Republic of Ireland 2 - 3 Germany | 2015 - FIFA Womens World Cup | 2012009

FIFA Women's World CupQualifying Round | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
5 April 2014 - 15:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 2 - 3 Germany

Quinn(3) Roche(89) Full-time Laudehr(65pen) Lotzen(84) Leupolz(90+ 1)
Republic of Ireland Germany

Late German winner denies Ireland

Republic of Ireland 2 Germany 3
Stephanie Roche 4.jpg
26th Jan 2015

The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team came agonisingly close to achieving a major result against European champions and World No.2 Germany this afternoon at Tallaght Stadium.

A freak injury time goal from Melanie Leupolz gave the relieved Germans their sixth win of the 2015 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as the Irish became the first team in 16 games to score more than once against Silvia Neid’s team. 

Right from the beginning the Germans were left in no doubt that Ireland’s recent climb up the world ranking to 30th and their run of just two defeats in 12 games over the past 13 months was no flash in the pan.

In the third minute central defender Louise Campbell headed Ireland into the lead and they held that advantage until 65th minute when the Germans equalised from a Simone Laudehr penalty. Germany then took the lead in the 84th minute through Lena Lotzen, even though the German appeared to have fouled Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne who was making a record 106th appearance for her country.

However, the Irish showed tremendous character and substitute Stephanie Roche scored from close range in the 89th minute to make it 2-2 and leave the Irish on the verge of a famous result. But, in injury time, a cross-cum-shot from Leupolz looped over Byrne and into the Irish net for an extremely fortuitous winner.

Ireland's next game is on May 7 against Russia at Tallaght Stadium.

Republic of Ireland: Byrne; De Burca, Quinn, Campbell, Perry; Smyth (Grant 59), Gorman (Caldwell 85); O’Gorman, D O’Sullivan, Russell; F O’Sullivan (Roche 81).

Germany: Angerer; Schmidt, Krahn, Henning, Kemme (Lotzen 46); Laudehr, Goebling, Kebler (Popp 70), Behringer (Leupolz 59); Mittag, Marozsan.

Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA).

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Byrne (G)(C) 3 Campbell 4 Quinn 6 Gorman 9 F. O'Sullivan 10 D. O'Sullivan 11 Russell 13 Perry-Campbell 14 Smyth 15 De Burca 17 O'Gorman

Germany

1 Angerer (G)(C) 2 Schmidt 5 Krahn 6 Laudehr 7 Behringer 8 Kessler 10 Marozsán 11 Mittag 14 Kemme 17 Henning 20 Goessling

Substitutes

  • 12 Almuth Schult (G)
  • 9 Lena Lotzen
  • 16 Melanie Leupolz
  • 18 Alexandra Popp
  • 19 Pauline Bremer
  • 22 Luisa Wensing
  • 23 Sara Däbritz

Officials

  • Referee Carina Vitulano
  • Assistant Referee Lucia Abruzzese
  • Assistant Referee Cinzia Carovignia
  • 4th Referee Michelle O'Neill
  • Uefa Delegate Eija Vähälä
  • Referee Observer Vibeke Karlsen
  • Patrick A. Daly

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 3" Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 9" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 12" Anja Mittag (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Meabh De Burca (Republic of Ireland).
  • 17" Simone Laudehr (Germany) has an effort on goal.
  • 17" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 19" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) misses the target.
  • 21" Melanie Behringer (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Meabh De Burca (Republic of Ireland).
  • 25" Annike Krahn (Germany) fouls.
  • 26" Sophie Perry-Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Aine O'Gorman (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 28" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Aine O'Gorman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 30" Fiona O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Annike Krahn (Germany).
  • 33" Bianca Schmidt (Germany) fouls.
  • 33" Sophie Perry-Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 34" Melanie Behringer (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 34" Annike Krahn (Germany) misses the target.
  • 36" Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nadine Angerer (Germany).
  • 36" Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Simone Laudehr (Germany).
  • 37" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 39" Nadine Kessler (Germany) fouls.
  • 42" Anja Mittag (Germany) has a shot blocked.
  • 45+1" Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Simone Laudehr (Germany).
  • 45+2" Melanie Behringer (Germany) takes the corner.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Lena Lotzen (in) - Tabea Kemme (out) (Germany)
  • 51" Anja Mittag (Germany) misses the target.
  • 52" Melanie Behringer (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 53" Shannon Smyth (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 54" Lena Lotzen (Germany) fouls.
  • 55" Lena Goessling (Germany) is penalised for a foul on Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland).
  • 55" Sophie Perry-Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Sophie Perry-Campbell (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 57" Simone Laudehr (Germany) misses the target.
  • 58" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dora Gorman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 58" Ciara Grant (in) - Shannon Smyth (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 59" Melanie Leupolz (in) - Melanie Behringer (out) (Germany)
  • 60" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 60" Anja Mittag (Germany) has an attempt on goal.
  • 60" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 61" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) misses the target.
  • 64" Anja Mittag (Germany) was fouled in the penalty area by Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland)
  • 65" Simone Laudehr (Germany) scores from the penalty spot.
  • 66" Aine O'Gorman (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Simone Laudehr (Germany).
  • 67" Bianca Schmidt (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland).
  • 68" Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 68" Meabh De Burca (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lena Lotzen (Germany).
  • 68" Meabh De Burca (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 69" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the free-kick.
  • 69" Melanie Leupolz (Germany) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Julie Russell (Republic of Ireland).
  • 69" Melanie Leupolz (Germany) is shown a yellow card.
  • 70" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Fiona O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 70" Nadine Angerer (Germany) blocks a shot.
  • 70" Alexandra Popp (in) - Nadine Kessler (out) (Germany)
  • 71" Lena Lotzen (Germany) fouls.
  • 71" Aine O'Gorman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 80" Anja Mittag (Germany) misses the target.
  • 81" Stephanie Roche (in) - Fiona O'Sullivan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 82" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 83" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) delivers the corner.
  • 84" Lena Lotzen (Germany) scores!
  • 85" Diane Caldwell (in) - Dora Gorman (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 89" Stephanie Roche (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 90" Lena Goessling (Germany) takes the corner.
  • 90+1" Melanie Leupolz (Germany) scores!
  • 90+4" Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+4" Emma Byrne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Germany

Corners Won

1 6

Shots on Target

3 6

Shots off Target

0 6

Fouls Committed

8 13
  • Republic of Ireland

    Germany

  • 2Goals3
  • 2Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 3Shots on Goal6
  • 0Shots Wide6
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 3Save(s)1
  • 4Total Shots14
  • 8Fouls Committed13
  • 1Corner(s)6
  • 1Offside(s)0