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Ireland Stun World Champs Germany

Euro 2016 Qualifier

Result: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany 

Date: 08 October 2015

Venue: Aviva Stadium

Shane Long's second-half strike handed the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 win over Germany in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday evening.

The World Champions nearly broke the deadlock in the eighth minute when Matthias Ginter picked out Marco Reus at the far post, however the forward's effort deflected just wide of the post for a corner.

The visitors went close from the resulting corner as Jerome Boateng's header sailed just over the crossbar.

John O'shea came to Ireland's rescue in the 13th minute, as he popped up with a block to deny Ilkay Gundogan a clear strike at goal in the area.

Germany were dealt a blow in the 35th minute when Mario Gotze picked up an injury after a clash with McCarthy, while he was replaced by Andre Schurrke.

Mesut Ozil nearly broke the deadlock just before the halftime break, Muller's low cross found the Arsenal midfielder, who's first-time effort sailed just wide of the upright.

The visitors continued to push for the opener and went agonisingly close in the 58th minute when Schurrle's volley from inside the box sailed inches over the crossbar.

Ireland had a rare chance after the hour-mark when Wes Hoolahan picked out Daryl Murphy, who fired a low effort just wide of the upright from the edge of the area.

Despite Germany's domination, it was the Irish who went ahead in the 70th minute when substitute Shane Long collected a pass from Darren Randolph before firing a low effort past Manuel Neuer.

Thomas Muller squandered a chance to level matters for the World Champions in the 78th minute, as the Bayern Munich fired wide of the target from 12-yards out.

Joachim Low's men piled on the pressure in the final 10 minutes but could not bypass a stubborn Irish defence.

Ireland have now all but secured third spot in the group and will have a chance to secure qualification via the play-offs.

 

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