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Germany find way past Ireland

Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 0.50CET
Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland
A deflected Lukas Podolski free-kick just before the hour gave Germany a hard-fought victory in Stuttgart.
Germany find way past Ireland
Lukas Podolski (right) celebrates his deflected winner Getty Images/Bongarts

Match statistics

GermanyRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners8
 
6
Fouls committed16
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 0.50CET

Germany find way past Ireland

Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland
A deflected Lukas Podolski free-kick just before the hour gave Germany a hard-fought victory in Stuttgart.

A deflected Lukas Podolski free-kick gave Germany a hard-fought victory in their opening UEFA EURO 2008™ Group D qualifier despite a heroic effort from Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given.

Deflected winner
The visiting No1 had pulled off a string of saves but once Podolski's 56th-minute set-piece had been unwittingly diverted by Robbie Keane, there was nothing Given could do. It was enough for Joachim Löw to make a winning competitive start as Germany coach as they attempt to build on their FIFA World Cup third-placed finish.

Keane denied
After a tight opening, a fine eleventh-minute ball into the box from Michael Ballack was an early warning for Ireland, seeking a first EURO qualification since 1988. At the other end Keane had a shot blocked, while the first great Given stop came in the 28th minute when he dived to turn away a Miroslav Klose header. A minute later Given did well to frustrate Podolski, and the striker then put his next effort narrowly wide.

Deadlock broken
Germany had not been dominant in the first half, and Ireland nearly scored early in the second when a Steven Reid free-kick caught out Jens Lehmann only for the ball to rebound to safety off the Arsenal FC keeper. That scare spurred on the hosts and Given had to produce another spectacular save from Klose's clever strike. Ireland were now on the back foot and following a foul by Reid on Torsten Frings, Podolski's set-piece broke the deadlock via Ireland captain Keane.

Klose close
Ireland's competitive debutant Kevin Doyle nodded wide in the 67th minute, yet Germany then broke and Given dived to deny Bernd Schneider. Klose headed against the bar, while Richard Dunne went close for Ireland whose coach Steven Staunton was sent to the stands for dissent. Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the woodwork with a free-kick in an exciting finale. His team can now look forward to Wednesday's match in San Marino, while Ireland must wait until their 7 October trip to Cyprus for their next fixture.

Last updated: 03/09/06 13.55CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
2
JansenMarcell Jansen
2
CarrStephen Carr
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Yellow Card49
4
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
8
FringsTorsten Frings
5
DunneRichard Dunne
Yellow Card90+1
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Yellow Card60
6
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
13
BallackMichael Ballack (C)
7
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
Substitution82
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm
8
ReidSteven Reid
Yellow Card55
19
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Yellow Card79
Substitution83
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
Substitution78
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Goal57
Substitution76
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
24
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
11
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution76

Substitutes

23
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
16
HendersonWayne Henderson (GK)
10
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
Substitution76
12
ElliottStephen Elliott
Substitution78
18
BorowskiTim Borowski
Substitution83
13
Alan O'BrienAlan O'Brien
Substitution82
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
18
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution76
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
14
MillerLiam Miller
22
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
15
DouglasJonathan Douglas
26
MadlungAlexander Madlung
17
St LedgerSean St Ledger

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Stephen Staunton (IRL)

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