Ireland head to Cologne for the penultimate game in Group C of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers to take on runaway leaders Germany on Oct 11th in the Rhein Energie Stadium.
After hopefully two good results, against Sweden at home followed by Austria away, Ireland could be in pole position to take 2nd spot and enter the play-offs where we last had success against Estonia in qualification for EURO 2012.
Steadier Ship …
The game will be something of a revenge mission after the humiliating 6-1 defeat suffered in the Aviva last October. Ireland have steadied the ship since that night and with the likes of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Shane Long now cementing their places into the first 11and gaining valuable experience in the interim games, plus the return of a fit again Robbie Keane, it should lead to a more cohesive performance than that night in Dublin.
Under Trapattoni, Ireland have proved more difficult to beat away from home than on many occasions in the Aviva. Ireland’s last competitive outing in Germany was in Stuttgart in 2006, during the stewardship of the ill-fated Steve Staunton, but on that night Ireland were unlucky to not come away with at least a point.
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It all adds up to an intriguing game and one that Ireland should hold no fears playing in, especially if we go into the game with our destiny in our own hands.
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