02.09.2006: Germany beats Ireland 1-0

German Football
By German Football September 3, 2006 13:33

02.09.2006: Germany beats Ireland 1-0

Germany gave new coach Joachim Löw the perfect start to his reign with a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in the first Group D qualifying match of the Euro 2008 campaign on Saturday.

Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski scored the decisive goal on 57 minutes but Ireland will feel hard done by as the free-kick took a cruel deflection off captain Robbie Keane. Group favourites Germany now head into Wednesday’s qualifier at San Marino with three points on the board. They should have little difficulty making that two wins out of two when they travel to take on San Marino on Wednesday.

That sort of start would ease the pressure on Löw, who stepped up to replace Juergen Klinsmann after Germany finished third at the World Cup, an event they qualified for automatically as hosts.

“It was a difficult birth but even a difficult birth can produce a beautiful child,” Loew said of the narrow victory over Ireland. “The goal was always to get six points from the first two games and we can do that now. It will put us in a very good position.”

Loew was particularly impressed to see his patched-together defence keep a clean sheet. Germany were missing all four of their central defenders who played at the World Cup but the new partnership of Manuel Friedrich and Arne Friedrich looked a solid one against the Irish.

Manuel Friedrich suffered a knock to his ankle but should be fit for the San Marino game.

German Football
By German Football September 3, 2006 13:33
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