Grp I
Date: 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 2020
Venue:
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1 - 3
FT

Katie McCabe 454' -
Peno Scored: 454'


Peno Scored: 22'
- Lina Magull 22'

Scored: 29'
- Tabea Wassmuth 29'

Scored: 85'
- Tabea Wassmuth 85'


Euro 2022 Qualifying Preview: Republic of Ireland -v- Germany

Tue, Dec 01 2020

Ireland captain Katie McCabe congratulates Aine O'Gorman following the home qualifying win over Greece in March. Credit: Al Robinson

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

The task is achingly simple for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night: nothing but a first-ever victory over World #2 Germany will keep their Euro 2022 dreams alive (kick-off 5pm).

As if the task wasn’t daunting enough, Vera Pauw has been hit by the late withdrawal of Leanne Kiernan and Megan Campbell with injuries sustained in camp.

Defender Campbell returned to Manchester City after picking up a knock, while a hamstring issue has forced Kiernan out as a precaution.

With regular starter Megan Connolly also missing with injury, it will take a monumental effort for Ireland to resurrect their campaign after last month’s defeat in Ukraine.

Even a second-placed finish will only be enough to earn a play-off against another of the runners-up, but Ireland are confident they can produce their biggest-ever upset.

“If we beat the Germans, we get a play-off and anything less than that, we're out,” captain Katie McCabe told the media last week.

“I think that's motivation in itself for each and every one of the girls. For me as a captain, I'll obviously be doing everything I can on the pitch and leading by example on the pitch.

“But we're all prepared and we're all ready for that. It's going to be a really good build-up to the game.

“I'm actually looking forward to the stretch of time that we have together on the pitch because, the previous two camps, we've only had a day or two here and there due to Covid situations.

“I'm actually excited to be in for the week, to work on things that we haven't had time to work on previously.

“I'm really looking forward to it. The game is motivational in itself and I'm very confident that the girls will be ready for it.”

GERMANY

Germany have already qualified for the finals with seven wins from their seven games, scoring 43 times and conceding none, but that doesn’t mean they will slack off.

The Germans’ defeat to Iceland in 2017, in qualifying for the 2019 World Cup, is the only time they’ve been beaten in a qualifying match for 22 years.

Some rotation is expected – Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has already confirmed Ann-Katrin Berger will get her first cap in goal – but there will be little dilution of quality.

Among the squad is perennial FIFA World’s Best Player nominee Dzsenifer Maroszan of European champions Lyon, while striker Klara Buhl already has six goals in qualifying.

"We want to end this year 2020 with an outstanding European Championship qualification. I think that we will meet a more offensive opponent," said Voss-Tecklenburg.

Germany have no injury doubts at the time of writing.

Referee: xxx

MATCH STATS

The Republic of Ireland and Germany have met five times to date and, so far, it’s five wins from five for the Germans.

Germany ran out 3-0 winners when the sides met in Essen in September, thanks to first-half goals from Marina Hegering, Dzsenifer Maroszan and Lea Schuller.

The closest Ireland have come to taking a result from the Germans was in qualifying for the 2015 World Cup, when Germany ran out 3-2 winners in Tallaght.

Louise Quinn headed Ireland in front earlier and led into the final quarter when goals from Simone Laudehr and Lena Lotzen turned the tie on its head.

Stephanie Roche looked to have rescued a point for Ireland with a goal one minute before the end of normal time but Melanie Leupolz popped up with an even later winner.

BETTING

Republic of Ireland 17/1; Draw 15/20; Germany 1/20.

PREDICTION

Republic of Ireland 1 – 3 Germany

Republic of Ireland

Injured: Megan Campbell, Megan Connolly, Leanne Kiernan.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Unavailable: Kyra Caruso, Allie Murphy, Hayley Nolan.

Germany

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.


Republic of Ireland Women
Grace Moloney
Goalkeeper
Louise Quinn
Defender
Aine O'Gorman
Defender
Niamh Fahey
Defender
Diane Caldwell
Defender
Heather Payne
Midfielder
Denise O'Sullivan
Booked: 77'
Midfielder
© Katie McCabe 15
Peno Scored: 454'
Midfielder
Ruesha Littlejohn
Midfielder
Jamie Finn
80'
80Subbed Off: Ellen Molloy 80'
Midfielder
Rianna Jarrett
Booked: 48'
55'
55Subbed Off: Amber Barrett 55'
Forward

Substitutes
Claire Walsh
Defender
Harriet Scott
Defender
Niamh Reid Burke
Goalkeeper
Claire O'Riordan
Defender
Ellen Molloy
80'
80Subbed On: Jamie Finn 80'
Midfield
Keeva Keenan
Defender
Niamh Farrelly
Midfield
Courtney Brosnan
Goalkeeper
Amber Barrett
55'
55Subbed On: Rianna Jarrett 55'
Forward
Izzy Atkinson
Forward
Emily Whelan
Forward
Jessica Ziu
Midfield
Germany Women
Ann-Katrin Berger
Goalkeeper
Lena Oberdorf
Defender
Sydney Lohmann
Defender
Kathrin-Julia Hendrich
Defender 61'
61Subbed Off: Pia-Sophie Wolter 61'
Marina Hegering
Defender
Lina Magull
Midfielder
Peno Scored: 22'
75'
75Subbed Off: Lenna Lattwein 75'
Melanie Leupolz
Midfielder
Linda Dallmann
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Dzsenifer Marozsan 46'
Svenja Huth ©
Forward
Klara Buhl
Forward
Booked: 71'
75'
75Subbed Off: Lea Schuller 75'
Tabea Wassmuth
Forward
Scored: 29'
Scored: 85'

Substitutes
Felicitas Rauch
Midfield
Dzsenifer Marozsan
Forward 46'
46Subbed On: Linda Dallmann 46'
Leonie Maier
Defender
Lenna Lattwein
Unknown 75'
75Subbed On: Lina Magull 75'
Paulina Krumbiegel
Forward
Turid Knaak
Forward
Sophia Kleinherne
Defender
Merle Frohms
Goalkeeper
Laura Freigang
Midfield
Laura Benkarth
Goalkeeper
Lea Schuller
Midfield 75'
75Subbed On: Klara Buhl 75'
Pia-Sophie Wolter
Midfield 61'
61Subbed On: Kathrin-Julia Hendrich 61'