Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni says his side can still qualify for the World Cup despite their 6-1 defeat to Germany in Dublin on Friday.The visitors produced a ruthless display to cruise to victory and leave Ireland third in the group with three points from two games.
Marco Reus has warned Germany's rivals they still have plenty of improvement in them after a 6-1 thrashing of Republic of Ireland.The Borussia Dortmund star scored his team's first two goals in Dublin as Germany made it three wins from three in their bid to qualify for World Cup 2014.
Germany coach Joachim Loew believes his side's 6-1 win over Republic of Ireland in Dublin was no less than they deserved on the night.The Euro 2012 semi-finalists cruised to an easy victory, with a brace each from Marco Reus and Toni Kroos, as well as strikes from Miroslav Klose and Mesut Oezil ensuring the result.
Germany solidified their position atop the Group C standings with a 6-1 thumping of Republic of Ireland in World Cup qualifying on Friday.Sweden's earlier 2-1 win over Faroe Islands had put some pressure back on Joachim Loew's men, but any suggestions of an upset were put to rest during a rampant display at the Aviva Stadium where the visitors scored almost at will.
Ireland are set to deploy extra numbers in the midfield in a bid to halt heavyweights Germany in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.Joachim Loew's side will enter the Aviva Stadium match as hot favourites, having made a successful start to their qualifying campaign with victories against the Faroe Islands and Austria in their opening two games.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes coach Joachim Loew needs to strengthen the German defence.The Euro 2012 semi-finalists have made a perfect start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with two wins from two, yet, despite only conceding once, the Bayern Munich custodian thinks Germany could improve defensively.
Republic of Ireland assistant coach Marco Tardelli said Seamus Coleman could start Friday's World Cup 2014 qualifier against Germany.The 24-year-old has played an important role in Everton's superb Premier League start this season, in contrast to Fulham full-back Stephen Kelly, who has not played a minute of top-flight football in the current campaign.
Germany assistant coach Hans Flick said Lukas Podolski and Mario Gotze will be fit to face Ireland on Friday.The attacking duo were forced to sit out part of Die Mannschaft's training session on Wednesday, with Gotze nursing a muscle problem and Podolski recovering from an ankle knock, but Flick has played down any fears that they may be sidelined for the World Cup qualifier in Dublin.
Sami Khedira said Germany will have to lift their game if they are to maintain their perfect record in 2014 World Cup qualification.The Real Madrid midfielder feels his country were lucky to bag the full three points against Austria in September, and has urged them to improve in the upcoming matches versus Republic of Ireland and Sweden.
Bastian Schweinsteiger wants more respect for his Germany team, following criticism of performances and lack of trophies.The midfielder was speaking ahead of his side's 2014 World Cup qualifier away to the Republic of Ireland on Friday, in which he will captain the side in the absence of the suspended Philipp Lahm.
Republic of Ireland winger James McClean is unlikely to feature against Germany in the World Cup qualifier between the nations.The 23-year-old reported a very tight groin following Sunderland's 3-0 loss to Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday.
|13-10||Trapattoni: Ireland can still qualify|
|13-10||Reus: ´We have big plans´|
|13-10||Ruthless Germany deserved 6-1 win, says Loew|
|12-10||World Cup qualifying: Ireland 1 Germany 6|
|12-10||World Cup qualifying preview: Ireland v Germany|
|12-10||Neuer calls for defensive boost|
|11-10||Coleman in the mix to face Germany|
|11-10||Podolski, Gotze fit for Irish battle|
|11-10||Khedira: Germany got lucky in Vienna|
|09-10||Schweinsteiger: Germany deserve plaudits|
|07-10||McClean unlikely to face Germany|