 71" Anja Mittag (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland).
  • 71" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 72" Stephanie Roche (in) - Julie Russell (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 73" Fatmire Alushi (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 75" Fatmire Alushi (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 76" Melanie Behringer (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 76" Annike Krahn (Germany) misses the target.
  • 79" Karen Duggan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 79" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Tabea Kemme (Germany) misses the target.
  • 80" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 82" Tabea Kemme (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Shannon Smyth (Republic of Ireland).
  • 88" Verena Faisst (Germany) has an attempt on goal.
  • 88" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 88" Melanie Behringer (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 89" Babett Peter (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90" Sophie Perry (in) - Ruesha Littlejohn (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+1" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 90+3" Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Germany
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

7 1

Shots on Target

6 0

Shots off Target

9 4

Fouls Committed

10 7
  • Germany

    Republic of Ireland

  • 2Goals0
  • 0Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 6Shots on Goal0
  • 9Shots Wide4
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked0
  • 0Save(s)4
  • 18Total Shots4
  • 10Fouls Committed7
  • 7Corner(s)1
  • 3Offside(s)0