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October 12, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Aviva Stadium — Dublin
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 49850‎
 
90+2′ Andy Keogh
Marco Reus 32′
 
Marco Reus 40′
 
Mesut Özil 55′ (PG)
 
 
Toni Kroos 61′
 
Toni Kroos 83′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Republic of Ireland 1-6 Germany

Goal.com assesses the best talent on show as Joachim Low's side took its World Cup qualifying points tally to nine points with a routine victory in Dublin

By Enis Koylu

  • Keiren Westwood
    3
    2
    1.50

    Keiren Westwood

    Can hardly be blamed for any of the six goals, and made a decent save from Boateng, but will be incredibly eager to put this night behind him.

  • Darren O'Dea
    3
    4
    1.00

    Darren O'Dea Flop of the Match

    Picked up a yellow card for an awful tackle, and gave away the penalty with a rash challenge on the edge of the box on Klose. Probably the weakest Ireland player on the night.

  • John O'Shea
    2
    3
    1.50

    John O'Shea

    Captain for the evening, he was lucky not to receive his marching orders for an awful tackle on Reus when he was the last man. Made some decent tackles, but had no real effect on the game.

  • Stephen Ward
    2
    3
    1.00

    Stephen Ward

    Failed to prevent Boateng's marauding runs forward and displayed some nervous defending on occasions, slicing a tame cross over his own bar. Outclassed on the night.

  • Seamus Coleman
    5
    2
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    The strongest member of Ireland's defense, the Everton man made some good blocks and interceptions, but failed to shackle Reus and Schmelzer on the Germany left wing.

  • James McCarthy
    2
    2
    1.50

    James McCarthy

    Had next to no impact on midfield as the likes of Schweinsteiger, Ozil and Kroos ran riot, and let the latter get away from him far too easily for the final goal.

  • Aiden McGeady
    1
    1
    2.50

    Aiden McGeady

    Showed some decent touches and passing at the beginning of the match as Ireland started surprisingly well, but faded badly and failed to do his defensive duties for the opener.

  • Keith Andrews
    2
    2
    1.00

    Keith Andrews

    Had no impact at all, barring two comical shots that went well off target. Surprisingly not withdrawn by Trapattoni as the hosts lost the midfield battle.

  • Keith Fahey
    2
    2
    1.50

    Keith Fahey

    Was just as bad as his fellow midfielders on the night, and was unsurprisingly withdrawn shortly after the start of the second half. Can have no complaints about that either.

  • Simon Cox
    2
    2
    2.00

    Simon Cox

    Shifted out wide, he did a decent job of threatening Germany when his side actually had the ball. Forced a decent save from Neuer too, but was nowhere near involved enough.

  • Jonathan Walters
    4
    2
    3.00

    Jonathan Walters

    His country's best player, he did a decent job of harassing the Germany defense in the first half, but was starved of possession for much of the match.

Substitutions

  • Andy Keogh
    3
    2
    3.00

    Andy Keogh

    Forced a great save from Neuer and scored the consolation goal, but by that point, it was already long over.

  • Robbie Brady
    2
    2
    1.50

    Robbie Brady

    Took the corner which led to the consolation strike, but did little else.

  • Shane Long
    3
    2
    2.00

    Shane Long

    His most notable contribution in his 40 minutes on the pitch was a rash tackle which rightly earned him a yellow card.

  • Manuel Neuer
    20
    2
    3.00

    Manuel Neuer

    Made some decent saves on what was, truth be told, a very quiet night's work, but will be disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet.

  • Holger Badstuber
    18
    2
    3.00

    Holger Badstuber

    Picked up a late tackle and made one or two nervous clearances, but has no reason to be overly disappointed with his shift.

  • Jerome Boateng
    18
    6
    3.50

    Jerome Boateng

    Much improved compared to his recent showing for his country, making decent interceptions and getting forward well. A solid comeback to the international game.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    17
    3
    3.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Like Boateng, was much better than he has been in recent times for his country, assisting the opener and making some great runs forward.

  • Per Mertesacker
    26
    2
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Was targeted by Walters early on, but certainly came out on top, making a number of great interceptions and playing well. Almost certain to keep his place.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    33
    2
    3.50

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Back in the national side, the Bayern stalwart was all over the pitch, helping start counterattacks, aiding his defensive colleagues and taking up great positions in the Ireland half. Typically classy showing from a man in form.

  • Mesut Özil
    37
    4
    4.00

    Mesut Özil

    Continues to show far better form for country than club, and was certainly on top of his game here, slotting home the penalty and producing some beautiful passes.

  • Marco Reus
    33
    7
    5.00

    Marco Reus Top of the Match

    Quite simply the best player in Germany at the moment and looks to have made the left-wing slot his own. Opened the scoring with a great finish, made it 2-0 soon after with a stunning strike. Was everywhere for his side, and was a cut above everyone else on the pitch.

  • Sami Khedira
    14
    6
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Was withdrawn at half-time, but put in a solid performance in the center of the park before the break, sending in some lovely balls. If he is indeed injured, his absence will be felt against Sweden.

  • Miroslav Klose
    27
    3
    4.00

    Miroslav Klose

    Ended a barren streak for his country with a typically cool finish from a narrow angle. Went some way to proving his detractors wrong tonight with an excellent performance.

  • Thomas Müller
    14
    4
    3.50

    Thomas Müller

    The only thing that was missing for Muller was an end product. The Bayern winger was fantastic in linking the midfield and attack with some great invention and effort. Shame he couldn't find a goal.

Substitutions

  • Toni Kroos
    35
    2
    4.00

    Toni Kroos

    Was too much for the Ireland defence to handle with his tricky movement, and doubled his international goal tally with two great goals.

  • Andre Schürrle
    12
    4
    2.50

    Andre Schürrle

    Did not make any sort of impact in his 15-minute impact.

  • Lukas Podolski
    19
    4
    3.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Afforded 25 minutes, but was largely quiet without doing anything in particular wrong.

Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Man City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0