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Germany make timely return to form

Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 22.17CET
Germany 3-0 Northern Ireland
Dieter Eilts's side guaranteed a strong top-two placing in Group 9 alongside Israel after matching their rivals by winning comfortably in Wuppertal.
by Alois Urban
Germany make timely return to form
Toni Kroos (right) scored on his Germany debut ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 22.17CET

Germany make timely return to form

Germany 3-0 Northern Ireland
Dieter Eilts's side guaranteed a strong top-two placing in Group 9 alongside Israel after matching their rivals by winning comfortably in Wuppertal.

Germany guaranteed a strong top-two placing in Group 9 alongside Israel after matching their rivals tonight by winning comfortably, 3-0 against Northern Ireland in Wuppertal.

Goal difference
With Israel thrashing Luxembourg 5-0, Germany's defeat of the Northern Irish, earned by strikes from Toni Kroos, Daniel Halfar and Dennis Aogo, kept them level on points with Israel but ahead on goal difference. Pole position, and certain progress to the qualifying play-offs, will be determined when the two pacesetters meet in Duisburg on Tuesday.

Impressive showing
A 2,000-strong crowd saw Dieter Eilts's side dominate from the start, despite the absences of Aaron Hunt, Ashkan Dejagah, Baris Özbek, Patrick Ebert and Florian Fromlowitz through illness or injury. FC Bayern München striker Kroos, making his U21 debut, set the tone with a stunning eleventh-minute free-kick. Kroos was also involved when Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey was unable to hold on to his shot in the slippery conditions, enabling Halfar to slot in the second goal. Germany's supremacy was underlined just past the hour as Aogo fired in a low drive from 25 metres. The display was a marked return to form from a team surprisingly beaten in Moldova in their previous outing.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.30CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

21
SippelTobias Sippel (GK)
1
CarsonTrevor Carson (GK)
2
BeckAndreas Beck
Substitution65
2
CasementChris Casement
6
AogoDennis Aogo
Goal60
Substitution69
3
D. LaffertyDaniel Lafferty
Yellow Card16
Substitution77
15
HummelsMats Hummels
4
ChapmanAdam Chapman
17
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution75
5
FlynnJonathan Flynn (C)
18
GroteDennis Grote
6
CathcartCraig Cathcart
Yellow Card83
22
KruskaMarc-André Kruska (C)
Yellow Card73
7
LittleAndrew Little
23
HalfarDaniel Halfar
Goal37
8
C. EvansCorry Evans
28
KhediraSami Khedira
9
McAllisterMark McAllister
Yellow Card34
Substitution46
29
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
10
LowryPhilip Lowry
39
KroosToni Kroos
Goal11
11
McCleanJames McClean
Substitution66

Substitutes

1
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
12
McCluskeyChristopher McCluskey (GK)
3
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution69
16
McKayWilliam McKay
Substitution66
36
BungertNiko Bungert
14
HendersonNiall Henderson
37
SchindlerKevin Schindler
Substitution75
15
O'KaneEunan O'Kane
Substitution77
41
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
Substitution65
18
HanleyNathan Hanley
42
WagnerSandro Wagner
17
StewartSammy Stewart
13
Mc MenaminLiam Mc Menamin
Substitution46

Coach

Dieter Eilts (GER) Alfie Wylie (NIR)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Christos Gennaios (GRE), Nikolaos Iossifoglou (GRE)

Fourth official

Dimitris Kyrkos (GRE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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