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OUCH: Trap in the firing line after our worst match ever

The next time our Taoiseach looks for some leeway on the Anglo promissory notes, Angela Merkel will greet him with a broad smile and ask 'what was the final score, Enda?'

It is now up to the FAI to decide whether Giovanni Trapattoni remains on for the Faroe Islands on Tuesday. Even Liam Brady struggled to make a case for the Italian.

Dedicated fans who endured in Poland in June suffered once more, but this time it was on the hallowed turf of Lansdowne Road and the hurt was deeper after a 6-1 humiliation.

We've never conceded more goals in a game at Lansdowne Road -- and you have to go back to the 1930s and Dalymount Park when the Spaniards put five past us without reply.

This was Cyprus and Macedonia times 10 as Ireland were taken apart easier than a Kinder egg toy. In truth we were only ever battling for second position behind the Germans, but the Swedes and Austrians, who both struggled in the Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan last night, are hardly quaking in their boots. The Germans have never lost a World Cup qualifier away from home and their ruthless efficiency meant that record was never under threat.

The pre-match pomp, the impeccably observed minute's applause for the late James Nolan and a positive first five minutes quickly evaporated and a sold-out Aviva was treated to a German masterclass.

While the Germans passed the ball about with military precision, the boys in green dug trenches for retreat after retreat.

Possession statistics of 98pc for the Mannschaft for one five-minute period told the story and the sight of John O'Shea dawdling on possession with the dexterity of a baby giraffe, before sending Marco Reus to the floor, summed it up. The Italian referee, who must have the Trapattoni surname in his lineage, somehow booked Reus for diving, but he would have his revenge.

He gracefully picked up a loose ball in the Irish box two minutes later, took the ball with his left before slamming home with his right. Reus had his second soon afterwards, accurately finding the corner of the net after a sweeping move.







Sumptuous

The singing section of the Aviva continued to blast out the old battle cries and Trapattoni's men had a few forays in the German area at the start of the second period.

However, when Dietmar Hamann described the current German crop as the best he had seen since Germany last won the World Cup in 1990 he wasn't lying. Tony Kroos's sumptuous volley from the edge of the area made it five and there was plenty of time left.

The white flag was aloft and waving in the breeze but that didn't stop Kroos from blasting home number six.

Andy Keogh forced Manuel Neuer to save in the last minute and the Millwall striker headed home the resulting corner.

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