Reus' 2 goals help Germany trounce Ireland 6-1
DUBLIN (AP) — Marco Reus scored two first-half goals and Germany poured in four more after the break to sweep aside Ireland 6-1 Friday in a World Cup qualifier.
The Borussia Dortmund winger put the visitors in control by scoring in the 32nd and 40th minutes to silence the crowd at Dublin's sold-out Aviva Stadium.
Germany turned it into a rout in the second half, scoring four more as the boos rained down on the Irish.
Andy Keogh's injury-time header from a corner provided Ireland's lone goal. That saved Ireland from suffering its worst home defeat in history, instead equaling the margin of its 5-0 loss in 1931 versus Spain.
"We were very well organized. We moved the ball well. We had the right balance. But the opponent of course also did not seem to have much to offer," said Germany coach Joachim Loew.
Ireland was without a half-dozen injured starters including striker Robbie Keane and barely tested Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as it struggled for possession against the faster, better-organized Germans.
"It's a massive humiliation at home," said Irish captain John O'Shea. "We gave them a helping hand with lots of the goals. There's a way to lose ... and that wasn't a way to lose a game."
The lopsided loss heaped pressure on Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who has faced growing criticism following his squad's wretched performance at the European Championship this summer.
"We played 30 minutes with good balance. After their first goal they became superior in strength and technically. We were unable to contain them in midfield," said Trapattoni, who blamed his side's injuries for the result.
The win put Germany on top of Group C with nine points from three matches. Ireland remained third with three points after two matches.
Reus was inexplicably denied a penalty in the 30th minute when he pickpocketed O'Shea and was then pulled down in the box by the Sunderland defender. Instead Reus was shown a yellow card for diving.