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King praises Forde display as Ireland´s slim hopes ended

12 October 2013 00:02

Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King praised the performance of goalkeeper David Forde after their 3-0 defeat to Germany.

Forde made a string of fine saves in Cologne to keep the score respectable but could do little to prevent Germany sealing their qualification for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.

Sami Khedira's deflected effort in the first half was added to after the break by Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil as Ireland's slim hopes of qualifying for the play-offs as a best runner-up were ended.

Afterwards, King praised his keeper for a fine display, which included wonderful saves from Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Khedira.

"Our goalkeeper was man of the match," he said.

"He saved us from a major disaster. I was satisfied up to 89 minutes, it was only 2-0.

"We defended and we still sought out chances up front."

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Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
11 October 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Venue
RheinEnergieStadion (Köln)
Attendance
46237

Goals

S. Khedira 12'
(assist by P. Lahm) 
1 - 0
A. Schürrle 58'
(assist by T. Kroos) 
2 - 0
M. Özil 90'+1
(assist by T. Kroos) 
3 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3
16
17
20
7
8 90+1'
6 12' 57'
18
13
9 58'
Coach: J. Löw

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