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Ireland's Long strikes to sink Germany

Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 23.02CET
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany
Shane Long's 70th-minute goal secured a famous victory in Dublin, the substitute ensuring Group D will be decided on the final day.
by Simon Hart
from Dublin Arena

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Match statistics

Republic of IrelandGermany

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)33
 
67
Total attempts5
 
17
on target2
 
4
off target2
 
8
blocked1
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
11
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
6
Fouls suffered5
 
9

Standings

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Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 23.02CET

Ireland's Long strikes to sink Germany

Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany
Shane Long's 70th-minute goal secured a famous victory in Dublin, the substitute ensuring Group D will be decided on the final day.

  • Shane Long strikes after 70 minutes to give Republic of Ireland victory
  • Group D leaders Germany have still to secure qualification
  • World champions pass up a series of fine chances in Dublin
  • Ireland move level on points with second-placed Poland with one game to play
  • Last games: Poland v Republic of Ireland, Germany v Georgia (Sunday)

The Republic of Ireland gave their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying hopes a massive boost by shocking world champions Germany in Dublin.

"Come on you boys in green" echoed around the ground after substitute Shane Long's brilliant second-half strike earned Martin O'Neill's men a hard-earned victory on a night of missed chances by Germany.

Joachim Low's men dominated the first half but failed to get through a defiant Irish defence and, even after Long's strike, they missed late chances through Mats Hummels and, notably, Thomas Müller. As a result the point they needed to secure qualification eluded them; as for Ireland, guaranteeing at least third place in Group D was cause for loud celebrations at the final whistle.

Long: The boys never stopped running

Nobody inside the sold-out stadium doubted the size of Ireland's task. Germany had won 6-1 on their last visit to Dublin. Only once in 11 attempts had an Ireland team beaten a defending world champion side. So it was no surprise when Germany took control from the off, passing and probing and forcing the home side into some last-ditch defending. As early as the first minute Stephen Ward did well to deflect a Müller effort behind. 

It was a makeshift Ireland defence, including Derby County defenders Richard Keogh and Cyrus Christie, but when they were opened up after 13 minutes, captain John O'Shea made a brilliant block to divert the ball wide as Ilkay Gündoğan looked poised to score.

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Shane Long is congratulated

Germany arrived on a five-game winning streak and had other near misses. Jérôme Boateng put a free header wide from a corner while Mesut Özil was rightly ruled offside when he turned the ball in yet by half-time neither Shay Given nor Darren Randolph, the man who replaced him after his departure on a stretcher, had had a save to make.

Although Schürrle, a first-half replacement for the injured Götze, volleyed over from Marco Reus' cross early in the second half, Ireland were now showing more attacking intent. Their reward came with Long's goal. It was simple stuff, Long racing on to Randolph's long kick upfield and burying a shot high to the right of Manuel Neuer to set up a tense final day on Sunday.

Last updated: 06/06/16 13.15CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014023/postmatch/report/index.html#long+downs+germany

Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Germany

Germany

16
GivenShay Given (GK)
Substitution43
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK) (C)
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea (C)
3
HectorJonas Hector
8
McCarthyJames McCarthy
5
HummelsMats Hummels
Yellow Card86
11
HoolahanWes Hoolahan
Yellow Card90
6
GinterMatthias Ginter
Substitution77
14
WaltersJon Walters
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
15
ChristieCyrus Christie
11
ReusMarco Reus
17
WardStephen Ward
Substitution69
13
MüllerThomas Müller
18
MurphyDaryl Murphy
Substitution65
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
19
BradyRobbie Brady
18
KroosToni Kroos
21
HendrickJeff Hendrick
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution35
22
KeoghRichard Keogh
21
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
Substitution85

Substitutes

23
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
Substitution43
12
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
1
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
22
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
2
McShanePaul McShane
2
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
3
O'KaneEunan O'Kane
4
RudySebastian Rudy
5
PearceAlex Pearce
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
6
McGoldrickDavid McGoldrick
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution35
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
14
CanEmre Can
9
LongShane Long
Substitution65
Goal70
15
VollandKevin Volland
Substitution85
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
16
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Substitution77
12
MeylerDavid Meyler
Substitution69
20
KramerChristoph Kramer
13
DoyleKevin Doyle
23
KruseMax Kruse
20
GibsonDarron Gibson

Coach

Martin O'Neill (IRL) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Marcos Alvarez Moreno (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution