Tuesday 17 September 2019

Germany end Ireland's semi-final ambitions

Germany 5 Ireland 0

Two early goals from Germany killed off Ireland’s outside chance of a European Championship semi-final spot, condemning them to the relegation pool. (stock photo)
Two early goals from Germany killed off Ireland’s outside chance of a European Championship semi-final spot, condemning them to the relegation pool. (stock photo)

Stephen Findlater

Two early goals from Germany killed off Ireland's outside chance of a European Championship semi-final spot, condemning them to the relegation pool.

Two down after eight minutes, the Green Machine stepped up their game against the world number seven side, but they couldn't get a breakthrough.

It left Alexander Cox's side in a desperate situation and, chasing the game, they were ruthlessly punished when they swapped out goalkeeper Jamie Carr in favour of an extra outfielder.

With the goal open, Germany walked in three more in the last six minutes. Defeat means Ireland must now regroup to avoid the bottom two in a four-team pool featuring England, Scotland and Wales.

It is a situation Ireland know well, staying up in 2011, 2013 and 2017 via this route. All sides carry one point - Ireland's courtesy of their 3-3 draw with the Scots - into the next phase of the competition.

"We really have to learn our lessons and learn them pretty fast," Conor Harte said.

"It's almost like a Celtic Cup from years ago and every team is scrapping for their lives."

The Irish women, meanwhile, face the same challenge: needing a win over Germany to advance to the final four of the competition for the first time.

They are in action at 11.15am (Irish time) in Antwerp.

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